Parish stars make all-district football team

Kyle Riviere
St. Amant's Briggs Bourgeois was named District 5-5A's Overall MVP. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

The 2016 high-school season got off to a rocky start as teams tried to regroup after facing tremendous adversity off of the field.

The catastrophic flood that hit the parish just weeks before season openers created uncertainty. Many feared St. Amant wouldn’t even have a season after their school and many athletic facilities were submerged.

However, Ascension athletes showed their resiliency.

Through all the strife, they were passionately driven to get back on the field, and when they did, they made the most of it.

Two of the three 5A schools made the playoffs, and an array of parish players made the All-District 5-5A squad.

In the aftermath of the flood, St. Amant had a tremendously memorable season.

The Gators finished the regular season 9-1, finished second in the district and reached the state quarterfinals, before losing to eventual state runner-up West Monroe.

After such a superb campaign, St. Amant ended up with 11 selections on the all-district team.

St. Amant’s Briggs Bourgeois found his name written all over the list.

Bourgeois made the first team at wide receiver, kicker and kick returner. Due to this spectacular versatility, he was named the district’s Overall MVP.

For the season, the Southern Miss commit caught 66 passes for 836 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was also 13-15 on field goals.

Joining Bourgeois on the first team was his senior quarterback Hayden Mallory.

Cade Nelson also made the first team, despite beginning the season as the second-string running back. In relief of an injured Mark Darby, Nelson ended up rushing for over 1,000 yards.

Much of his success on the ground was contributed to the Gators having two offensive linemen on the first team in seniors Prentiss Stanley and Jacob Gonzales.

Senior defensive lineman Garett Stephens was the only St. Amant defensive player to make the first team.

Wide receiver Ivan Prejean and offensive lineman Luke Ory were both second-team all-district selections for the Gators on offense.

On defense, Devyn Hebert, Khaj Washington and Patrick Wolfe all made the second team.

Archrival East Ascension was the other parish 5A team to make the playoffs, but the postseason run didn’t come easy for the Spartans.

In Darnell Lee’s first year as head coach, East Ascension stumbled out to an 0-6 start, but they won their final three regular season games. The late push granted them a playoff spot.

Once there, they emphatically beat favored Ruston on the road, before falling to Zachary in the second round.

Like St. Amant, the Spartans had 11 players make the All-District 5-5A team.

Ralph Williams emerged for East Ascension this season at running back. He had a 200-yard effort in their upset over Ruston.

Along with Williams, wide receiver Shaivonn Robinson also made the first team, along with highly-touted offensive lineman Adrian Ealy.

Defensively, Justin Daniels had a breakout season at linebacker as he piled up 109 tackles, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions. Along with making the first team, he was named the district’s Co-Defensive MVP with Catholic’s Aaron Moffitt.

Central Florida commit Justin Harris also made the fist team at defensive line, and fist-year player Jimel London earned first-team honors at defensive back.

Linemen Chandler Perrer, Trevor Fleming and Cameron Wire all made the second team, along with kick returner Keenen Dunn.

Defensively, linebacker Adrian Johnson earned second-team honors.

After winning a share of the district title in 2015, Dutchtown missed out on the playoffs this season after finishing just 3-7.

Still, five Griffins made the All-District 5-5A team.

Their lone selection on the fist team came from first-year starter Cameron Crawford. The baseball star made the first team as a defensive back.

Running back Chuckie Davis and wide receiver Noah Gray both made the second team.

Defensively, recent Missouri commit Adam Sparks earned second-team honors, along with defensive lineman Kyle Sarrazin.