The title-game dreams for District 6-4A rivals Plaquemine and Livonia ended when both teams lost to high-powered higher seeds in the regional playoff round.
But an early playoff exit was no obstacle for the four players from the schools who were voted to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A all-state team.
Running back Patrick Queen of Livonia and Plaquemine’s versatile Wayne Toussant made the offensive squad, while LHS defensive lineman Willie Baker and defensive back Todd Harris of Plaquemine made the defensive squad picked by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.
Two other players, Loranger’s Lionell Scott (offensive line) and Evan Johnson (defensive back), also made the LSWA team headlined by Neville defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence and Cecilia running back Raymond Calais.
The Neville representation is led by Lawrence. The Under Armour All-American led the Tigers in tackles and tackles for a loss. A pair of Neville offensive linemen, Blaze Van Buren and John Kade Lawrence, and kick returner Corey Straughter were also honored with all-state selections.
Calais was named Offensive MVP after running for 2,602 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Minden’s Spencer Heard was named 4A Coach of the Year after taking over a Crimson Tide program that went 1-9 three years ago and leading it to the second round of the playoffs this season. Minden’s 9-3 2015 season included a win over 3A No. 1 North Webster and just one district loss.
Queen is a first-year starter at running back who made his mark by rushing for 1,887 yards on 241 carries with 24 touchdowns. He averaged over 12 yards a carry.
Toussant, a sophomore, made the LSWA squad at athlete. The sophomore ran for 804 yards and 10 touchdowns, caught 33 passes for 617 yards and eight touchdowns, had 477 yards in kickoff returns with and two touchdowns along with 14 pass breakups and six interceptions as a defensive back.
Baker of LHS made the 4A team a year after making the 3A team thanks to totals of 16 tackles for losses, 21 quarterback hurries and 11.5 sacks. PHS’ Harris finished with 84 tackles and 22 pass breakups. Loranger’s Johnson had 10 pass break-ups, 46 tackles and also ran for over 1,000 yards.
Cecilia’s Calais is joined at running back by a pair of juniors — Queen and Washington-Marion’s Jacobi Taylor.
Calais’ teammate, Kenya Dartez, is one of a trio of senior wide receivers on the team, alongside Trevor Begue of St. Thomas More and Jacq’co Price of Crowley.
On the offensive line, Teurlings Catholic’s Ashton Whaley, and North DeSoto’s Will Champion and Lionell Scott of Loranger join the Neville duo of Van Buren and John Kade Lawrence.
Edna Karr’s Aldon Clark earned the quarterback spot after leading the Cougars to the 4A state championship game.
DeRidder defensive lineman Daniel Crosley made the team for the third time after posting strong numbers as a starting running back and defensive linemen, amassing seven sacks and 15 tackles for losses despite being asked to play so much offense. Northside’s Tyler Shelvin was the other defensive lineman picked.
Daniel Crosley’s twin brother, David, made the all-state team as a linebacker, along with Michael Leday of LaGrange, Justin Gaskin of North DeSoto and Ethan Broussard of St. Thomas More. All four led their teams in tackles: Leday with 128, Gaskin, 117; Broussard, 115; and Crosley, 109.
The LaGrange defense also claims defensive back Alvinoski LaFleur, a two-time all-state safety who tallied seven interceptions and 104 tackles. Cecilia’s Keldrick Zeno is the other defensive back.
LSWA Class 4A all-state team
Pos Player School Ht. Wt. Cl.
WR Trevor Begue St. Thomas More 5-8 180 Sr.
WR Kenya Dartez Cecilia 6-2 185 Sr.
WR Jacq’co Price Crowley 6-2 165 Sr.
OL John Kade Lawrence Neville 6-0 210 Sr.
OL Ashton Whaley Teurlings Catholic 6-1 275 Sr.
OL Blaze Van Buren Neville 6-1 255 Sr.
OL Will Champion North DeSoto 6-3 305 Sr.
OL Lionell Scott Loranger 6-2 300 Sr.
QB Aldon Clark Karr 6-1 185 Jr.
RB Jacobi Taylor Washington-Marion 5-8 190 Jr.
RB Raymond Calais Cecilia 5-9 172 Sr.
RB Patrick Queen Livonia 6-1 210 Jr.
PK Bailey Raborn St. Thomas More 6-0 190 Sr.
ATH Wayne Toussant Plaquemine 5-11 170 So.
Pos Player School Ht. Wt. Cl.
DL Daniel Crosley DeRidder 6-3 240 Sr.
DL Tyler Shelvin Northside 6-3 300 Jr.
DL Rashard Lawrence Neville 6-3 295 Sr.
DL Willie Baker Livonia 6-4 235 Sr.
LB Michael Leday LaGrange 5-11 200 Sr.
LB Justin Gaskin North DeSoto 5-11 212 Sr.
LB Ethan Broussard St. Thomas More 5-10 220 Sr.
LB David Crosley DeRidder 6-2 225 Sr.
DB Todd Harris Plaquemine 6-2 184 Jr.
DB Alvinoski LaFleur LaGrange 6-0 190 Sr.
DB Evan Johnson Loranger 5-8 170 Sr.
DB Keldrick Zeno Cecilia 5-11 185 Sr.
P Bailey Raborn St. Thomas More 6-0 190 Sr.
KR Corey Straughter Neville 5-11 160 Jr.
Offensive MVP: Raymond Calais, Cecilia
Defensive MVP: Rashard Lawrence, Neville
Coach of the Year: Spencer Heard, Minden
Isaiah Graham, Bastrop; L’Jarius Sneed, Minden; Marquez Stevenson, Northwood; Garrett Hable, Benton; Paul DeRogers, Livonia; Cole Kelley, Teurlings Catholic; Pate Broussard, Crowley; Jaiden Cole, Neville; Jerry Powell, Bastrop; Tyreik Campbell, Carencro; Rashaad Harding, Carencro; Jacobi Taylor, Washington-Marion; Donald Jenkins, Neville; Davonte Green, Loranger; Trivenskey Mosley, Woodlawn-Shreveport; Troy Domino, Woodlawn-BR; Aaron Monrose, St. Thomas More; Darius Gordon, Cecilia; Zikkerrion Baker, Minden; Alec Robertson, Teurlings Catholic; Ed Yokum, Crowley; Will Bellamy, St. Thomas More; Sci Martin, McDonogh 35; Austin Gray, Carencro; Ty’Von Griffin, Crowley; Cee Jay Powell, Livonia; Cory McCoy, Leesville; Markell Hawthorne, LaGrange; Tolliver Tripeaux, Livonia; Charven Morris, Warren Easton; Javin Myers, Woodlawn-BR; Christion Edwards, Livonia; Clyde Criss, Warren Easton; Azende Magee, Franklinton; Andre Anthony, Karr; Stephon Taylor, McDonogh 35