Acadia Parish well represented on LSWA 3A All-State team
Acadia Parish has been loaded with talent when it comes to football and that was never more evident than this past season.
Three of the five schools in the parish - Crowley High, Iota High and Church Point - combined to place 12 players on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State team that was recently released.
All 12 were honorable mention selections.
Crowley High’s honorees included quarterback Marquis Garrett, running back Obadiah Butler, defensive lineman Kendal Harmon and linebacker Rodney Goodley, all seniors.
Garrett had another stellar season under center and completed 80 of 144 pass attempts for 1,150 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for 423 yards and three touchdowns on 68 carries.
Butler carried the bulk of the load for the Gents’ offense. He rushed for 1,129 yards and 14 touchdowns on 131 carries and had 40 receptions for 513 yards and seven scores. The utility star also shined on special teams where he averaged 24.1 yards on kick returns and 58 yards on punt returns. He had one kickoff return for a touchdown.
Harmon logged 111 tackles, 11 for a loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He also had a blocked punt that he recovered and returned for a touchdown.
Goodley led the Gents in tackles with 120, seven for a loss, and had three sacks. He forced and recovered two fumbles.
Iota’s selections included running back Luke Doucet, defensive lineman Dylan Montgomery, linebacker Landon Doucet and defensive back Andrew Ashby, also all seniors.
Doucet led the parish in rushing with 155-carries for 1,483 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Montgomery racked up 58 tackles, 24 for a loss, and two sacks. He had four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Landon Doucet logged 85 tackles, five for a loss, and one interception and Ashby had 72 tackles, five for a loss and one sack. He also had seven pass breakups.
Church Point also landed four players on the list - running back Rodney Dupuis, offensive lineman Jace Benoit, defensive lineman Tony Gibson and linebacker Dylan Stelly.
Dupuis, a senior, rushed for 1,139 yards and 10 touchdowns on 135 carries and Gibson, also a senior, had 51 tackles, six for a loss, and five hurries. Stelly had a team-high 96 tackles, five for a loss, two sacks and an interception.
St. James, the Class 3A state champions, swept the top honors on the team.
Robert Valdez was named the Coach of the Year, Shamar Smith was tabbed as the offensive MVP and Sai’Vion Jones was the Defensive MVP.
Valdez guided the Wildcats to their fifth LHSAA title in school history with a 51-14 victory over Jennings in early December.
Smith, the Wildcats’ quarterback, completed 140 passes for 2,012 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also had 207 carries for 1,267 yards and 27 touchdowns. He is a Texas-San Antonio commitment.
Jones, a junior, finished with 102 tackles, 17 for a loss, 13 sacks, 17 hurries, four batted balls and two forced fumbles.