2023-24 LHSAA Coaching Carousel

As of 4/12/24


With the start of baseball and softball season and basketball season wrapping up in Hammond and Lake Charles, we still see the Coaching Carousel going strong.

Oakdale has their new head man as they have hired longtime Basile head coach Kevin Bertrand to the same position. Bertrand spent the last ten seasons at his alma mater where he compiled a 78-41 record with the Bearcats, winning four district titles and leading them to multiple quarterfinal appearances. He also previously led Elton to an 18-6 record from 2010-11 which included a district title in 2011, and had prior stops as an assistant at Kinder, Jennings, and Iowa. He replaces Destin Dieterich, who resigned from Oakdale to move into administration. Bertrand reportedly beat out Lakeview head coach Andy Boone, two current Oakdale assistants, and Marksville assistant Jonathan Landry among others for the right to lead the Warriors.

Bolton has their fourth head coach in as many seasons with the hire of Cody Corley, who comes over after most recently serving as head football coach at Brame Junior High in Alexandria. Corley replaces Clint Dean, who was not retained after one season after Bolton staff had to reapply with the change of Bolton High School becoming Bolton Academy.

Buckeye has their head man after a competitive coaching search with the hire of St. Mary’s head coach Aaron York. The Florida native and former Louisiana College football player was 41-25 in six seasons with the Tigers, leading them to two district titles and the playoffs in each season. York reportedly beat out East Beauregard assistant Isaac Clark and Pineville defensive coordinator and former LCU and Menard head coach Justin Charles.

After the firing of Cleo Cummings after going 7-15 in two seasons, Ferriday has promoted assistant coach Walter Johnson to head coach. Johnson, a Ferriday alum, was a two-time All-American linebacker at Louisiana Tech before spending three seasons in the NFL with the Houston Oilers. He was also previously Ferriday’s head coach from 2012-15.

Pine Prairie has hired Gueydan head coach Lance Myers as their new head coach, hoping to stabilize a rotating door of head coaches over the last few seasons. Myers spent the last four seasons as the head coach Gueydan and had been defensive coordinator at Church Point and Elton prior to that.

Kentwood has promoted offensive coordinator Cornelius Blunt to head coach, replacing Jonathan Foster who resigned after ten seasons and two state championships.

Natchitoches Central has hired former Northwestern State and Ruston head coach Brad Laird as the new leader of the Chiefs. Laird replaces Jess Curtis, who left after one season to take over at Southside. Laird comes back to the high school ranks after going 16-41 in six seasons at NSU. He had served as head coach at Ruston immediately prior to his tenure at NSU.

Just days after the resignation of Jeff Tannehill, Neville has promoted defensive coordinator Mike Collins to head coach. Collins has over 40 years of coaching experience, specializing on the defensive side of the ball, with collegiate stops at ULM, McNeese, LSU, Northwestern State, and Sam Houston State, most recently serving as defensive coordinator at ULM from 2016-19. His prior stops in the high school ranks were at Ouachita Parish as defensive coordinator from 1985-90, Kilgore High in Texas as linebackers coach in 2004, and most recently serving as Neville defensive coordinator since 2021. His only time as a head coach in high school or the collegiate level was as ULM’s interim head coach during the 2002 season, leading the Warhawks to a 3-6 record during that time. Tannehill was 34-10 in four seasons at Neville.

North Central is back on the coaching carousel with the departure of Julian Rideau. He was 1-9 in one season in Lebeau.

North Webster has hired North DeSoto RBs/OL coach Christopher Wilson as their new head coach. He replaces John Ware, who left to become head coach at Lakeside. Wilson previously served as head coach at Plain Dealing from 2020-21.

2024 LHSAA Football Coaching Carousel

Archbishop Hannan
Out: Corey Bordelon
In: Steve Soper, Archbishop Hannan DC/interim HC

Out: Kevin Bertrand

Beau Chene
Out: Marcques Lewis
In: Richard Harris, Beau Chene assistant

Out: Clint Dean
In: Cody Corley, Brame Junior High HC

Breaux Bridge
Out: Zach Lochard

Out: Ben McLaughlin
In: Aaron York, St. Mary’s HC

Captain Shreve
Out: Adam Kirby
In: Jeremy Wilburn, Huntington OC

Out: Tony Courville
In: Gavin Peters, Carencro OC

Out: Kyron Benoit
In: Eric Cooley, Church Point Middle HC

D’Arbonne Woods
Out: Tommy Tharp

Delhi Charter
Out: Jeremy Foote
In: Storm Ridgway, Delhi Charter OC

Out: Brian Richardson
In: Darnell Lee, former East Ascension HC

East Ascension
Out: Darnell Lee
In: Brock Matherne, St. Louis HC

East Iberville
Out: Justin Joseph

Out: Cleo Cummings
In: Walter Johnson, Ferriday assistant

Out: Lance Myers

G.W. Carver
Out: Byron Addison
In: Luis Figueroa, Albright College assistant

Out: Daniel Luquet
In: Greg Boyne, Destrehan OC

Highland Baptist
Out: Rick Hutson

J.S. Clark
Out: Ross Akpan
In: Juan Thomas, Glen Oaks DC

Out: Cory Brodie
In: Tank Lotief, Abbeville DC/former Kaplan HC

Out: Jonathan Foster
In: Cornelius Blunt, Kentwood OC

Lafayette Christian
Out: Hunter Landry
In: Zach Lochard, Breaux Bridge HC

Lafayette Renaissance
Out: Christopher Davis
In: Hunter Landry, Lafayette Christian HC

Out: Mike Santelices
In: John Ware, North Webster HC

L.B. Landry
Out: Carl Spicer (2023 interim)
In: Nick Foster, former St. Augustine HC

Out: Korey Lindsey

Live Oak
Out: Hutch Gonzalez
In: Randell Legette, Live Oak OC

Out: Josh Laborde
In: Khalil Thomas, Central RBs coach

Loyola Prep
Out: Mike Greene
In: John Sella, Loyola Prep assistant

Out: Dwight Collins
In: LaQuintin Lamb, Eunice assistant

Morgan City
Out: Chris Stroud
In: Marc Danos, H.L. Bourgeois assistant

Morris Jeff
Out: New Program
In: Bill Conides, Northshore OC

Natchitoches Central
Out: Jess Curtis
In: Brad Laird, former Northwestern State HC

