Outstanding Defensive Player

Willie Baker/Livonia

Defensive lineman 6-4, 245, Sr.

Skeptics wondered whether the Wildcats would fare well in Class 4A, and Baker helped provide a resounding answer. The District 6-4A Defensive MVP and a two-time all-state selection, Baker finished with 81 tackles, including 50 solos, 16 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks and 21 hurries for a Livonia team that was 8-4, including a six-point loss to second-seeded Crowley High in the regional playoff round.

Defense

DL Caleb Roddy/Denham Springs

6-5, 250, Sr.

Co-MVP of District 4-5A compiled 66 tackles, 20 assists, 27 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and 9 pass breakups.

Outstanding Defensive Player

Willie Baker/Livonia

Defensive lineman 6-4, 245, Sr.

Skeptics wondered whether the Wildcats would fare well in Class 4A, and Baker helped provide a resounding answer. The District 6-4A Defensive MVP and a two-time all-state selection, Baker finished with 81 tackles, including 50 solos, 16 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks and 21 hurries for a Livonia team that was 8-4, including a six-point loss to second-seeded Crowley High in the regional playoff round.

Defense

DL Aaron Moffitt/Catholic

6-2, 250, Jr.

Made key plays in the Bears’ last three playoff wins and finished with 54 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.

DL DeAndre Williams/Scotlandville

6-4, 240, Sr.

Big-play maker on the front line had 101 tackles with 19 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks and 3 blocked punts.

DL Reggie Cleveland/Scotlandville

6-4, 220, Sr.

Shared MVP honors in 4-5A and led the Hornets with 73 tackles, 61 solos, 17 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.

LB Brandon Fairbanks/Catholic

6-0, 210, Sr.

Finished with 50 solo tackles, six tackles for loss, five assists and two fumble recoveries for the Bears.

LB Troy Domino/Woodlawn

5-10, 175, Sr.

Led the 4A Panthers with 47 solo tackles, 5 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, 4 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles.

LB Brock Williamson/Live Oak

6-0, 200, Sr.

Helped LOHS to its first playoff win with 96 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries.

DB Todd Harris/Plaquemine

6-2, 184, Jr.

Ball-hawking presence in the secondary had 84 tackles with 47 solos, 22 pass break-ups and six forced fumbles.

DB Coney Durr/Dutchtown

5-10, 185. Sr.

District 5-5A MVP was the heart of the Griffins defense with 55 tackles, 28 assists and 1 fumble recovery for a TD.

DB Johnny Baker/East Ascension

5-11, 160, Sr.

All-District 5-5A pick led EAHS secondary with 29 tackles, 25 assists, 4 interceptions and 10 pass break-ups.

DB PJ Cannon/Zachary

5-10, 175, Sr.

Steady presence for the 5A champion Broncos provided 62 solo tackles, 23 pass break-ups and 3 interceptions.

KR DaQuan Hicks/Belaire

5-7, 175, Sr.

Outstanding Offensive Player

Lindsey Scott Jr./Zachary

Quarterback 5-11, 195, Sr.

No one can argue with the numbers or the results for the area’s top offensive player. Scott led the 14-1 Broncos to the Class 5A title — the first football championship in school history — and is the Gatorade Louisiana Player of the Year. He accounted for an incredible 5,002 total yards and 61 touchdowns, completing 163 of 255 passes for 3,039 yards and 33 TDs with just five interceptions. Scott also ran for 1,963 yards on 220 carries with 28 TDs.

OFfense

WR Doug Coleman/Zachary

6-2, 175, Sr.

Top receiver for the Broncos made big plays all year, compiling 62 catches for 1,482 yards and 15 TDs.

WR Briggs Bourgeois/St. Amant

6-0, 190, Jr.

One of the area’s top receivers all season, he led the 5A Gators with 45 catches for 815 yards and 16 TDs.

WR David Armstead/Scotlandville

5-10, 160, Sr.

Led a talented corps of receivers for the 5A Hornets by making 42 catches for 787 yards and 9 TDs.

OL Kellton Hollins/Zachary

6-3, 285, Sr.

Was the lead blocker for the 5A champions, who had a 3,000-yard passer and two 1,000-yard rushers.

OL Lloyd Cushenberry/Dutchtown

6-4, 315, Sr.

Showed versatility as the 5A Griffins passed more often while maintaining their traditional running attack.

OL Abraham Delfin/Plaquemine

6-2, 290, Sr.

Led the way for a punishing option offense which showcased multiple players for the 4A Green Devils.

OL Paul DeRogers/Livonia

6-2, 245, Sr.

Carved a path through defenses for a Wildcat offense that featured two distinct 1,000-yard rushers.

OL TrÉ Hamilton/Catholic

6-0, 255, Sr.

Was an unsung hero in the Bears’ run to the Division I state title and typically blocked opponents’ top defender.

RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire/Catholic

5-9, 194, Jr.

Gave the Bears 2,704 all-purpose yards, including 1,338 rushing yards with 14 TDs; 822 receiving yards and 6 TDs.

RB Patrick Queen/Livonia

6-1, 210, Jr.

First-year starter on offense was the top option for the Wildcats offense, tallying 1,887 yards and 24 TDs.

RB Terry Sullivan/Zachary

6-0, 210, Sr.

A power runner with a penchant for big plays rolled up 1,521 yards and 18 TDs for the 5A state champions.

Ath Levi Lewis/Scotlandville

5-11, 195, Jr.

Accounted for 3,454 yards and 31 TDs with 2,476 passing yards and 978 rushing yards and 31 total TDs.

K Briggs Bourgeois/St. Amant

6-0, 190, Jr.

Scored 158 points with 16 TDs and was the area’s most prolific kicker with 7 field goals and a long of 51 yards.

Was a mainstay for the Bengals, returning five kicks for TDs and also rushed for 1,841 yards and 20 TDs.

P Kyle Nevels/Walker

6-3, 235, Sr.

Helped flip field position for the Wildcats by averaging 39.8 yards per punt with a long of 65 yards.

Coach of the Year

Dale Weiner/Catholic

Some expected a milestone season for Weiner. It certainly was. Weiner not only became the eighth Louisiana coach to crack the 300-win barrier, he led Catholic to the Division I select state title. Three dramatic playoff wins — including a game-winning field goal on the last play of the title game — gave the Bears and their coach their first state titles. Weiner now has a career record of 307-108.