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Polite, Gray made mark in Texas record book

OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

Class 5A: Ryan Polite, DeSoto, QB

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior this fall became just the ninth player in Texas UIL history to surpass 10,000 career passing yards.

The UT-San Antonio commit capped his Eagles career by completing 284-of-416 passes for 4,095 yards and 37 touchdowns as a senior. As a rusher, Polite chipped in with 275 yards and 13 scores.

With Polite running the show, DeSoto scored at least 35 points in each of its final eight games. His passing proficiency helped the Eagles to their deepest playoff run since 2006.

Class 4A: Johnathan Gray, Aledo, RB

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound junior made Texas schoolboy history by rushing for season record 59 touchdowns in leading the Bearcats to their second straight Class 4A Division II state title.

Gray’s 351 rushing attempts netted 3,221 yards. He added 223 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver. He saved his best game for the 69-34 state championship game win over La Marque, rushing for 323 yards and a state-final record eight touchdowns.

In many of Aledo’s lopsided wins, Gray’s playing time in the second half was limited. He was hampered by a knee injury in the playoffs, but fought through pain to score two touchdowns and the decisive two-point conversion in a 29-27 semifinal win over Mesquite Poteet.

Below, Gray talks about the win over Poteet.