Out: Jeff Tannehill
In: Mike Collins, Neville DC

North Central
Out: Julian Rideau

North Webster
Out: John Ware
In: Christopher Wilson, North DeSoto assistant

Out: Destin Dieterich
In: Kevin Bertrand, Basile HC

Pine Prairie
Out: Charles Hazard
In: Lance Myers, Gueydan HC

Out: New Program
In: Mike Schmitt, Eaglecrest (CO) HC

Out: Reginald Nelson
In: Lent Bursey, former Rayville HC

Out: Kyle Walker
In: Wallace Foster, Warren Easton DL coach

Out: Brad Ducote (2023 interim)
In: Frank Rosegrant, Rosepine DC

Out: Malter Scobel
In: Damon Page, Crowley (TX) assistant

Out: Josh Fontenot
In: Jess Curtis, Natchitoches Central HC

St. Augustine
Out: Nick Foster
In: Robert Valdez, Grambling State OL coach

St. Louis
Out: Brock Matherne
In: Dustin Nothnagel, Newman DC

St. Mary’s
Out: Aaron York

St. Thomas Aquinas
Out: Shane Mulhern
In: Tino Fletcher, St. Thomas Aquinas DC

Vandebilt Catholic
Out: Tommy Minton
In: Brian Wallace, Nicholls State ST coordinator

Ville Platte
Out: Chris Mitchell
In: Chris Bland, Istrouma DC

Out: Jules Sullen
In: Dio Bernard, East St. John DC

West Monroe
Out: Todd Garvin
In: Kevin Davis, West Monroe interim HC

West St. Mary
Out: Dwight Fage
In: Kendall Mouton, West St. Mary assistant

Westminster Christian (LFY)
Out: Jim Stomps

Woodlawn (BR)
Out: Marcus Randall

Ruston, Airline Claim Honors On 2023 LSL 5A All-State Team

Louisiana Sportsline’s final all-state football team for the 2023 season has been released, honoring the top football players in Class 5A.

Airline quarterback Ben Taylor is the Offensive Player of the Year. The junior gunslinger led the Vikings to the Division I Non-Select quarterfinals before falling to Mandeville in a shootout. Taylor completed 73% of his passes, tallying 4,189 passing yards and 49 touchdowns while throwing only nine interceptions.

Ruston linebacker Jadon Mayfield is the Defensive Player of the Year. The Louisiana Tech signee was key for the Bearcats stallwart state champion defense, accounting for 116 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and six sacks.

The Coach of the Year award goes to Jerrod Baugh of Ruston. He led the Bearcats to and undefeated season and to the state championship game for the second year in-a-row, finally breaking through this year to win their first state title since 1990.

The first team selections at running back are Cashmire Batiste of Carencro (1,651 yards, 27 TD), Jordan Hayes of Ruston (1,752 yards, 20 TD), and Nate Sheppard of Mandeville (2,155 total yards, 36 total TD).

First team picks at wide receiver are Jarvis Davis of Airline (1,276 yards, 14 total TD), TaRon Francis of Edna Karr (929 yards, 9 TD), and Louisiana baseball signee Brooks Wright of Catholic-Baton Rouge (820 yards, 16 TD). The first team tight end is LSU signee Trey’Dez Green of Zachary (960 yards, 12 TD).

On the offensive line, the first team selections are TCU signee Kavion Broussard of Zachary, LSU signee Joseph Cryer of Natchitoches Central, Bryce Godfrey of John Curtis, Jackson Hammond of Acadiana, and Erv Smith of Catholic-Baton Rouge.

The first team kicker is LSU signee Aeron Burrell (34/35 PAT, 9/18 FG, long of 55) and the first team athlete is Chantz Babineaux of Carencro (3,745 total yards, 43 total TD).

Moving on to the defensive side, the first team defensive line consists of Richard Anderson of Edna Karr (49 tackles, 11 sacks), Tulane signee Geordan Guidry of Ruston (61 tackles, 10.5 sacks), LSU commit Dominick McKinley of Acadiana (71 tackles, 5 sacks), and Jahkeem Stewart of St. Augustine (85 tackles, 20 sacks).

Joining Mayfield as first team linebackers are LSU signee Kolaj Cobbins of Destrehan (77 tackles, 12 sacks), Cale Daigle of St. Paul’s (97.5 tackles, 10 sacks), and Shamarius Harris of Acadiana (130 tackles, 11 tackles for loss).

In the defensive backfield are Aidan Anding of Ruston (34 tackles, 4 INT), E.J. McDonald of Captain Shreve (44 tackles, 6 INT), Ole Miss signee Anthony Robinson of Destrehan (37 tackles, 2 INT), and Cooper Smith of Sam Houston (51 tackles, 8 INT).

At first team punter is John Chance of Captain Shreve (44 average) and at first team kick returner is Jaden Bardales of Walker (4 return TD). The first team selection at the flex position is Houston signee Koby Young of Holy Cross.


QB Ben Taylor, Airline (6’1 180 Jr.)
RB Cashmire Batiste, Carencro (5’9 175 Sr.)
RB Jordan Hayes, Ruston (5’9 160 Jr.)
RB Nate Sheppard, Mandeville (5’11 180 Jr.)
WR Jarvis Davis, Airline (5’10 160 Jr.)
WR TaRon Francis, Edna Karr (6’2 205 Jr.)
WR Brooks Wright, Catholic-BR (6’3 185 Sr.)
TE Trey’Dez Green, Zachary (6’7 230 Sr.)
OL Kavion Broussard, Zachary (6’6 280 Sr.)
OL Joseph Cryer, Natchitoches Central (6’4 290 Sr.)
OL Bryce Godfrey, John Curtis (6’3 280 Sr.)
OL Jackson Hammond, Acadiana (6’2 285 Sr.)
OL Erv Smith, Catholic-BR (6’2 280 Jr.)
K Aeron Burrell, Parkway (6’2 180 Sr.)
ATH Chantz Babineaux, Carencro (5’11 185 So.)

