Houston junior Paydon Dixon makes a tackle in the Tigers' season opener at Ash Grove.

Paydon Dixon and Michael Clayton led the Houston football team’s four all-district selections with spots on the first team.

Dixon and Clayton, who both received the honors on the defensive side of the ball, were joined by teammates Aiden Sawyer and Dalton James. The Class 2 District 3 team is selected by the coaches.

The foursome, along with Robert Faupel and Gavin Alston, were also selected on the Class 2 Southwest Region football team.

Dixon was named to the all-region second team. His five teammates were honorable mention picks.

Dixon, a safety, led HHS with two interceptions and ranked second on the team with 83 tackles and 10 tackles for losses despite missing one game with an injury.

Clayton, a senior who moved from defensive end to linebacker midseason, led HHS with 11 tackles for losses, four sacks and three forced fumbles. He ranked fourth on the team with 71 tackles.

Sawyer, a linebacker, had 57 tackles and seven tackles for losses his junior season. He also forced a fumble.

James, a senior, was the top offensive lineman for a Houston ground game that improved as the season pro gressed. Houston had 1,688 rushing yards –– for a 4.2 yards per carry average –– and 21 touchdowns on the ground.

Faupel, a senior defensive lineman, ranked third on the team with eight tackles for losses and had 56 total tackles.

Alston, a receiver, had 57 rushes for 297 yards and two touchdowns his senior season. He added six catches for 33 yards.

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