The most recent honors for the Class 3A, Division I state champions comes from Texas Prep Insider as running back Dustin Gonzales is the Offensive Player of the Year while coach Jerry Vance takes home Coach of the Year in headlining TPI's 2007 All-Class 3A Central Texas Team.
The Panthers, having not dropped a game since a September 2006 decision to Wimberley, ran the table in 2007 as Vance guided Liberty Hill to their second straight state championship and a 14-0 record with a dominating playoff run that included a convincing win over Gilmer in the state title game.
Gonzales was a big reason for the Panthers success as he emerged as the big play threat in the Panthers slot-t offense as he galloped his way to over 2,100 yards and 35 total touchdowns.
2007 was also a big year for the Super Centex area with China Spring and Waco La Vega both making deep playoff runs with the Cougars advancing to the Division II title game after a playoff run that included a state quarterfinal win over the Pirates.
China Spring quarterback Dustin Eskew came up huge in that game, including nabbing an interception on the game's final play. It was efforts like that all season long that make Eskew a lock for the Central Texas 3A MVP honors for 2007. Eskew had a monster season for the Cougars with over 3,300 yards through the air with 32 touchdown passes against just seven interceptions.
One of Eskew's counterparts in that state quarterfinal thriller, La Vega linebacker Will Henry, was our choice as the Defensive Player of the Year. Henry was a consensus all-State selection and rightfully so as he recorded 180 tackles, six forced fumbles, four sacks, and three fumble recoveries.