The County Record and the Penny Record newspapers are proud to announce the 2012 All-Orange County football team. The team celebrates the outstanding performances of local athletes. No doubt, that after a tremendous 13-1 season the Mustangs earned a large share of the honors. The 2012 team, however, is rounded out with recipients from every team in the county.

Our 2012 Most Valuable Player goes to future Texas A&M Aggie defensive back Alex Setzer. In his senior year as a Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bear, Sezer rushed for 1300 yards and 17 touchdowns in the tough Dist. 20-4A. Defensively, Setzer, intercepted five passes and returned one for a touchdown. Sezer may not have received the media accolades as many other notable high school football players across Texas but the future looks bright for the Orange County athlete and we’re proud to have him as our top choice for MVP.

Vidor Pirate quarterback Montana Quirante, is The Record All Orange County Offensive MVP. In the 2012 season Quirante rushed for 1,112 yards on 148 carries averaging 7.5 yards a carry with 21 touchdown. Quirante also passed for 369 yards and a touchown as the Vidor Pirates progressed to the regional quarterfinals of the Class 4-A state playoffs. Quirante was also named as an All-State honorable mention by the Associated Press.

The West Orange-Stark Mustangs barrelled through the regular season and went undefeated in 13 straight games before falling to Navasota in the Class 3A regional finals just two games short of the state championship. The amazing ‘Chain Gang’ defense posted nine shutouts in 2012. Meanwhile, the Mustang offense led by third year senior quarerback Jimmy Salter, put 454 points on the board, some courtesy of the ‘Chain Gang’ defense.

Salter, who stepped into the quarterback position as a sophomore after the death of senior quarterback Reggie Garrett, Jr., would go on to hold one of the Mighty Mustangs most prestigious honors as quarterback. Salter now holds the record of the most passes completed, 333, dating back to 1977. He also holds the record for career passing yards, 4,717, and touchdown passes, 51. Salter is The Record All-Orange County First Team quarterback.

WOS head football coach Cornell Thompson is All-Orange County Coach of the Year. Thompson, in his second years as Mustang head coach, has back-to-back state playoff seasons, both ending in the state quarterfinal round.

WOS Coach Cornell Thompson

The Record added a new category this season. The previous category for MVP Utility Player doesn’t quite say it all for this year’s recipient. Instead, for WOS wide receiver and defensive back, J’Macus Rhodes, we have chosen to name him as All-Orange County MVP Best All Around Player. Like Salter, Rhodes broke new records in Mustang fame. He is first in career receptions with 89, second behind Mark Roberts with 1,483 yards receiving. Defensively, Rhodes was equally dominate and a mainstay in the Chain Gang defense.

WOS Mustang senior linebacker Joe Lynch is an easy pick for The Record’s All-Orange County Defensive MVP. Lynch tallied over 150 tackles in the 2012 season and led what has been called “the best defense in high school football.”

Congratulations to all of our Orange County athletes, those listed here and those who remain unnamed but helped these guys earn these designations. See the roster for the complete line-up for the 2012 All-Orange County Football Team.

See Roster Below:

The Record’s 2012 All-Orange County Football Team

All-Orange County Most Valuable Player: Alex Sezer- Runningback, LCM

All-Orange County Offensive MVP: Montana Quirante- Quarterback, Vidor Pirates

All Orange County Defensive MVP: Joe Lynch, Linebacker, WOS Mustangs

All-Orange County Best All-Around: J’Marcus Rhodes, wide receiver and defensive back, WOS Mustangs

Newcomer of the Year: Deonte Thompson, WOS Mustangs

All-Orange County First Team Offense:

Quarterback: Jimmy Salter, WOS Mustangs

Runninbacks: Abear Simien, WOS Mustangs; Ashton Hunter, Bridge City Cardinals; Carl Wiley, Orangefield Bobcats

Fullback: Justin Moore- Vidor Pirates

Offensive Line: Tyler Howlett, LCM; Paul Hebert, WOS; Dylan Brackens, WOS; Josh Blachard,  Bridge City

Center: Josh Orebo, WOS

Tight end: Casey Viator, LCM

Wide Receivers: : Dalton Doyle, LCM,  Billy Jones, LCM,   Tremaine Anderson, WOS

All-Orange County First Team Defense:

Defensive Line: Jon Boy Smith, Vidor; Kaleb Franklin, WOS; Jhayllien Monette WOS; Octavius Crosson, WOS; Tyler Howlett, LCM; Jordan Schamber, Bridge City.

Linebackers: Daniel Woodson, WOS; Collin Janice, WOS; Ar’Tevin McDonald, WOS; Zack Cole, Bridge City

Cornerbacks: Austin Rodriguez, Vidor; Quinton Tezeno, WOS; Tanner Cervenka, BC

Safeties: Bryce Cooper, Vidor; Trevon Blanchard, WOS; Hunter Stout, Bridge City

First Team Specialty Teams

Punter: Daniel Faulk, Bridge City

Kickoff and Punt Returner: Quinton Tezeno, WOS

Kicker: Rodrikson Cano, WOS