Stewart, Howeth best two-way performers


Class 5A: Josh Stewart, Denton Guyer, WR/DB

The 5-10, 160-pound senior was a star not only on offense and defense but also on special teams as a kick returner.

As a wide receiver for the Division II state finalist Wildcats, Stewart pulled down 55 catches for 964 yards and nine touchdowns. He carried the ball six times for 42 yards.

Defensively, the Oklahoma State pledge intercepted five passes and averaged five tackles per game.

Stewart’s value to Guyer was never more evident than in the first half of a 55-7 regional playoff victory over Abilene Cooper. Stewart caught a 12-yard touchdown pass for the first score of the game, returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0 and then intercepted a pass, leading to a third score.

Class 4A: Jake Howeth, Highland Park, QB/DB

The 5-11, 185-pound senior captain accounted for 43 touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback.

As a passer, the District 10-4A MVP completed 104 of 184 passes for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a rusher, his 189 carries netted 1,265 yards and 28 touchdowns. His 176 points led the team.

Most of Howeth’s playing time leading up to his senior season had been on defense. He intercepted five passes and had a fumble recovery as a junior.

Playing for his dad, Highland Park defensive coordinator Mark Howeth, he had 26 tackles, nine assists and defensed six passes.

As a punter, Howeth averaged 39.1 yards on 33 kicks with seven killed inside the opponents’ 20.