2021 Caller-Times All-South Texas Football Team: The Defense
2021 All-South Texas Football Team: Defense
Colten Calloway and William Burch, srs., Calallen
The linebacker duo for the Wildcats were among the area's best at their position, it was hard to pick who was better between the two. Calloway finished the season with 111 tackles, 29 unassisted, and also had two sacks, six quarterback hurries, an interception return for a touchdown, four knocked down passes, blocked kick and six tackles for loss. Burch ended the year with 101 tackles, including 23 solo, six quarterback hurries and was second on the team in tackles for loss with 11.
DL — Jacob Charles, sr., London
Charles was a steady force for the Pirates in their run to the playoffs this season, while also seeing consistent double teams. He finished the year with 86 tackles, seven tackles, 15 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
DL — Khalid Gholsby, sr., Gregory-Portland
Gholsby helped to spearhead a resurgent Wildcats defense through 2021 with 92 tackles, 12 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and nine blocked kicks.
DL — Ty LaFrance, sr., Refugio
LaFrance, who plays both ways for the Bobcats, finished the season with 131 tackles, including 53 for loss and added six quarterback sacks.
DL — Logan Dewald, jr., Sinton
Dewald was the Defensive Lineman of the Year 16-4A Division II with 48 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, two caused fumbles and six quarterback hurries.
DL — Dae'Jon Bisby, sr., Miller
Bisby helped to anchor the Bucs' defense up front, recording 96 tackles, including 25 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in being named the 15-4A Division I Defensive Lineman of the Year.
LB — Payton McAlister, sr., Rockport-Fulton
McAlister was a key part of the Pirates stout defense this season, garnering 139 tackles with three fumbles caused, 12 quarterback hurries, an interception and also scored two defensive touchdowns. And he also added two blocked punts.
LB — Jonathon Morin, sr., Sinton
Morin could be characterized as a tackle machine for the Pirates this season and was the Defensive Player of the Year in 16-4A Division II. He ended the year with 120 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, six sacks and caused three fumbles. He also had two recovered fumbles, broke up three passes and added an interception.
LB — Romeo Lara, sr., Veterans Memorial
Lara has been a key component of the Eagles' defense during his tenure at the school as he garnered 83 tackles, including two for loss in the 2021 season. Lara also added two sacks, a fumble recovery and a caused fumble.
LB — Ben Escamilla, sr., Flour Bluff
Escamilla was an impact player for the Hornets on defense this season with 103 tackles, two sacks, seven tackles for loss, a safety, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
DB — Ryan Salas, sr., Alice
Salas was arguably the Coastal Bend's most versatile and dangerous player in all three phases of the game. As a defender, Salas had 55 tackles, picked off two passes, broke up eight passes and added a fumble recovery. Meanwhile, as a receiver he caught 50 passes for 915 yards and nine touchdowns.
DB — Marcus Martinez, Odem
Martinez is another multi-talented player that did just about everything for the Owls this season. The District 16-3A Division II most valuable player, Martinez garnered 72 tackles and three interceptions, including one for a touchdown on defense, and rushed for 1,057 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense.
DB — Nick Reyes, sr., Veterans Memorial
Reyes was part of one of the area's most talented secondaries as he finished the season with four interceptions and also added 61 tackles this season.
DB — Luke Johnson, so., Veterans Memorial
The talented Johnson followed up a solid freshman campaign with an even better sophomore season. He finished second on the team in tackles with 97 and added three tackles for loss. He also added five interceptions.
ATH — Jordan Kelley, sr., Refugio
About the only thing Kelley didn't do this season was kick extra points for the Bobcats, and he did most everything at a high level. On defense, Kelley garnered 71 tackles playing safety, and he also had 21 tackles for loss, recovered a fumble and broke up 13 passes. He also added five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Offensively, he caught 50 passes for 1,015 yards and 19 touchdowns, and averaged more than 20 yards at kick return.
ATH — Gabriel Juarez, so., Gregory-Portland
Juarez seemed to be in the right place at the right time for the Wildcats this season. He finished the year with 111 tackles, five sacks, 10 tackles for loss, an interception, forced a fumble, recovered two fumbles and scored two defensive touchdowns. He also blocked three kicks this season to go with scoring seven touchdowns as a fullback.
P — Cade Dowd, sr., Flour Bluff
The Hornets penchant for top of the line special teams continued this season as a Dowd finished the year with a 39.6 yard average per punt, and also had 10 punts finish inside the 20-yard line.
DL — Jacob Rose, sr., Flour Bluff
DL — Patrick Garcia, sr., West Oso
DL — Jacob Amaro, jr., Three Rivers
DL — Jadon Rodriguez, sr., San Diego
LB — Jaxon Mabile, sr., Ingleside
LB — ER Dedase, sr., Veterans Memorial
LB — Logan Kovall, sr., Calallen
LB — Bryce Foster, sr., Beeville
DB — Kade Wood, sr., Calallen
DB — Josh Suarez, jr., Taft
DB — James Durham, sr., Gregory-Portland
DB — God Pyeatt, sr., Sinton
DB — Antwaan Gross, sr., Refugio
ATH — Ricky Franks, sr., Rockport-Fulton
P — Joshua Sanchez, jr., Falfurrias
DL — Luis Aguilar, sr., Rockport-Fulton
DL — Gabe Varela, sr., Flour Bluff
DL — Ernest Hinojosa, jr., Flour Bluff
DL — Eli Pizana, sr., Odem
DL — Jacob Gomez, sr., Taft
LB — Noah Ramirez, sr., Odem
LB — Cutter Scarborough, sr., Banquete
LB — Michael Vick Barrera, sr., King
LB — Brodie Mitchell, so., Gregory-Portland
LB — Joe Moreno, sr., Rockport-Fulton
LB — Jaime Norman, sr., Alice
DB — Clarence McGill, sr., Moody
DB — Michael Soto, jr., Gregory-Portland
DB — Jacob Villarreal, sr., Falfurrias
DB — Diego Rodriguez, sr., Odem
ATH — Victor Gonzales, sr., Beeville
Defensive line — Jacob Falcon, jr., Bishop; Jeremiah Molina, sr., Sinton; Dillon Davila, sr., Gregory-Portland; Xaiden Veliz, jr., Mathis; Nicolas Guerrero, Veterans Memorial; Patrick McNorton, London; Miguel Saenz, so., Alice
LB — Phillip Krupa, sr., Rockport-Fulton; Adrian Ayala, fr., Moody; Aidan Moody, so., Sinton; Tyler Ramirez, jr., Sinton; Rigoverto Sanchez, sr., Three Rivers
DB — Ryan Martinez, sr., Moody; Rayshawn Nickles, sr., West Oso; Ray Perez, jr., Sinton; Brody Rogers, sr., Calallen
Athlete — Zachary Davis, sr., Three Rivers; Leo Villarreal, Ingleside; JR Cruz, sr., Sinton; Devan Phillips, Rockport-Fulton
Len Hayward is a USA Today Sports Network Region sports director and the Caller-Times sports editor. Support more coverage like this by checking out our subscription options and special offers at Caller.com/subscribe