The Texas Sportswriters Association’s all-state football teams have been released and a trio of Bellville athletes cracked the list, representing their town across the entire classification of 4A.
One Brahma each landed on the first, second and third teams respectively although only one will return to help run the Pasture of Pain next season.
Senior defensive lineman Grayson Mays closed his illustrious Bellville career with a first-team all-state nod after 51 consecutive starts for the red and white. Mays, who will continue his football career for the McNeese State Cowboys, also earned a spot on the second team of this year’s Padilla Poll all-state list.
He was voted as District 12-4A-D2’s defensive MVP the last two years and added first-team all-district honors at tight end those two years as well. According to MaxPreps, over his four-year varsity career, Mays racked up 85 solo tackles as part of 373 total tackles, 20 sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception.
Sophomore Richard Reese was Bellville’s second-team representative from his fullback position where he eclipsed the century mark in rushing yards en route to being named the district’s offensive MVP. In addition, he was voted as a second-team return specialist and has record-breaking potential in the eyes of his head coach, Grady Rowe.
“Reese ran for over 2,000 yards and he’s got a chance to continue to work and possibly break some school records,” Rowe said in an interview after all-district teams were released in December.
Rounding out the Brahmas’ all-state selections was another senior, Dalton Bills, who earned his second consecutive statewide honor, this time on the third-team defensive line. He set the pace in the trenches and contributed 110 tackles to the team this year, 17 of which went for negative yards.
Career-wise, according to MaxPreps, he recorded 275 total tackles over 32 games, adding nine sacks and 29 quarterback hurries. In addition, he also had one interception, a pass defended, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, a blocked punt and five blocked kicks.
Rowe knows that Bills and Mays, along with the rest of their classmates, left a resounding impact on the program.
“It was a great group of kids, very proud of the way they led the team,” he said in the December interview. “We had nine seniors and they will be greatly missed; they were great leaders and certainly left their own legacy here. They all deserved it and those graduating will be missed.”