Area gridiron standouts named to All-Greater Houston teams

FRIENDSWOOD, MANVEL — It came as no surprise that Friendswood quarterback Tyler Page (#2) and players from Manvel would be honored on the 2016 Chronicle All-Greater Houston teams.

Page led the Mustangs to the 6A Region III Div. II semifinals where he suffered a season-ending ankle injury on the first play and Friendswood fell to Cinco Ranch.

Despite the abrupt departure to his season, the SMU commit was one of the most exciting playmakers that the Houston area has seen in recent years and he has the numbers to prove it.

Over the past two years, Page is the only quarterback in Texas that had over 2,000 yards rushing and over 1,000 yards passing during this time period.

Page had 2,124 yards rushing and 1,179 passing in 2015 and 2,092 yards rushing and 1,625 yards passing in 2016. He totaled 85 touchdowns with 55 on the ground. vThe elusive runner set a new Friendswood High School career rushing mark of 689 carries for 5,281 yards and 72 TDs. He crushed the previous individual FHS rushing mark which was held by former Friendswood running back Sam Longbotham who finished his career with 3,564 yards.

Page was named to the All-Greater Houston first-team as a Utility Player after posting career numbers with 196-of-370 passing for 2,988 yards and 31 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. He had 689 carries for 5,281 yards and 72 TDs to finish with 8,269 total yards.

"I still say he's the most under-recruited kid in Texas," Friendswood coach Robert Koopmann said. "Going to SMU is a great opportunity for him, but with college coaches, if you don't fit the puzzle exactly, they can't think out of the box, and so, so many guys just didn't know what to do with him."

Page is one of those rare players that has that "it" factor that you can't coach or teach. Page possesses 'it' and more, including leadership, work ethic and desire.

Manvel had three players honored on the All-Greater Houston teams including junior quarterback Kason Martin (#12), senior defensive back Derrick Tucker (#3), and senior wide receiver Keylon Stokes (#4).

Junior QB Kason Martin, son of Manvel head coach Kirk Martin, led the Mavericks to a 14-1 overall mark, a District 23-5A championship (7-0), and a trip to the 5A Div. I state semifinals where they fell to Temple

Martin was named the All-Greater Houston Newcomer of the Year after he was 224-of-359 passing (62.4%) for 3,443 yards, 46 TDs and 13 INTs.

Kaylon Stokes was named District 23-5A MVP after he had six games with over 100-yards receiving for each contest. The first-team Tulsa commit had 19 total TDs including 80 catches for 1,263 yards and 16 scores while rushing for 232 yards on 25 carries for three TDs.

Derrick Tucker was named to the All-Greater Houston first-team defense from his defensive back position.

Tucker, a Texas A&M commit, was the 23-5A Defensive Player of the Year after he registered 60 tackles, 6 INTs, and two recovered fumbles.

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