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The Weekly Citizen’s 2009 All-Parish Football Team

Peter Silas Pasqua
Bryant Dunn and Effrem Reed, Offensive MVPs

The 2009 prep football season in Ascension Parish had its ups and downs as Dutchtown and Donaldsonville both made the playoffs.

Dutchtown overcame replacing eight starters on defense for the second straight year and eight on offense including two college signee running backs to make the postseason for the sixth straight season under head coach Benny Saia. After playing the toughest schedule in the state, the Griffins entered the playoffs as the No. 6 seed, its highest ever. Dutchtown’s season came to an end at the hands of Comeaux in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs and  the Griffins finished 7-4.

Donaldsonville finished as the runner-up to Capitol in District 7-2A with a 6-1 record and advanced to the postseason for the fifth consecutive season but fell to Riverside in the first round, their earliest exit in four seasons, to finish 9-2 under first-year head coach Terence Williams.

East Ascension managed four victories in John Lambert’s third year, one coming against archrival St. Amant to even the 30-year old series. 

St. Amant won their first five games in David Oliver’s second year at the helm after a winless campaign a year before but lost their final five despite rushing for a school record 2,700 yards.

Ascension Catholic won three of their first four games but only swung one victory in district to finish 4-6. 

Bryant Dunn

Senior Running Back

Donaldsonville

Offensive Co-MVP

Bryant Dunn started his senior campaign where he left off the year before despite a switch from a triple option offense to the spread.

Dunn rushed for 1,662 yards and 19 touchdowns on 195 attempts. He went over the century mark eight times and had a career high 323 rushing yards against Dunham. Dunn also caught 14 receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown and threw for four more scores on 5 of 8 passing for 122 yards.

A first-team all-District 7-2A pick for the second consecutive season, Dunn makes his second appearance on the All-Parish team after sharing Offensive MVP honors with Dutchtown’s Eddie Lacy and Kelvin York last year in a season which he ran for 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Effrem Reed

Junior Running Back

Dutchtown

Offensive Co-MVP

Effrem Reed became the workhorse for Dutchtown’s Wing T attack in 2009 after the departure of two college signees.

Reed rushed for 962 yards and 11 touchdowns on 178 attempts while catching 20 passes for 300 yards and one touchdown. He took the snap in the Griffins’ wildcat formation and rushed for over 230 yards and three touchdowns against St. Amant while also returning kicks.

A first-team all-District 6-5A selection, Reed appears on the All-Parish team for the second straight year after earning second-team all-district honors last season. 

Eric Reid

Senior Defensive Back

Dutchtown

Defensive MVP

Eric Reid, an LSU commitment, was one of only three returning starters on defense for the Griffins and the three-year starter set an example for an inexperienced unit.

The No. 2 rated recruit in the state, sixth at his position and 70th nationally, Reid earned first-team all-District 6-5A honors for the second straight year and was named Defensive MVP after  registering 45 tackles including five for losses, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions.

Reid makes his third consecutive appearance on the All-Parish team.

Benny Saia

Dutchtown

Coach of the Year

Benny Saia has led Dutchtown to the postseason six straight seasons, the last five in Class 5A.

The Griffins began the season with five straight games against ranked opponents gathering a 4-1 record. After a season opening loss to Lutcher, Dutchtown reeled off wins against West Jefferson, Thibodaux, St. John and Parkview Baptist.

Dutchtown swept East Ascension and St. Amant for the third straight year and also added another win over East St. John to their resume` in district play.

Devon Breaux

Sophomore Quarterback

Donaldsonville

Devon Breaux threw for 853 yards and seven touchdowns completing 56 of 96 passes and also ran for 798 yards and 12 touchdowns on 140 attempts to earn first-team all-District 7-2A honors at athlete.

Myron Dominique

Junior Running Back

Ascension Catholic

Myron Dominique rushed for 1,398 yards and 13 touchdowns on 236 attempts to join Ascension Catholic’s line of 1,000 yard rushers. He also caught three passes for 41 yards while returning kicks for the Bulldogs and rushed for 265 yards and three touchdowns against Central Catholic. A first-team all-District 8-1A selection, Dominique appears on the All-Parish team for the second straight year after earning second-team district honors a year ago.

Chase Keller

Senior Wide Receiver

St. Amant

Chase Keller makes his second straight appearance on the All-Parish team after catching  a team-high 14 receptions for 279 yards and two touchdowns to be named to the all-District 6-5A second-team for the second consecutive season.

Jarrett Cole

Junior Wide Receiver

Donaldsonville

Jarrett Cole, a second-team all-District  7-2A selection a year after earning first-team honors at tight end, makes his second straight appearance on the All-Parish team after catching 31 receptions for 491 yards and five touchdowns including hauling in six catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns against Episcopal.

Kolby Martinez

Junior Tight End

Ascension?Catholic

Kolby Martinez caught 10 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown to earn second-team all-District 8-1A honors and All-Parish for the second straight year.

