By TONY EIERDAM
Thirteen Mineral Wells Rams earned 15 spots on the All-District 6-3A football team in a vote of league coaches.
Mineral Wells garnered one top award as senior offensive lineman Jacoby Prestwood was named Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Earning first-team honors from Mineral Wells were senior running back Gilbert Castorena, sophomore quarterback Caleb Acosta, sophomore inside linebacker Josh Hardee, senior defensive end Hunter Moss and senior outside linebacker Travis Mallory.
Prestwood, a three-year varsity letterman, is in the top 10 academically in his class and is being recruited by Ivy League schools Harvard and Yale.
“Jacoby was the leader of the offensive line, and a team leader on and off the field,” Mineral Wells head football coach Chuck Lawrence said. “He got better each year. This year his technique was superb and he dominated on the offensive line.
“He is also a very smart player. He gave all of our line calls, and if someone didn’t know where to be or what to do Jacoby told them. He was like a coach on the field.
“He is the kind of guy you want your son to grow up to be.”
Castorena rushed for 1,562 yards on the year, including 809 yards and eight touchdowns in district play.
Castorena set a MWHS record with eight consecutive games with at least 100 yards on the ground.
“Gilbert was our best player on offense,” Lawrence said. “He ran hard and had those good running back instincts, and he was consistent all year.”
Acosta threw for 1,039 yards for the year, including 466 yards and four touchdowns in 6-3A action. His best game came in the district opener at Castleberry where he threw for 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 49-35 win.
“Caleb played well and got better each week,” Lawrence said. “He did have some sophomore moments, but he countered that with some really good moments.
“Another quality Caleb possessed was that although he was young and a newcomer to varsity, he had control of the huddle,.
“He is a strong kid who stood in the pocket and threw the ball well, and he matured as a quarterback as the season went on.”
Another newcomer to varsity, Hardee, led the Rams in tackles with 93, including 67 solo stops at inside linebacker.
Joining Hardee on the defensive first team is senior defensive end Hunter Moss, who recorded 70 tackles, 53 of which were unassisted.
Rams senior outside linebacker Travis Mallory, who finished with 64 tackles, including 47 solo stops, was also a defensive first-team selection.
By TONY EIERDAM
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