The 2008 prep football season in Ascension Parish had its ups and downs. Dutchtown and Donaldsonville made the postseason and both advanced to the regionals.


Dutchtown overcame replacing eight starters on defense to make the postseason for the fifth straight season under head coach Benny Saia. The Griffins entered the final week of play with a share of the District 6-5A championship on the line and avenged its first loss of the season in the bi-district playoffs. Dutchtown’s season came to an end in Lake Charles at the hands of Barbe in the Class 5A regionals despite a valiant comeback and the Griffins finished 8-3.


The 2008 prep football season in Ascension Parish had its ups and downs. Dutchtown and Donaldsonville made the postseason and both advanced to the regionals.

Dutchtown overcame replacing eight starters on defense to make the postseason for the fifth straight season under head coach Benny Saia. The Griffins entered the final week of play with a share of the District 6-5A championship on the line and avenged its first loss of the season in the bi-district playoffs. Dutchtown’s season came to an end in Lake Charles at the hands of Barbe in the Class 5A regionals despite a valiant comeback and the Griffins finished 8-3.

East Ascension managed two victories in John Lambert’s second year, one coming against archrival St. Amant to edge the Spartans one victory shy of evening the series.

St. Amant opened the David Oliver era as head coach and battled youth going winless for the first time since 1979.

Donaldsonville completed a perfect regular season and won its second consecutive District 7-2A championship making to the postseason for the fourth consecutive season under head coach Gary Adkins. The Tigers advanced to the Class 2A regionals before being ousted by Loyola Prep and finishing 9-1.

Ascension Catholic looked primed to return to the postseason for the first time in three seasons starting the season 5-1 but were forced to forfiet a game and loss their final three to finish 4-5.

Eddie Lacy
Senior Running Back
Dutchtown
Offensive Tri-MVP

Lacy is rated the No. 5 best downhill runner in the country by rivals.com, the No. 13 overall running back and Louisiana’s No. 3 top recruit.

Dutchtown’s opponents can attest to that. A year after breaking school records in rushing yardage and touchdowns, Lacy’s production slipped in his senior campaign after he had to sit out two games due to a knee injury. Lacy returned to garner the District 6-5A Offensive MVP in being named to the first-team for the second consecutive season after rushing for 1,046 yards on 153 carries and a team-high 17 touchdowns.

Lacy scored a career-high six touchdowns against Hahnville. He also caught seven passes for 130 yards and one touchdown in being named to the All-Parish team for the third consecutive season after splitting MVP honors with Donaldsonville’s Champlain Babin last season.

Bryant Dunn
Junior Running Back
Donaldsonville
Offensive Tri-MVP

Dunn became the workhorse for Donaldsonville’s triple option attack in 2008 after the departure of two college signees. The Tigers’ second leading rusher a year ago, the junior diveback put up astounding number rushing for 1,578 yards on 159 carries to go with 16 touchdowns despite having Donaldsonville’s first two games canceled in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.

Dunn went over 200 yards three times including Donaldsonville District 7-2A championship clinching victory over St. John. He was named Offensive MVP by district coaches and makes his first appearance on the All-Parish team.

Kelvin York
Senior Running Back
Dutchtown
Offensive Tri-MVP

York became more valuable to Dutchtown’s ground attack than ever before in the absence of a fellow comrade early in the season. He led the Griffins in rushing with 1,227 yards on 173 carries adding 12 touchdowns earning second-team District 6-5A recognition.

York rushed for 150 yards against Redemptorist and 180 yards against Catholic in the absence of Lacy providing the decisive scores in both victories and produced another 180 yards in the Griffins’ playoff victory over Hahnville.

The 2006 All-Parish Offensive MVP makes his third consecutive appearance.

Richard Buckland
Senior Defensive Tackle
Dutchtown
Defensive MVP

Buckland was one of only three returning starters on defense for the Griffins and the three-year starter set an example for and inexperienced unit.

Recognized on the District 6-5A first-team, Buckland had 54 tackles, including eight for losses to go with three fumble recoveries and four pass breakups.

Buckland makes his second consecutive appearance on the All-Parish team.

Benny Saia
Dutchtown
Co-Coach of the Year

Dutchtown has made the postseason five straight seasons under Saia, the last four in 5A.

The Griffins began the season 6-0 earning a No. 5 ranking in the Class 5A Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association Poll, the school’s highest ever. Dutchtown avenged its first loss of the season, 49-48, double overtime loss to Hahnville with a 35-7 victory in the playoffs before scoring 19 unanswered points in the second half but falling a yard short in a 28-26 regional loss to Barbe.
 

Gary Adkins
Donaldsonville
Co-Coach of the Year

Donaldsonville has made the postseason four straight seasons under Adkins after he took over a program that was 0-10.

Adkins, the District 7-2A Coach of the Year, guided the Tigers to a perfect regular season and their second consecutive district championship outscoring opponents 302-140. Donaldsonville went on to defeat Westminister in the playoffs before losing to Loyola Prep in Shreveport.

Scott Charleville
Senior Quarterback
Ascension Catholic

Charleville completed 60 of 118 passes for 881 yards and 10 touchdowns in his second season as the Bulldogs’ signal caller and was named to the first-team all-District 9-1A team.

James LeBeouf
Junior Running Back
Ascension Catholic

LeBeouf rushed for 506 yards on 87 carries and had a team-high seven touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 73 yards and one touchdown in being named to the all-District 9-1A first-team, while also starting at linebacker

Chase Keller
Junior Wide Receiver
St. Amant

Keller caught a team-high 16 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns for St. Amant in being named to the all-District 6-5A second-team.

