Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Offensive POYs: Timberview QB, Corsicana RB
By Randy Jennings
OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Class 5A: QB Chuck Taylor, Mansfield Timberview
The 5-9, 185-pound senior was the inspirational leader of a 12-3 Timberview team that became the first in Mansfield ISD to reach a state football semifinal.
Taylor, in his third varsity season, threw for 1,998 yards and 16 touchdowns, but it was his ball-carrying skills that set him apart. He rushed for 1,972 yards and 23 touchdowns and scored a team-leading 142 points.
The Wolves finished tied for third in the District 5-5A standings and had to deal with the mid-October loss of offensive coordinator Cody McCarty, who died from sudden heart complications. McCarty, 29, was Taylor’s position coach.
Taylor and his teammates kept the memory of their coach as a focal point in the their Class 5A Division II playoff run, taking down Colleyville Heritage, Flower Mound Marcus, Abilene and Abilene Cooper before losing to eventual state champion Spring Dekaney, 56-19, in a state semifinal.
In the 29-25 regional playoff win over Cooper in Abilene, Taylor ran 25 yards for the winning touchdown with 16 seconds remaining.
In November, the versatile Taylor signed a letter of intent to play baseball at UT-Arlington. He is an outfielder.
Class 4A: RB Cameron Washington, Corsicana
The 6-foot, 190-pound senior was a textbook example of an athlete raising his level of play when the postseason arrived.
In playoff wins over Manor, Sulphur Springs, Frisco Centennial and Kilgore, Washington carried 121 times for 1,085 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Corsicana (13-2) was eliminated from the playoffs in a state semifinal by eventual Class 4A Division II state champion Aledo.
Washington was a Tigers’ workhorse, carrying 352 times for 3,136 yards and 46 touchdowns. Along the way, Washington broke the school’s single-season rushing record. He averaged 8.9 yards per carry and scored 46 touchdowns, finishing the season with 286 points.
Washington crossed the 200-yard rushing barrier in 11 games with a high game of 320 yards in a 47-33 area-round playoff win over Sulphur Springs.
He scored at least one touchdown in all 15 of his team’s games and notched five touchdowns in a game twice, in the final regular-season game against Forney and in the bi-district win over Manor.
Washington was named to the Associated Press’ Class 4A all-state first team.