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Standout running backs highlight 2011 All-Parish football honors

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SJHS’ Da’vante Williams (left), Christian Primeaux (middle), and Chris Bordelon (right).

This year’s All-Parish football team is hallmarked by the largest group of outstanding and achieving running backs in recent history.

The season also included a first-ever overall winning season for the East Iberville High football program and the return of three parish teams to the state playoffs in campaign.

St. John, Plaquemine, and White Castle all netted state playoff berths, while 6-4 overall EIHS just missed on power points. SJHS went further than PHS and WCHS by winning a first-round playoff game, while the other two lost their postseason openers. SJHS and PHS finished second in their respective districts, while WCHS was third and EIHS fifth.

It was a tough year for WCHS as they were coming off the first state championship gridiron season for an Iberville Parish school and mustered only a 4-6 record.

Here is my annual All-Parish Football listing with a few comments with each grouping:

ALL-PARISH FOOTBALL

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE:

QB:

Isaac O’Bear, WCHS, Richard Johnson, EIHS, Ricky Aro, PHS.

(Notes: O’Bear bounced back after missing a handful of games due to injury and ended with the most passing yards. Johnson had some key TD passes as the Tigers rolled up a 5-0 season start. Aro ran the PHS run-oriented offensive attack to six victories, but the Green Devils need to upgrade their ability to throw the football to balance their attack.)

RB:

Tyree Bracken, WCHS, Christian Primeaux, SJHS, Da’Vante Williams, SJHS, Nick Brooks, EIHS, Julius Maracalin, PHS, Hakeem Deggs,

PHS.

(Iberville has long been strong in outstanding football running backs, but not so many in one single season. Primeaux and Williams were a great one-two punch for the run-oriented SJHS Eagle offense and the two combined for well over 20 TDs. Maracalin and Deggs were an equally strong one-two punch for the triple option PHS backfield and the strong finish by Maracalin in district play to go with Deggs’ explosive running helped the Green Devils notch runner-up honors in the 6-4A district. Brooks turned into a senior leader for the EIHS Tigers, leading them in rushing and scoring, while playing defense as well. He was a key to the Tigers’ first-ever six-victory season. And, the best for last…returning all-state RB Tyree Bracken had a second-straight season of thrilling fans and scaring the life out of opponents with his great running abilities. He is moving on to the college level at Southern Miss after leading WCHS to the state crown in 2010. Expected to join Bracken in the college ranks are Williams and Primeaux, while Maracalin and Deggs return to PHS for 2012.)

RECEIVERS:

Terrance Taylor, WCHS, Lamont Kerr, EIHS, Darryl Ingram, EIHS, Alvin Grant, PHS, Joseph Jordan, PHS. (None of the Iberville teams passed the ball as much as they ran it, but WC senior Taylor was the top receiver in the parish for the second season in a row with his great speed and hands. He ended up running the football this season as well. Kerr and Ingram return in 2012 and both showed potential as receivers this year. Grant and Jordan had their moments on the run-based PHS offensive unit. Grant had a couple of key TD grabs in victories.)

OFFENSIVE LINE:

Chris Bordelon, SJHS, Kevin Dotson, EIHS, Dakota Richard, SJHS, Curtis Jones, SJHS, Gerad Carlin, WCHS, Marcellis Coleman, WCHS, Orlando Batiste, PHS, Dylan Lowe, PHS, D’Warren Jones, PHS. (St. John had one of the best offensive lines in 1-A football until West St. John shut them down in the regional playoffs. Bordelon has the height and size to play on the college level and had some dominant moments in games this season. Carlin was one of the best two-way linemen in the state 1-A ranks for the third football season in a row and he earned his sixth varsity letter at WCHS. Curtis Jones was a solid two-way lineman for SJHS and returns in 2012. Batiste returns for PHS in the middle of the PHS offensive line, while Dotson has great size and strength for a young ninth grader.)

KICK RETURNER:

Bracken, WCHS, Williams, SJHS, Deggs, PHS. (This was a very explosive trio and always a threat to take the ball to the end zone on returns.)

PLACE KICKER/PUNTER: Connor Case, SJHS, Issac O’Bear, WCHS, Joseph Jordan, PHS. (A foot injury kept Case from becoming one of the best place kickers in parish history in his senior season. He only played in the final three games of the season and was “Mr. Automatic” for the Eagles. Colleges need to be looking at him. O’Bear, like Case, missed a number of games due to injury, but he was solid on long kickoffs and PATS for the Bulldogs. Jordan was a pleasant surprise as  punter for PHS.)