Marvin?Martin

Senior Lineman

St. Amant

Marvin Martin helped pave the way for the Gators to rush for 2,773 yards and 42 touchdowns to earn first-team all-District 6-5A accolades. Martin was also St. Amant’s leading tackler on defense registering 44 tackles, 36 assists and four sacks earning All-Parish for the  second straight year.

Adam Thompson

Senior Lineman

East Ascension

Adam Thompson, a first team all-District 6-5A selection, helped pave the way for the Spartans to rush for 2,068 yards and appears on the All-Parish team for the second consecutive year after earning second-team honors last season.

Dwight Wright

Senior Lineman

Donaldsonville

Dwight Wright, a starter since he was a freshmen, returns to the All-Parish team for the second straight year after helping Donaldsonville rush for 3,134 yards and 36 touchdowns to earn first-team all-district honors for the second consecutive year.

Frankie Sotile

Senior Lineman

Ascension Catholic

Frankie Sotile, a two-way starter since he was a freshmen, makes his third consecutive appearance on the all-Parish team after earning first-team 8-1A district honors by helping Ascension Catholic rush for 2,033 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Colby?Crysel

Junior Lineman

Dutchtown

Colby Crysel was Dutchtown’s lone returning starter on the offensive line and helped paved the way for the Griffins to rush for 2,276 yards to earn first-team district honors.

Justin Manton

Junior Kicker

St. Amant

Justin Manton, a second-team punter last year,  made 46-of-47 extra points and was six-of-eight on field goals including a school-record 54-yard long to earn first-team honors and return to the All-Parish team.

Johnathan Darville

Junior Return Specialist

Dutchtown

Johnathan Darville, District 6-5A first-team return specialist pick, returned seven punts for 78 yards and one touchdown while bringing back nine kickoffs for 198 yards. He also was a starting cornerback for the Griffins and rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns against St. Amant out of the wildcat formation 

Q’Dareus Lomas

Senior Lineman

East Ascension

Q’Dareus Lomas registered 57 tackles, 38 assists, 17 for losses, caused three fumbles and recovered two, had five sacks and batted down two passes to be named to the all-District 6-5A first team and return to the All-Parish team after being a second-team pick a year ago.

Henry Mitchell

Senior Lineman

Donaldsonville

Henry Mitchell returns to the All-Parish team for the second consecutive season after registering 79 total tackles and 4.5 sacks to earn second-team all-District 7-2A honors a year removed from first-team recognition.

Aaron Davis

Sophomore Lineman

Dutchtown

Aaron Davis debuts on the All-Parish team after producing 28 tackles, including five for loss and two sacks to earn first-team all-District 6-5A honors

Robert Gipson

Junior Lineman

Donaldsonville

Robert Gipson registered 24 total tackles in four games with 14 assists and two sacks, both against Dunham to earn first-team all-District honors and debut on the All-Parish team.

Aikee Turner

Senior Linebacker

Donaldsonville

Aikee Turner, Donaldsonville’s middle linebacker since his freshmen season, makes his third straight appearance on the All-Parish team after registering 81 total tackles including 35 assists and  two interceptions. He had 13 stops against Riverside and 12 against Clinton to earn first-team all-District honors for the third year.

Wade Julien

Junior Linebacker

East Ascension 

Wade Julien, a second-team all-district pick on the line last season moved to linebacker to produce 100 tackles, 44 assists, three for losses and two sacks earning first-team honors and returning to the All-Parish team.

Landon Collins

Sophomore Linebacker

Dutchtown

Landon Collins, a first-year starter, earned first-team all-District 6-5A honors after collecting 55 tackles, including seven for losses, 3.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception.

Jeremy Dunn

Senior Linebacker

Donaldsonville

Jeremy Dunn, a three year starter, earned second-team all-District 7-2A honors after registering  94 total tackles, including 50 assists, eight sacks and one interception to return to the All-Parish team

Darvelle Allen

Senior Defensive Back

Donaldsonville

Darvelle Allen returns to the All-Parish team for the second straight year after totaling 105 tackles, 47 assists, seven pass breakups and two fumble recoveries to earn first-team all-District 7-2A honors for the second consecutive season.

Breck Schexnayder

Junior Defensive Back

St. Amant

Breck Schexnayder debuts on the all-Parish team after registering 28 tackles, 42 assists, two for losses, three quarterback hurries, one sack, three interceptions and one fumble recovery to earn first-team all-District 6-5A honors

Marcus Godfrey

Senior Defensive Back

Dutchtown

Marcus Godfrey registered 19 tackles, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and two pass break ups to return to the All-Parish team after earning second-team all-District 6-5A honors for the second straight year.

Conner Fryoux

Senior Punter

Dutchtown

Conner Fryoux debuts on the All-Parish team after punting 35 times for 1,248 yards and a 35.7 average with a 48-yard long to earn first-team all-District 6-5A honors.

Eric Reid, Defensive MVP