DL Richard Anderson, Edna Karr (6’3 280 So.)
DL Geordan Guidry, Ruston (6’3 260 Sr.)
DL Dominick McKinley, Acadiana (6’7 280 Sr.)
DL Jahkeem Stewart, St. Augustine (6’6 270 So.)
LB Kolaj Cobbins, Destrehan (6’3 215 Sr.)
LB Cale Daigle, St. Paul’s (6’0 200 Jr.)
LB Shamarius Harris, Acadiana (5’11 215 Sr.)
LB Jadon Mayfield, Ruston (6’0 230 Sr.)
DB Aidan Anding, Ruston (6’0 165 Jr.)
DB E.J. McDonald, Captain Shreve (6’2 180 Sr.)
DB Anthony Robinson, Destrehan (6’1 190 Sr.)
DB Cooper Smith, Sam Houston (6’0 180 Jr.)
P John Chance, Captain Shreve (6’1 200 Sr.)
KR Jaden Bardales, Walker (5’8 150 Sr.)
FLX Koby Young, Holy Cross (6’1 180 Sr.)

Offensive Player of the Year: Ben Taylor, Airline
Defensive Player of the Year: Jadon Mayfield, Ruston
Coach of the Year: Jerrod Baugh, Ruston

QB Daniel Beale, Catholic-BR (6’1 195 Sr.)
RB Ezekiel Hypolite, Acadiana (5’8 170 Sr.)
RB Greg Manning, Benton (5’8 175 Sr.)
RB Jamarlon Otis, Captain Shreve (5’6 170 Jr.)
WR Tyson George, Zachary (5’9 165 Sr.)
WR Jamari Evans, Walker (5’8 150 Sr.)
WR Sebastian Miller, Fontainebleau (5’10 170 Jr.)
TE J.D. Lafleur, Sulphur (6’6 220 Jr.)
OL Nate Green, West Monroe (6’5 310 Sr.)
OL Devin Harper, Captain Shreve (6’6 295 Jr.)
OL Khayree Lee, John Ehret (6’5 310 Sr.)
OL Jayce Mitchell, Destrehan (6’3 275 Sr.)
OL Sam Nations, Ruston (6’2 260 Jr.)
K Drew Talley, St. Paul’s (5’10 165 Jr.)
ATH Cole Canatella, Holy Cross (6’0 180 Sr.)

DL Corey Adams, Edna Karr (6’4 265 Jr.)
DL Talan Bingham, Terrebonne (6’2 235 Sr.)
DL Kameron Cyprien, Carencro (6’3 225 Sr.)
DL Diego Spears, Dutchtown (6’1 260 Sr.)
LB Tahj Butler, Edna Karr (6’2 225 Sr.)
LB Nick Degerolamo, Holy Cross (5’10 180 Jr.)
LB Jalil Matthews, Terrebonne (5’11 170 Sr.)
LB Albert Smith, Ponchatoula (6’1 205 Sr.)
DB Jacob Bradford, Catholic-BR (6’1 180 Jr.)
DB Carter Hanberry, Dutchtown (6’0 200 Sr.)
DB Dashawn McBryde, Denham Springs (6’2 200 Sr.)
DB Amyrion Mingo, Alexandria (5’11 170 Sr.)
P Edis Chavez, John Ehret (5’9 165 Sr.)
KR Russell Babineaux, Acadiana (5’8 160 Jr.)
FLX Michael Turner, John Curtis (6’1 150 Sr.)

State Champion Coach, LSU Signees Headline 2023 LSL 4A All-State Team

The 2023 Louisiana Sportsline Class 4A All-State football team is headlined by a first-time state champion coach and two players bound for Death Valley.

Lafayette Christian quarterback Ju’Juan Johnson is the 2023 Louisiana Sportsline Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year after putting up a historic 2023 campaign. The LSU signee broke the Louisiana state record for total offensive yards in a career, a record that had been held by former Evangel Christian quarterback Brock Berlin since 1999. He finished the season with 5,130 total yards and 66 total touchdowns while leading the Knights to a state-runner up finish.

Evangel Christian defensive lineman Gabriel Reliford is the 2023 Louisiana Sportsline Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year. Another LSU signee, Reliford recorded 122 total tackles, 29 tackles for loss, and nine sacks while helping the Eagles reach the Division II Select playoffs.

Opelousas head coach Jimmy Zachery is the 2023 Louisiana Sportsline Class 4A Coach of the Year after a historic season. In his fifth season at the helm, the Opelousas alum lead his alma mater to their first appearance in the state championship game since 1956 leading to the first state title in program history in a victory over district rival Cecilia. Opelousas was a long struggling program when Zachery arrived in 2019. They went only 9-18 in his first three seasons but are 22-7 since, including a 12-3 finish this season.

The first team running backs consist of D’Shaun Ford of Opelousas (1,836 yards, 19 TD), Xavier Ford of Leesville (2,425 yards, 32 TD) and Jacobi Jefferson of Salmen (1,916 yards, 25 TD).

The three first team receivers are Cole Cory of North DeSoto (1,431 yards, 15 TD), Parker Fulghum of Evangel Christian (1,413 yards, 17 TD), and Kylin Wheeler of Rayne (1,241 yards, 17 TD). The first team tight end is Thomas Campbell of Neville.

On the offensive line, the first team selections are Gage Caskey of North DeSoto, Ashton Helaire of St. Thomas More, Air Force commit Raymond Howard of Archbishop Shaw, Trevor Jeffery of Lafayette Christian, and Joseph Milton of Opelousas.

The first team kicker is Houston commit Trey Furey of Belle Chasse (28/28 PAT, 10/14 PAT) who had one of the longest successful field goals in the state this season with a 56-yarder against West Jefferson, shattering the previous school record of 42-yards and coming only four-yards short of the state record of 60-yards.

At athlete is one of the most dynamic players of the season in Diesel Solari of Cecilia. Solari led Cecilia to the state championship game for the first time since 1995, tallying 2,966 total yards of offense and 50 total touchdowns while also racking up 411 kick return yards and three kick return touchdowns.

Joining Reliford on the defensive line are Texas signee Melvin Hills of Lafayette Christian (82 tackles, 12 sacks), Alfred Kennedy of Assumption (102 tackles, 13 sacks), and Caden Parquette of Lutcher (71 tackles, 10 sacks).

A group of tackling machines make up the first team linebackers with Hayden Hernandez (180 tackles, 1 INT) and Brody Latiolais (162 tackles, 4 INT) of St. Thomas More, Jamal Jordan of Evangel Christian (147 tackles, 3 sacks) and Brody Robichaux of Assumption (145 tackles, 20 tackles for loss).

