Now that every team has played at least five games, we can officially call it the halfway point of the season.
Since we’ve reached the midpoint, let’s pass out some midseason awards.
MVP (Large Schools): Or maybe we should call this one the No Brainer Award
It would be hard to argue against anyone other than Bruce Jordan-Swilling, Brother Martin’s junior touchdown machine.
He is well on his way to eclipsing 2,000 yards and 40 touchdowns this season. He has 1,410 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns through just six games.
Runner-up goes to St. Aug quarterback Justice McCoy, who has been on a tear the past three weeks.
MVP (Small Schools): Riverside’s Herb McGee. Whether on the basketball court or on the football field, McGee has proven to be big man on campus.
Normally a receiver, McGee stepped in and filled the void at quarterback, leading the team to a near-win over John Ehret in the season opener and then beating Class 5A Hahnville a few weeks later.
Coach of the Year (Large Schools): Wayne Reese, McDonogh 35
The Roneagles are loaded with senior talent, but the jury was still out on the Roneagles after going just 2-8 last season. Three of those losses were by a touchdown or less. Six games into the season, McDonogh 35 has already tripled its win total from a season ago. Extending that winning streak to eight games won’t be easy with a reloaded Warren Easton team up next on the schedule.
Coach of the Year (Small Schools): It’s too early to call this one. You could make a case for Country Day coach Joe Chango, whose team is 6-0 in it’s first season under the former Jesuit offensive coordinator. But you could just as well go with De La Salle coach Ryan Manale.
Neither team has been tested this season and the next game on the schedules won’t do much to change that. (De La Salle plays Clark at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Pan American, and Country Day plays Sophie B. Wright on Friday at 4 p.m.
Things get MUCH tougher for both the following week.
Biggest surprise (large schools): Chalmette’s 17-12 victory over Landry-Walker in Week 4.
All season long, the talk in District 8-5A centered around Landry-Walker and John Ehret.
The Owls changed all that with that one win and now find themselves sitting all alone atop the 8-5A perch.
Biggest surprise (small schools): Country Day’s 53-14 win over Episcopal.
None of the current Country Day players had ever beaten their nemesis from Baton Rouge. That win got the team believing it could win, and they’ve been winning ever since.
Play of the Year: Holy Cross freshman Chandler Fields’ fourth-down touchdown pass to Bret Carter, who somehow made the catch to force double overtime against Jesuit in a game the Tigers went on to win.
Toughest loss: John Ehret losing senior quarterback Caron Baham in the season opener against Riverside. Freshman Travis Mumphrey has stepped in admirably for the Patriots (5-2) but losing the offense’s catalyst is probably the difference between being 5-2 and either 6-1 or 7-0.
Game of the Year: This one is too close to call as well.
Brother Martin vs. Curtis. Jesuit vs. Holy Cross. St. Aug. vs. Brother Martin. Mandeville vs. Ponchatoula. Landry-Walker vs. Karr. Landry Walker vs. Ehret.
There are way too many good ones to choose from.
And just think.
We’re only halfway through.