Curtis, Evangel players also offensive, defensive MVPs
State champion John Curtis and runner-up Evangel Christian Academy combined to land 12 players on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 2A All-State football team.
Players from semifinalists University High and Springfield placed a combined total of seven players on the squad voted on by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.
Curtis topped Evangel 35-13 in the title game. The two schools combined to take the defensive and offensive MVPs on the team.
Evangel senior quarterback Dakota Duron is the Offensive Most Valuable Player after leading the state in regular-season passing yards. Curtis senior linebacker Duke Riley, who was also the championship game MVP after returning a fumble 80 yards for the game’s first touchdown and recording 8.5 tackles, was named the Defensive MVP.
Springfield coach Ryan Serpas, who led his team to a 11-2 record and first semifinal berth in school history, is the Coach of the Year. Springfield lost to Curtis in the semifinals.
“It’s an honor to receive a Coach of the Year award, especially in 2A where you have some talented teams and great coaches,” Springfield’s Serpas said. “This speaks volumes for the work our assistant coaches and players put in.
“We had a lot of firsts in our program this season. We hope this is something we can build on in the future.”
Duron passed for 2,968 yards, completing 201 of 286 passes with 32 touchdowns in the regular season. Riley had 99 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, two sacks and one interception that he returned for a TD.
University High sophomore Nick Brossette ran for 2,118 yards and 44 TDs, with the help of junior offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield to help pave the way. Springfield’s Wade Wheat also made the squad as an offensive lineman.
Defensive lineman Tim Williams (75 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss) and sophomore defensive back Jarrod Franklin (113 tackles, 9 pass breakups) are U-High players on the defense. Linebacker Tanner Wild (105 tackles, five sacks) and defensive back Kimanae Claiborne (38 tackles, 15 solos, two interceptions) are Springfield players on the defense.
The Dunham School’s Harrison Domingue made the squad as a return specialist, tallying five TDs and a 39-yard average on kickoff returns along with a 21.1 per punt return.
Curtis has five players on the all-state offense, including junior wide receiver Malachi Dupre (32 catches, 731 yards, 14 TDs), senior offensive linemen Anthony Taylor and Brandon Godfrey, and senior running back Sherman Badie, who averaged 11.2 yards per carry and scored 15 TDs.
Evangel adds senior wide receiver Trent Taylor (1,024 yards, 13 TDs), who was the Eagles’ MVP in the championship game, senior offensive lineman Josh Thomas, and Duron.
Senior receiver Raheem Falkins from Carver (60-952, 12 TDs), senior running back Jermaine Antoine from Loreauville (1,399 yards, 26 TDs), senior place-kicker John Shelton from Winnfield (six field goals, 59 PATs), and sophomore athlete Jabiari Tyler (2,549 yards passing, 26 touchdowns) from Isadore Newman round out the offense.
On defense, Curtis has four spots. Senior defensive linemen Fred Beauford (45 tackles, 12 tackles for loss) and Cyle Cortez (72 tackles, 16 tackles for loss) and defensive back Richard Allen (24 tackles, 13 pass breakups, three interceptions) join Riley on the team, which includes Winnfield senior defensive lineman Michael Patterson (64 tackles, 9 sacks), Winnfield senior linebacker Trey Williams (103 tackles, nine tackles for loss), Homer senior linebacker Demeatre Casey (168 tackles, 18 sacks) and Calvary senior defensive back Weston Steelhammer (76 tackles, five interceptions).
Welsh punter Sean Leleux (36.0 yards per punt) also made the team.