In that game the Panthers found out first hand just how gifted of a football player Leander's Blake Gideon is as he ran in the winning touchdown and had a key interception at the end of the game.
It was efforts like that all season long that made Gideon one of the most valuable players to the Lions and now make the Class 5A Central Texas MVP on Texas Prep Insider's All-Class 5A Central Texas.
District 14-5A nearly cleaned out the superlatives as Round Rock running back Marcus Jackson, an all-State player, takes home offensive player of the year honors after leading the Dragons back to the playoffs by rushing for over 2,100 yards and accounting for 22 touchdowns.
Aaron Williams gave Gideon a run for Central Texas MVP honors as the Scout.com five star cornerback was just as big of a weapon for the Mavericks on offense as he was on defense. Williams however is not empty handed as he adds to his postseason honors by being named the defensive player of the year.
Coach of the Year honors go to Round Rock Stony Point's Craig Chessher, who guided the Tigers to their first ever playoff appearance this season, a 9-2 overall record, the District 14-5A championship, and a playoff win in their first ever try.
The only non-14-5A player to be honored in the superlatives in Temple sophomore running back Lache Seastrunk, the easy choice as the Class 5A newcomer of the year. Seastrunk helped lead a football resurgence at Temple this season as the Wildcats won the 13-5A title and made it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2003. The speedster burned opposing defenses to the tune of 1,514 yards and 21 touchdowns while averaging nearly 13 yards per carry in the process.