The first team picks at defensive back are Lake Bates of North DeSoto (127 tackles, 5 INT), Brent Gordon of Cecilia (119 tackles, 4 INT), Ty Lee of Lafayette Christian (74 tackles, 2 INT), and Ja’Corian Norris of Tioga (34 tackles, 9 INT).

At punter is Cameron Ott of Assumption (41.5 average) and at kick returner is Ky’ree Paul of Istrouma (570 return yards, 6 TD). The first team selection at the flex spot is Sam Taylor of Lafayette Christian (148 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss).

QB Ju’Juan Johnson, LCA (5’11 195 Sr.)
RB D’Shaun Ford, Opelousas (6’1 210 Jr.)
RB Xavier Ford, Leesville (5’11 190 Jr.)
RB Jacobi Jefferson, Salmen (5’9 170 Sr.)
WR Cole Cory, North DeSoto (5’9 175 Jr.)
WR Parker Fulghum, Evangel Christian (6’2 180 Sr.)
WR Kylin Wheeler, Rayne (5’11 175 Jr.)
TE Thomas Campbell, Neville (6’2 235 Jr.)
OL Gage Caskey, North DeSoto (6’0 255 Sr.)
OL Ashton Helaire, St. Thomas More (6’3 325 Sr.)
OL Raymond Howard, Archbishop Shaw (6’2 280 Sr.)
OL Trevor Jeffery, LCA (6’5 255 Sr.)
OL Joseph Milton, Opelousas (6’2 280 Sr.)
K Trey Furey, Belle Chasse (6’0 175 Sr.)
ATH Diesel Solari, Cecilia (5’8 170 Jr.)

DL Melvin Hills, LCA (6’3 270 Sr.)
DL Alfred Kennedy, Assumption (6’1 220 Sr.)
DL Caden Parquette, Lutcher (6’0 230 So.)
DL Gabriel Reliford, Evangel Christian (6’2 255 Sr.)
LB Hayden Hernandez, St. Thomas More (6’0 215 Sr.)
LB Jamal Jordan, Evangel Christian (6’3 215 Sr.)
LB Brody Latiolais, St. Thomas More (5’11 195 Sr.)
LB Brody Robichaux, Assumption (5’10 200 Sr.)
DB Lake Bates, North DeSoto (5’10 180 Sr.)
DB Brent Gordon, Cecilia (5’11 180 Jr.)
DB Ty Lee, LCA (6’0 180 Sr.)
DB Ja’Corian Norris, Tioga (6’2 185 Sr.)
P Cameron Ott, Assumption (6’1 170 Jr.)
KR Ky’ree Paul, Istrouma (5’10 175 Jr.)
FLX Sam Taylor, LCA (6’1 205 Sr.)

Offensive Player of the Year: Ju’Juan Johnson, LCA
Defensive Player of the Year: Gabriel Reliford, Evangel Christian
Coach of the Year: Jimmy Zachery, Opelousas

QB Luke Delafield, North DeSoto (6’2 175 So.)
RB Corey Broussard, Cecilia (5’6 175 Sr.)
RB Jaylon Coleman, Vandebilt Catholic (5’9 155 Jr.)
RB Jalen Noel, LCA (5’8 Jr.)
WR T.J. Marzell, LCA (5’10 180 Sr.)
WR Dameon McCloud, McDonogh 35 (5’11 150 Sr.)
WR Landon Strother, St. Thomas More (6’1 180 Sr.)
TE Connor Mathieu, De La Salle (6’3 220 Sr.)
OL Quantravious Bradford, Huntington (6’2 285 Sr.)
OL Nolan Byers, Archbishop Hannan (6’1 300 Sr.)
OL Gresham Perry, Teurlings Catholic (6’4 285 Jr.)
OL Taylor Quinn, Neville (6’1 275 Sr.)
OL Jace Williams, Assumption (6’1 280 Jr.)
K Charlie Mader, Teurlings Catholic (Jr.)
ATH Reece Turner, Assumption (5’10 165 Sr.)

DL Ted Jackson, West Feliciana (5’11 240 Sr.)
DL Peyton McFarland, McDonogh 35 (6’1 200 Sr.)
DL Demarco Roberts, Cecilia (6’4 200 Sr.)
DL Brody Whatley, Neville (6’5 255 Jr.)
LB Matthew Beall, St. Michael (5’10 190 Sr.)
LB Dy’traevous Lively, Westgate (5’10 210 Jr.)
LB Keidrick Richardson, De La Salle (5’10 230 Sr.)
LB Kenias St. Romain, DeRidder (6’3 215 Sr.)
DB Chris Helaire, LCA (5’7 135 Jr.)
DB Elijah Crawford, Northwood (SH) (5’8 160 Sr.)
DB Brock Louque, Lutcher (5’9 185 Sr.)
DB Justin Ross, McDonogh 35 (5’9 165 So.)
P Jackson Cordill, Franklin Parish (6’0 155 Sr.)
KR Brandon Henderson, Woodlawn (SH) 6’0 Jr.)
FLX Travis Esprit, Opelousas (5’9 190 Jr.)

Williams, Wilson, Roark Take Awards on 2023 LSL Class 3A All-State Team

Three team share the major awards on the 2023 Louisiana Sportsline Class 3A All-State football team.

St. James quarterback Jayden Williams is the Offensive Player of the Year after accounting for 3,419 total yards of offense and 49 touchdowns while leading the Wildcats back to the Superdome.

Union Parish linebacker Tyquerius Wilson is the Defensive Player of the Year. Wilson was the cornerstone of the Farmers state championship defense, accounting for an impressive 212 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, nine sacks, and an interception.

Jena head coach Jay Roark has been named the Coach of the Year after leading the Giants to an undefeated regular season, the top seed in the Division III Non-Select Playoffs, and the first semifinal appearance in program history.

Brayden Williams was selected as the first team athlete, with the quarterback position going to Abram Johnston of Parkview Baptist (2,128 pass yards, 29 TD).

The first team running backs are Jy’Marion Island of Union Parish (2,496 yards, 25 TD), Jena’s all-time leading rusher Zerrick Jones (2,248 yards, 36 TD), and Ja’Vain Reese of Northwest (1,925 yards, 33 TD).

