Football

Malcolm Dedrick, Livonia running back-linebacker, Sr.

By the numbers: Dedrick was considered a top defensive prospect before the season. After rushing for 230 yards in a Week 1 win over Live Oak and 149 yards on 26 carries with three touchdowns in last week’s win over Port Allen, the senior has established himself as an offensive threat.

What the numbers mean: Skeptics wondered how the Wildcats would fare after a Week 2 open date. Dedrick helped erase those doubts in a 46-22 victory over Port Allen.

LHS coach Guy Mistretta says: “Malcolm is everything a coach looks for in a student-athlete. He’s a leader in the classroom as well as on the field and displays outstanding work ethic. We use Malcolm as an example of what we’re looking for from all of our players.”

Volleyball

Sayle Sanson, Baton Rouge High, Sr.

By the numbers: Sanson paved the way for the Bulldogs to win Tara’s Slammin’ Volleyball Classic last weekend. She finished the two-day tourney with 23 kills, 21 digs, 7 blocks and 2 aces, including compiling 11 kills during a three-set win over Woodlawn in the final.

What the numbers mean: Baton Rouge High is off to its best start in recent years with an 11-5 record, thanks to a group of seniors that includes Sanson. Her ability to elevate her game last weekend can only mean good things for the Division I Bulldogs.

BRHS coach Sheila Achee says: “Sayle is actually pretty quiet. She is a leader by example for the most part, and she’s very steady. When we needed her (at the Tara tournament), she really stepped up her play and that was the difference for us.”