Gueydan duo named to All-State squad
By Tabby Soignier
WRITTEN FOR THE LSWA
As expected, South Plaquemines High dominated Class 1A football on the field for the second straight year, winning its second straight title.
Those accolades also carry over to the Class 1A all-state team this year voted on by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association. Six Hurricanes were voted to the LSWA team with SPHS’ Ridge Turner and Seth Ancar sweeping the top individual honors.
Warren Capone 1A runner-up Christian Life Academy was selected as the Coach of the Year for 1A by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.
The senior quarterback (5-11, 175) earned Most Valuable Player on offense after reaching over 4,000 yards in total offense for the second straight year.
He went into the title game against Christian Life just five yards shy of the mark but had no problem reaching the goal.
South Plaquemines put up 62 points in the Class 1A championship for a Louisiana High School record with Turner accounting for two touchdowns rushing and two passing.
Turner had a total of 201 yards passing in 12 completions out of 17 attempts. His touchdowns came on a 48-yard pass and 7-yard pass. Turner finished the season with 3,240 passing yards and 42 TDs, completing 160 of 229 passes.
Teammate and linebacker Seth Ancar was named the defensive Most Valuable Player.
The 5-10, 190 junior finished the year with 78 total tackles, 20 sacks and five forced fumbles.
He had seven tackles in the title game – four solo – along with one forced fumble and three sacks for a loss of 37 yards in the title game.
Runner-up Christian Life came into the postseason as a No. 7 seed and knocked off two higher seeds in No. 2 Ouachita Christian and No. 3 Delhi Charter to reach the championship game first time in school history.
Capone, in his third year at the school, led the Crusaders to a 12-2 record just three years after an 0-9 record.
Christian Life had four players named to the all-state team led running back Shane Andrus, who rushed for 2,842 yards and 40 TDs.
Andrus is joined in the backfield by Gueydan’s Darin Gums (1,352 yards, 19 TDs) and Delhi Charter’s Randy Julian (2,174 yards, 21 TDs), who led the Gators to their first semifinal appearance in school history.
South Plaquemines’ top receiver Bradley Sylve (45 catches, 1,174 yards, 13 TDs) led the receivers, along with Ouachita Christian senior Glenn Marshall (55-992, 14 TDs) and Montgomery’s Lloyd Willis (81-1,166, 9 TDs).
Montgomery also produced the Class 1A all-state athlete in senior quarterback Cody Stroud (2,317 passing yards, 20 TDs).
Leberon Thomas of West St. John, Dillon Farrell of Christian Life, Drew Antony of Cedar Creek, Christian Lyrse of Montgomery and Hunter Pruitt of Delhi Charter are the offensive linemen on the squad.
Of the South Plaquemines players named to the team, four are defensive stars, including linemen Beau Fitte (68 tackles, 19 sacks) and Felix Barthemeny (51 tackles, 18 tackles for loss).
Cedar Creek senior Josh Raley (58.5 tackles) and Block’s Trey Vault (66 tackles, 15 sacks) rounded out the line.
SPHS’ Tray Stewart (42 tackles, 13 tackles for loss) is part of the defensive backfield that also has South Cameron’s Dex Murphy (52 tackles), Delhi Charter’s Heath Pruitt (71 tackles, 5 interceptions) and Kentwood’s Tevin Goggins (56 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions).
Ancar was joined in the linebacker category with Christian Life’s Chris Hayes (60.5 tackles), Ouachita Christian senior Jacob Boles (120 tackles) and Dextrell French from Haynesville.
Punter Steven Whisnant of Christian Life, kicker Taylor Dawson of Ouachita Christian and Gueydan kick returner Devante Bourque round out the team.