The selections at first team wide receiver are Kobe Brown of St. James (1,248 yards, 15 TD), Brock Comeaux of Parkview Baptist (1,075 yards, 16 TD), and Seth Gale of University Lab (988 yards, 16 TD). The first team tight end is Austin Hebert of Iota (487 yards, 7 TD).

The keys to many of the top offenses in the state, the first team offensive lineman are MaxPreps sophomore All-American Lamar Brown of University Lab, Henderson State commit Eli Head of Caldwell Parish, TCU signee Mitch Hodnett of Sterlington, Josh Moy of Union Parish, and Deuce Williams of St. James.

McNeese State commit Landon Daughdril of St. Louis was selected as the first team kicker and punter (32/32 PAT, 12/15 FG, 42.9 punt average).

Joining Wilson as first team linebackers are Graham Montet of St. Louis (103 tackles, 3 sacks), Adrian Prean of St. James (97 tackles, 5.5 sacks), and Navy commit Harry Beacham of University Lab (134 tackles, 3 sacks).

First team selections on the defensive line are Mackenzie Ardoin of Northwest (64 tackles, 9 sacks), Nick Chopin of St. James (73 tackles, 10 sacks), Nickolas Thomas of Kennedy (45 tackles, 14 sacks) and North Texas signee Jayden Williams of Wossman (76 tackles, 27 tackles for loss).

At defensive back, the first team selections are Erick Franklin of LCCP (102 tackles, 2 INT), Demaryion Hammock of Jena (39 tackles, 7 INT), Kyreon Prier of Marksville (125 tackles, 6 INT), and Jarrell Williams of St. James (56 tackles, 7 INT).

James Evans of Kennedy (7 punt return TD) is the first team pick at kick returner and Keylan Moses of University Lab (69 tackles, 9 sacks) is the first team pick at the flex position.


QB Abram Johnston, Parkview Baptist (6’0 190 Sr.)
RB Jy’Marion Island, Union Parish (5’8 180 Sr.)
RB Zerrick Jones, Jena (5’8 180 Sr.)
RB Ja’Vain Reese, Northwest (5’7 200 Sr.)
WR Kobe Brown, St. James (5’10 160 Sr.)
WR Brock Comeaux, Parkview Baptist (5’8 170 Jr.)
WR Seth Gale, University Lab (5’9 160 Sr.)
TE Austin Hebert, Iota (6’0 190 Sr.)
OL Lamar Brown, University Lab (6’4 260 So.)
OL Eli Head, Caldwell Parish (6’5 285 Sr.)
OL Mitch Hodnett, Sterlington (6’6 295 Sr.)
OL Josh Moy, Union Parish (6’2 305 Jr.)
OL Deuce Williams, St. James (6’2 315 Sr.)
K Landon Daughdril, St. Louis (5’10 170 Sr.)
ATH Brayden Williams, St. James (6’0 175 Sr.)

DL Mackenzie Ardoin, Northwest (6’5 215 Sr.)
DL Nick Chopin, St. James (6’1 215 Sr.)
DL Nickolas Thomas, John F. Kennedy (6’0 245 Sr.)
DL Jayden Williams, Wossman (6’3 290 Sr.)
LB Harry Beacham, University Lab (6’1 220 Sr.)
LB Graham Montet, St. Louis (5’11 200 Sr.)
LB Adrian Prean, St. James (6’1 245 Sr.)
LB Tyquerius Wilson, Union Parish (5’11 175 Jr.)
DB Erick Franklin, LCCP (5’10 180 Sr.)
DB Demariyon Hammock, Jena (5’10 140 Sr.)
DB Kyreon Prier, Marksville (5’10 170 Jr.)
DB Jarrell Williams, St. James (6’0 170 Jr.)
P Landon Daughdril, St. Louis (5’10 170 Sr.)
KR James Evans, John F. Kennedy (5’9 145 Jr.)
FLX Keylan Moses, University Lab (6’3 220 Jr.)

Offensive Player of the Year: Brayden Williams, St. James
Defensive Player of the Year: Tyquerius Wilson, Union Parish
Coach of the Year: Jay Roark, Jena

QB Peyton Renfro, Iota (6’0 180 Jr.)
RB Steven Blanco, St. Martinville (5’8 195 Sr.)
RB Jim Burlew, Buckeye (5’10 185 Jr.)
RB Re’John Zeno, Jennings (5’9 180 Jr.)
WR Dylan Callahan, Iota (6’1 175 Sr.)
WR Cullen Charles, St. Martinville (5’11 175 Sr.)
WR Paxton Lafont, E.D. White (6’4 200 Sr.)
TE Luke Guillory, Iowa (6’3 220 Sr.)
OL Joel Fontenot, Jewel Sumner (5’9 290 Sr.)
OL Zach Guin, E.D. White (6’0 250 Jr.)
OL Curtis Harrison, Northwest (6’3 330 Jr.)
OL Aiden Palmer, Jena (6’1 315 Sr.)
OL Damian Reed, Iowa (6’1 275 Sr.)
K Ty Powell, E.D. White (6’0 170 Jr.)
ATH Dillon Compton, Bunkie (5’10 165 Jr.)

DL Demerion Dupas, Marksville (6’0 265 Sr.)
DL Kade Nugent, St. Louis (6’3 190 Jr.)
DL Colten Sharp, Jena (6’1 235 Jr.)
DL Zaylun Williams, Abbeville (5’10 250 Sr.)
LB Jackson King, Sterlington (5’11 200 Sr.)
LB Zion Lee, Bunkie (5’10 210 So.)
LB Walter Robertson, Jennings (6’1 215 Sr.)
LB Davon Thibodeaux, Northwest (6’2 210 Jr.)
DB Tomorrio Bilberry, Union Parish (6’0 175 Sr.)
DB Bernard Causey, John F. Kennedy (6’0 155 Sr.)
DB Matthew Escher, E.D. White (6’0 180 Sr.)
DB Raiyen Oatis, Donaldsonville (5’10 180 Sr.)
P Granville Anderson, University Lab (5’10 180 Sr.)
KR Jakias Villanueva, St. James (5’7 155 So.)
FLX Brennan Gibson, Port Allen (5’8 160 Jr.)

Calvary, St. Charles, Oak Grove Claim Awards on 2023 LSL Class 2A All-State Team

Three teams that made it to the LHSAA Prep Classic in 2023 have claimed the major awards for the 2023 Louisiana Sportsline Class 2A All-State Football team.

