Baton Rouge area trio earns 3A honors

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLANDEast Feliciana's Kendell Beckwith
Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLANDEast Feliciana's Kendell Beckwith

Many times, the top awards are reserved for the players and coaches whose teams win coveted titles.

State champion Parkview Baptist and runner-up Notre Dame are represented on the Louisiana High School Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A All-State team.

However, Brusly High quarterback Jay Christophe, East Feliciana defensive lineman Kendell Beckwith and Livonia coach David Brewerton claimed the top honors on the LSWA team selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.

Christophe was voted
the Offensive MVP after running for 1,036 yards on 153 carries with 13 touchdowns and also completing 90 of 174 passes for 1,203 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Brusly and Christophe gave champion PBS its stiffest test, forcing the Eagles to rally for a 32-28 regional-round win.

“This is like a dream come true,” Christophe said. “After last year, I knew I could run the ball. Over the summer, I worked on passing the ball better. I wanted to be comfortable in the pocket, and I wanted to make every kind of play I could for my team.”

Beckwith had 79 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in 10 games while leading East Feliciana to the Class 3A semifinals. Beckwith also passed for more than 1,200 yards for the Tigers.

Making plays for the Tigers after returning from an injury was motivation for Beckwith, who helped his team advance to the semifinals.

“We had goals as a team,” Beckwith said. “And we all worked together as a team. But in order for us to get where we wanted to be, I knew I had to make plays, some big ones, to support my team.”

Brewerton’s Livonia team advanced to the semifinals for the first time in school history, compiling an 11-3 record.

“Wow, there have been many times in my life that I’ve been speechless, but this is one of them,” Brewerton said. “First of all, I can’t help thinking about all the people who made this possible: our players, our coaches, our administration and faculty, the community and school board. Everybody played a role.”

East Feliciana’s Danny Johnson (50 catches, 1,021 yards 10 TDs) and McMain’s Khalil Smith (51-1,071, 13 TDs) are the receivers, while E.D. White Catholic’s Stephen LeBouef (31-376, 1 TD) is the tight end.

Parkview’s Luke Gomez, Farmerville’s Casevion Joiner, Loranger’s Delvin Brumfield, Notre Dame’s Andrew Valdetero and Livonia’s Trevor Chauvin are the squad’s offensive linemen.

Hezekiah Randolph, of Parkview (127-1,181 yards, 20 TDs), Notre Dame’s Luke Broussard (224-1,504, 14 TDs) and Avoyelles’ Dravon Batiste (2,156 yards, 33 TDs) are the running backs.

Loranger’s Jeryl Brazil (1,017 rushing yards, 915 passing yards and three interceptions) is the team’s athlete. North Vermilion’s Trey Broussard (nine field goals, two 47-yarders) is the kicker.

Joining Beckwith on the defensive line are EFHS teammate De’Quan Franklin (87 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, five forced fumbles), St. Charles Catholic’s Luke Jackson (68 tackles, 13 sacks, two blocked punts) and Church Point’s Dexter Charles (30 tackles, 17 solos, seven tackles for loss).

Livonia’s Russell Farris (160 tackles, 12 tackles for loss), Port Allen Darian Claiborne (101 tackles, 11 pass breakups, five sacks, three interceptions) and Notre Dame’s Kipp Credeur (18 tackles in title game) and North DeSoto’s Dustin Brossette (101 tackles, 8 sacks, 3 forced fumbles) are the linebackers.

The defensive backs are Jennings’ Keegan Deville (8 interceptions), Jewel Sumner’s Jeremy Cutrer (66 tackles, 4 interceptions), Green Oaks’ Tre’Davious White (34 tackles, four interceptions) and Marksville’s Ricky Gibson (98 tackles, two interceptions).

Rayville’s Jonathan Wallace (47.6 yards average) is the punter, while Iowa’s Chaz Key (600 return yards, five TDs) is the return specialist.