Friday, December 31, 2010
Best of the Rest: 2010 memorable moments
By Randy Jennings and Travis L. Brown
The little stories that arose during the 2010 high school football season are what made it so memorable. Here are some of the ESPNDallas.com high school team's picks for "Best of the Rest" awards commemorating those stories.
Best football performance by a school district: Denton. Class 5A Guyer and 4A Ryan each reached the state finals.
Honorable mention: Mesquite, after deep playoff runs by Horn, Poteet and West Mesquite.
Most exciting player: Brandon Carter, Euless Trinity. Every time the ball was in the hands of the Oklahoma commit, opposing defenses cringed. When a team can create an reverse pass package around Carter and run it with ease several times throughout a season, it knows it has something special.
Best playoff format change: State finals venue. By having a single venue for the state championship games, many more fans were able to either attend or watch on television.
Feistiest team: Wylie Pirates. Seeemingly outweighed and outmanned, the Pirates came within a couple of yards of advancing to the Class 4A Division I state title game. QB Nico Ramirez epitomized the trait, leading his team on a deep playoff run after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the last week of the regular season.
Toughest playoff road: Euless Trinity. In its final four Class 5A Division I playoff games, Trinity faced opponents' winning streaks, when combined, of 52 games. The Trojans last three opponents -- Coppell, Round Rock Stony Point and Pearland -- were undefeated.
Best passer: Paul Millard, Flower Mound. The senior put up video game-like numbers, throwing for 4,472 yards and 47 touchdowns, sparking upsets of Plano and Flower Mound Marcus along the way.
Most improved player: Joe Minden, Coppell. With little in the way of previous varsity experience, the senior threw for more than 3,400 yards and 30 touchdowns for the 13-1 Cowboys. By season's end, Coppell shifted from a one-dimensional running offense to a balanced offense that put up 392 yards through the air on Euless Trinity in the Cowboys' final game of the season.