District 5-5A co-champs Cedar Hill and Duncanville took in most of the individual honors but the hard-fought district also took into account the progress at Mansfield by making the Tigers staff of Coach Jeff Hulme as the Staff of the Year after getting an 8-3 record following a 1-9 season in 2009.
Cedar Hill defeated Duncanville, 35-31, in a district thriller to get the No. 1 seed but both ended their season to second-round playoff losses. Cedar Hill lost to Denton Guyer, which the Longhorns had defeated in non-district but found beating such a good team twice in a year unattainable.
Cedar Hill quarterback Driphus Jackson was named the 5-5A Offensive MVP after throwing for 2,910 and 29 touchdowns. He's being recruited as an athlete by SMU, Rice and Marshall but his improvement as a passer after concentrating on his throwing and giving up basketball showed dramatic results this season.
Duncanville quarterback Divan Ealy, who had to sit out the second half of at playoff loss to Coppell at Cowboys Stadium with a shoulder injury, was honored as well after throwing for 2,356 yards and 22 touchdowns. Duncanville running back Chris Simpson was another offensive leader with 1,256 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns and sophomore Aaron Piper emerged as a top prospect for 2013 with 741 yards on 83 carries and 10 touchdowns.
Duncanville senior linebacker Josh Hunt (6-1, 210) was named Defensive Player of the Year. He's got early offers from Wake Forest, Iowa State, Houston and Colorado State and will likely pick up more after a standout season with the Panthers.
Cedar Hill senior Lovett Gibson remains solid in his commitment to UTEP and made first-team all-district after the 6-3 receiver caught 64 passes for 1,204 yards and 13 touchdowns.
A top prospect for the Class of 2012 emerged with Mansfield star Hassan Ridgeway, a first-team selection at defensive end. He's a fast-rising, 6-45, 235-pound basketball player who will be among the state's Top 20 recruits next season.
Versatile receiver/returner De'Vante Lacy of Grand Prairie also was honored with a first-team selection and also established himself as a top 2012 prospect.
District 5-5A 2010 All District Team
OFFENSE MVP (DISTRICT) Driphus Jackson (CH) OFF MVPDivan Ealy (DUN)/ Damon Bullock (MAN) Sophomore of the year (OFF) Justin Seeton (MID) Special Teams (P/K Ret) LaQuvionte Gonzales (CH)/Aaron Piper (DUN)
=====================FIRST TEAM==================== Position: Player School Class QB Dillon Fairbanks Midlothian SR Jared Johnson S. Grand Prairie JR Charles Taylor Timberview JR RB Chris Simpson Duncanville SR (U) Jonathan Albercrombie Cedar Hill SR FB Kentrell Joyner Mansfield SR Derrick Johnson Duncanville SR TE Trent Gow Mansfield SO Darrius Davis Duncanville SR G Darius Thompson S. Grand Prairie JR Adam Butler Duncanville JR C Austin Davis Mansfield SO Julian Roland Cedar Hill SR T James Runnells Cedar Hill SR Blake King Duncanville SR Trey Farrar Legacy SR Nathan Maurer Mansfield SR OWR Jeffrey Thomas Duncanville JR Malcolm McKenney Duncanville JR Keonte White S. Grand Prairie SR Lovett Gibson Cedar Hill SR IWR Josh Doctson Legacy SR Andre Anderson Cedar Hill JR Jalen Parker Duncanville SR De'Vante Lacy Grand Prairie JR K Jordan Wiggs S. Grand Prairie SR (U)
