Destrehan rusher, head coach lead All-District squad

Destrehan's John Emery, the District 7-5A Offensive MVP.

Local All-District 7-5A football honorees

Offensive MVP: John Emery, Destrehan, Running back Sr. – Emery saved his finest season for his senior year. He finished with 1,683 yards on 218 carries, 7.7 yards an attempt) and 28 total touchdowns. The soon-to-be LSU Tiger was one of the most sought after recruits in the country, and a slam dunk selection as the Offensive MVP of District 7-5A.

Coach of the Year: Stephen Robicheaux, Destrehan. – Robicheaux is no stranger to success at Destrehan, having led the school to two state championships and multiple deep playoff runs. This season, the Wildcats earned the No. 2 seed in Class 5A and marched to three playoff victories before finishing as a state semifinalist. Destrehan finished 12-2 and went unbeaten in District 7-5A, including a decisive win over Terrebonne in what was a winner-take-all district championship game Week 10.

First Team

J.R. Blood, Destrehan, Quarterback, Sr. – Blood won plenty of games for the better part of three years as starting quarterback. He passed for 2,573 yards, 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions for a quarterback rating of 122.2 in 2018.

Quincy Brown, Destrehan, Wide reciever, Jr. – Brown was one of 7-5A’s most dangerous deep threats, averaging 17.8 yards a catch as he was equally a threat to run past a defender or outmuscle one for the football. He caught 33 passes for 589 yards and six scores.

Chase Cooke, Destrehan, Offensive line, Sr. – Cooke led an offensive line that powered a Destrehan offense that rushed for 3,040 yards and 42 touchdowns this season.

Champ Craven, Destrehan, Defensive back, Sr.  – Craven  was a turnover-forcing machine, with five forced fumbles, three blocked kicks and five interceptions. The safety recorded 56.5 tackles, two of those for loss.

Adonis Friloux, Hahnville, Defensive line, Sr. – Friloux had 60 solo tackles, 47 assists, 13.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. He forced four fumbles, recovered three more and intercepted a pass, asserting himself as one of the state’s truly dominant defensive tackles.

Alex Huszar, Destrehan, Linebacker, Sr. – Huszar racked up 76 tackles, including 37 solo, to go with four sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. He made venturing into the middle of the field a risky proposition for offensive players.

Gabe Medina, Offensive line, Hahnville, Sr. – Medina was the senior leader of a young Hahnville offensive line, and keyed a running attack that posted 2,043 yards and 25 touchdowns on the ground.

John Pearsall, Hahnville, Linebacker, Sr. – Pearsall’s intensity was contagious for Hahnville. He finished with 99 solo tackles (41 assists), two interceptions, three sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Carson Rieder, Destrehan, Tight end, Sr. – Rieder showed a strong connection with quarterback J.R. Blood and was a devastating threat down the seam, finishing second on the team with an eye-popping 19.4 yards a catch. He hauled in six scores.

J’Cobe Scott, Hahnville, Offensive line, Jr. – Scott emerged as a cornerstone of Hahnville’s offensive line this season, a big reason the Tigers came together late in the year to post four wins in their final five regular season games — plus a playoff win.

Jalen Singleton, Hahnville, Defensive line, Sr. – Singleton  kept the heat on the opposition, finishing his season with 16 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries to go along with 61 solo tackles and 33 assists.

Dontrell Smith, Destrehan, Defensive back, Sr. – Smith was Destrehan’s lockdown corner, but he also earned All-District kick returner honors in addition to being named among the top defensive backs. He intercepted four passes, forced a fumble and made 37.5 tackles.

Quinton Torbor, Destrehan, Wide reciever, Sr. – Torbor, a Mississippi State signee, hauled in 36 passes for 510 yards and five touchdowns while adding 62 more yards on six carries, all the while giving Destrehan a physical presence on the outside.

Second Team

Brandon Comardelle, Hahnville, Running back, Jr. – Comardelle shook off a late season hip injury to finish his strong junior season with over 1,000 yards on the ground, finishing with 1,164 of them and 11 touchdowns on 176 attempts.

Kyle Edwards, Destrehan, Running back, Jr. – Edwards figures to be Destrehan’s next big running back recruit, but even as the No. 2 back in the Wildcats’ rotation this season, the junior rushed for 708 yards and eight touchdowns on 112 carries.

Mike Ehrmann, Destrehan, Kicker, Sr. – Destrehan’s high-powered offense got much of the attention, but the team could also count on a strong kicking game foundation, in part led by the accurate and reliable Ehrmann.

Amontae Jernigan, Hahnville, Linebacker, Sr. – Jernigan made his presence felt,, racking up 44 solo tackles, 37 assists, six sacks, four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

Syre Lewis, Hahnville, Defensive back, Jr. – Lewis was the Tigers’ top coverage man on the outside and was most often tasked with locking down the best receiver of Hahnville opponents. He had 18 pass breakups and 41 total tackles.

Ronal Santos, Destrehan, Punter, Sr. – When Destrehan’s offense stalled, it wasn’t all good news for the opposition, as Santos made sure points would not come easy by pinning teams back with his strong leg.

Noah Taliancich, Destrehan, Defensive line, Jr. – Taliancich was Destrehan’s top pass rusher, earning 7.5 sacks to go with 6.5 tackles for loss. He made 41.5 total tackles this season.

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