Calvary Baptist quarterback Abram Wardell was selected as the LSL Class 2A Offensive Player of the Year. Wardell completed an astonishing 78% of his passes, logging over 3,800 yards and 45 touchdowns while only throwing two interceptions in the Cavaliers state championship run.

St. Charles linebacker Kyle Cannon is the LSL Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year. The Southeastern Louisiana signee recorded 133 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, and five interceptions of which he returned two for touchdowns.

Oak Grove head coach Ryan Gregory was named the LSL Class 2A Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to a 12-2 record and the Division IV Non-Select state title. It is the Tigers fourth state title in five seasons in Gregory’s tenure as head coach of his alma mater.

The first team running backs are Braeden George of Episcopal (1,808 yards, 27 TD), Jeremiah James of Many (2,187 yards, 25 TD), and James Simon of Calvary Baptist (1,814 total yards, 24 total TD).

Selected at wide receiver are Georgetown signee Jac Comeaux of Dunham (974 yards, 13 TD), Aubrey Hermes of Calvary Baptist (1,363 yards, 15 TD) and Jaiden Mitchell of Catholic-New Iberia (910 yards, 12 TD). The first team tight end is J.T. Layton of Oak Grove (568 total yards, 7 total TD).

The first team offensive linemen are LSU commit Brett Bordelon of Newman, Kaleb Houston of St. Charles, Luke Schultz of Notre Dame, Truitt Tietz of Oak Grove, and Jimmy Wright of Calvary Baptist.

At kicker is Tyler Milioto of St. Charles (51/53 PAT, 10/13 FG) and at athlete is Louisiana Tech commit Jackson Bradley of Oak Grove (3,042 total yards, 40 total TD).

The defensive line consists of Jaden Breaux of St. Charles (100 tackles, 10 sacks), Isaiah Joles of Oak Grove (79 tackles, 10 sacks), Jalen Boley of Mangham (109 tackles, 11 sacks), and Kaine Olivier of Loreauville (127 tackles, 14 sacks).

Joining Cannon at first team linebacker are Ouachita Baptist commit Hutch Grace of Calvary Baptist (97 tackles, 13 TFL), Southeastern Louisiana signee James Harris of Oak Grove (107 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 INT), and Trace McHugh of Loreauville (146 tackles, 7 sacks, 2 INT).

At defensive back are Drew Bourgeois of Dunham (50 tackles, 4 INT), LSU signee Tylen Singleton of Many (149 tackles, 2 INT), Walker Dauzat of Episcopal (38 tackles, 7 INT) and Southeast Missouri signee Landon Sylvie of Calvary Baptist (94 tackles, 3 INT).

The first team punter is Ryan Hicks of Holy Savior Menard (43 yard average), the first team kick returner is Jy’heim Williams of South Plaquemines (569 total return yards, 5 return TD). The first team selection at the flex position is Kam Williams of General Trass (1,706 rush yards, 17 TD/120 tackles, 13 sacks).


QB Abram Wardell, Calvary Baptist (6’0 190 Jr.)
RB Braeden George, Episcopal (5’11 185 Sr.)
RB Jeremiah James, Many (5’11 195 Sr.)
RB James Simon, Calvary Baptist (6’0 200 Jr.)
WR Jac Comeaux, Dunham (5’10 160 Sr.)
WR Aubrey Hermes, Calvary Baptist (6’3 180 Sr.)
WR Jaiden Mitchell, Catholic-New Iberia (5’8 140 Jr.)
TE J.T. Layton, Oak Grove (6’3 220 Jr.)
OL Brett Bordelon, Newman (6’5 285 Jr.)
OL Kaleb Houston, St. Charles (5’9 280 Sr.)
OL Luke Schultz, Notre Dame (6’4 270 Sr.)
OL Truitt Tietz, Oak Grove (6’2 240 Sr.)
OL Jimmy Wright, Calvary Baptist (6’2 245 Sr.)
K Tyler Milioto, St. Charles (So.)
ATH Jackson Bradley, Oak Grove (6’3 200 Jr.)

DL Jaden Breaux, St. Charles (6’2 190 Sr.)
DL Isaiah Joles, Oak Grove (6’0 245 Jr.)
DL Jalen Boley, Oak Grove (6’2 255 Sr.)
DL Kaine Olivier, Loreauville (6’4 210 Sr.)
LB Kyle Cannon, St. Charles (6’1 220 Sr.)
LB Hutch Grace, Calvary Baptist (6’1 220 Sr.)
LB James Harris, Oak Grove (6’2 225 Sr.)
LB Trace McHugh, Loreauville (5’9 185 Sr.)
DB Drew Bourgeois, Dunham (5’8 160 Sr.)
DB Walker Dauzat, Episcopal (Sr.)
DB Tylen Singleton, Many (6’2 210 Sr.)
DB Landon Sylvie, Calvary Baptist (5’11 170 Sr.)
P Ryan Hicks, Holy Savior Menard (6’0 165 Sr.)
KR Jy’heim Williams, South Plaquemines (5’9 160 Jr.)
FLX Kam Williams, General Trass (6’2 215 Sr.)

Offensive Player of the Year: Abram Wardell, Calvary Baptist
Defensive Player of the Year: Kyle Cannon, St. Charles
Coach of the Year: Ryan Gregory, Oak Grove

QB Elijah Haven, Dunham (6’4 180 Fr.)
RB Kameron Casnave, Northlake Christian (6’1 225 So.)
RB Jeramiah Wills, St. Charles (5’11 165 Sr.)
RB Hayden Van Ness, Welsh (5’8 165 Sr.)
WR Desmen Jefferson, Ferriday (5’10 165 So.)
WR Daniel Joseph, St. Charles (6’4 180 Sr.)
WR Peter Loop, Newman (5’10 175 Sr.)
TE Will Loerzel, Newman (6’5 245 Sr.)
OL Shaun Basey, D’Arbonne Woods (6’3 330 Sr.)
OL Drew Desormeaux, Catholic-New Iberia (6’0 265 Sr.)
OL Peyton Peebles, Ascension Episcopal (6’1 230 Sr.)
OL Aiden Valle, Oakdale (5’11 240 Sr.)
OL Will York, Episcopal (5’10 185 Sr.)
K Joseph Whitehouse, Pope John Paul II (6’1 170 Sr.)
ATH Jay Freeman, Oak Grove (5’8 155 Jr.)

