Two St. Charles Parish football players were named to All-State first teams in their respective classifications by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Hahnville senior safety Jerqwinick Sandolph landed on the first team for Class 5A while St. Charles Catholic junior defensive tackle Taylor Cochran was named to the first team for Class 3A.
Sandolph moved to safety this season after playing cornerback last season and made a big impression. He finished the regular season with 55 solo tackles, 19 assists, six tackles for loss and three interceptions. Sandolph also broke up 13 passes and had a punt return for a touchdown.
Along with being named to the All-State squad, Sandolph was also a first team All-District selection in District 8-5A, where he was named the defensive MVP of the league.
The 6’2, 180-pounder committed to LSU and head coach Les Miles in June. He picked the Tigers over offers from Memphis, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Western Kentucky.
Sandolph projects as a safety in college, but Hahnville High School head coach Lou Valdin said that he is a hybrid defensive player who can also have success at corner.
“I think he will be a tremendous player because he can play corner and safety,” he said. “In the SEC, they use a lot of Cover Two defense, so safeties have to be good tacklers and good in coverage.
“Because Jerqwinick is really a hybrid, I believe he will have a lot of success at LSU.”
Though only a junior, Cochran put up some impressive numbers for the Comets and helped lead the team to their first football state championship in December. Cochran, from St. Rose, finished the regular season with 82 tackles and 13 tackles for loss.
But his most impressive play of the season came when his team needed it the most.
Cochran blocked an Amite punt that set up the Comets only touchdown in their 9-8 state championship win.