All Basin Defense

Our All-Basin Defense is filled with headhunters and ball-hawks possessing that patented West Texas smash-mouth attitude. Establishing their presence in the trenches, our defensive linemen prided themselves on plugging holes and controlling the line of scrimmage.  The top three combined for 150 solo tackles and 35 tackles for loss.

We’ve got a pair of linebackers that posted over 100 solo tackles.  The top four defensive backs in the unit accounted for over 20 interceptions this season.  The All-Basin defensive unit met the season’s challenges all year long and are some of the best the state has to offer.

Defensive Linemen
Shaun Foster (6-3, 180) utilized his speed to seal the edge and force plays back inside for Alpine.  He recorded 54 solo tackles (86 total) including 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks.  Wink’s Mack Payne (6-0, 230) had 51 solo tackles of his own and nine tackles for a loss.
– Junior Chase Barton (6-0, 260) and senior Kam Curry (6-2, 290) provided the bookend one-two punch for Midland Legacy this year.  Barton had 41 solo tackles (nine for loss) and five sacks, while Curry logged matching numbers for the Rebels.
– Permian matched a similar formula with senior Daveon Walucho (6-2, 285) and junior Desmond Hill (6-0, 250).  With the duo sharing 42 total tackles, Walucho administered 31 solo and six for loss, while Hill had 22 solo and 14 for a loss.  Desmond also added five sacks for the Panthers.
– Seminole’s Rikter Connally (6-5, 270), Garden City’s Owen Seidenberger (6-0, 250), and Legacy’s Cole Stapleton (6-3, 290) are all juniors and finished the season with 25+ solo tackles.  Coahoma’s Braiden Boaz (5-11, 170) and Fort Stockton’s Elijah Escajeda (6-0, 230) claim the final spots on our elite roster.
Other area linemen that were up for serious consideration included:  Kaiden Andrews (Midland Legacy), Ethan Hinojos (Monahans), Dustin Oliver (Monahans), Jose Padilla (Crane), Zeke Rivera (Andrews), Daniel Varela (Midland High), Drake Womack (Odessa Permian), and David Zamora (Andrews).
  
Linebackers
Elias Minjarez (5-10, 185) anchored the Odessa High defense, recording 66 solo tackles (109 total), four tackles for a loss, two sacks, and an interception. Midland Legacy’s Wesley Smith (6-0, 210) backed that up with 108 solo tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, and six sacks for the Rebels. Both are seniors.
– Junior Jaime Vasquez (5-8, 180) was a defensive force at Greenwood, offering 90 solo tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, and a sack. Garden City’s John Lopez (6-2, 185) finished the season with 55 solo tackles as a linebacker, and cranked out 885 yards for the Bearkats at running back.
– Opponents got a double dose of Mustangs all season. Senior Brody Dickson (5-11, 190) and junior Dawson Bullard (5-10, 175) constantly disrupted offensive plays in Midland Christian’s trek to the State Final game. Dickson had 79 solo tack, 17 tackles for loss, and a sack. Bullard added 72 solo tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and three sacks.
Bryce Ford (5-10, 195) represented the Tigers well. He managed to log 44 solo tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and a pair of sacks during his final season at Snyder.
– Rankin’s Braxxton Kirkland (6-0, 195) brought his “A Game” every time he stepped on the field for the Red Devils – both on defense and offense. Braxxton had 52 tackles (42 solo efforts), 24 tackles for a loss, and five sacks. He also added 464 passing yards and 2,874 rushing for 54 touchdowns. The savvy to play at the next level is there.
Tanner Jones (5-8, 170) Monahans – 37 solo tackles, 10 TFL, and eight sacks.
Matteo Houston (6-0, 200) Midland High – 30 solo tackles, five TFL, and three sacks.
Isaiah Holloway (5-11, 195) Big Spring – 23 solo tackles, eight TFL, two sacks, and an interception.
Turner Squire (5-10, 180) Midland High – 17 solo tackles with one for a loss, and three sacks.
  
Defensive Backs
– Midland Christian’s Tanner Carlisle (6-1, 185) was credited with 59 solo tackles (87 total), three sacks, and four interceptions.  Carlisle also handled punt and kickoff returns for the Mustangs.
– Two District 2-6A heavy hitters added another nine picks and 82 solo tackles to the All Basin resume.  Legacy junior Canyon Moses (6-0, 185) had 52 solo tackles (65 total) and four interceptions, while Permian senior Corey McCoy, Jr. (5-11, 175) dished out 30 solo tackles (43 total) and had five INT’s.
– At 6-3 and 200 pounds, Garden City’s Mason Walker became well-known by opposing teams with his presence on both sides of the ball.  Walker finished with the season with 45 solo tackles and two interceptions. 
– Our duo-force ball hawkers of Lamesa’s Luke Martinez (5-10, 160) and Monahans’ Leonard Davis (6-2, 195) accounted for a combined 15 interceptions in 2021.  Martinez logged eight picks and 29 solo tackles, while Davis nabbed seven passes and also added 29 solo tackles. Davis also doubled as a receiver for the Loboes.
Elijah Windham (6-3, 185) Midland Christian – 24 solo tackles (43 total) and a pair of sacks.
Jamarcus Pickens (5-9, 160) Monahans – 19 solo tackles and four interceptions.  Pickens had 16 receptions for 220 yards on offense.

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