It's Associated Press All-State week, and they're trickling out one at a time. Monday was Class 2A day, and there were a handful of area players represented on the team.
The biggest name was first-team running back Jarman Johnson, who ended his high school career with 240-plus rushing yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 35-18 Pilot Point win over Kirbyville to bring home a state title just two short weeks after his father succumbed to cancer.
The senior finished the season just a few carries -- going by his average per carry -- of reaching the 3,000-yard mark. The ballot for these teams considers regular-season stats only, and Johnson (who voted as the state's 2A Offensive Player of the Year) was dominant in those 10 games, rushing for 2,498 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also had five receiving scores on the regular season.
Johnson's teammate, Cam Feldt, was one of the main reasons Johnson was so good. The hefty tackle, who's committed to the University of Arkansas, had 101 pancake blocks on the season and didn't give up a single sack. He was named to the first team for the second straight season.
Gunter running back Chad Tucker also landed on the first team with 1,787 yards and 34 touchdowns en route to Gunter's perfect regular season
Tune in tomorrow for the 3A team, which should have a few more area representatives.