Bossier Parish players sweep 1-5A honors

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

Bossier Parish players swept the individual honors on the All-District 1-5A football team selected by the coaches.

Parkway senior quarterback Brandon Harris was named Offensive MVP. Airline junior defensive lineman Charlie Matthews was named Defensive MVP.

Harris, who graduated at mid-term and will enroll at LSU for the spring semester, led Parkway to its first perfect regular season and state championship game. The Panthers finished 13-1 after falling to Acadiana 77-41 in the Class 5A title game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Dec. 14.

Harris set a Bossier Parish record with 4,671 total yards in 14 games.

He completed 179 of 330 passes for 3,518 yards and 37 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,153 yards on 144 caries and scored 17 touchdowns.

The 6-foot-1, 260-pound Matthews had 22 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He led a defense considered to be among the best in Northwest Louisiana.

Parkway, which won the District 1-5A title with a 5-0 mark, had eight first-team selections.

Jere Grice/Press-Tribune Parkway’s Brandon Harris accounted for more than 4,600 yards total offense this season. He has been named the Offensive MVP on the All-District 1-5A football team.
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Parkway’s Brandon Harris accounted for more than 4,600 yards total offense this season. He has been named the Offensive MVP on the All-District 1-5A football team.

Byrd, which finished second in the district and reached the Division I state championship game, had the most first-team selections with nine.

Parkway defeated Byrd 52-29 in Week 8 in a game that ultimately decided the district title.

Airline, which finished third and took Parkway to the wire in the regular-season finale, placed five players on the first team.

Haughton, which made the playoffs, placed six.

Parkway’s first-team selections were senior wide receiver Brodrick Jefferson, senior offensive guard Hunter Knowles, senior offensive tackle Donald Treglia, junior running back/receiver William McKnight, senior defensive lineman Matthew Harper, senior linebacker Tray Walker and senior defensive back Marquis King.

Jefferson, a Louisiana Tech commitment, caught 53 passes for 1,218 yards and nine touchdowns in the 14-game season.

McKnight, who made the team at the “athlete” position, had 1,055 yards combined rushing and receiving and 14 touchdowns.

He rushed for 600 yards on 64 carries and scored nine touchdowns. He also caught 14 passes for 455 yards, an average of 32.5 yards per catch, and five touchdowns.

Harper had 59 tackles, including 20 for loss and two sacks. Walker led the Panthers with 122 tackles, including 18 for loss and 3.5 sacks. He also forced four fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown.

King had 110 tackles and a team-high seven interceptions.

Treglia and Knowles blocked for an offense that averaged 510.8 yards per game and 48.2 points.

Randy Brown/Press-Tribune Airline’s Charlie Matthews wraps up a Neville running back. Matthews has been named the Defensive MVP on the All-District 1-5A football team.
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Airline’s Charlie Matthews wraps up a Neville running back. Matthews has been named the Defensive MVP on the All-District 1-5A football team.

Airline’s other first-team selections were junior offensive guard Caleb Thomas, senior defensive lineman OJ Smith, senior linebacker Rodriguez Parker and senior flex Brynden Vance.

Parker made the first- team for the third straight year. Smith, an Alabama commitment, is a repeat selection. He was the co-Defensive MVP last season.

Haughton’s first-team selections were junior quarterback Will Haines, senior running back Jarred Craft, senior wide receiver PJ Douglas, junior wide receiver Javonte Woodard, senior kick return specialist Micah Larkins and senior defensive back Jerrod Craft.

Haines, who battled injuries the latter half of the season, completed 108 of 172 passes for 1,456 yards and 14 touchdowns with six interceptions in the regular season.

Douglas caught 40 passes for 624 yards and six touchdowns. Woodard had 38 catches for 671 yards and seven touchdowns.

Jerrod Craft made the first team for the third straight year. Jarred Craft, who also battled injuries and had to sit out several games, rushed for 514 yards on 83 carries and scored five touchdowns. He is a repeat first-team selection.

Parkway second-team selections were senior tight end Austin Roth, senior receiver Cory Hamilton, junior running back Demetrius McAtee, senior offensive guard Jon Schmid, junior tackle Kameron Eloph, senior placekicker Avery Shoebridge, senior center Terrell Grimsley, junior defensive lineman Kyle Still, senior linebacker Austin Averitt, senior kick return specialist Dylan Whaley and junior flex Dante Williams.

Airline’s second-team selections were senior running back Roderick Spurlock, sophomore running back Shuncee Thomas, sophomore receiver Darian Germany, sophomore tackle Colton Prator, senior tackle Holden Frick, senior placekicker Ryan Jameson, junior quarterback Jacob James (athlete), junior defensive lineman Darren Cooper, junior linebacker Deveal Granville, sophomore defensive back Tyrice Neal and senior defensive back Ja’Willis McClinton.

Haughton’s second-team selections were senior offensive guard Travis White and junior defensive lineman Mason Moreau