Outstanding Offensive Player

Raymond Calais/Cecilia

Was there anybody more singularly dominant at the big school level on offense this season? Calais was the driving force behind an excellent Cecilia offense, following his stellar junior year with an even better senior season. Calais ran for more than 2,600 yards and scored 31 touchdowns this season, averaging better than 10 yards per carry. Even when opponents zeroed in on him, he found a way to wriggle free. Using his sprinter’s speed — Calais also stars for the Bulldogs track team — he frequently broke big-yardage plays, and he was also a dangerous weapon in the return game. Area defenders are thanking their lucky stars they don’t have to try to tackle him again next season.

OFfense

QB Cole Kelley Teurlings Catholic

Kelley had nine rushing touchdowns to go along with his more than 3,000 yards and 25 scores through the air.

QB Will Bellamy St. Thomas More

Bellamy’s strong play (33 passing touchdowns) led the Cougars to their first state title game.

RB Tyreik Campbell Carencro

Campbell ran with a fury that surely made coach Kevin Faulk proud as he rolled up 1,545 yards and 18 scores.

RB Ty’Von Griffin Crowley

Had at least two rushing scores in each of Crowley’s 13 games. Griffin finished with 35 touchdowns.

WR Kenya Dartez Cecilia

Part of the Bulldogs potent offense, he averaged 26 yards per catch (40 receptions, 1,039 yards, 12 TDs).

WR Trevor Begue St. Thomas More

After an offseason position switch, he hauled in 62 passes for 1,171 yards and 17 touchdowns.

TE Javonis Isaac Acadiana

Did more with less in Acadiana’s run-heavy veer offense, turning six of his 16 catches into touchdowns.

OL Trent Bergeron Cecilia

The Bulldogs’ center was a first-team all-district selection and graded out highest among Cecilia linemen.

OL Ethan Bellman Acadiana

Earned first-team all district honors in 3-5A play and was the Wreckin’ Rams’ most consistent lineman all season.

OL Christian Breaux Crowley

The Gents won plenty of games at the line of scrimmage, and their center was a key part of that.

OL Payton Logan St. Thomas More

A first-team all-district guard and a critical part of a unit that kept QB Will Bellamy on his feet

OL Ashton Whaley Teurlings Catholic

Whaley was the best of a dominant offensive line that vaulted Teurlings Catholic to the Division II semifinals.

ATH Pate Broussard Crowley

Broussard’s efficient passing game (21 TDs, one INT) played a huge part in the Gents’ undefeated regular season.

Outstanding Defensive Player

Mikal Hebert/Crowley

Crowley’s offense got loads of credit for its undefeated regular season, but its defense quietly put together a banner campaign of its own. At the core of it is the mighty mite Hebert, whom coach Josh Fontenot affectionately dubbed “The Honey Badger of Crowley.” Hebert earned that nickname in part because of his size — he’s listed as 5-foot-9, 160 pounds — but mostly because, like Tyrann Mathieu, he always seemed to find a way to the football. Hebert finished the season with 85 tackles, four interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown), 10 pass breakups and a fumble recovery — and that was all while playing both ways. In addition to serving as the team’s top playmaker on defense, Hebert was also a second-team all-district receiver, hauling in 27 passes for 496 yards and three touchdowns.

Defense

DL Aaron Monrose

St. Thomas More

Finished with 6.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss while also breaking up seven passes at the line of scrimmage.

DL Darius Gordon

Cecilia

Earned defensive MVP honors in 4-4A. He finished with 18 tackles for loss and four sacks for the Bulldogs.

DL Tyler Shelvin

Northside

Shelvin was again a dominant force for the Vikings on the interior — and the scary thing is, he has one more year.

LB Kevin Moore

Acadiana

Moore won 3-5A Defensive MVP honors for the second straight year as the Wreckin’ Rams tackling machine.

LB Korey Louis

Breaux Bridge

One of the area’s top playmakers, he had three fumble recoveries, 4.5 sacks and two blocked kicks.

LB Kirkland Joseph

Breaux Bridge

Joseph, the Tigers’ leading tackler, had 112 stops, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and two sacks.

LB James Brown

Lafayette High

It was a tough year for the Lions defense, but Brown was consistently one of the better players on the field.

DB Keldrick Zeno

Cecilia

Snared 10 interceptions and had seven straight games with at least one pick. Two more were nullified by penalties.

DB Izrael Ledet

Breaux Bridge

Listed at 5-foot-5, Ledet finished with four interceptions, five pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

DB Luke Mahne

Teurlings Catholic

First-team all district selection returned an interception for a touchdown against STM during a regular-season win.

DB Jayrin Wilson

Acadiana

Wilson, a two-way player, made more of an impact on defense, where he was an all-district performer.

KR Deantre James

St. Martinville

James brought two punts and two kickoffs back for touchdowns to earn all-district honors as a return man.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Josh Fontenot/Crowley

Fontenot guided Crowley to its first undefeated regular season in nearly a decade. The Gents were the only Acadiana-area large school to finish with an unblemished regular season, and they did it in style. A heart-thumping 50-49 win against Cecilia — which turned out to be the Bulldogs’ only regular-season loss — set the stage for Crowley to win its remaining seven regular-season games by a 288-88 margin. Fontenot’s multi-pronged offensive attack was one of the most difficult to stop in the area.