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Mike Check: Dickinson’s Welch named 24-6 Most Valuable Player


CONCLUDING ONE OF THE MOST remarkable careers in Dickinson High School football history, Gators senior quarterback Mike Welch was named the District 24-6A Most Valuable Player after leading Dickinson to a 10-2 record and the district crown.

Welch, who is also a finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year, completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,016 yards with 17 touchdowns and rushed 121 times for 716 yards with 22 touchdowns. He also finished his stint at Dickinson with 21 career wins, tying Bobby LaFleur for the second-most career victories and falling one win short of tying Donnie Little for first place.

Teammate Savien Arnett was named the district’s defensive MVP as the senior safety helped anchor a unit that ranked among the Houston area’s top defenses during the regular season. Sophomore running back Reggie Sanders shared the 24-6A newcomer of the year with Clear Creek sophomore running back/receiver Jeremiah Crum, while John Snelson was selected as the district’s top coach.

Clear Falls quarterback Gavin Esquivel was named offensive player of the year as he helped guide the Knights to the program’s first postseason since 2013.

Following is the list of all-district players, separated by school.

Clear Brook

Receiver Shane Porter (first team offense), lineman Brandon Cazares (first team defense), lineman Quintin Effinger, receiver Loronzo Thompson (second team offense), linebacker Kam’rin Devault, defensive back Colby McCalister (second teams defense).

Clear Creek

Lineman Chad Lindberg, running back Rayfield Conley (first team offense), linemen Danyn Tanner and Gabe Hardcastle, running back Jeremiah Crum, quarterback Andrew Dry (second team offense), linebackers Alton Hodges and Kaleb Matthews, defensive back Logan Farlow (second team defense).

Clear Falls

Lineman Malik Petteway, receiver Dan Dishman (first team offense), lineman Jacob May, receivers Luke Vidal and Adam Stevenson (second team offense), defensive backs Jude Ballew and Tristan Zarella (second team defense), punter Coby Walker (second team specialist).

Clear Springs

Linemen Ryan Knaus and Colton Grier, receivers Isaiah Bibb (also named first team return specialist) and Kaleb Hymes (also named second team return specialist), running back Ky Woods, quarterback Garrett Rooker (first team offense, also named first team punter), linemen Zaelyn Smith, Christian Cardenas and Jake Ferree linebackers Jake Muellner and Malcolm Davis, defensive back Kirk Collins and Michael McBride (first team defense), linemen Brad Wooldridge and Liam Transier, fullback D.J. Deyon, tight end Bryce Ryden (second team offense), linebackers Cameron Reffells and Tre Bass, defensive back Errion Brow (second team defense), kicker Evan Mason (second team specialist).


Linemen Cannon Boone, Marcus White and P.J. Williams, receiver Darryl Harris, tight end Donovan Green, fullback David De Los Santos (first team offense), linemen Victor Idusuyi, Derrick Martin and Marcellus Walters, linebackers Dominic Chong, A.J. Davis, Keith Cooper and Kyron Smith, defensive backs D.J. Warnell, Anthony Wickware, Savien Arnett and Deonza Yoakum (first team defense, also named second team return specialist), kicker Guillermo Garcia-Rodriguez (first team specialist), lineman Trevor Wardlow, receiver Kai German, tight end Jathan Caldwell, running back Ausaru Allah (second team offense), lineman Mallory Tate, linebacker Alex Echeverria and defensive back Paul Smith (second team defense).

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