The numbers speak for themselves.
University High running back Nick Brossette set a score of records and UHS coach Chad Mahaffey led the Cubs to a combined record of 26-1 over the past two seasons.
Both were key figures in a season that saw U-High claim the school’s first state football title since 1988 and both grabbed a top honor on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A All-State team.
Brossette, a three-time all-state performer, was selected as the Outstanding Offensive Player for the second straight season.
Mahaffey was selected as the Coach of the Year by a panel of sportswriters from across the state. John Curtis lineman Bo Wallace was picked as the Outstanding Defensive Player.
“Sometimes when I think about the numbers and the honors, it’s hard for me to believe this all happened to me,” Brossette said. “My goal is always to get better and do the best I can for my team. The other things, like the yards and touchdowns, I never dreamed about.
“I’ve been blessed. I’ve got great teammates and a family that is always there for me. A state title and now this. Like I said, I’ve been blessed.”
Brossette rushing for 1,833 yards on 220 carries and scoring 31 total touchdowns. He ranks sixth nationally in rushing touchdowns with a four-year of 137. While running for a Division/3A record 272 yards in the Division II final, Brossette set a state mark for career rushing with a five-year total of 8,704 yards and 163 total TDs.
Mahaffey’s U-High team finished 13-0, adding a Division II title to its Division II runner-up finish in 2013. Mahaffey’s last two UHS team have a combined record of 26-1. Livonia High’s Guy Mistretta also was considered for the coaching honor. Mistretta led Livonia to a 14-0 record and the 3A state title.
“It’s a honor when you look at what other coaches in the state did,” Mahaffey said. “There are a lot of talented teams in 3A and some great coaches. I’ve watched most of this senior group come up through the junior high team, with the exception of Nick, who played varsity as an eighth-grader.
“I’ve watched them grow and mature and to be able to win it (state title) with them was a special experience.”
Wallace helped lead Curtis to a Division I select runner-up finish with 77 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hurries, 9 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery.
Wallace was one of four Curtis players on the LSWA squad. University and 3A champion Livonia each placed three players on the honor team.
Brossette is joined by receiver Tre’ Jackson (45 catches, 876 yards, 9 TDs) and linebacker Dylan Moses (99 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two blocked punts).
Running Malcolm Dedrick (302 carries, 2,157 yards, 31 rushing TDs), defensive lineman Willie Baker (77 tackles, 31 assists, 29 tackles for loss, 12 sacks) and athlete Cee Jay Powell (1,550 yards passing, 21 TDs; 1,164 yards rushing, 13 TDs) represent Livonia. The other BR area player picked was offensive lineman. Trent Harrington of Parkiew Baptist.
Teammates joining Curtis’ Wallace on the 3A team were offensive lineman Willie Allen, linebacker Mikey Corcoran (68 tackles, 11 quarterback hurries, eight tackles for loss, four sacks) and defensive back Hunter Dale (53 tackles, eight pass break-ups, three interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries).
Rayville’s Jamarion “Papa” Jackson (42 catches, 966 yards, 13 TDs) and Patterson’s Daylon Charlot (30 passes, 711 yards, 14 TDs) are the other receivers on the squad, while Union Parish’s Tyler Holloway, South Beauregard’s Curtis Cox and Evangel Christian’s Jerry Tillery were the other offensive linemen selected.
Rayville’s Kahmod Naylor (133 of 220, 2,565 yards, 27 TDs) made the squad at quarterback. North Webster’s Devin White (270-2,287 yards, 30 TDs) was the other running back.
Notre Dame’s Nate Link (40 tackles, 21 assists, 20 tackles for loss, 11 sacks) and Amite’s Brad Porter (72 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 23 sacks) were the other defensive linemen. Church Point’s Logan Lavergne (109 tackles, three tackles for loss, two forced fumbles) and Jennings’ Brett Fontenot (136 tackles, two interceptions) also were picked at line.
Amite’s Joshua Perry (72 tackles, six interceptions, two returns for TDs) and West Feliciana’s Ryan Reed (127 tackles, four interceptions, three fumble recoveries) complete the defensive backfield.
The specialists chosen were punter Chase Spatafora of Union Parish (38.9 average, 7 of 20 downed inside opponent’s 20), kicker Thomas O’Dowd of St. Louis (8 of 11 field goals, long of 54) and return specialist Shea Holland of South Beauregard (19.2 yards per return, TD).