Four players from Bossier Parish will compete in the Louisiana High School All-Star Football Game Saturday at Independence Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m.
Airline defensive lineman Charlie Matthews, Airline offensive lineman Caleb Thomas, Parkway offensive lineman Kameron Eloph and Parkway running back/receiver William McKnight will all play for the West squad. Eloph has committed to Louisiana Tech and Matthews has committed to Northwestern State.
Other local players on the West squad are Woodlawn defensive back Henry Black Jr., Captain Shreve linebacker Richard Ingram, Byrd tight end Michael Dunman and Northwood defensive lineman LaDante Davenport.
Parkway head coach David Feaster and Byrd head coach Mike Suggs will be assistant coaches on the West.
Area players on the West team include Natchitoches Central wide receiver Reginald Turner, Many defensive back Xavier Dias, North DeSoto kicker Austin Barnes, Haynesville linebacker Kendrick Jackson, Haynesville running back James Jackson and Many offensive lineman Garrett Thomas. Ruston defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs is on the East team.
Kendrick Jackson was named the Outstanding Defensive Player on the Class 1A All-State team after helping the Tors win their second straight state title.
Many’s Dias, who is also a quarterback, was named the Tigers’ MVP in the Class 2A state championship game. Many defeated Kinder 22-15 to win its first state title. He has committed to ULL. Many’s Thomas is a Texas signee.
Acadiana tight end and LSU commit Bry’Keithon Mouton is also on the West team. Mouton was the Wreckin’ Rams’ MVP in their 23-7 victory over Hahnville in the Class 5A state championship game.
The East squad features three LSU commits, defensive back Xavier Lewis of East St. John, wide receiver Jazz Ferguson of West Feliciana and offensive lineman Adrian Magee of Franklinton.
Neville’s Kavontae Turpin, the Tigers’ MVP in the Class 4A state championship game, is also on the East squad along with teammate Courtney Wallace Jr., a defensive tackle.
Hahnville running back Rickey Preston, a Nebraska commit, and Pineville offensive lineman Cody Ford, an Oklahoma squad, are also on the East roster.
The West head coach is Brett Fuselier of Class 2A runner-up Kinder. The East head coach is Nick Saltaformaggio of Class 5A runner-up Hahnville.
Tickets are $10 for ages 6 and older.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com