By ARMANDO GARZA
Special to the NEWS
Not many athletes can say they were named All-State.
Even fewer get named to the first team—the best of the best for each classification.
Rio Hondo junior Albert Magallanes joined the exclusive club on Tuesday when he was named to the Associated Press Sports Editors’ Class 4A All-State football team.
Magallanes, a defensive end, notched 75 total tackles to go along with a whopping 20 sacks, 23 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries en route to being named to the exclusive first team.
“It’s a big honor for Albert and for our team,” Rio Hondo head coach Rocky James said. “I believe he’s one of the very few from Rio Hondo to be named first team, if ever. He’s a very good football player and a great teammate on and off the field. It’s a big honor for him, especially him being a junior. He’ll be back next year.”
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