2017 SMDR Male Athlete of the Year: Prudencio Calderon

Photo by Gerald Castillo

2017 End of Year Awards

The snap could’ve flown over senior quarterback Prudencio Calderon’s head. 

Not that night. Not in that moment. And especially not this season. 

Calderon leaped in the air, caught the ball, ran past Austin Bowie defenders and strolled into the endzone. 

Calderon’s 19-yard touchdown run during San Marcos’ 31-26 district-title win over Bowie was one of many exciting plays the senior quarterback made during the 2017 season. 

An electrifying runner, who made timely passes, made the transition from safety to quarterback look seamless. Calderon’s gaudy stat line and leadership on the field has earned him the honor of 2017 San Marcos Daily Record Male Athlete of the Year. 

On that stat line: Count them, all 3,091 total yards. Oh and don’t forget 39 total touchdowns. Calderon made his presence known on the ground by dodging, spinning and running through defenders. He amassed 1,770 rushing yards and found the endzone 27 times. In the air, he threw for 1,304 yards and connected with his receivers 12 times for touchdowns. 

Calderon powered a dynamic offense and was reliable when the Rattlers needed him most. Falling behind 21-0 against Manor, Calderon helped spark a comeback victory with 154 rushing yards and two touchdowns. 

When Round Rock Westwood jumped out in front 29-0 in the Bi-District playoff round, Calderon helped bring San Marcos back. It was his best performance of the year with 354 rushing yards and four touchdowns, which he capped off with a game-sealing 86-yard scoring scamper. 

Calderon’s performance this season earned him the District 14-6A Most Valuable Player award. 

Alongside his exceptional season on the gridiron, Calderon qualified for the Texas High School Powerlifting Association state meet during the spring. 

Calderon is currently committed to play football at Yale University. 

Male Athlete of the Year Nominees:

Texas State senior forward Kavin Gilder-Tilbury 

Kavin Gilder-Tilbury led the Bobcats during his senior season. 

The forward from Houston averaged 15.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and one block per game during the 2016-17 campaign. Gilder-Tilbury also averaged a team-high 49.4 shooting percentage and was 38 percent from beyond the arc. He was a first-team All-Sun Belt selection. 

Gilder-Tilbury finished his career at Texas State as the all-time leader in games played at 128 and three-point attempts at 451. He’s tied in all-time starts at 99. Gilder-Tilbury is the only Bobcat to record over 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 steals and 50 steals in a career. He is ranked sixth in Texas State history with 1,385 points.

Gilder-Tilbury currently plays basketball in Germany for the Rhein Stars Koeln. 

San Marcos senior cornerback Demarcus Hall 

Inside a joyous locker room following San Marcos’ 64-50 comeback win over Westwood, Rattler head coach Mark Soto called senior cornerback Demarcus Hall, ‘Mr. D-Mac.’

After Hall had defended Warrior wide receiver Cameron Thomas, who at the time was committed to Oregon State, Soto added that maybe Hall should be an Oregon State commit. 

Hall put together a strong season in San Marcos’ secondary recording 44 total tackles, 18 pass breakups and five interceptions. 

Hall was named District 14-6A’s co-defensive MVP.  

San Marcos Academy senior forward Devon Hethcock 

San Marcos Academy’s Devon Hethcock put together an outstanding final season with the Bears. 

Hethcock scored 20 goals and added 13 assists during his senior campaign. Hethcock currently plays for Colorado Christian University. 

San Marcos senior powerlifter Jose Hernandez 

Jose Hernandez brought home San Marcos’ first powerlifting state championship in 2017. 

The senior, who graduated in the spring, lifted 595 pounds on his final deadlift attempt to bring home the title.

Hernandez secured the state championship with his meet total of 1,685 pounds, which was 20 pounds more than the second play finisher at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association State Meet on March 25.

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