Jess Daze`
Senior Wide Receiver
Ascension Catholic

A second-team 9-1A All-District selection, Daze` was the Bulldogs’ leading receiver catching 15 passes for 250 yards, three for touchdowns and averaging 16.7 yards per catch.

Colby Little
Senior Tight End
Dutchtown

Little caught five passes for 64 yards earning first-team 6-5A all-District honors, while also helping the Griffins rush for 3,280 yards.

Rusty Patterson
Senior Lineman
Donaldsonville

Patterson, a two-way starter for Donaldsonville, helped the Tigers rush for 3,569 yards in being named to the 7-2A All-District first-team.

Dwight Wright
Junior Lineman
Donaldsonville

A starter since he was a freshmen, Wright earned 7-2A first-team All-District honors after starting both on both the offensive and defensive line.

John Lambert
Senior Lineman
Dutchtown

Lambert earned first-team 6-5A all-District honors after help pave the way for the Griffins to rush for 3,280 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Frankie Sotile
Junior Lineman
Ascension Catholic

Sotile, a two-way starter for the Bulldogs, makes his second consecutive appearance on the all-Parish team after earning first-team 9-1A district honors by helping Ascension Catholic rush for 1,330 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Denzel Butler
Sophomore Lineman
Donaldsonville

A first-year starter, Butler earned first-team all-district 7-2A honors by helping the Tigers rush for 3,569 yards.

Matt McClelland
Senior Kicker
Ascension Catholic

McClelland made 15 extra points and connected on a field goal to score 18 points for the Bulldogs and be named to the first-team 9-1A All-District team.

Tre’ Vaughn
Junior Return Specialist
St. Amant

Vaughn had 544 yards on 23 kickoff returns and 83 yards on 11 punt returns, while rushing for 388 yards and six touchdowns on 66 attempts in being named to the 6-5A All-District second-team.

Effrem Reed
Sophomore All-Purpose
Dutchtown

Reed rushed for 322 yards on 42 carries to go with two touchdowns and caught 13 receptions for 238 yards and two touchdowns in being named to the 6-5A all-District second-team at running back.

Laine Bailey
Senior Athlete
Donaldsonville

Bailey, a first-year starter at quarterback, completed 25 of 69 passes for 12 touchdowns and also ran for 732 yards and 11 touchdowns on 88 carries earning first-team 7-2A all-District honors.

Henry Mitchell
Junior Lineman
Donaldsonville

Mitchell, a first-team 7-2A all-district selection, had 42 tackles to go with six sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Wade Julien
Sophomore Lineman
East Ascension

A starter since he was a freshmen, Julien earned second-team all-District 6-5A honors after registering 64 tackles, including six for losses and four sacks.

Ryan Moll
Senior Lineman
East Ascension

Moll moved for wide receiver this season to earn second-team 6-5A All-District recognition after leading the Spartans with 17 sacks to go with 32 tackles, which five were for losses.

Akiee Turner
Junior Linebacker
Donaldsonville

Turner, Donaldsonville’s middle linebacker since his freshmen season, showed how valuable he was when he recovered four fumbles in the Tigers’ district championship clinching victory over St. John.

A first-team 7-2A All-District selection, Turner led the Tigers with 83 tackles. He makes his second appearance on the All-Parish team after being named as a tight end as a freshmen.

James LeBeouf
Junior Linebacker
Ascension Catholic

LeBeouf’s value to Ascension Catholic’s football team this season could not be measured. A two-way starter, he earned first-team 9-1A All-District honors at both running back and linebacker.

LeBeouf led the Bulldogs with 78 tackles, while picking up three sacks, breaking up three passes and intercepting one pass. He makes his second appearance on the All-Parish team, being named as a defensive lineman his freshmen season.

Randy Thackery
Senior Linebacker
Dutchtown

Thackery Thackery had a team-high 64 tackles, including five for losses, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery in being named second-team All-District 6-5A.

Trey Griggs
Senior Linebacker
East Ascension

Griggs makes his second consecutive appearance on the All-Parish team after earning second-team 6-5A All-District honors following making 33 tackles, one for a loss and one interception.

Zach Whittington
Senior Linebacker
St. Amant

Whittington led the Gators with 60 tackles, including two for losses and also had one sack in being named to the 6-5A All-District second-team.

Eric Reid
Junior Defensive Back
Dutchtown

Reid makes his second consecutive All-Parish appearance after earning first-team 6-5A all-District honors following leading the Griffins with four interceptions, while adding 53 tackles including three for losses, three fumble recoveries and six pass breakups.

Matt Richard
Senior Defensive Back
East Ascension

Richard makes his second appearance on the All-Parish team after being named as a sophomore following earning first-team All-District 6-5A honors. Richard had 54 tackles for East Ascension, one for a loss and two interceptions. He also had 125 yards and one touchdown on punt returns, 83 yards on kickoff returns and 128 yards receiving to go with two touchdowns.

Charles Caballero
Junior Defensive Back
Ascension Catholic

Caballero had a team-high three interceptions, six pass break ups and 61 tackles in being named to the All-District 9-1A first-team.

Darvelle Allen
Junior Defensive Back
Donaldsonville

Allen led Donaldsonville with four interceptions and had 32 tackle to earn first-team 7-2A All-District recognition.

Antonio Smith
Junior Defensive Back
Donaldsonville

A first-team 7-2A All-District selection, Smith had three interceptions and 26 tackles.

Grant Auzene
Senior Punter
Dutchtown

Auzene, making his third consecutive appearance on the All-Parish team, punted 28 times for 1,057 yards and a 37.8 yard average with a long of 61 yards to be named to 6-5A’s All-District first-team.