North Louisiana’s Haynesville and Ouachita Christian School of Monroe claimed state football titles and honors on the 2014 Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A All-State team.
There were some notable individual honors for players from Baton Rouge, the New Orleans area and the Acadiana areas.
Haynesville’s Golden Tornado won the 1A state title for the second consecutive year. HHS linebacker Kendrick Jackson (118 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions) will take the Outstanding Defensive Player award.
David Franklin of Haynesville was honored as the Coach of the Year after winning his third state championship since taking over at Haynesville for his father, Alton “Red” Franklin, who won 11 titles. Ouachita Christian won the Division IV state title. A team-high five Eagles were named to the all-state team.
Elton’s Marcus Lemoine wrapped up his career with a season of 2,515 rushing yards, 303 receiving and 40 total touchdowns that earned him recognition as the year’s Outstanding Offensive Player.
Southern Lab, the Division IV runner-up to Ouachita Christian, had three players selected — linebacker Javahn Ferguson (138 tackles, 8 sacks), offensive lineman Trevas Samuel (top blocker graded at 97 percent) and defensive back Jonard Robinson (43 tackles, 12 interceptions).
Among the players with Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Acadiana area ties are defensive lineman Malcolm Roach of Division IV semifinalist Madison Prep (132 tackles, 20 sacks), defensive lineman Delmond Landry of Ascension Catholic (84 tackles, 16 sacks), wide receiver Morrell Bartholomew of West St. John (54 catches, 972 yards, 19 touchdowns), West St. John linebacker Trey Nathan (107 tackles, seven tackles for loss) and Central Catholic defensive back Charlie Barron (47 tackles, 10 interceptions).
Joining Lemoine at running back are Mangham’s Jakarie Nichols (1,432 yards, 17 touchdowns) and Hunter Bedgood (1,939 yards, 27 touchdowns) of St. Mary’s.
The receiving corps also features Ouachita Christian’s Jake Slaughter (63 catches, 1,086 yards, 15 touchdowns) and Isaac Jacobs (73 catches, 1,168 yards, 14 touchdowns) of Plain Dealing.
Ouachita Christian quarterback Chance Clowers, a transfer from Neville, led Ouachita Christian to the Division IV championship by passing for 2,572 yards and 33 touchdowns and rushing for an additional 546 yards and eight TDs.
Named to the offensive line were Kasey Miller (6-2, 285) and Jeff Fuller (6-1, 313), both of Mangham; Trevas Samuel, (6-0, 285) Southern Lab; Paul Veazey (6-0, 230), Vermilion Catholic; and Che’ Manning (6-2, 277), Ouachita Christian.
Kentwood multi-purpose threat Shyheim Carter (115 carries, 987 yards, 27 catches, 438 yards, 43-for-94, 587 yards passing) made the team as the athlete, with Ouachita Christian’s Whit Chapman (11-of-13 field goals with a long of 50, 62-of-67 extra points) as the kicker.
Lineman Kendall Hampton (68 tackles, nine sacks) on the defensive line and a second linebacker Keandre Harris (72 tackles, 11 sacks) also made the squad for Haynesville.