Kaufman’s first foray into the world of Class 5A Texas football, that resulted in a runnerup finish in District 8-5A, has yielded recognition for the Lions in all-district voting.

Two members of the team garnered superlative awards while four made it onto the first-team offense and three others were named to the defensive squad.

Three more Lions earned second team honors on offense and four on the second team defense.

One award was received for second team special teams while five earned honorable mention.

Nine members of the 2018 Lions landed on the academic all-district team.

Trey Collier, the senior Lion quarterback, was named the offensive Most Valuable Player for the district.

The newcomer of the year on offense was sophomore running back La’Damian Bailey.

The pair was also named to the first team offense. Also making it on the first team as unanimous selections were senior wide receiver Cecil Gasper and senior lineman Landon Taylor.

Three Lions were unanimous picks for first team defense, including Gasper at cornerback, junior inside linebacker Billy Pullen and senior lineman Montana Booker.

On the second team offense, senior running back Kevon Butler, junior wide receiver Charleston Miller and junior lineman Nathan Johnson were named.

Second team defensive honorees include senior lineman Jalen Fields, sophomore outside linebacker John Maldonado, sophomore cornerback Darius McGee and senior safety Michael Glick.

Collier was named the second team punter.

Honorable mentions include senior fullback Mason Lambeth, senior offensive lineman Justin Hicks, senior offensive lineman Gage Dunlap and junior defensive lineman Angel Juarez.

Those receiving academic honors include seniors Colton Roeder, Michael Andrus, Kenneth Randall, Gonzalo Sanchez, Glick, Butler, Dunlap, Hicks and Taylor.

The Lions ended the year with a loss in the bidistrict round of the playoffs, compiling a 7-3 record including 6-2 in district, a game behind Corsicana.

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