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10 county athletes selected to Blue Bell/TSWA All-State Football Team

Feb. 10—Ten student-athletes from Johnson County earned recognition on the 2022 Blue Bell/Texas Sports Writer's Association All-State Football Team, including first-team honors for Godley junior Landon Thigpen and Grandview senior Coen Sanders.

Thigpen had a record-setting season for the Wildcats as he rushed for 3,047 yards and 28 touchdowns on 368 carries to lead Godley to the regional semifinals. Thigpen finished as the second-leading rusher in the state of Texas and the 12th-leading rusher in the nation.

And after being named all-district offensive player of the year and All-Johnson County co-MVP, now Thigpen is a TSWA Class 4A First-Team All-State selection.

Sanders was a key contributor for a Grandview team that went 11-3 and reached the regional finals. Sanders was among Class 3A's leading receivers from the tight end position with 22 receptions for 379 yards and five touchdowns in addition to stellar blocking.

Sanders was also a standout defensively as one of the area's leading tacklers with 111 to go along with three sacks and three forced fumbles. Sanders was a first-team all-district selection at tight end and linebacker, and also a first-team All-Johnson County selection on defense.

Sanders recently signed with Howard Payne University to continue his career.

Joining Sanders on the Class 3A TSWA All-State Team from Grandview are seniors Kason English and Jacob Parsons.

English earned all-state second-team honors as an all-purpose player while Parsons made the second-team defense in the secondary.

English had 36 catches for 806 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns to go along with 808 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 64 carries. As a receiver or a runner, English averaged an absurd 16.14 yards per touch. He also completed 26-of-41 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns. English is also the All-Johnson County co-MVP and all-district offensive player of the year.

English signed last week with Trinity Valley Community College to continue his football journey.

Parsons recorded 68 tackles, six tackles for loss and six interceptions on the season while also earning all-district special teams MVP and All-Johnson County first-team defense honors.

Like Sanders, Parsons signed last week with Howard Payne University.

Joining Thigpen on the TSWA Class 4A All-State Team are a trio of his teammates in seniors Drew Coleman and Ethan Hall along with junior Ryan Gambino.

Coleman is an all-state second-team selection at wide receiver after he racked up 74 receptions for 1,420 yards and 21 touchdowns. Coleman was also a first-team all-district selection and the All-Johnson County co-offensive MVP.

Coleman recently signed with McMurry University.

Gambino and Hall, who also each earned all-district and All-Johnson County recognition, were honorable mention selections on the TSWA All-State Team.

Alvarado senior Kaden Ford also received recognition on the TSWA Class 4A All-State Team as the third-team tight end. Ford finished the season with 26 catches for 562 yards and five touchdowns.

Ford, also the all-district and All-Johnson County co-utility player of the year, has signed with Southwest Baptist University.

Wrapping up Johnson County's TSWA all-state selections are a pair of Burleson Centennial Spartans. Senior safety Chapman Lewis, who has already begun his career at Texas Tech, earned third-team honors on the Class 5A team in the secondary. And senior fullback Elijah Zeh, who has signed with Eastern New Mexico University, received honorable mention.

Lewis recorded 102 tackles including 75 solo tackles to go along with four tackles for loss and one interception while Zeh rushed for 1,429 yards and 19 touchdowns on 212 carries as the duo played key roles in the Spartans going 12-2 and reaching the Class 5A Division I Region I final.