The Examiner 2015 high school awards announced

Jack Dallas and Steven Tims (photo by Meri Elen Jacobs)

The 2015 high school football season is officially over. The West Orange-Stark Mustangs put icing on the cake when they rolled over Celina in the Class 4A Division II state championship. Several teams and players made history during the season and therefore we present the award-winning 2015 High School Football Guide season winners along with the high school volleyball player of the year.

Coach of the Year

Chris BabinLumberton

A few football fans smirked when they saw Lumberton head coach Chris Babin and several players on the cover of the 2015 High School Football Guide. Well, the Raiders, under first year coach and former Lumberton player Babin opened the season 4-0 and finished 7-4 qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2008, when, coincidentally, Babin was the offensive coordinator.

Player of the Year

Jack Dallas – West Orange-Stark, JR

The Mustangs of West Orange-Stark are picked to win district every year as well as being a state championship contender. After falling short last season in the big game, the ‘Stangs returned just a few young players – one being quarterback Jack Dallas. Dallas was the leader of the offense and threw for 2,975 yards and 38 touchdowns with just 7 interceptions. He scored two touchdowns, with his feet, in the state championship, so he was an easy selection for Player of the Year.

Offensive MVP

Dontre Thomas – Silsbee, SR

This senior put up video game type numbers and broke numerous Silsbee records including most rushing scores (31), most passing scores (40), most passing yards (3,146), most completions (176), total offensive yards (5,026), total scores (71) and several more. Dontre Thomas flourished in offensive coordinator Kyle Mackey’s offense and will surely be missed.

Defensive MVP

Steven Tims – West Orange-Stark, SR

Steven Tims is not very big in stature. The senior from Orange stands 5-foot-9 and weighs 180 or so pounds and is one of the most feared linebackers in football. The 4A state championship defensive player of the game had 215 total tackles this season including 107 solo tackles, and six for a loss. Monster talent. Should be playing on Saturdays.

Running back of the Year

Calvin Tyler Jr. – Ozen, JR

Despite missing the playoffs, Ozen had a gem of a running back in junior Calvin Tyler Jr. He set numerous school records this season including an Ozen best of 1,809 yards while score 24 touchdowns. Tyler also had a school record in yard per carry in 8.73 yards.

Receiver of the Year

Keith Corbin – West Brook, SR

The University of Houston signee made several spectacular catches this season while bringing in 35 balls for 887 yards and nine touchdowns for the playoff West Brook Bruins.

Offensive lineman of the Year

Patrick Hudson – Silsbee, SR

Patrick is tough to miss. The Baylor commit stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 325 pounds. He was instrumental in protecting Silsbee quarterback Dontre Thomas.

Defensive lineman of the Year

Christian Bluiett – West Brook, SR

Bluiett comes from a long line of brothers that put on the West Brook Bruin jersey. His older brothers Caleb (plays for the University of Texas), Andrew (plays for Northwestern State) and Jeremy laid the ground work for their younger brother and he didn’t disappoint. Christian (6-0, 265) had 56 tackles, three fumble recovers and two blocked punts in his final season.

Linebacker of the Year

Tanner Holmes – Newton, SR

Newton fell short of a return to the Class 3A state title game, but linebacker Tanner Holmes did his part with a team high 123 tackles including and eye-popping 31 for a loss.

Defensive back of the Year

Dylan Silcox – East Chambers, SR

Committed to play for Rice University, Dylan Silcox did a little of everything this season for East Chambers including returning a kick for a touchdown. On defense, the senior had 52 tackles and a team-best five interceptions.

Utility Athlete of the Year

Kendrick King – Hamshire-Fannett, SR

Committed to play at Lamar University, Kendrick King was one of the most electric players in Southeast Texas and scored on both sides of the ball.


Kennidee Willis – Deweyville, JR

The best volleyball player at any classification resides in Deweyville. Willis, who was an all-state player last year, Willis raised her game as a junior and had 782 kills in 1,646 attempts; 78 kills in two playoff games; 111 aces; 548 digs; and 401 quality serve receive passes. She was named the Offensive MVP of 23-3A and was a member of the TGCA All-State team and the TSWA All-Star team. Willis was also one of 300 volleyball players in the United States to be invited to participate in the Under Armour Phenom Clinic in Omaha, Nebraska, held during the NCAA Volleyball National Championships.