OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER

JULIEN GUMS

De La Salle • QB • 5-11, 225, Sr.

In three seasons with Gums as their starter, the Cavaliers compiled a record of 31-4 that included successive starts of 9-0, 11-0 and 11-0. Along the way, De La Salle produced consecutive trips to the state semifinals and finals.

The 5-foot-11, 225-pound future Nicholls State running back is a two-time All-Metro selection who as a senior directed the Cavaliers to their first appearance in a state final in more than five decades dating to 1961.

De La Salle’s 11-1 finish marked just the second such appearance in the 68-year history of the program established in 1950. Gums saved his best for last in accounting for 2,384 yards and 28 touchdowns with his running and passing to lead De La Salle to a second consecutive District 10-3A championship and undefeated regular season.

OFFENSE

JORDAN LOVING • QB

Riverside • 6-3, 205, Sr.

Led Rebels to Division I state semifinals by passing for 2,936 yards and 29 TDs with only 7 interceptions. Completed 64 percent of his throws.

KENDALL COLLINS • RB

De La Salle • 5-8, 185, Jr.

Accounted for 1,352 yards, 20 TDs with his rushing and receiving for Division II state finalists. Rushed 156 times for 1,094 yards, 16 TDs.

KYLAN DUHE • RB

West St. John • 5-11, 185, So.

District 8-1A Offensive Most Valuable Player, accounted for 2,134 yards, 26 TDs for Class 1A state champions with his running and receiving.

JAMES POCHE • RB

Newman • 5-11, 205, Sr.

Newman’s go-to guy on the ground, rushed 216 times for 1,318 yards, 22 TDs in addition to catching 13 passes for 90 yards and another TD.

MURRAY CALHOUN • WR

Newman • 6-1, 185, Jr.

Ranked among the top Metro area receivers with 60 catches good for 883 yards and 9 TDs.

KASH FOLEY • WR

Riverside • 6-0, 180, Jr.

Emerged as top target on an offense deep with receivers; caught 66 passes good for 994 yards, 11 TDs.

PRICE PETAGNA • WR

Country Day • 5-7, 185, Sr.

Two-way starter earned all-district honors at receiver, making 48 receptions for 840 yards and 11 touchdowns.

CEDRIC WILLIAMS • QB

KIPP Renaissance • 6-3, 175, Sr.

Named District 9-3A’s Outstanding Offensive Player after catching 41 passes for 771 yards and 11 TDs. Also returned two kickoffs for TDs.

ROSS TALBOT • TE

Country Day • 6-2, 240, Jr.

Although a two-way starter at linebacker and tight end, it was on offense where Talbot emerged as an outstanding blocker and receiver.

CHRISTIAN HOZ • OL

Hannan • 6-5, 310, Sr.

All-District 7-3A selection at right tackle, cleared a path for the Hawks to rush for 2,383 yards, 35 TDs in 10 regular season games.

JEREMIAH JAMES • OL

De La Salle • 6-1, 285, Sr.

Three-year starter and top blocker for Division II state finalists. Primarily played guard, but also had snaps at center, tackle.

ROBERT McDONALD • OL

St. Charles Catholic • 6-3, 215, Sr.

Returning All-Metro selection and three-year starter, helped Division II state semifinalists rush for 207 yards per game and 34 Tds.

NICK GUTHRIE • OL

De La Salle • 5-11, 250, Sr.

Starting center for Division II state finalists, helped Cavaliers rush for 43 touchdowns and average 262. 3 rushing yards per game.

RYAN WHITE • OL

Newman • 6-2, 220, Sr.

Two-time All-District selection for 11-1 team that advanced to the Division III state semifinals.

MARTIN BUTCHER • ATH

Newman • 5-11, 170, Jr.

Greenies QB directed by passing for 2,840 yards, 30 TDs and running for three more scores.

AARON GANIER • ATH

KIPP Renaissance • 6-0, 220, Sr.

Named District 9-3A MVP after accounting for 1,684 yards, 18 TDs with his passing (1,272 yards, 14 TDs) and running (412 yards, 4 Tds).

NICK MORMAN • ATH

Northlake Christian • 5-11, 185, Sr.

All-District 8-2A selection, rushed 217 times for 1,348 yards and 9 TDs in addition to catching 13 passes for 150 yards and 2 more TDs.