DL Swazy Carheel, Many (6’3 235 Sr.)
DL Sam Kirsch, Notre Dame (6’2 235 Sr.)
DL Ethan Ott, Episcopal (5’11 190 Sr.)
DL Ethan Sands, Calvary Baptist (6’2 260 Sr.)
LB Jackson Casanova, Notre Dame (6’0 205 Jr.)
LB Alex Phillips, South Plaquemines (5’10 170 Jr.)
LB Seth Ray, Oak Grove (5’11 195 Jr.)
LB Cooper Scott, Holy Savior Menard (6’2 210 Sr.)
DB Landon Ferrell, Oak Grove (6’2 195 Sr.)
DB Braylun Huglon, Calvary Baptist (5’10 170 Fr.)
DB Jaylen O’Neal, Mansfield (5’7 135 Jr.)
DB Decareyn Sampson, Avoyelles (5’11 175 Sr.)
P Logan Sorrel, Dunham (6’3 195 So.)
KR Jay’shaun Johnson, Franklin (6’0 175 Sr.)
FLX Heath Gross, Calvary Baptist (6’2 215 Sr.)

Elzy, Southern Lab Pair Headline 2023 LSL Class 1A All-State Football Team

The 2023 Louisiana Sportsline Class 1A All-State team is led by the leading rusher in the state and two from Southern Lab’s state championship team.

The Offensive Player of the Year award goes to Ascension Catholic running back Chad Elzy, Jr. The junior led the state with 2,528 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns on 258 carries while helping to lead the Bulldogs to the Division IV Select quarterfinals.

The Defensive Player of the Year award goes to Southern Lab defensive back Dylan Day. The senior intercepted ten passes, returning five of them all the way for touchdowns, while also recording 58 tackles and breaking up an additional 30 passes. The Miami Hurricanes signee was a cornerstone for the Kittens second state title in three seasons.

The Coach of the Year award goes to Southern Lab head coach Darrell Asberry. He led the Kittens to a 12-1 record this season on the way to their second state title in his tenure as head coach.

Joining Elzy as first team running backs are Harlem Berry of St. Martin’s, the top running back in the nation for the Class of 2025 and a recent LSU commit, and Riverside’s Dedric Lastie. Berry accounted for over 2,400 total yards and 44 touchdowns while Lastie rushed for 2,528 yards and 41 touchdowns while leading the Rebels to a state-runner up finish.

Marlon Brown of Southern Lab is the first team quarterback after completing 70% of his passes for 2,720 yards and 29 total touchdowns.

The first team receivers are Vanderbilt signee Tate Hamby of Ouachita Christian (945 yards, 14 TD), Denim Hunt of Southern Lab (969 yards, 12 TD), and Rodrick Tezeno of Opelousas Catholic (805 yards, 12 TD). Houston signee Traville Frederick of Jeanerette (512 yards, 10 TD) is the first team tight end.

The first team offensive line consists of SE Louisiana signee Amiree Alexander of Riverside, Louisiana signee Ryder Bentley of Ouachita Christian, David Howard of Southern Lab, Edwin Wilson of Kentwood, and Nathan Wheless of Logansport.

The first team placekicker is Eli Bray of Haynesville (61/68 PAT, 6/11 FG) and the first team athlete is Jonathan Dartez of Vermilion Catholic (3,509 total yards, 47 touchdowns).

Joining Day as first team defensive backs are Ole Miss signee Katrevrick Banks of Homer (70 tkls, 2 INT), Zyre Colar of Jeanerette (45 tkls, 6 INT), and Jack Lipari of Central Catholic (87 tkls, 5 INT).

The first team defensive line features LaMikal Callahan of Kentwood (58 tkls, 21 sacks), Ben Devall of Ouachita Christian (74 tkls, 9 sacks), Jerren Smith of Southern Lab (81 tkls, 38 TFL), and Javonte Williams of Jeanerette (98 tkls, 14 sacks).

The linebackers named to the first team are Tylann Brumfield of Kentwood (148 tkls, 19 TFL), Alonzo Jackson of Haynesville (130 tkls, 4 INT), Noah Lovelady of Ouachita Christian (144 tkls, 9 sacks), and Mace Melancon of Ascension Catholic (140 tkls, 2 sacks).

The first team punter is Ross Cortez of Basile (41.7 average) and the first team kick returner is Michael Edwards of St. John (431 kick return yards, 2 touchdowns). The first team selection at the flex spot is Drake Griffin of St. Mary’s (134 tkls, 6 sacks).



QB Marlon Brown, Southern Lab (6’1 180 Sr.)

RB Harlem Berry, St. Martin’s (6’0 185 Jr.)

RB Chad Elzy, Ascension Catholic (5’10 180 Jr.)

RB Dedric Lastie, Riverside (5’4 160 Jr.)

WR Tate Hamby, Ouachita Christian (6’3 185 Sr.)

WR Denim Hunt, Southern Lab (5’8 150 So.)

WR Rodrick Tezeno, Opelousas Catholic (6’3 170 So.)

TE Traville Frederick, Jeanerette (6’4 240 Sr.)

OL Amiree Alexander, Riverside (6’2 315 Sr.)

OL Ryder Bentley, Ouachita Christian (6’6 280 Sr.)

OL David Howard, Southern Lab (6’1 275 Sr.)

OL Nathan Wheless, Logansport (5’10 260 Sr.)

OL Edwin Wilson, Kentwood (6’3 275 Sr.)

K Eli Bray, Haynesville (6’0 165 So.)

ATH Jonathan Dartez, Vermilion Catholic (5’8 165 Jr.)


DL LaMikal Callahan, Kentwood (6’0 205 Jr.)

DL Ben Devall, Ouachita Christian (6’2 255 Sr.)

DL Jerren Smith, Southern Lab (5’11 245 Jr.)

DL Javonte Williams, Jeanerette (6’2 245 So.)

LB Tylann Brumfield, Kentwood (5’10 185 Sr.)

LB Alonzo Jackson, Haynesville (6’2 205 Sr.)

LB Noah Lovelady, Ouachita Christian (6’1 215 Sr.)

