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De La Salle quarterback JULIEN GUMS (10) runs for a long gain against Edna Carr during the football game between De La Salle and Edna Karr at Tad Gormley Stadium, New Orleans LA on September 15, 2017.

Advocate Photo by STEPHEN LEW

The 2017 football season will be remembered for years to come by everyone who walked the halls at 5300 St. Charles Avenue.

De La Salle quarterback Julien Gums will have a lot to do with those memories.

Gums was the key to an offense that averaged 41.2 points on its way to the school's first trip to the Division II state championship game, the school's first since 1961.

For his efforts, Gums was selected as the Offensive Most Valuable Player on the LSWA Class 3A all-state football team.

The 5-foot-11, 225 pound Gums eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark in both rushing and passing this season for the Cavaliers, who finished 11-1. The season included a signature regular season victory over perennial power Edna Karr, which went on to win the Class 4A state championship.

Gums rushed 136 times for 1,203 yards and 15 touchdowns and also completed 66 of 102 passes for 1,181 yards and 13 touchdowns. He threw just one interception.

It's the second honor this week for Gums, who was also named Offensive Player of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate's All-Metro Team for Small Schools.

Gums has signed to play at Nicholls State, where he will switch to running back.

He is one of four De La Salle players to be selected to the team.

One of his teammates who blocked for him, offensive lineman Jeremiah James, was also chosen. James, like Gums, is also a Nicholls State signee.

Defensive lineman Jamiran James, Jeremiah's twin brother, made the team after recording 76 tackles, four quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery. Jamiran James, named Defensive Player of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate's All-Metro Team for Small Schools the past two seasons, is a Tulane signee.

De La Salle defensive back Lance Robinson, a Kansas State signee, was the fourth Cavaliers player chosen after finishing the season with 67 tackles and two interceptions.

St. James was represented with two players.

Linebacker Shawn Preston, a Mississippi State, recorded 56 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, three recoveries, five pass breakups and two interceptions for the Wildcats.

His teammate, defensive lineman Jason Dumas, recorded 48 tackles to go with his seven sacks and 22 tackles for loss. He also forced five fumbles.

Christian Hoz, an Arkansas State signee, was one of three offensive lineman from the greater New Orleans area to make the team.

Hoz joined Jeremiah James and St. Charles' Robert McDonald up front on the team.

Dawson Snell of Sterlington was named Defensive Player of the Year, while Coach of the Year honors went to University High's Chad Mahaffey.

Snell was the leading tackler (135 tackles, ,tree sacks, three interceptions) for Sterlington, the No. 1 seed in Class 3A.

Mahaffey guided U-High to its second state title in four years, in a season that included wins over Class 5A state champion Zachary, Class 3A state champion West Feliciana and De La Salle.

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