=======================SECOND TEAM=========================== Position: Player School Class QB Tommy Alvarez Grand Prairie SR Jerod Evans Mansfield JR RB DaCarlos Humphrey Legacy JR Leonard Aikens S. Grand Prairie JR Ronnie Green Cedar Hill SR FB Walter Butler S. Grand Prairie SR TE Anthony Johnson S. Grand Prairie JR Dillon Lundell Cedar Hill SR Trent Davis Legacy SR G Nick Holsomback Timberview SR Wade Nowlin Legacy JR Hunter Graham Mansfield JR Sam Jenkins Duncanville JR C John Happel Legacy SR Gerry Gallimore Duncanville JR Myron Hanson Midlothian JR T Travis Wiggins S. Grand Prairie JR Darnell Jones Duncanville SR Xavier Warren Cedar Hill SR Harry Spivey Grand Prairie SR Rees Odhiambo Legacy SR Kevin Kopinski Mansfield SR Tony Kirk Midlothian JR OWR Marchie Murdock Legacy SO Julio Quintawa Mansfield SR Phillip Smith Midlothian SO Treydell Smith Timberview SR IWR Gary Davis Mansfield JR Colton Thigpen Midlothian SR Candon Myles S. Grand Prairie SR Kelton Speck Cedar Hill SR K Alex Rostro Grand Prairie JR Andy Alkhazshvilly Mansfield SR Staff of the Year: Mansfield
======================HONORABLE MENTION======================== (CHILL): Jared Rayford, Anthony Pullins, Aderius Epps, Dion Jackson, Sam Bryant, Tylik Nunn; (DUNC): Aaron Evans, Richard Ramirez, Jalen Wilson, Anthony Rodriguez; (GP): Patrick Palmer, Colton Bowen, Josh Vasquez; (LEG): Conner Smith, Quentin Hasten; (MAN): Logan Bennett, Ken Burks; (MID): Trevor Pinson, Jeff Reynolds, Bryan Dupont, Kyler Brown; (SGP): Quaze Woods, Kelvin Brigham, Louis Daily; (TIM): Armanie Smith, Sean Roland, Chaz Sampson
==================FIRST TEAM================== Position: Player School Class FS Demarcus Robinson Cedar Hill SR (U) Trevor Walker Timberview SO SS Nathan Fisher Midlothian SR Cameron Napolean S. Grand Prairie SR Quincis Overstreet Duncanville SR Nathan Davis Mansfield SR CB Trevor Wilson Mansfield SO Erick Agbaroji Midlothian SR Ricky Pratt S. Grand Prairie SR Trendall Stevenson Cedar Hill SR OLB Cameron Porter Cedar Hill SR (U) Kendal Washington Legacy SR Stephon Lanigan Duncanville SR ILB Slater Gravens Midlothian JR Shawn Blackwell S. Grand Prairie SR Brandon Davis Duncanville SR DE David Harris Cedar Hill JR Hassan Ridgeway Mansfield JR Roy Robertson S. Grand Prairie SR Kindred Evans S. Grand Prairie SR DT/NG Darius Stubblefield Cedar Hill JR Terell Brooks Duncanville SR Zach Pemberton Duncanville SR P Alex Rostro Grand Prairie JR Jonathan Phipps S. Grand Prairie JR
==================SECOND TEAM======================== Position: Player School Class FS Tevin Mitchel Legacy SR George Baltimore Mansfield SO Bryce Murphy Midlothian JR SS Dashone Barlow Cedar Hill JR Ian Simon Legacy SR Marcus Hunter Grand Prairie JR CB Gary Lewis Duncanville JR Dawayne Fleeks Grand Prairie SR Jayven Tucker Legacy SR OLB Victor Gonzales Midlothian SR Abraham Hall S. Grand Prairie JR Donnell Perry Duncanville SR ILB Montreal Jett Legacy JR Vanoy Harris Timberview JR Jeremy Akomeah Mansfield SR Brooks Ward S. Grand Prairie JR Stephen Taylor Cedar Hill JR DE Jude Akpunku Cedar Hill SR Josh Uland Duncanville SR Vincent Panza Midlothian SR DT/NG Matt Hardy Mansfield SR Avery Jones S. Grand Prairie SR Deron Jones Timberview SR Ryan Jaisle Midlothian SR P Chris Mota Legacy SR
================HONORABLE MENTION================= (CHILL): Cameron Bennett, Chris Roberts, Denzel Lewis, Denzel Henson, Derek Chase, Corey Feagin, Isiah Lewis, Ryan Sparkman, Kiedric Berry; (DUNC): Ghatona Iduwe, Sean Evans, Montel Baree; (GP): Daniel Reina, Jacinto Villareal, Trevoris Buckner; (LEG): Billy Manning, Marcel McDowell, Ronny Rundy; (MAN): Hunter Graham, Moufadhil Adebo, Ryan LeRoy, Ryan Whitlock; (MID): Jarmon Jackson, Kyler Brown; (SGP): Travis Golden, Willie Johnson, Brooks Ward, Wilbert Presley; (TIM): Yaw Osei-Baffour, Rene Laswon, Sawar Mahmoudi, Mike Adefolarin