LB Mace Melancon, Ascension Catholic (5’10 180 Jr.)

DB Katrevrick Banks, Homer (6’2 180 Sr.)

DB Zyre Colar, Jeanerette (5’9 150 Jr.)

DB Dylan Day, Southern Lab (6’0 170 Sr.)

DB Jack Lipari, Central Catholic (6’2 175 Sr.)

P Ross Cortez, Basile (6’0 175 Sr.)

KR Michael Edwards, St. John (5’8 150 Sr.)

FLX Drake Griffin, St. Mary’s (6’0 220 Sr.)


Offensive Player of the Year: Chad Elzy, Ascension Catholic

Defensive Player of the Year: Dylan Day, Southern Lab

Coach of the Year: Darrell Asberry, Southern Lab



QB Luke Vidrine, Ouachita Christian (5’10 180 So.)

RB Jukadynn Carter, Logansport (6’1 165 Jr.)

RB Ke’von Johnson, St. Edmund (5’9 150 So.)

RB Chase Sentell, Glenbrook (6’3 180 Sr.)

WR Kevante Carter, Kentwood (5’9 165 Sr.)

WR Taeshawn Jones, Centerville (6’0 185 So.)

WR Tylon Hollins, Central Catholic (6’1 160 Sr.)

TE Ben Bienvenu, St. Mary’s (6’3 190 Sr.)

OL Travis Cedatol, Ascension Catholic (6’3 285 Sr.)

OL Dakota Davis, Haynesville (5’10 230 So.)

OL Vasser Day, St. Frederick (6’4 250 Sr.)

OL Evan Picou, Central Catholic (6’1 195 Sr.)

OL Jackson Trahan, Vermilion Catholic (6’1 205 Jr.)

K Cooper Helmke, St. Martin’s (6’3 165 Jr.)

ATH David Beazley, Westminster-Lafayette (5’11 150 Jr.)


DL Manny Bejeran, St. Martin’s (6’1 230 Sr.)

DL Dayton Gipson, Riverside (6’1 180 Sr.)

DL Rory Lambert, Catholic-Pointe Coupee (6’4 285 Jr.)

DL Jayden Lavespere, Slaughter Charter (5’10 275 Jr.)

LB Chad Jones Jr., Southern Lab (5’11 220 So.)

LB Lawson Lillo, Cedar Creek (5’9 175 Sr.)

LB Hunter Martin, Logansport (5’9 155 So.)

LB Ike Perry, Sacred Heart (5’9 Sr.)

DB Parker Jewell, Catholic-Pointe Coupee (5’10 170 Jr.)

DB Caleb Johnson, East Beauregard (6’2 190 Sr.)

DB Owen O’Neal, St. Frederick (So.)

DB Ty Williams, Vermilion Catholic (5’10 175 Sr.)

P Gavin Polk, Ouachita Christian (6’1 160 So.)

KR Javon Vital, Hamilton Christian (5’9 170 Fr.)

FLX Kayden Dart, Oberlin (6’1 210 Jr.)

After 2 Championships Are Coaches “Missing the Boat” On Virtual Reality?

     Coach A. J. Smith is an offensive coordinator that has won 2 consecutive state championships, on 2 different teams, in 2 different states, breaking the passing yard title in both championship games, in 2019 & 2020. What do both championship teams have in common?

  • Both QBs (Calvary Baptist Academy & Madison Ridgeland Academy) led the state in passing both throwing for over 3,500 yards
  • Both QBs broke the all-time passing record in both their state championship games (593 yards, 464 yards)
  • Both teams utilize Virtual Reality Training EVERYDAY

Coach A. J. Smith with his state champion quarterbacks Landry Lyddy and Philip Short in 2020 & 2019.

     “High school coaches that want to throw at all are missing the boat on how much value this system brings to the table. My QB this year would have half the reps if we did not use VR. If he has half the reps in his first year of the offense, he is probably missing half the throws he makes in practices or games.” – A. J. Smith

YES! It is affordable

     Before we dig into how it works and the exact method AJ uses, we should point out contrary to belief that virtual reality does not cost over $50,000.00 to purchase. VAR Systems the same virtual reality company that Mike Leach, Hal Mumme, June Jones, and AJ Smith use only cost $6,500 and offers payment plans to help get you going with the system.

Calvary wide receiver Joseph Wilson using VAR. Wilson was 1 of 3 receivers who caught for over 1,000 yards in Louisiana in 2020 and led the state in receptions.

How does it work?

     When you get a VAR, you receive a laptop computer, virtual reality headset, and a 360 camera (4K Resolution). You then film anything and everything at practice that you want to see from that perspective in virtual reality. It does not necessarily have to be team or 7 on 7, you can film drills and teaching tapes you can watch again in VR. You then upload your film from the 360 camera to your laptop computer and can instantly start watching your practice in virtual reality through the headset. Everyone can see what the person in the headset is seeing through the computer or projecting to a TV.

Traditional Film, you teach.

Virtual Reality Film “Game Changer”, VR you TRAIN!

How do you use it?

     “This is where many coaches miss the boat using the technology, they think this is suppose to replace meeting time with your QB. They think they must be in the room with the quarterback every time he is in there on the headset. While doing that is good every now and then, that is not how you take advantage of virtual reality. Coaches still need meeting time with traditional film! Once you train your quarterback how to use the system by himself, he then uses it ON HIS OWN TIME. What do I mean by that? During lunch period, a free hour, after practice, or any free time, he comes in and runs through practice on the headset by himself. He knows all the coaching points, you’re coaching him every day! Now he can slow it down on his own, see the concept, the defense, the reads, and move at his own pace to accelerate his learning process from the exact perspective he sees on the field. He is now getting double to triple the reps! And if he is seeing it in the headset, he will see it on the field.” – A. J. Smith

Where do you get a VAR System?

     Coaches can find out more information about VAR at http://var.systems Once you purchase it, your system arrives in less that 7 days pre-loaded with Air Raid virtual reality content from the college and pro level.

     “Without a question, our virtual reality training is our secret sauce from being good to excellent in the passing game and the thing is we tell everyone about it! It isn’t about if you the coach get it, it is about does it make your quarterback better. After utilizing it these past 2 seasons winning championships, virtual reality is no longer the future, it is the present, but we will gladly continue having the advantage until it becomes the norm in every locker room.” – A. J. Smith