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE:

DEFENSIVE LINE: Curtis Jones, SJHS, Nathan Voisin, SJHS, Adrian Cummings, EIHS, Rashaan Williams, EIHS, Gerad Carlin, WCHS, Greg Jordan, WCHS, Davon Godchaux, PHS, Willie Hill, PHS. (SJHS’ Jones, WC’s Carlin, and PHS’ big ole’ frosh Godchaux are three of the best to come around in the parish in a handful of seasons. Voisin steadily improved after a severe injury last year. Cummings and Williams joined Brooks in being the top defenders for the Tiger defense.)

LINEBACKERS:

Jared Naquin, SJHS, John Romig, SJHS, Ben Poirrier, SJHS, Quinton Alexander, SJHS, Nick Brooks, EIHS, Tyre Lang, WCHS, Xavier Coleman, WCHS, Patrick Howard, PHS, Jaquale Smith, PHS. (This is a small, but quick group, kind of like the linebacking gang at LSU. I see Poirrier and Lang coming on strong next year as two-way performing leaders for their respective teams.)

SECONDARY: Trevor Curry, SJHS, Da’Vante Williams, SJHS, Terrance Taylor, WCHS, Isaac O’Bear, WCHS, Darryl Ingram, EIHS, Joseph Bailey, EIHS, Richard Johnson, EIHS, Deondre Philson, PHS, Devonte Jenkins, PHS, LaRen Phillips, PHS. (Philson and Taylor have sprinters’ speed. Curry and Williams came on strong as ball-hawking pass interceptors for SJHS. Phillips and Jenkins joined with Philson in giving PHS a solid secondary as did Ingram, Bailey, and Johnson for EIHS. O’Bear was an all-state DB last year and one of the key reasons the Bulldogs beat Ouachita Christian in the 1-A title match with his outstanding effort on the big stage.)

SPECIAL HONORABLE MENTIONS:

(Includes Future Standouts, marked FS)

SJHS: Kaleb Campesi, Dustin Comeaux, Brenton Sansoni, Wesley Boss, Connor Case, Hunter Schebelen (FS), Nick Johnson (FS), Nick Lefebvre (FS), Damion Oubre (FS), Morgan Booksh (FS), Andrew Baldwin (FS), Hayden Hemenway (FS).

WCHS: Randy Foster, Dontrell Taylor (FS), Byron Pierre (FS), Chris Major (FS), Andre Prevot (FS), Robert Franklin (FS).

EIHS: Lennet Little, James Sterling (FS), Braylon Dailey (FS), Kenny Dotson (FS), Robert Williams (FS), Junius Chong (FS).

PHS: Myron Jack, Jacorey Johnson, Quintelle Jackson, Jaquantis Pugh, Daylan Henderson, Walter Scott (FS), Jaron Hooks (FS), Jared Tackno (FS), D’morea Wicks (FS).

(We have some outstanding young players returning in 2012 and several are mentioned here. This list adds to the First-Team groups as the very reason parish teams had a combined 24-19 record (including playoff marks).

SPECIAL NOTES:

This year’s Coach of the Year honors goes to SJHS’ Barry “Tut” Musemeche and his staff as well. They got the Eagles prepared for the season and led them to an 8-3 overall record, including the only playoff victory for Iberville teams. SJHS had the misfortune of playing one of the best teams in 1-A football both in the second round of the playoffs and for the local 9-1A district title. I rank SJHS as the fifth best team in 1-A this year and perhaps higher had they not matched up a second time with potential champion West St. John.

And a very special and high Honorable Mention goes to Coach Kelcy Dotson and his EIHS staff for guiding the 2011 Tigers to the school’s best single season football record ever of 6-4.

Black and Blue Awards (as the key injured players for the 2012 season) go to SJHS DB and place kicker Connor Case and WCHS DB-QB-PK Isaac O’Bear.

OVERALL MVP: Tyree Bracken of WCHS.

MOST TALENTED: Bracken of WCHS

BEST FIRST-YEAR PLAYER: SJHS’ Christian Primeaux, a transfer senior from Catholic BR who led the parish in scoring.

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS IN 2012: PHS’ Davon Godchaux, Hakeem Deggs and Julius Maracalin, and SJHS’ Curtis Jones

PHS’ Hakeem Deggs (left), Julius Maracalin (middle), and Deondre Philson (right).