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Carthage quarterback Kai Horton lofts a pass during last year’s game against Van. Horton was selected as the quarterback for the East Texas Preseason Dream Team.

Lindale’s Jordan Jenkins and Pleasant Grove’s Landon Jackson are familiar names to the East Texas Preseason Dream Team.

Jenkins, a Dream Team selection a year ago at running back, is this year’s Preseason Offensive Most Valuable player, while Jackson is a repeat MVP on the defensive side of the ball.

The 13th annual East Texas High School Football Preseason Dream Team consists of players from the combined coverage areas of the Longview News-Journal, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Marshall News Messenger, Texarkana Gazette, Kilgore News Herald, Lufkin Daily News, Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, Panola Watchman, Palestine Herald-Press and Jacksonville Daily Progress.

Carthage had five players on the team as Kai Horton was the quarterback; Mason Courtney was a running back; Montrell Smith was the tight end; Tee Kellum was picked for the offensive line; and Kylon Lister was selected for the defensive line.

The voting panel included Jack Stallard, George Whitley and Hayden Henry of the Longview News-Journal, Phil Hicks and Brandon Ogden of the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Nathan Hague of the Marshall News Messenger, Josh Havard of the Lufkin Daily News, John Krueger of the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, Juwan Lee of the Palestine Herald-Press and Jay Neal of the Jacksonville Daily Progress.

Jenkins, who has given a verbal pledge to Baylor University, has rushed for nearly 3,000 yards in two varsity seasons for Lindale. A year ago as a junior, he carried 218 times for 1,422 yards and 27 touchdowns, caught 21 passes for 392 yards and three scores and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

That came on the heels of a sophomore season that saw the 6-2, 205-pound speedster rushed for 1,504 yards and 17 touchdowns to go along with 18 catches for 239 yards.

Jackson, meanwhile, has spent three seasons terrorizing opposing quarterbacks for Pleasant Grove.

The LSU verbal pledge recorded 111 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 17 sacks last season. As a freshman, he finished with 98 tackles and 11.5 sacks, and he followed with nine more sacks as a sophomore in 2018.

Jackson is the first repeat MVP on the Preseason Dream Team.

Previous defensive MVPs include Jackson in 2019, Lufkin’s Carl Williams in 2018, Arp’s Demarvion Overshown in 2017, Liberty-Eylau’s Lagarryon Carson in 2016, Gilmer’s Demarco Boyd in 2015, Gladewater’s Daylon Mack in 2014, Gilmer’s Josh Walker in 2013, Longview’s DeMarkus Lathan in 2012, Van’s Dalton Santos in 2011, Daingerfield’s Steve Edmond in 2010, John Tyler’s Ashton Dorsey in 2009 and Lufkin’s Jamarkus McFarland in 2008.

Previous Dream Team offensive MVPs include Longview’s Haynes King in 2019, Carthage’s Gunner Capps in 2018, Carthage’s Keaontay Ingram in 2017, Mineola’s Jeremiah Crawford in 2016, Tyler Lee’s Zach Hall in 2015, Sulphur Springs’ Larry Pryor in 2014, Whitehouse’s Patrick Mahomes in 2013, John Tyler’s Greg Ward in 2012, Henderson’s Del Barnes in 2011, Whitehouse’s Trey Metoyer in 2010, Cayuga’s Traylon Shead in 2009 and Sulphur Springs’ Tyrik Rollison in 2008.

OFFENSIVE MVP

JORDAN JENKINS

Lindale

Running back

6-2, 205

By the numbers: 218 carries, 1,422 yards, 27 touchdowns; 21 catches, 392 yards, 3 TD; 5 kickoff returns, 253 yards, 2 TD; Verbal to Baylor

KAI HORTON

Carthage

Quarterback

6-4, 220

By the numbers: 253 of 415, 3,746 yards, 49 touchdowns, 6 interceptions

CALEB BERRY

Lufkin

Running back

6-2, 215

By the numbers: 864 yards, 13 TD; Verbal to Washington

KADEN MEREDITH

Longview

Running back

5-9, 185

By the numbers: 183 carries, 1,646 yards, 20 TD; 6 catches, 102 yards

MASON COURTNEY

Carthage

Running back

5-11, 200

By the numbers: 231 caries, 1,679 yards, 18 TD; 39 catches, 471 yards, 5 TD

MATTHEW BOWER

Union Grove

Fullback

5-10, 175

By the numbers:151 caries, 932 yards, 9 TD; 5 catches, 95 yards; Solid blocker for team that averaged 261.1 yards per game rushing

