Offensive Player of the Year

De’Jon Harris/John Ehret, Sr.

There probably wasn’t a player around who meant more to his team this season than Ehret senior De’Jon Harris.

After Ehret’s starting quarterback went down in the first game of the season, Harris put the Patriots offense on his shoulders and led the team to the championship game for the first time since 1985.

For his accomplishments, he is the Offensive Player of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro Team for large schools.

Harris rushed for 1,058 yards, had 374 receiving yards and threw for another 495 yards. All told, he accounted for 1,927 yards from scrimmage.

He was responsible for 23 touchdowns (16 rushing, three passing and four receiving), including two in the championship game when he was named Most Outstanding Player.

And that was just on offense.

Harris, who will play linebacker at Arkansas, is also one of the best defensive players around. He recorded 83 tackles (14 for loss). He also punted and kicked.

But it’s how he carried the offense when it needed him most that helped him land top honors on this year’s team.

“I am always going to remember this year because of how we brought the community back together,” Harris said. “We hope we did something to help the young guys in the future. ... I loved playing on both sides of the ball. It was a way to go out my senior year with a bang.”

Offense

QB Aldon Clark

Karr, Jr.

Threw for 3,828 yards and 37 TDs and led Cougars to 4A title game.

RB Bruce Jordan-Swilling

Brother Martin, Jr.

Rushed for 2,062 yards and scored 34 TDs for Crusaders.

RB Masen Mitchell

Chalmette, Sr.

Rushed for 1,780 yards and 27 TDs for Owls, who shared district title.

RB Trey Ragas

Shaw, Sr.

Finished with 1,881 yards, 21 TDs and becamse Shaw’s all-time leading rusher.

WR Kalija Lipscomb

Jesuit, Sr.

Blue Jays’ go-to man caught 56 passes for 1,036 yards and 11 touchdowns.

WR Jeremy Singleton

Brother Martin, Jr.

Caught 50 passes for 993 yards and 16 TDs in Crusaders’ high-octane offense.

WR Clyde Chriss

Warren Easton, Sr.

One of state’s top receivers and return men helped Eagles reach 4A semis.

OL Joe Oliver

Rummel, Sr.

Key in run-first offense for a team that reached Division I title game.

OL Willie Allen

John Curtis, Sr.

One of nation’s top players at his position starred at left tackle.

OL Jason Tucker

Chalmette, Sr.

Played all over the Owls’ line and paved way for Masen Mitchell’s 1,780 yards.

OL Victor Quinonez

Brother Martin, Sr.

Anchored the way up front to help Crusaders to an 8-3 record.

OL Drew Melancon

Hahnville, Sr.

Graded out at least 90 percent in every game as Tigers reached 5A quarterfinals.

TE Irv Smith

Brother Martin, Sr.

Caught 30 passes for 517 yards and four touchdowns for the Crusaders.

AP Anthony Williams

Hahnville, So.

Had 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 receiving, plus six return TDs.

AP John Williams

Destrehan, Sr.

Caught 59 passes for 1,059 receiving yards and also two special team TDs.

K Gavin Broussard

Holy Cross, Sr.

Made 7 of 8 field goals including a season-best 42-yarder for the Tigers.

Defensive Player of the Year

Derrick Munson/Rummel, Jr.

Rummel’s Derrick Munson played at safety as a sophomore. This season, he moved up to linebacker.

It’s just where he wanted to be.

“I always liked being closer to the ball,” Munson said. “I didn’t really like all the dropping back into coverage as much. I liked accelerating and getting to the ball.”

And boy, did he do that all season long for one of the state’s top defenses.

Munson had a nose for the football, recording a team-best 158 tackles this season on his way to becoming Defensive Player of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro Team for large schools.

He recorded 21 of those tackles behind the line of scrimmage and also had six sacks. Munson also had a pair of interceptions. His best outing came against Wayne County, the Class 5A state champion in Mississippi. In that game, Munson recorded 20 tackles, forced three fumbles, recovered a fumble and had one of his two interceptions.

Cordae Hankton, who coaches linebackers, calls Munson the “motor of the defense.”

“He just disrupts stuff,” Hankton said. “He flies to the ball. He’s a great player and an even better kid. Everything that’s happened for him, he’s earned it.”

It is the second straight year that a Rummel player won top defensive honors.

Teammate Kristian Fulton was defensive player of the year in 2014.

“We had a lot of talent on the team, so it’s an honor to win it,” Munson said.

Defense

DL De’Andre Christmas-Giles

St, Augustine, Sr.

Co-Catholic League Defensive MVP credited with 49 tackles and five sacks.

DL Briston Guidry

Rummel, Sr.

Recorded 83 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

DL Robert Green

John Ehret, Sr.

Finished season with 31 sacks, including two in the state championship game.

DL Sci Martin

McDonogh 35, Sr.

Led team with 61 tackles, 33.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries.

DL Andre Anthony

Karr, Sr.

Recorded 52.5 tackles, 11.5 TFLs and

8 sacks for Class 4A state finalists.

LB Johnathan Picone

Mandeville, Sr.

Leader of Skippers defense recorded 96 tackles, 14 TFLs and 6 sacks.

LB Michael Divinity

John Ehret, Sr.

Finished season with 60.5 tackles, 13 sacks and two forced fumbles.

DB Kristian Fulton

Rummel, Sr.

2014 Defensive Player of the Year had 58 tackles and six interceptions.

DB Jarius Wallace

John Ehret, Sr.

Led the Patriots secondary, recording 41 tackles and seven interceptions.

DB Deonte Sorapuru

St. Paul’s, Sr.

Recorded 76 tackles to go with his seven interceptions for Wolves.

DB Tre Swilling

Brother Martin, Jr.

Finished season with 53 tackles and three interceptions for Crusaders.

AP Clifford Chattman

McDonogh 35, Sr.

Versatile Chattman recorded 78 tackles, with eight tackles for loss.

AP Kyle Meyers

Holy Cross, Sr.

Finished with 26 tackles, four interceptions and nine pass deflections.

P Kody Schexnayder

John Curtis, Sr.

Averaged 43.4 yards per punt, including season-best 77 yarder.

Coach of the Year

Corey Lambert, John Ehret

Lambert, in his fourth season as head coach at his alma mater, led the Patriots to a 12-3 record and to the Class 5A state championship game. It was Ehret’s first time reaching the championship game since 1985. Not bad for a program that finished 0-9 just three seasons ago. Ehret reached the title game despite losing two of its top two offensive players early in the season. The Patriots also won a share of the district title, giving them their third consecutive district crown after that winless season. Lambert has a 30-17 record in his four seasons.