Eagles, 'Jacks place four players apiece on coaches' all-state teams

From Staff Reports

Four players apiece from Patterson and Central Catholic high schools were selected to the Louisiana Coaches Association’s All-State teams in Classes 3A and 1A, respectively.

Seniors Jaydrick DeClouet, Lorenzo Phillips and Tremaine Lightfoot were all selected to the first-team, while Trevon Stewart was voted to the second-team for Patterson.

In Class 1A, Central Catholic’s Dontrell Brown and Lloyd Grogan were first team selections, while Kendall Robinson was a second team selection and Josh Singleton was an honorable mention recipient.

Of his players that were chosen, Patterson coach Tommy Minton said, “I think they were all very deserving. They all had outstanding senior years and careers.”

DeClouet, the ’Jacks’ top receiver, caught 54 passes for 866 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as a senior. In his career, he had 131 receptions for 2,182 yards and 29 touchdowns.

He signed to play college football at Louisiana Tech next season. This is his third all-state selection.

Phillips, an LSU signee, is a first-team selection at linebacker. The pass rusher had 38 career sacks and 67 tackles for loss at PHS. Phillips is a four-time all-state selection.

Lightfoot is the man in the middle for the coaches’ team. The Patterson middle linebacker led the team in tackles the last three seasons. The ULL signee had 267 career tackles and 11 forced fumbles. Lightfoot is a three-time all-state selection.

In his senior season, Lightfoot recorded 118 tackles and six forced fumbles.

Stewart, a two-way standout for the ’Jacks, was named second team athlete.

The University of Houston signee rushed for nearly 1,000 yards last season while starring on defense and special teams. Stewart was the 2011 District 9-3A Offensive MVP. He had 37 career touchdowns including six punt return scores. Stewart is a three-time all-state selection.

“These kids worked extremely hard on and off the field,” Minton said. “They were all good practice players and leaders in our program. They will be greatly missed.”

The Patterson senior class won a record 41 games in their careers.

“While I’m extremely happy for our kids on the team, I also think Justice (Jones) should have been selected to at least the second team,” Minton said.

The PHS quarterback signed to play college football at Texas Southern.

In Class 1A, Brown, a selection at wide receiver, finished his junior season with 31 receptions for 710 yards (22.9 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns. He also rushed eight times for 113 yards and averaged 14.1 yards per carry.

Grogan, a senior first team linebacker, recorded 92 total tackles (57 solo stops and 35 assists).

“Lloyd is just one of those guys that had a great career and has a reputation for being a very good football player,” CCHS coach David Fuhrer said. “The same with Dontrell.”

Grogan’s numbers were not as big because of his ability to make plays on the field.

“I think we had some situations where we had some games where they (opponents) were checking and running away from him,” Fuhrer said. “That’s why his numbers weren’t as gaudy as they could have been.”

Fuhrer said at times, Grogan didn’t play the entire fourth quarter, either, which also could have hurt his stat totals.

Robinson, a senior second-team selection at defensive back, had roughly 40 tackles, about 15 pass breakups and a few interceptions.

“We put Kendall on everybody’s best receiver and kind of put him out there on an island,” Robinson said. “He had a heck of a career.”

Among the receivers he had to defend this year was Ouachita Christian’s Mark Laird, who was selected as the Offensive Most Valuable Player on the coaches’ squad.

Laird’s coach, Steve Fitzhugh (the coaches’ squad’s Coach of the Year), spoke highly of Robinson and his abilities, Fuhrer said.

Singleton, a junior who was chosen as an honorable mention selection as an athlete, completed 126 of 207 passes for 2,053 yards, 22 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed 84 times for 388 yards and four scores.

Fuhrer said Singleton was used on defense in nickel packages as well as in pass and long yardage situations. Fuhrer said the junior snared multiple interceptions, while he also averaged between 36 and 38 yards per punt.

Despite four selections, Fuhrer said he wished more players could have been recognized.

“But that’s the way it is, and hopefully we can get some more guys on there next year,” Fuhrer said.

Other District 8-1A representatives on the Class 1A squad included first team offensive selections, sophomore running back Jacoby Davis and senior quarterback Aaron David, both of Vermilion Catholic. VC senior defensive back Mark LaPorte made the first team defense, and VC’s Ryan David was an honorable mention selection.

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