MONTRELL SMITH

Carthage

Tight end

6-3, 220

By the numbers: 28 catches, 279 yards, 4 TD; Graded out at 90 percent with 17 knockdowns

JALEN HALE

Longview

Receiver

6-2, 175

By the numbers: 7 catches, 164 yards, 3 TD; First freshman to play varsity football for Longview in John King’s 16 seasons

DOZIE IFEADI

T.K. Gorman

Receiver

6-2, 200

By the numbers: 39 catches, 850 yards, 11 TD

DYLAN FLUELLEN

Gilmer

Receiver

6-2, 180

By the numbers: 40 catches, 669 yards, 6 TD

TYRESE JONES

Spring Hill

Receiver

5-11, 175

By the numbers: 38 catches, 757 yards, 5 TD

DION DANIELS

Tyler Lee

Offensive line

6-4, 270

By the numbers: Three-year starter with “countless” pancakes, according to the coach

TEE KELLUM

Carthage

Offensive line

5-10, 325

By the numbers:Graded out at 94 percent with 47 knockdowns

CHRISTIAN WEBB

Pine Tree

Offensive line

6-3, 245

By the numbers: Key blocker for a team that averaged 37.5 points and 498 yards per game, had a 2,000-yard passer and a pair of 1,000-yard rushers and a 1,000-yard receiver

JACKSON ANDERSON

Mineola

Offensive line

6-3, 290

By the numbers: Verbal to Colorado

TORI PHILLIPS

PLEASANT GROVE

Offensive line

6-7, 295

By the numbers: Key blocker for defending state champs

DEFENSIVE MVP

LANDON JACKSON

Pleasant Grove

Defensive line

6-6, 257

By the numbers: 111 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 17 sacks; Has 37.5 sacks in three seasons; Verbal to LSU

GARFIELD LAWRENCE

Tyler Lee

Defensive line

6-4, 240

By the numbers: 33 tackles, 4 sacks, fumble recovery, one defensive TD, one blocked punt

CLAYTON SMITH

Texas High

Defensive line

6-5, 215

By the numbers: 72 tackles, 11 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles

KYLON LISTER

Carthage

Defensive line

6-1, 245

By the numbers: 97 tackles,10 TFL, 7 QB pressures, three sacks, three fumble recoveries, one interception

BRENT WARREN

Sabine

Defensive line

6-2, 200

By the numbers: 147 tackles, 8 sacks, 24 tackles for loss, one forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one derensive TD

TABER CHILDS

Harleton

Defensive line

6-2, 215

By the numbers: 98 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, three fumbles recoveries, 20 QB pressures

JACK JANIS

Tyler Lee

Linebacker

6-1, 225

By the numbers: 95 tackles, 14 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovery, 3 PBU

TREVION SNEED

Mineola

Linebacker

6-1, 225

By the numbers: 96 tackles, 15 QB presusres

KYBRIEN JACKSON-JAMERSON

Longview

Linebacker

6-0, 200

By the numbers: 60 tackles, 5 sacks, 9 TFL, 5 PBU, 1 forced fumble

PEYTON SNOW

Winona

Linebacker

5-5, 160

By the numbers: 163 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 defensive TD

DONOVAN ADKINS

Kilgore

Defensive back

5-10, 170

By the numbers: 57 tackles, 5 interceptions, 5 PBU

CAYDEN FORTSON

Sabine

Defensive back

6-0, 170

By the numbers: 70 tackles, 6 interceptions (2 returned for TD), 10 PBU, 1 fumble recovery, one KO return for TD

LYRIK RAWLS

Marshall

Defensive back

6-2, 195

By the numbers: 3 interceptions

DILLON WILLIAMS

Nacogdoches

Defensive back

6-0, 180

By the numbers: 63 tackles, 2 interceptions

CALEB ENCARNACION

Lufkin

Kicker

5-10, 155

By the numbers: 52-55 PAT, 8-10 FG; 76 total points

COOPER MCCLURE

Atlanta

Punter

5-11, 180

By the numbers: 22 punts, 38.4 average, long of 52 yards

D.J. ALLEN

Gladewater

Utility

6-0, 200

By the numbers: 20 catches, 565 yards, 8 TD; 26 of 64 passing, 486 yards, 3 TD; 44 carries, 220 yards, 3 TD; 47 tackles, 3 interceptions

JAVONTA THOMAS

Van

Return specialist

5-11, 180

By the numbers: Averaged 21.4 yards per return; Also caught 59 passes for 770 yards and 8 TD and rushed for 330 yards and four TD