OFfensive Player of the Year

Jase Griffin, Country Day, Sr.

Jase Griffin did a little bit of everything for Country Day.

But what the Cajuns’ senior running back did better than anything was find his way to the end zone.

Griffin scored 30 touchdowns this season for the Cajuns, helping them reach the quarterfinals in the Division III playoffs.

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

Griffin finished the season with 1,447 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.

He also caught 34 passes for 728 yards and seven more touchdowns.

For good measure, Griffin also returned an interception for a touchdown.

He helped make the transition from 1A to 2A a smooth one for the Cajuns, who started the season 7-0 under first-year coach Joe Chango.

Griffin says he wouldn’t trade the experience of playing at a small school for anything.

“Playing at Country Day was probably the most fun thing I did in my whole life,” Griffin said. “Being at a small school for four years, where you walk around the school and know everybody, was a great experience. But all the credit goes to my teammates — especially my offensive line. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

OFFENSE

QB Miles Lapeyre

Newman, Jr.

Completed 195 of 292 passes for 2,615 yards and 28 TDs.

RB Jase Griffin,

Country Day, Sr.

Player of the Year rushed for 1,447 yards and scored 32 TDs total.

RB Brandon Sanders

Riverside, Sr.

Rushed 152 times for 1,070 yards and nine touchdowns for the Rebels.

WR Trey Harrell

Country Day, Sr.

Caught 51 passes for 965 yards and 12 TDs for Cajuns.

WR Elbert Thomas

Newman, Sr.

Caught 88 passes for 1,247 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Greenies.

WR Jabari Walters

West St. John, Sr.

Had 1,226 receiving yards and 12 TDs with 73 catches.

OL Matthew Ryan

Newman, Sr.

Played center for the Greenies and was the anchor of the line.

OL Tyrin Arceneaux

St. Charles, Sr.

Comets love to run the ball, and Arceneaux paved the way.

OL Tywon Johnson

St. James, Sr.

Johnson helped Wildcats make it to the Class 3A championship game.

OL Cameron Cook

Riverside, Jr.

Helped pave the way up front for 1,000 yard rusher Sanders.

OL Jalen Haydel

De La Salle, Sr.

Leader up front for team that had most regular-season success since 1960s.

AP Herb McGee

Riverside, Sr.

Versatile McGee had 725 passing yards, 401 rushing yards and 301 receiving yards.

AP Josh Landry

Northlake Christian, Sr.

Accounted for 1,729 total yards (1,350 rushing, 226 passing and 153 receiving).

AP Kevin Johnson

Sophie B. Wright, Sr.

Had 409 rushing yards, 300 passing, 259 receiving, 389 return yards.

K Tyler Gauthier

Riverside, Sr.

Made a school record 52-yard field goal. goal and was 32 of 34 on PATs

DEfensive Player of the Year

Evan Veron, Riverside, Sr.

The high praise for Riverside linebacker Evan Veron came from all over.

Newman coach Nelson Stewart calls him one of the best players he’s faced in 10 years.

John Ehret coach Corey Lambert says Veron was the best player his team faced this season.

Veron, who is committed to Nicholls State, finished the season with 78 solo tackles, assisted on 57 more and had 38 tackles for loss. He also recorded nine sacks, recovered four fumbles, returning two for touchdowns and had one interception return for a score.

Those monster numbers helped Veron become Defensive Player of the Year on The New Orleans All-Metro Team for small schools.

“I just try to be like coach on the field,”Veron said. “At the same time, I like to hustle.”

Veron was a major reason the Rebels reached the Division III championship game.

“Evan was always tenacious from Day 1,” Riverside coach Bill Stubbs said. “Once he really learned the details of the game, he was able to do that and still bring that passion and fire and meanness. I had so many coaches tell me that they couldn’t do anything with him. He was a vicious player. Any time he hit somebody, they knew they had been hit.”

DEFENSE

DL Danquan Edwards

De La Salle, Jr.

32 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries.

DL Jonathan Wilson

South Plaquemines, Sr.

Recorded 52 tackles, seven sacks, 10 TFLs and forced three fumbles.

DL Covan Barnes

West St. John, So.

Recorded 71 tackles (38 solo, 33 assists), 10 sacks and 13 TFLs.

LB Evan Veron

Riverside, Sr.

78 solo tackles, 57 assists, 38 TFLs, three defensive TDs and nine sacks.

LB Jack Miller

Newman, Sr.

Recorded 123 tackles, with 10 tackles for loss and 3 sacks for Greenies.

LB Josh Paul

De La Salle, Jr.

Recorded 38 tackles, nine TFLs, five sacks, four interceptions, five sacks.

LB Aquindas Steib

St. James, Sr.

Finished with 86 tackles, nine TFLs and five sacks for 3A runners-up.

DB Semaj Lewis

De La Salle, Sr.

Speedster had 12 pass breakups, 11 tackles and an interception.

DB Jai Lewis

St. James, Sr.

Led the Wildcats secondary with 55 tackles and tackles for loss.

DB Jamal Walters

West St. John, Jr.

59 tackles and 12 INTs and seven pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.

AP Jack Heyl

Ben Franklin, Sr.

Two-way star recorded 37 tackles and an interception.

P Luke Didrikson

St. Martin’s, Sr.

Averaged 42.7 yards per punt for the Saints.

Coach of the Year

Ryan Manale, De La Salle

Manale, in his fourth season as head coach of the Cavaliers, led the Cavaliers to a 9-2 record. De La Salle started the season 9-0, the school’s best start since the 1960s.

The team won all nine games by double digits and had five shutouts this season.

Manale has a 28-14 record in his four seasons.