John Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity putting ‘my big boy pants on,’ signs with LSU _lowres

Advocate file photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- John Ehret's Michael Divinity

The John Ehret defense was called the Red Brick Wall.

Senior linebacker Michael Divinity was the cornerstone.

Divinity led Ehret’s stingy defense as the Patriots reached the Class 5A state championship game for the first time in 30 years.

For his acccomplishments, Divinity was named Defensive Player of the Year on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A all-state team.

Divinity finished with 60.5 tackles, 13 sacks and two forced fumbles.

It is the latest honor for Divinity, who was also chosen to play in the Under Armour All-American Game.

Divinity was one of three Ehret players to make the all-state team. He was joined by linebacker Robert Green (31 sacks) and De’Jon Harris (83 tackles, 14 tackles for loss).

The defense was dominated by local players, with eight of the 12 players being from the New Orleans area.

Rummel placed two players on the first-team defense.

Defensive lineman Briston Guidry (69 tackles, 6.5 sacks) and cornerback Kristian Fulton (58 tackles, six interceptions) were repeat selections.

Destrehan defensive lineman Glen Logan (54.5 tackles, four sacks, five tackles for loss) joins Guidry on the defenive line.

Local players joining Fulton in the secondary are John Curtis’ Garrett Wallow (72 tackles) and St. Paul’s Deonte Sorapuru (seven interceptions).

Three local players were named to the offensive team.

John Curtis offensive lineman Willie Allen, also an Under Armour All-American, was also named to the first team.

He was joined by Rummel offensive lineman Joe Oliver and Brother Martin running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling.

Jordan-Swilling rushed for 1,884 rushing yards and ran for 30 touchdowns.

Quarterback Lindsey Scott, who led Zachary to the 5A title game victory over Ehret, was named Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Scott compiled 5,002 total yards and accounted for 61 touchdowns while helping the Broncos win their first state title.

He passed for 3,039 yards and 33 TDs with just five interceptions. He also ran for 1,963 yards and 28 TDs.

Catholic High coach Dale Weiner, who led his team to the Division I championship with a win over favored Rummel, was named Coach of the Year.

Weiner enjoyed a milestone season on multiple levels. He picked up his 300th career win early in the season and notched three straight come-from-behind wins en route to winning the Division I state title.