Four parish football players make All-State

Kyle Riviere
Ascension Catholic running back Jamar Barber.

Any time you make an all-star team, you’ve accomplished something great, but when you’re named one of the best players in your state, you’ve reached the pinnacle of high-school athletics.

Four football stars from Ascension Parish had this tremendous honor bestowed upon them.

When the Louisiana Sports Writers Association released their Class 5A All-State team, both St. Amant kicker Briggs Bourgeois and East Ascension offensive lineman Adrian Ealy made the first team.

Bourgeois did a little bit of everything for the Gators this past season as they ended the year with a 9-1 record, runner-up finish in District 5-5A and trip to the state quarterfinals.

He punted, he was one of the most dangerous return men in the area, and as a wide receiver, Bourgeois collected 66 catches for 836 yards and 13 touchdowns. It all led to him being named the district’s Overall MVP.

However, it was his kicking ability that landed him on the All-State team.

Bourgeois went 13-15 in field goals this past season. In those made kicks, his long was 49 yards.

His kicking ability should be no surprise. Bourgeois has committed to be a kicker at Southern Miss.

Ealy transferred to East Ascension this year. Last season, he was an All-State offensive lineman for University Lab.

In his only year with the Spartans, he helped them end the regular season on a three-game winning streak and pull off an upset over Ruston in the opening round of the playoffs.

Besides making first-team all-district and All-Metro, Ealy just recently committed to play football at Oklahoma.

On the 247sports website, the 247 Composite Team Recruiting Rankings are high on Ealy. They have him listed as the 266th-best overall prospect in the country and the No. 29-ranked offensive tackle.

There were also two players that made the All-State team at the 1A level. Both players came from Ascension Catholic.

Not many people knew about Jamar Barber before the season. Because he transferred to Ascension Catholic, he had to sit out in 2015.

Head coach Drey Trosclair knew what the Bulldogs were getting.

When Barber took over as their top tailback in the spring, Trosclair said, “He has the potential to be a really special kid, and if he keeps his head on straight and keeps working hard like he is, I don’t see why he couldn’t reach his potential.”

Barber reached that potential in 2016.

In helping Ascension Catholic improve from 4-6 to 6-4 and reach the second round of the playoffs, Barber rushed for 1,308 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also had 132 receiving yards and two scores.

Joining him on the All-State squad was senior D.J. Giroir.

Giroir was a terror on the defensive line all season for the Bulldogs. He ended the year with 90 tackles and three sacks.

Both players were honorable mention selections.