Texas Sports Writers love the Hawks

Photo by Bill Owney Pleasant Grove coach Josh Gibson tells his players they have just made history by completing the school's first-ever undefeated regular season with a 50-7 win over Gladewater.

Coach, eight players earn all-state honors


Caleb Porchia

TJ Cole

Nick Gavriel

Xavier Benson

Austin Toler

Cameron Wells


Josh Gibson is coach of the year and Caleb Porchia the defensive player of the year in the Texas Sports Writers Class 4A all-state football team which included eight Pleasant Grove players, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Tackle Nick Gavriel and fullback TJ Cole were named to the first team offense.

Xavier Benson earned second-team honors, as did defensive lineman Austin Toler and defensive back Cameron Wells.

Sophomore kicker Dillon Williams drills home a point-after out of the hold of Brett Walker.

A pair of underclassmen earned spots on the third team.

Freshman defensive lineman Landon Jackson, who led the team in three categories with 11.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss 23 quarterback pressures, and was third in tackles with 98 tackles, was named to the third team.

Junior place-kicker Dillon Williams, who hit 86 of 89 points and seven of 11 field goals, was also named to the third team.

Landon Jackson reacts after sacking West Orange-Stark quarterback Chaka Watson in Class 4A state championship game.
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A veteran journalist and educator, Bill Owney is a 1980 graduate of the University of Florida. Writing awards include APME honors for investigative reporting, the Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Award for public service reporting and numerous awards for editorial, column and news writing. He served as publisher of the Atlanta Citizens Journal and Pittsburg Gazette when each paper won sweepstakes awards from the Texas Press and North and East Texas Press Associations. He spent 15 years as a public school teacher and is an adjunct professor of English at Texarkana College.


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