St. Augustine, Sr. Running back
Believe it or not, there was a time when St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette, didn’t even like football.
“All of the running laps and stuff wasn’t me,” Fournette explained about those park ball years. Fast forward to now, though, and Fournette has made his mark to become one of the best to ever come through the state of Louisiana. Fournette, the Offensive Player of the Year on the The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro Team for Large Schools, capped a highlight-reel filled senior season where he led the Purple Knights to a 9-2 record, a Catholic League title, and the Division I semifinals. Fournette finished the season with 1,793 yards on 194 carries, and 16 touchdowns, averaging a whopping 9.2 yards per carry. He also had 745 receiving yards and six touchdowns and completed 21 of 32 passes for 322 yards and a pair of touchdowns. “I hope to be remembered as just a humble, loving guy who was fun to be around and who was a leader on and off the field,” Fournette said.
QB Donovan isom/Destrehan, Sr.
The Utah commit threw for 2,606 yards with 33 TDs and just two interceptions.
RB Ronald green/East Jefferson, Sr.
Rushed for 2,060 yards and scored 40 TDs for the 4A state champs.
RB Darrel Williams/John Ehret, Sr.
Set school single season rushing record with 2,201 yards and 30 TDs on 232 carries.
WR Tyron Johnson/Warren Easton, Jr.
One of the state’s top juniors, Johnson caught 87 passes for 1,433 yards and 13 TDs.
WR Stanley Morgan/St. Augustine, Jr.
Big-play Morgan caught 66 passes for 1,077 yards and 13 TDs, including a 90-yarder.
ol Alex anderson/Landry-Walker, Sr.
Arizona State commit dominated at left tackle for a team that reached 4A semifinals.
ol Ruben gutierrez/East Jefferson, Sr.
Warriors center made calls up front on team that rushed for 4,563 yards.
ol will clapp/Brother Martin, Sr.
LSU commit considered one of state’s best linemen paved way up front for Crusaders.
ol Ryan Hanley/Rummel, Jr.
Guard anchored the O-line for the Raiders, who won their second straight state title.
OL devin jackson/Karr, Jr.
Jackson’s size and agility helped Karr reach Dome for fourth straight year.
ath EUGENE WELLS/East Jefferson, Sr.
Warriors QB rushed for 1,248 yards and 19 TDs and threw for 697 yards.
ath glen guillette/Mandeville, Sr.
Tulane commitment threw for 2,127 yards and 25 touchdowns for the Skippers.
pk reed gravolet/Holy Cross, Jr.
Made 11 of 12 field goals, including a 42-yarder. His 35-yarder as time expired beat Jesuit.
Sr. Defensive end
Willis didn’t hesitate when asked how he wants to be remembered. “I just hope the Karr Nation remembers me as one of the best players to set foot on this campus,” said the 6-foot-4, 275 pounder.Willis, the Defensive Player of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro Team for Large Schools, anchored a defense that led Karr to four straight title games. “Gerald had a phenomenal season, a phenomenal career,” Karr coach Nathaniel Jones said. “He is explosive, especially for a man his size, and such a team player.” Willis recorded 92 tackles, including 15 sacks and 17 tackles for loss for the 4A runner-up Cougars. He finished his career with 61 sacks. “I credit the rest of my D-line,” said Willis, who has narrowed his college choices to LSU and Florida. “I get all of the double teams, but you have to know how to beat the double teams and come off the ball. But I couldn’t do it by myself.”
DL Briston guidry/Rummel, So.
Guidry had breakout season, recording over 20 tackles for losses/sacks for Division I champs.
DL Garrald McDowell/Covington, Sr.
Ole Miss commit recorded 128 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and nine sacks.
DL Donald williams/John Ehret, Sr.
Dominant tackle was almost impossible to block, recording 14.5 sacks for the Patriots.
LB KELLY AGUILLARD/St. Augustine, Sr.
Catholic League defensive MVP recorded 110 tackles with 9 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 2 INTs.
LB Edgar jackson/East Jefferson, Sr.
Leader of Warriors defense recorded over 125 tackles and combined for over 25 sacks/TFLs.
LB Raejuan marbley/Destrehan, Sr.
Tulane commit recorded 120 tackles (16 TFLs) to earn 7-5A Defensive MVP honors.
LB jaevon walton/Karr, Sr.
Ball-hawking Nebraska commit recorded over 100 tackles, including seven in the title game.
DB Travonne Hobbs/Landry-Walker, Jr.
Play-making Hobbs picked off nine passes for Bucs, including a 100-yard return vs. Easton.
DB Anthony milton/Landry-Walker, Sr.
Recorded 59 tackles and had 11 interceptions, leading team to a 12-2 record and to 4A semis.
DB jermaine roberts/St. Augustine, Sr.
Texas commit was arguably area’s best cover guy, recording 56 tackles and seven pass breakups.
DB Jamal veasey/East Jefferson, Sr.
Game-changing Veazey had six interceptions and scored double digit defensive TDs in career.
P Craig ford/Hahnville, Sr.
Averaged 40.3 yards per punt, including a season-best 55-yarder. Eight punts inside the 20.
RS niguel veal/West Jefferson, Sr.
Tulane commit was always a big play waiting to happen on special teams and at receiver.
Coach of the Year
Nick saltaformaggio/East Jefferson
Saltaformaggio led the Warriors to a perfect 15-0 record and the school’s first state title.