Four SJHS players, coach notch All-Metro grid honors

Staff reports

Four St. John High players and their coach notched All-Metro honors for lower classifications (1-A, 2-A, 3-A) awarded by the area daily newspaper last week.

Eagle senior running back Josh Johnson, senior linebacker Corey David, senior offensive guard Dakota Smothers, and junior defensive lineman Herman Fitch notched All-Metro first-team honors along with Head Coach Tut Musemeche.

The foursome and their coach led the SJHS Eagles to the Class A state semifinals. SJHS won the District 8-A title with a perfect record and posted a 9-1 season mark. They ranked number one in the state 1-A polls for several weeks and were the number one seed in the state playoffs. SJHS went on to win three-straight playoff games before falling under winter storm conditions to eventual state champ Haynesville High.

Joining the SJHS trio was White Castle High junior defensive back Ronald Martin, who also was a productive quarterback for the third-place 8-A team and state playoff participant.

Johnson rushed for 1,521 yards and 19 touchdowns, while David had 106 tackles, a pair of interceptions, and a dozen tackles for losses. Johnson was the 8-A MVP on offense, while David was the MVP on defense. Fitch had 71 tackles, 10 sacks, and 8 tackles for losses. David and Fitch notched first-team all-state berths from the La. Sportswriters Assn.

WCHS’ Martin joined with David and Fitch on the all-state first team. It was Martin’s second berth on the first-team all-state defense. He added to a dozen interceptions as a sophomore with nine more this recent season. He also had 17 pass breakups and 58 tackles.

Four neighbors joined the five Iberville Parish players on the All-Metro squad. Brusly High linebacker Darius Jackson notched a berth along with Port Allen High defensive back Andre Hal and Donaldsonville High running back Bryant Dunn and offensive lineman Dwight Wright