Chance Hunter led six Houston football players who were named this week to the all-region team.
Hunter earned spots on the team –– selected by the Southwest Missouri Football Coaches Association –– as a running back and kick returner. He was joined by teammates Connor Clifton, Dalton James, Josh Hurst, Michael Clayton and Paydon Dixon.
Both of Hunter’s selections were on the second team. The other HHS players received honorable mention.
Hunter, a senior, had 152 carries for 837 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016 to lead the Tigers in rushing and scoring. He was also had two kickoff returns –– 96 yards against Ava and 92 yards the following week against Willow Springs –– for touchdowns.
Clifton, also a senior, led the Tigers’ defense with 96 tackles –– 67 solo and 29 assists. He had five tackles for losses, one sack and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
James, a junior, was Houston’s lone offensive or defensive lineman on the all-region team. His selection was on the offensive line.
Clayton, a junior fullback, was the lead blocker for Hunter. In his limited touches he carried the ball four times for 12 yards and had six catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. He also had a pair of two-point conversion catches. He was selected as a tight end.
Hurst, a junior linebacker, ranked third on the team with 73 total tackles, including seven tackles for losses. He tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries and caused another.
Dixon, a sophomore safety, was Houston’s second-leading tackler with 86. He had a team-leading two interceptions, including one for a touchdown. He forced two fumbles and recovered one.