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Members are selected by a statewide committee made up of sportswriters, high school football coaches and members of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees.
The Class of 2012
1950s and Before: Delano Womack, Austin High School: After helping Austin High reach back-to-back state title games in 1949-50, Womack earned Class 4A all-state honors at halfback in 1951. His eight touchdowns against San Antonio Fox Tech that year remained the state’s highest single-game total in the large-school classes for almost five decades. Womack also led the Texas All-Stars to an 18-6 win over Oklahoma in the 1952 Oil Bowl, ripping off a 62-yard run that stood as the Oil Bowl record for 33 years. Womack went on to play at Texas from 1953-55, running for 1,064 yards, a 4.5 average and 13 TDs, and his 71-yard touchdown reception in 1954 stood as a UT running back record for more than 30 years until Eric Metcalf’s 80-yarder in 1985. He was drafted by the NFL‘s Philadelphia Eagles.
1960s: Bob McKay, Crane High School: McKay starred at end for the Golden Cranes, earning second-team Texas Football Super Team and Class 2A second-team all-state honors. He spent the last two seasons of his college career at Texas, earning consensus all-America honors at offensive tackle and anchoring a line that blew open holes for the Longhorns’ powerful wishbone en route to the national championship in 1969. Texas went 20-1-1 in his two all-SWC seasons at Forty Acres. Selected by Cleveland in the first round of the 1970 NFL Draft, McKay spent nine seasons in the NFL with the Browns and New England Patriots.
1970s: Joe Bob Bizzell, Odessa Permian High School: “He’s a great football player and can do it all,” legendary coach Gil Bartosh said of Bizzell, who intercepted 16 passes as a sophomore for 4A state finalist Odessa Permian to earn the first of four all-state awards. It only got better for the 5-8, 145-pounder, who quarterbacked Permian defenses that posted 14 shutouts and gave up less than nine points per game during his three years as a starter. As a senior in 1972, he caught 28 passes for 478 yards, including six for 126 yards and a TD in a 37-7 win over Baytown Sterling in the 4A championship game to cap a 14-0 season. Bizzell earned first-team all-state honors at both receiver and defensive back that season, capping a career in which Permian won 37 of his 39 starts.
1980s: Lance Pavlas, Tomball High School: In two years as starting quarterback, Pavlas led Tomball to a 28-2 record and two straight Class 4A title games, earning back-to-back first-team all-state honors in 1985-86. He passed for 3,410 yards and 46 TDs in his two seasons as the starter, and was named to Texas Football‘s Super Team in 1986. Pavlas was a two-year starter at Texas A&M, finishing No. 4 on the Aggies’ all-time list in career passing yardage (3,185, now 12th) and TD passes (20, now 11th), and second in completion percentage (56.5, now sixth).
1990s: Bobby Taylor, Longview High School: Called by coach Robert Bero “the best all-around athlete in the state,” Taylor (6-4, 190, 4.5) was a three-year starter at defensive back and two-time 5A all-state selection in football, an all-district player on the Lobos’ 1992 state championship basketball team and ran a leg on the state champion 1,600-meter relay squad. As a junior, he intercepted four passes and returned three kickoffs for TDs to earn first-team Texas Football Super Team recognition, then led Longview to a 9-3 record and the area finals as a senior. Taylor was also named to the UIL All-Century first team selected by fan balloting in 2009. Listed among the state’s top 30 recruits, he signed with Notre Dame, where he was a Jim Thorpe Award finalist as a sophomore and earned consensus all-American honors as a junior in 1994. A second-round draft pick of Philadelphia in 1995, he spent 10 seasons in the NFL, earning the Ed Block Courage Award in 1998 and a Pro Bowl berth in 2002.
2000s: Tommie Harris, Killeen Ellison High School: Four-year starter at defensive tackle for the Eagles, Harris earned all-state honors as a junior (the first team’s only non-senior) after recording 139 tackles, 21 for losses, 6 sacks and 2 forced fumbles for a 3-7 team. Double- and even triple-teamed as a senior, his numbers declined but his stock soared. The 6-3, 285-pounder was named to Texas Football’s Super Team and rated the state’s top defensive line prospect. Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming ranked him the No. 35 overall prospect in the nation and he lived up to the billing at Oklahoma, earning all-America honors as a sophomore and junior and winning the Lombardi Trophy before declaring for the NFL draft. He was named in 2009 to Sports Illustrated’s college football all-decade team. Taken in the first round by Chicago in 2004, he has been to three Pro Bowls in his first six seasons.
Special Category, Administration: Jerry Larned: Larned compiled a 125-54-8 record in 17 years of coaching, most of it at Monahans, and was named West Texas Coach of the Year in 1976, 1973, 1974 and 1976. He also served as superintendent of the Monahans-Wickett-Pyote ISD three different times, and as a director of the Texas High School Coaches Association from 1973-75. He was voted into the Texas Panhandle Football Hall of Fame in 1982, into the THSCA Hall of Honor in 1992, and was honored by Monahans in 2003 with the renaming of its multisport athletic facility as the Jerry Larned Sports Complex.
Coach: G.A. Moore Jr., Pilot Point/Celina/Aubrey: Texas’ winningest high school coach (421-83-9 as of Oct. 8, according to Texas Football magazine) is now in his 43rd season, split almost evenly between bitter 2A rivals Pilot Point (3 terms, 20 years) and Celina (2 terms, 19 years) with whistle stops at Bryson, Sherman and now Aubrey. He won two state championships at Pilot Point (where he was all-state in football and basketball), but six at Celina, including four straight from 1998-2001 -- a sore point at his alma mater. In his first stint at Celina, Moore’s teams posted a 52-5-2 mark and captured his first title, a co-championship with Big Sandy in 1974. Three years later, he returned to a Pilot Point program coming off a 1-9 season and lost only nine games in the next nine years, going 106-9-3 and winning back-to-back titles in 1980-81. But after a brief detour to Sherman, Moore returned in 1988 to Celina, which hadn’t won a district crown in a decade. He averaged almost 12 wins a year for the next 14 seasons (163-22) and added five more championship trophies to the mantle (1995-98-99-2000-01). When he left Celina to return to Pilot Point in 2002, the Bobcats were riding a 57-game win streak. After three more seasons at Pilot Point, during which he passed Gordon Wood as Texas’ winningest coach and reached 400 victories, Moore retired to his ranch … only to return in 2009 to lead Aubrey to a school record 11 wins. The Chaparrals’ only two losses last year were to eventual undefeated state champion Pilot Point in the regular-season finale and then-unbeaten McGregor in the region semifinals.