The Midlothian Mirror is proud to announce its second annual All-Ellis County football team as part of its countywide celebration of high school sports all-stars.

These 91 student-athletes and three head coaches are featured in a two-page color graphic on Pages B4 and B5 of this week’s paper.

The Mirror staff began the All-Ellis County high school all-star preps awards program last year. These include awards for individual players and coaches of the year. This year, the list of finalists has been expanded to include Players of the Year and Newcomers of the Year.

Finalists for superlative awards for football are being announced today; the winners will be announced at the 2020 All-Ellis County All-Star Preps awards banquet. This event will be held Thursday evening, June 11 at the Waxahachie Civic Center and will honor the top athletes from 14 high schools within the county.

The banquet will also feature keynote speaker Emmitt Smith, the legendary former Dallas Cowboys running back and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The All-Ellis County football team was chosen based on a combination of criteria: season statistics, team advancement in the playoffs, postseason honors achieved, previous All-Ellis County selections, recommendations from head coaches, and direct observation of players by the Mirror staff.

Members of the All-Ellis County 2019-2020 Football Team are:

Player of the Year finalists

Collin Drake, Ennis

Coby Cavil, Red Oak

Miguel Padron, Avalon

Offensive Player of the Year finalists

Joshua Ervin, Red Oak

Brandon Hawkins Jr., Waxahachie

Jayden Saxon, Italy

Defensive Player of the Year finalists

JT Cavender, Midlothian

Konner Jones-Searcy, Midlothian Heritage

Cahl Horn, Italy

Newcomer of the Year finalists

Devion Beasley, Ennis

Brock Cavender, Midlothian

Ka’Charo Cook, Milford

Coach of the Year finalists

Sam Harrell, Ennis

Lee Wiginton, Midlothian Heritage

Don Waddle, Palmer

First team


CJ Palmer, Red Oak

Jarius Jones, Ennis

Carson Cisneros, Palmer

Sir Michael Veasley, Life Waxahachie

Jay Wilkerson, Midlothian Heritage

Craig Penwarden, Midlothian Heritage

Colton Kemp, Ennis

Jaylon Washington, Red Oak

Peter Brown, Midlothian

Henry Martinez, Palmer

Dyllan Santos, Ennis

Crisanto Perez, Waxahachie


Matthew Nunez, Ferris

Joe Chavez, Waxahachie

D'Angelo Freeman, Midlothian Heritage

Marc Zagala, Palmer

JaSean Brooks, Milford

Ameer Muhammad, Red Oak

Ethan Lemley, Midlothian

Dane Vernor, Ennis

Donovan Jemerson, Red Oak

Preston Hodge, Waxahachie

Riley Angel, Midlothian

Robert Williams, Life Waxahachie

Second team


Cade Sumbler, Midlothian Heritage

Ethan Hill, Midlothian

Laylon Spencer, Ennis

Dylan Tyree, Palmer

Ian Pollard, Midlothian

Rhett Newton, Avalon

Haydon Wiginton, Midlothian Heritage

Kobie Vasquez, Ennis

Zakk Brus, Midlothian Heritage

Jonah Lacross, Life Waxahachie

Seth Zebreski, Ovilla Christian

Victor Pablo, Ferris


Nick Pollard, Midlothian

Jacob Lindley, Midlothian

Ashton McGraw, Ennis

Damian Gonzales, Palmer

Kody Connell, Ferris

Wyatt Thomas, Midlothian Heritage

Trenten James, Life Waxahachie

Nathan Humphreys, Midlothian

Kort Holley, Italy

Demarcus Rankin, Ferris

Aaron Jett, Maypearl

Ben Waddle, Palmer

Honorable mention

Kieran Page, Waxahachie

Zack Sanders, Red Oak

Gage Mayfield, Life Waxahachie

Jeremy McCoy, Midlothian

Adrian Cisneros, Palmer

Jaiden Barr, Italy

Tyvon Gates, Milford

Lex Lewis, Maypearl

Clayton Jenkins, Ennis

Blake Cellars, Midlothian

Denton Ross, Waxahachie

Kain Cooper, Red Oak

Carson Walker, Midlothian Heritage

Damon Herrera, Palmer

X’zavier Augustus, Red Oak

Deryous Stokes, Ennis

Jarveon Williams, Ennis

Kolton May, Midlothian Heritage

Robert Stillman, Ferris

Jackson Bailey, Red Oak

Caden Hubbard, Ennis

Arturo Gonzales, Palmer

Gaige Corey, Palmer

Darius Jackson, Red Oak

Elijah Shaw, Red Oak

Dee Johnson, Ennis

Jalen Mann, Life Waxahachie

Jack Shackelford, Ovilla Christian

Avery Garcia, Ovilla Christian

Trevor Blankenship, Midlothian

Kobe Singleton, Red Oak