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PNG’s Johnson etches name again on Super Team MVP award; Memorial’s Hines, Valsin players of year

Port Neches-Groves quarterback Roschon Johnson has been named the Port Arthur News’ Super Team MVP for the second year in a row.

Johnson closed his junior season totaling 63 touchdowns, including 35 of them passing. He completed 191 of 281 passes for 2,920 yards and rushed 220 times for 1,607 yards and 28 TDs. Johnson is committed to the University of Texas.

Elijah Hines of Port Arthur Memorial became another repeat winner with his second straight Offensive Player of the Year accolade. The senior running back racked up 1,401 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Memorial senior linebacker Jomard Valsin was named Defensive Player of the Year. Valsin led the charge on a defense that at one point had held opponents to fewer than 79 total yards per game and proved to be a sack machine for the District 22-5A co-champion Titans. Valsin was also named the 22-5A defensive player of the year.

Memorial’s Kenny Harrison, Nederland’s Monte Barrow and PNG’s Brandon Faircloth share Coach of the Year honors. All three coaches built playoff teams that had to overcome late starts to the season and deal with a compressed portion of the district schedule as a result of the effects of Tropical Storm Harvey.

This is the 46th year The News has organized a Super Team, but the third that only players from the newspaper’s coverage area are selected. Each Super Team member was nominated by his coach and invited to take part in a photo shoot Friday at the Museum of the Gulf Coast. The superlative winners will have their names etched in plaques that will hang in the sports wing of the museum.

The full Super Team is listed below. Stories on the superlative winners are upcoming.

 

Super Team MVP

Roschon Johnson

Junior QB • PNG

 

Offensive Player of the Year

Elijah Hines

Senior RB • Memorial

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Jomard Valsin

Senior LB • Memorial

 

Coaches of the Year

Kenny Harrison

Memorial

 

Monte Barrow

Nederland

 

Brandon Faircloth

Port Neches-Groves

 

Super Team

Blaysin Fernandez

Junior QB • Nederland

 

Keitha Jones

Senior QB • Memorial

 

Devon Simmons

Senior RB • Nederland

 

James Francis

Senior WR • Memorial

 

Preston Hughes

Senior WR • PNG

 

Kevon Latulas

Senior WR • Nederland

 

Preston Riggs

Senior WR • PNG

 

Cameron Stansbury

Senior WR • PNG

 

Jamal Dorsey

Senior TE • Memorial

 

Holden Lane

Senior P • PNG

 

Landon Sandell

Senior K • PNG

 

Matthew Buss

Senior OL • Nederland

 

Jaylen Garth

Sophomore OL • PNG

 

Josh Hranicky

Senior OL • PNG

 

Nakoven Lewis

Senior OL • Memorial

 

Kevin Miranda

Junior OL • Nederland

 

Brian Roy

Senior OL • Memorial

 

Sergio Ayala

Senior DL • PNG

 

Tiren Forney

Senior DL • Nederland

 

Logan Hammonds

Senior DL • PNG

 

Da’Juan McMillan

Junior DL • Memorial

 

Braydon Williams

Senior DL • Memorial

 

Austin Bost

Senior LB • PNG

 

Ja’Quaylen Crook

Junior LB • Memorial

 

 

Steven Hendrix

Senior LB • Nederland

 

Alec LeBouef

Senior LB • PNG

 

Brady Spell

Senior LB • Nederland

 

Chris Thomas

Junior LB • Memorial

 

Colton Beeson

Senior DB • Nederland

 

Landon Hiltz

Junior DB • Nederland

 

Javontae’ Hopkins

Junior DB • Memorial

 

Tyler Jackson

Junior DB • PNG

 

Greg Laday

Senior DB • Memorial

 

Noah Lewis

Junior DB • Nederland

 

Jacob Washington

Junior DB • Memorial

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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