Herald-Guide football players of the year
In only his second season as starter, Destrehan senior quarterback Donovan Isom completed 163 of his 248 passes for 2,653 yards and 33 touchdowns. Isom only threw two interceptions in 14 games. On the ground, the big quarterback finished with 530 yards and nine touchdowns on 82 carries.
Isom has committed to the University of Utah.
“I think Donovan was incredible this season,” Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “He worked so hard all offseason and made himself one of the best quarterbacks in the state.”
Robicheaux said that Isom was the team’s leader on offense and will be missed next season.
“He committed early, had a great season and we are real excited about his future,” Robicheaux said.
Hahnville senior Lynn Simmons racked up 1,447 yards rushing on 227 carries for a healthy 6.37 yards per carry this season. He also rushed for 12 touchdowns on the ground and caught six passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. During the season, Simmons was named the Herald-Guide’s player of the week four times. In the first round of the playoffs Simmons put together his best game of the year, rushing for 212 yards and four touchdowns to lead his team to an upset victory over Ouachita.
Mike Silva, Hahnville’s offensive coordinator, said Simmons was an integral part of the team.
“Due to the fact that we didn’t throw the ball very well we needed him a lot. His ability to go ahead and break tackles and make big plays enabled us to win as many games as we did,” he said.
Destrehan senior linebacker RaeJuan Marbley has been a star on the Wildcats defense for the last three years, but saved his best season for last. Marbley led the Wildcats with 137 tackles in 14 games, including 16 tackles for loss. He also recorded a sack, one interception, two pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a touchdown.
“He is an unbelievable worker, a leader, one of our captains and a great kid,” Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “It was tremendous to have him in our program.”
Like Destrehan quarterback Donovan Isom, Marbley committed early in the season. He will play for Tulane next year.
Hahnville defensive end Ricky Davis wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks this season. On the year, Davis had 46 unassisted tackles, 11 sacks, six tackles for loss, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Earning Herald-Guide defensive player of the week three times this season, the two-year starter ended the year as the team’s sack leader and had two blocked kicks. Hahnville head coach Lou Valdin said Davis showed some brilliant play over the course of the season.
“Ricky Davis was our biggest playmaker on defense,” he said. “At Ouachita he had three sacks in a row.”
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