MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS
Class 5A: QB Kenny Hill, Southlake Carroll
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior quarterback embodied the “never quit’’ spirit of the 16-0 Class 5A Division I state champion Dragons.
Five times in the playoffs, including the 36-29 state championship victory over Fort Bend Hightower, Carroll was forced to come from behind. And whether it was with his arm or his powerful runs, Hill was leading the way.
Hill completed 63 percent of his 386 passes for 2,942 yards and 25 touchdowns. He carried the ball 281 times for 1,385 yards and 24 scores.
In the state title game in front over 42,000 at Cowboys Stadium, Hill threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more as the Dragons rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to win the school’s first state title since 2006.
Even more miraculous was the comeback engineered by Hill and company in the 28-24 state semifinal win over Dallas Skyline when the quarterback rushed for two touchdowns in the final 1:07.
Hill led Southlake Carroll to the fourth round of the Class 5A Division II playoffs a year ago and was named ESPNDallas.com’s Class 5A top newcomer. He is the son of former major league pitcher Ken Hill.
Class 4A: RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo
The record-setting 5-foot-11, 202-pound running back capped his high school career by helping the Bearcats win their third straight Class 4A Division II state title.
In Aledo’s 48-28 victory over Manvel in the state final, Gray gave the crowd of over 43,000 at Cowboys Stadium a treat by breaking the national high school career record for touchdowns with 205.
Aledo rebounded from a 1-2 start to win its final 13 games.
Gray, who announced his commitment to the University of Texas four months before his senior season, rushed for 3,905 yards on 346 carries, scoring 65 touchdowns. He added 567 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 28 catches.
For his high school career, Gray finished No. 3 on the career rushing list with 10,908 yards and finished second in career points with 1,232.
He was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Gray was ESPNDallas.com’s Class 4A offensive player of the year last season. He is the son of former Texas Tech running back James Gray.