• Burleson senior safety Sam Martin earned first-team honors on the recently released Distrrict 5-5A football team. BURLESON STAR/TOMMY WHITWORTH IMAGES

Elks’ Martin earns first-team honors

Whether on the football field or the basketball court, Burleson’s Sam Martin is a player to be watched.

The coaches in District 5-5A recognized Martin’s gridiron abilities recently when the senior safety was named a first-team member of the All-District team.

Martin was a first-team selection last season in District 9-5A and earned all-state honors a year ago.

“First off, he’s really good,” Burleson coach Gary McElroy said. “He’s an impact player on the defensive side of the ball. He’s someone that you have to account for at all times. He made plays consistently.”

McElroy said when opposing coaches were putting together their game plans for Burleson, they had to know where Martin was on the field.

Martin finished third on the team with 70 tackles. He also broke up three passes, had a tackle for a loss and one interception.

The senior was also the Elks’ lone first-team selection.

McElroy said he was disappointed to have just one first-team player but he added: “in a nine-team district instead of an eight-team district and that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Looking back on the season, McElroy said a few plays separated the Elks from a playoff berth. Burleson posted a 4-4 record in the district play and went 6-4 overall.

“We lost two district games that we certainly shouldn’t have in the fourth quarter,” McElroy said. “It just boils down to us not being able to finish when we needed too. I think that having an open week, week nine, played a part in that. I think we got worn down and beat up a little bit and that hurt us down the stretch.”

The Elks, who opened the season with a five-game winning streak, finished strong defeating Cleburne, 53-20, in their season finale.

The Elks had five second-team offensive players in senior receiver Aden Anderson (30 catches, 393 yards, 6 TDs), senior quarterback Jacob Amador (1,460 yards passing, 16 TDs and 282 yard rushing, five TDs), junior running back Caleb Lewis (118 carries, 693 yards, 10 TDs), senior receiver Jacob Moss (38-631, 4 TDs) and sophomore center
Chandler Poggensee.

Burleson produced three second-team defensive players including junior inside linebacker Carson Hallack (126 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 hurries, 2 passes broken up, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovered), senior cornerback Iver Macaulay (65 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 7 passes broken up, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble) and senior end Benjamin Quirino (76 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 1 sack and 8 hurries).

Burleson six offensive players on the honorable mention list in sophomore running back Jarrett Austin, junior guard Nick Lott, senior receiver Micah Stabeno, junior tackle Austin Stavely, senior tackle Anthony Ward, and junior kicker Edgar Zaragoza. Six Elk defensive players made the honorable mention list including senior end Jacob Hardie, senior safety Jared Johnson, senior tackle Anthony Love, senior outside linebacker J.C. Mueller, senior cornerback Calvin Williams and junior outside linebacker Skylar Webb.

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