FYNN LaBRECHE • K

De La Salle • 5-10, 150, Sr.

Accurate kicker hit all 60 of his PATs and 6 of 7 field goals with a long of 36 yards. The lone miss was blocked. Scored 78 points.

OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER

JAMIRAN JAMES

De La Salle • DL • 6-1, 270, Sr.

Boasting a rare combination of brute strength and nimble feet, the 6-foot-1, 270-pound Tulane signee earned a second consecutive All-Metro selection after serving as the power broker of a De La Salle defense that contributed mightily to a prolific season in which the program advanced to the state final for the first time dating to 1961.

James was humming as a senior in recording 76 tackles, four quarterback sacks and one fumble recovery as an interior lineman so talented, obsessed and unselfish enough to tie up blockers in order to free those around him to make plays.

De La Salle defenders in turn surrendered just 99 points during a 9-0 regular season that included two shutouts.

DEFENSE

ANTHONY DAY • DL

Sophie B. Wright • 6-2, 240, Sr.

District 9-3A Defensive MVP who excelled at blowing up opposing offenses; recorded 75 tackles and 15 sacks as a tackle and end.

JASON DUMAS • DL

St. James • 6-0, 255, Sr.

Wildcats defensive tackle recorded 48 tackles, seven sacks and a whopping 22 tackles for losses while forcing five fumbles.

KELON GARDNER • DL

West St. John • 5-11, 255, Sr.

Made 30 tackles for loss and 16 sacks mixed among 94 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception.

MASON NARCISSE • DL

St. Charles Catholic • 6-3, 275, So.

In his first season as a starter, recorded 85 tackles with eight tackles for loss, 3½ sacks and one forced fumble for Division II state semifinalists.

COVAN BARNES • LB

West St. John • 6-1, 225, Sr.

District 8-1A Defensive MVP and returning All-Metro selection, recorded 80 tackles, 20 tackles for losses, 13 sacks, 2 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries and scored 4 defensive TDs.

JARED HYMEL • LB

Riverside • 6-1, 205, Sr.

Leading tackler for Division III state semifinalists, recorded 101 tackles with two hurries and one forced fumble in 10 games.

SHAWN PRESTON • LB

St. James • 6-1, 195, Sr.

Mississippi State signee recorded 56 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, three recoveries, five pass breakups and two INTs.

GAVION ST. PIERRE • LB

St. Charles Catholic • 5-11, 215, Sr.

Top defender for the Division II state semifinalists; recorded 46 tackles with 14 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and five pass breakups.

DARON POWELL • DB

South Plaquemines • 6-1, 175, Sr.

All-District 9-2A selection had six interceptions and 23 pass breakups with 63 tackles, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.

GARLAND ROBERTSON • DB

Riverside • 5-10, 175, Sr.

District 9-2A Defensive MVP totaled 40 tackles and two interceptions, one returned for a TD. Also returned three kickoffs and two punts for Tds.

LANCE ROBINSON • DB

De La Salle • 5-11, 175, Sr.

Kansas State signee intercepted two passes and recorded 57 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery for Division II state finalists.

NOBLE SCOTT • DB

De La Salle • 5-8, 170, Sr.

Served as the top cover cornerback for the District 10-3A champions; also versatile enough to play in the slot in nickel coverage packages.

DONTRELL DAVIS • ATH

West St. John • 5-10, 165, Sr.

Two-way starter for Class 1A state champions; totaled six interceptions, 26 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for a TD.

JUSTIN IBIETA • P

Country Day • 6-4, 220, So.

Averaged 37.0 yards on 31 punts in addition to passing for 1,786 yards and 22 TDs in the regular season as Cajuns’ starting QB.

Elijah Bourgeois • RS

South Plaquemines • 5-8, 185, Sr.

Returned 3 kickoffs, 2 punts for touchdowns in addition to catching 68 passes for 1,082 yards and 9 TDs as a wide receiver.

COACH OF THE YEAR

RYAN MANALE • De La Salle

An unheralded offensive line coach at Rummel six years ago, Manale, 38, has become one of the state’s top young coaches by directing the Cavaliers to a 52-14 record and six consecutive appearances in the state playoffs. This year, the Cavaliers had a second consecutive 11-1 season, a second straight District 10-3A championship and a second straight No. 1 seed in the Division II state playoffs.