Parish football players to watch in 2020

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
East Ascension junior running back Kendall Washington is one of the parish football players to watch in 2020. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The high-school football season is filled with uncertainty, but that hasn't changed the mindsets of the athletes in the state. They want to play.

And if they're allowed to play football this upcoming season, they'll be ready to lead their teams into the playoffs and beyond.

Here are 10 parish football players to watch if there's football in 2020-21:

Dylan Sampson (Dutchtown)

Dylan Sampson came out of nowhere last season to become the best player in the parish. The Dutchtown running back put up huge numbers as he helped lead the Griffins to a 7-3 campaign. Sampson rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and more than 20 touchdowns. With those eye-popping numbers, the sophomore was named the Ascension Parish Offensive MVP, and he also earned honorable-mention All-State.

J'Mond Tapp (Ascension Catholic)

Ascension Catholic's J'Mond Tapp is one of the most impressive physical specimens in the parish. As a 6-foot-3, 240-pound sophomore, Tapp was named first-team All-District 7-1A and first-team All-Parish both as a defensive lineman and tight end. Tapp helped lead the Bulldogs to a state quarterfinal run. Now, Tapp has been ranked as the 172nd-best junior prospect in the country by ESPN.com. Tapp has scholarship offers from teams such as Baylor, Ole Miss and Kansas.

Nick Davis (Ascension Christian)

Ascension Christian had a rough season in 2019. The Lions struggled to a 3-7 record. However, one of their bright spots was the play of defensive end Nick Davis. Though undersized, Davis used his quickness to become one of the leading pass-rushers in the parish. He was one of only two Lion players to make first-team all-district.

Jamarcus Miller (Donaldsonville)

As a sophomore, Jamarcus Miller emerged and proved to be one of the top weapons on Donaldsonville's offense. Playing in District 9-3A for the first season, the Tigers surprised a lot of people as they finished 7-3. Miller was Donaldsonville's top target in the passing game. He earned both first-team all-district and first-team All-Parish honors in 2019.

Kendall Washington (East Ascension)

Last season, East Ascension had the best backfield in the parish. But even with so many talented guys getting carries, sophomore Kendall Washington still found a way to stand out. Fueled by so many of his explosive runs, Washington earned first-team all-district honors. His great running helped the Spartans go 8-2 during the regular season.

Cole Poirrier (St. Amant)

As a sophomore, Cole Poirrier did a little bit of everything for St. Amant. He split time at quarterback. He ended up throwing for 1,139 yards and 10 touchdowns. He ran for 199 more yards and two scores. Poirrier was also the field-goal kicker and punter for the Gators. For his terrific all-around performance, he was named first-team all-district as an athlete. He was second-team All-Parish as a quarterback.

Khai Prean (Ascension Catholic)

As a freshman, Khai Prean made a big impact for Ascension Catholic. Not only was he an explosive weapon in the run game, but he was a very dangerous kick returner. He earned first-team all-district honors for his return ability. He was also a first-team All-Parish selection as an athlete. Prean helped the Bulldogs win district and complete their first undefeated regular season in more than 50 years.

Raeland Johnson (Donaldsonville)

As a junior, Donaldsonville's Raeland Johnson was one of the most consistent running backs in the parish last season. He was the engine that powered a run-heavy Tiger offense. Johnson made both second-team all-district and second-team All-Parish. He helped the Tigers host a first-round playoff game.

Jerrell Boykins (East Ascension)

As a junior, Jerrell Boykins emerged as arguably the top defensive lineman in the parish in 2019. In helping the Spartans reach the second round of the playoffs, Boykins was a first-team all-district and first-team All-Parish selection. He has been heavily recruited this offseason. He has a list of scholarship offers from Division-I schools that included Texas A&M, Central Florida, Ole Miss and Memphis.

Reggie Sims (St. Amant)

When St. Amant's primary back Lathan Vaughn went down with an injury last season, Reggie Sims stepped in and played extremely well for the Gators. Sims rushed for 576 yards and a whopping 13 touchdowns as a junior. For his effort, he was named to the All-District 5-5A second team.