Locals named to Class AAA All-State Team
By Chris Quebedeaux
CROWLEY – Notre Dame and Crowley High both are represented on this year’s Class AAA All-State football team announced by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
So are familiar teams like Lutcher, Redemptorist, Parkview Baptist and Westlake.
Notre Dame, the Class AAA state runnersup, landed three players on the squad - Seth Fruge, John Graf and Hunter Stover - while Crowley High nabbed one spot in Jordan Ancelet.
Fruge, who logged 121 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery during the regular season, made the defensive unit at linebacker. He was joined at the position by Cecilia’s Marcus Wiltz, Winnfield’s Jarvis Powell and Lutcher’s Blake Rome.
Graf played on the defensive line for the Pios, but made the All-State team at the athlete position. During his senior campaign, Graf recorded 54 tackles, six sacks and one forced fumble.
Stover made the team as a kicker. The junior blasted nearly 94 percent of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks in 2008 and also connected on four of his nine field goal attempts, his longest a school record 58-yarder in the state quarterfinals against Richwood. Stover also played linebacker, racking up 48 tackles and four sacks.
Ancelet, the 5-AAA defensive player of the year, anchored Crowley’s defensive line and was a terror to opposing offensive linemen with his quickness and agility. The senior defensive tackle recorded 85 tackles, 11 sacks, caused nine fumbles and had three fumble recoveries in helping lead the Gents back to the state playoffs after the missed out in 2007.
Joining Ancelet on the line are Cecilia’s Gadge Norris, Westlake’s Scotty Foy and Richwood’s Rashad Givins.
Defensive backs on this year’s squad include Lutcher’s Fred Thomas, Redemptorist’s Bert White, Amite’s Pierre Warford and Westlake’s Ricky Irvin.
White was named the team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player. He had 52 tackles, 35 assists, 10 tackles behind the line, 11 pass breakups, three interceptions, a safety and a fumble recovery while also earning the District 8-AAA MVP for the second straight year.
Redemptorist’s Kyle Hall is the punter and Parkview’s Drew Dileo is the return specialist.
Patterson’s Kenny Hilliard leads the offensive unit after making the team last year as a freshman. The talented running back earned the Offensive Most Valuable Player honor this year after rushing for 2,377 yards and 34 touchdowns on 256 carries.
Joining Hilliard at the running back position are Parkview’s Brant Legendre and Caldwell’s Centarius Donald.
The quarterback is Lutcher’s Gavin Webster, who threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-0 victory over Notre Dame in the Class AAA finals.
Webster’s main target on the season, Jarvis Landry (eight catches for 119 yards and one touchdown in finals) made the team at receiver, as well as Rayville’s Kenny Bell and Amite’s Rodriguez Sibley.
The offensive line consists of Cecilia’s Rodie Robin, Parkview’s Carneal Ainsworth, Redemptorist’s La’el Collins, Westlake’s Ryan Davis and Lutcher’s Rashad Albert.
The 2008 Coach of the Year was Kaplan’s Brent Indest, who won the honor in 2006 when he was at Crowley High. Indest, in his first year at Kaplan, inherited a team that hadn’t won a district game since 2002 and had no winning seasons over the past decade.
Not only did Indest lead the Pirates to their first winning season in 11 years at 6-4, but Kaplan competed with some of the elite programs in the state. The Pirates lost 42-41 to semifinalist Cecilia, and the Pirates led midway through the first-round playoff game at Redemptorist before falling 23-18 to the other semi.