Many west-bank football players make all-district
With the football season in the books, players throughout the parish were recognized recently by being named to their respective all-district teams.
Across the river, on the west bank, both Ascension Catholic High and Donaldsonville High were well-represented when it came to honoring their leagues' best.
Between the two schools, Ascension Catholic had the most players earn all-district honors. They fielded 10 selections on the All-District 6-1A team.
The Bulldogs had one of the most successful seasons in the program's history in 2018.
Ascension Catholic rolled through the regular season, going 9-1. This included an upset of undefeated and top-ranked Kentwood.
The Kangaroos went on to win the Class 1A state championship.
Ascension Catholic's lone regular-season loss was to defending league champion Southern Lab. The Bulldogs dropped a 22-19 affair to the Kittens on the road, allowing them to bring home another league title.
The Bulldogs entered the Division-IV playoffs as the second seed and cruised to the state championship game, winning by a combined score of 155-41 in three postseason contests.
It was the first time the program had reached back-to-back state title games since 1991 and 1992.
But for the second straight year, they were beaten by Lafayette Christian.
Headlining the All-District 6-1A team was junior running back Jai Williams. Not only was he a first-team selection, but he was named the district's MVP.
Williams had an amazing season that saw him rush for nearly 3,000 yards and score more than 30 touchdowns.
In Ascension Catholic's state semifinal victory over Vermillion Catholic, he carried the ball 39 times for 293 yards and two touchdowns.
In the state title game, he carried the ball 40 times for 262 yards. The 40 carries were the most ever for any championship. The 262 yards set the new record for most yards in a Class 1A/Division-IV state title contest.
Williams' running mate throughout the year was senior Jamar Barber. Barber was also a first-ream all-district selection.
Paving the way for Barber and Williams were two first-team all-district offensive linemen in Nick Hilliard and Dillion Davis.
The Bulldog defense only gave up 17 points per game for the season. They were led by senior linebacker Andrew Landry. Landry was Ascension Catholic's lone first-team representative on that side of the ball.
On special teams, senior Rodney Blanchard made the first team as a punter.
Davis and fellow senior John Broussard both made the second team from the defensive line.
Senior Parker Hales was a second-team selection at linebacker, and junior Brock Acosta was a second-team selection at defensive back.
Finally, senior Alex Hebert earned second-team honors at wide receiver.
It appeared the Donaldsonville Tigers would be in for a long season in 2018, as they were forced to replace a bus-load of seniors that graduated from a team that went 7-3 and reached the second round of the playoffs the year prior.
However, the Tigers were carried by a solid defense. They only surrendered 19 points per game during the regular season.
Their great play led Donaldsonville to a 5-5 campaign and another trip to the playoffs. As a result, eight Tigers earned All-District 10-3A honors.
Two players made the first team on defense. Those players were senior defensive back Savon Landry and junior linebacker Trevon Dunn.
On offense, senior Christian "Muppetbaby" Bell was a first-team selection as an athlete, and senior Jeffery Johnson earned first-team honors as a wide receiver.
Bell also made the second team as a defensive back. He was joined by fellow defensive back Jaquaivus Tenner.
Senior linebacker Devin Turner also made the second team.
On offense, freshman quarterback Treveyon Brown made the second unit, as well as junior wide receiver Tyrese Ester.