By TONY EIERDAM
Three Community Christian School Warriors – Samuel Brazeal, Joby Bradshaw and Bradley Norman – were selected to six spots on the Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship all-state football team in a vote of coaches state wide.
“I think with six selections to the all-state team the other coaches recognized the caliber of opponents that we faced this season and acknowledged the efforts and success that we had against those teams,” CCS head coach Bryan Horton said. The Warriors’ opponents in 2012 had a combined record of 64-37.
Brazeal was a first-team selection at center on offense and a second-team selection on defense as a lineman. He caught 15 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns while also gaining 85 yards on 16 carries with four scores. He also completed six of 16 passes for 75 yards and a score.
“Sammy,” Horton said, “was a stalwart on both sides of the ball for us this year, he and Bradley really made our running game go and defensively Sammy controlled three gaps by himself against some really good teams.
“I was very pleased with his development this season as a leader and as a player and we’ll be counting on him to continue that next season.”
Bradshaw earned second-team honors on offense at running back and was on the second team as a defensive back.
Bradshaw nearly eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on the ground, rushing for 945 yards on 134 carries with nine touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 122 yards and a score while completing 20 of 53 passes for 246 yards and four TDs.
Defensively, Bradshaw finished second on the team in tackles with 51.
“Joby was the second leading rusher in TCAF this season behind only the player of the year over at High Point,” Horton said. “As a sophomore, he learned to follow the big guys in front of him and showed some real patience waiting for blocks and setting up the defensive players to get blocked.
“He was huge for us after Cole VanKirk went down in week five and I was impressed how he ran tougher every single week.
“I joked all year about him having to play like a senior instead of a sophomore, and he responded by turning into the kind of back that other teams needed to game plan for instead of being just another guy with a football in his hands.”
Norman earned second-team honors on offense at utility back and on defense as a linebacker.
He completed 20 of 53 passes for 244 yards while rushing for 179 yards on 25 totes. He also caught 18 passes for 324 yards and eight touchdowns.
Defensively, Norman led the Warriors with 57 tackles and tied with VanKirk in team-leading interceptions with three. He also recovered two fumbles.
“I can’t say enough about Bradley Norman on either side of the ball,” Horton said. “He played every position on the field for us this year but kicker.
“Whatever needed to be done, he jumped in and did it well. He’s the kind of man that every football team has to have, the guy who just says ‘OK, let’s do it’ and then does it.
“As a senior in the midst of a tough season it’s easy to mentally quit knowing you might not be around to reap the benefits of the growth of the younger guys, but he was as committed a teammate as any of them will ever have and I was proud to see that the other coaches recognized that in him as well.”