SAN ANGELO— The Concho Valley was well represented on Dave Campbell’s top offenses and defenses of the 2022 high school football season.
Texas Football and Dave Campbell’s released their list of the “Top 10 Defenses in High School Football” and the Wall Hawks came in at #6 on the list, allowing 8.7 points a game this season.
The Hawks only gave up 125 total points all season and pitched five shutouts including three in district play and one in the playoffs against Idalou. The other shutout was in Week 3 against Jim Ned.
The Hawks boasted one of the best defenses in the state and will be returning a bunch of players, including the ALL-COVER1 Defensive Player of the Year.
This past season, the Hawks basically lived in opponent’s backfields with 106 total tackles for loss, 124 quarterback hurries, and 36 sacks. Sophomore Brylan White led the Hawks in sacks (10) and tackles for loss (18). White’s 10 sacks is good enough to tie for 17th in the entire state of Texas.
It wasn’t just White getting after the quarterback, junior defensive end Dylan Gidney was the Chewy to White’s Han Solo, sacking the quarterback nine times and putting pressure on him 28 times, leading the team. Gidney tied the team for second in tackles with 73 and second in tackles for loss with 15.
Not all the credit goes to the two ends as junior Logan Thomas, led the team in tackles, junior Ryan Allen lead the team in passes defended, junior Will Scherr and sophomore Briggs Jones tied for the lead on the team with three interceptions. This team is young and will only get better.
How young was the Hawk’s defense? Though out the year, Maxpreps is updated with everyone who played, even if they’re not a starter, and Wall had seven seniors contribute at least tackles to the team. That’s seven players out of 37 who played in at least one team.
Even freshman like Haygen Barbee had a good year with 61 total tackles, five tackles for loss, one quarterback pressure, and six passes defended.
While the defense played incredibly well this year, one has to give credit to defensive coordinator Craig Slaughter, who had to rebuild the entire defense a couple years back. After the Hawks lost to Bushland in the playoffs a few years ago, he had to find new starters for all 11 positions on the defense.
“We’ve got a lot of really good players,” Coach Slaghter said, “and I’m pround of what they’ve got done.”
This is Coach Slaughter’s sixth year with the Hawks and the seniors grew up under his coaching. Now, the verbiage and play calling is second nature to the players.
“We’ve got a lot of smart and talented kids and they’re a joy to coach.” Slaughter said.
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Texas Football’s Top 10 Defenses for 11-Man Football
- Galveston Ball— 2.8
- Crawford— 6.9
- Gunter— 7.4
- Tolar— 7.8
- Mart— 8.6
- Wall— 8.7
- Fort Bend Marshall— 8.8
- Wellington— 8.9
- Bellville— 9.0
- Austin Regents— 10.1
Wall wasn’t the only team to make one of the top 10 lists as Irion County not only made the “Top 10 6-Man Offense”, but the Hornets also played well enough to earn second in 6-Man in Texas.
The Irion County Hornets scored 65.2 points per game and 848 total points all season.
For the 2022 season, quarterback Trevin Coffell went 94-149, 1,836 yards, 49 touchdowns, and two interceptions. Receiver Bo Marrow was Coffell’s favorite target, catching 43 passes for 967 yards, and 28 touchdowns. Parker Posey and Jordan Harrison combined for 24 catches, 487 yards, and 11 scores. Fred Mayberry, Cameron Feller, Lee Collins, and Colton Lawdermilk had 24 receptions for 367 yards and seven touchdowns.
On the ground, Harrison had 74 rushing attempts for 1,229 yards and 26 scores. Coffell and Lawdermilk had 557 and 514 yards respectively and 17 touchdowns between the two. Posey rushed 29 times for 203 yards and six touchdowns.
What makes 848 total points and 65.2 points per game even more impressive is how often the games ended at halftime
In 6-Man, if you have more than 45 more points than your opponent, the game ends after halftime. But if it’s still the first half, games can end up with insane scores like 84-0. In nine games, the Hornets put up more than 45 points.
Texas Football’s Top 10 Offense for 6-Man Football
- Haslet Heritage Christian— 66.7
- Irion County— 65.2
- May— 64.2
- Oakwood— 62.6
- Benjamin— 62.5
- Pasadena First Baptist— 62.4
- Bluff Dale— 60.2
- Leverett’s Chapel— 59.8
- Bastrop Tribe Consolidated— 59.7
- Baytown Christian— 59.6
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