Meet the superlative honorees on the 2021 All-South Texas Football Team

Rey Castillo
Corpus Christi Caller Times

2021 All-South Texas Football Team

SUPERLATIVES

Veterans Memorial senior Cameron De La Pena, 18, is the All-South Texas Football Most Valuable Player of the Year. He holds a ball and helmet on the school's practice field on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Cameron De La Pena, sr., Veterans Memorial 

De La Pena provided the spark Vets needed in its quest for another District 15-5A Division I championship, and he did it in all three phases of the game. De La Pena, the district MVP, was the Eagles' leading receiver with 819 yards and 12 touchdowns. De La Pena recorded 21 total tackles on defense with a team-best six interceptions. De La Pena helped Vets finish with a 12-2 record and a trip to the Class 5A Division I state quarterfinals for the third consecutive season. 

Gregory-Portland's head football coach Brent Davis, center, celebrates the team's win against McAllen in a District 15-5A Division I playoff game, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Ray Akins Wildcat Stadium. It was the first playoff game for the school since 2015.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Brent Davis, Gregory-Portland

Davis continued his history of postseason success by leading the Wildcats to their first playoff berth in six years. Davis also recorded his 200th career win in Gregory-Portland's run to the Class 5A Division I regional round. The Wildcats secured the No. 2 seed in district for the program's best season since 2015.

The Caller-Times announces Sinton's Rene Galvan as the All-South Texas Offensive MVP, as seen on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at Sinton High School. Galvan is a quarterback for the team.

OFFENSIVE MVP

Rene Galvan, sr., Sinton

Galvan had a breakout season at the quarterback position in Sinton's run to the Class 4A Division II regional semifinals. Galvan was a threat on the ground and through the air after running for 2,807 yards and 13 touchdowns. Galvan completed 83 passes for 1,303 yards and was named the MVP of the District 16-4A Division II team. 

The 2021 Caller-Times All-South Texas Football Team Offense 

Calallen 17-year-old seniors William Burch, left, and Colten Calloway are the All-South Texas Football Co-Defensive Most Valuable Players of the Year. They stand on the school's football field on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021.

CO-DEFENSIVE MVP

William Burch, sr. and Colton Calloway, sr., Calallen

The Wildcats' defensive duo were a big reason why Calallen's defense yielded 13 points a game during the team's 10-2 season and run to the District 15-4A Division I championship. Burch and Calloway both earned superlative honors on the all-district team with Calloway earning defensive player of the year honors and Burch being named the team's most valuable linebacker. Calloway recorded 111 tackles, 29 unassisted, two sacks, six quarterback hurries, an interception return for a touchdown, four knocked down passes, blocked kick and six tackles for loss. Burch finished with 101 tackles, including 23 solo, six quarterback hurries and was second on the team in tackles for loss with 11.  

The 2021 Caller-Times All-South Texas Football Defense

The Caller-Times announces Taft's JJ Acosta as the All-South Texas Newcomer, as seen on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at Taft High School. Acosta is a quarterback for the team.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

JJ Acosta, so., Taft

Acosta sparkled in his first season after passing for 2,396 yards and 26 touchdowns for the playoff-bound Greyhounds. Acosta, the District 16-3A Division II Newcomer of the Year, showed off his abilities on the ground as well, rushing for 988 yards and eight touchdowns.

Rey Castillo is a sports reporter for the Caller-Times and a graduate of Texas A&M-Kingsville. He may be reached at rey.castillo@caller.com or on Twitter @reycastillo361