If there was any doubt that the Metroplex leads the state in high school football talent, that was erased on Thursday when the Class 5A Associated Press All-State team was released.
Even though only one 5A area team is still alive (Euless Trinity), there was an abundance of area talent on the team, including the two players of the year.
Arlington Bowie quarterback Deric Davis was named the state's Offensive Player of the Year after leading Bowie to a bit of a Cinderella ride through the postseason. The team is based off voting on regular-season statistics only, as Davis racked up the offensive production all season long. The senior passed for 3,100 yards, 39 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He also was a force on the ground, going for 640 yards and seven more scores.
Dallas Skyline linebacker Corey Nelson, one of about 12 Division I college players on the Raiders' squad, was tabbed as the state's Defensive Player of the Year. The senior, who's committed to Texas A&M, racked up 120 tackles, including 19 behind the line of scrimmage. He also had 10 sacks and blocked two field goals and two extra points.
Excluding those two, there were nine other area players on the first team alone, with six on offense and three on defense.
Quite a year for the area. Now we'll see if Trinity can cap it with a state title.
Adam Boedeker is a sports writer/award-winning blogger for the Denton Record-Chronicle. Texas High School Football on satellite radio? Yup. Trinity-Austin Westlake will be on Sirius and XM at 2 p.m. Saturday.