Plaquemine's Distefano, Maracalin headline District 6-4A team

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
Plaquemine head football coach Paul Distefano was recently selected District 6-4A Coach of the Year after leading the Green Devils to the district championship.
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PLAQUEMINE - Plaquemine Senior High School faced stiff competition throughout the season on the way to the school's first district title in football in over a decade.

The Green Devils won the District 6-4A title outright with a 4-0 mark and finished 10-3 overall following a run to the quarterfinals under coach Paul Distefano.

Highlighting the All-District team was Distefano as Coach of the Year and senior fullback Julius Maracalin as Offensive MVP.

Earning first-team honors for Plaquemine on offense were Maracalin, junior quarterback D'Morea Wicks, sophomore receiver Austin Mitchell, also as a return specialist, junior tight end Joseph Keller, junior Louis Conerly at athlete, senior offensive lineman DeMarcus Jenkins and junior offensive lineman Kevin Dotson.

Selected to the first-team on defense was senior linebacker Orlando Batiste, senior defensive lineman Justin Stewart and sophomore defensive back Brian Jordan.

Second-team selections include senior place kicker Austin LeJeune, junior offensive linemen Tyler Boudreaux, Kenny Dotson and Jodeci Harris, senior defensive lineman Khalil Harris, junior defensive lineman Quintrell Anderson, junior defensive backs Chazz Edwards and Allen Riley and senior Damion Oubre as defensive utility.

Maracalin rushed for 2,160 yards on 325 attempts this season while scoring 27 touchdowns. He also had 12 catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns.

Wicks completed 55-of-125 pass attempts for 975 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 976 yards and 17 touchdowns on 142 attempts.

Mitchell had 18 receptions for 360 yards and five touchdowns while returning two punts for scores and accumulating over 400 return yards.

Keller had 11 receptions for 190 yards and one score and Conerly caught 10 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown.

The Green Devils accumulated 4,975 yards of total offense this season with 3,892 of it coming on the ground to go with 62 total touchdowns.

Batiste had 84 tackles through 12 games including six sacks, eight forced fumbles, two interceptions and two pass breakups.

Jordan tallied 47 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles, one interception, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries while Stewart finished with 38 stops, four sacks and three forced fumbles.

Harris had 31 tackles, five forced fumbles, three sacks and one fumble recovery and Anderson totaled 15 tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Edwards had 69 tackles, three interceptions and nine pass breakups, while Riley totaled 45 stops, one interception and seven pass breakups and Oubre tallied 40 tackles and one pass breakup.

LeJeune converted 56 point after touchdown attempts and was 4-of-4 on field goal attempts with a long of 37 yards. He also averaged 41.8 yards on 75 kickoffs.