by Christopher Dabe // Written for the LSWA
Acadiana won a second consecutive Class 5A title with standout players on both sides of the ball, but defensive lineman Cameron George ranked among the best.
A 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior, George was named the Class 5A Outstanding Defensive Player on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s All-State football team. The UL commitment showed an ability to defend against the run and pass with 54 total tackles, 11 quarterback sacks, 20 hurries, four pass breakups and a forced fumble.
Other Acadiana players on the all-state team were linebacker Derreck Bercier, defensive back Ian Montz and offensive lineman Justin Babineaux. All are seniors.
Rummel’s Logan Diggs was named the Outstanding Offensive Player. A running back, the Notre Dame commitment averaged 6.6 yards per carry and scored 13 touchdowns – 10 rushing, two receiving and one returning. He totaled 1,077 yards from scrimmage.
His best game came in a Division I quarterfinal loss to Catholic-Baton Rouge, when he scored four of the team’s five touchdowns and rushed for 228 yards in a 42-35 loss.
Alexandria’s Thomas Bachman was named Coach of the Year. The Trojans reached the state title game for the first time in school history and came up short in a 35-34 loss to Acadiana with a failed two-point conversion attempt with little time to play.
The runner-up finish marked the first time a Rapides Parish team advanced that far since 1974.
All-state players from Alexandria were tight end Shield Taylor, quarterback Judd Barton, linebacker Jermain McNeal and defensive back C.J. Kittling. All are seniors.
2020 LSWA CLASS 5A ALL-STATE FOOTBALL CHART
Pos Player School Ht. Wt. Cl.
WR Chris Hilton Zachary 5-11 175 Sr.
WR Luke Besh Jesuit 6-1 185 Sr.
WR Austin Jackson Brother Martin 5-9 174 Jr.
OL/TE Shield Taylor Alexandria 6-4 235 Sr.
OL Justin Babineaux Acadiana 6-0 225 Sr.
OL Bobby Simpson Byrd 6-0 292 Sr.
OL Emery Jones Catholic 6-5 300 Jr.
OL Mackey Maillho Mandeville 6-8 350 Sr.
QB Judd Barton Alexandria 6-2 185 Sr.
RB Kentravion Hargrove Ruston 5-11 185 Sr.
RB Dylan Sampson Dutchtown 5-10 180 Jr.
RB Logan Diggs Rummel 6-1 190 Sr.
PK Caden Costa Mandeville 6-2 200 Sr.
ATH Jacoby Matthews Ponchatoula 6-1 204 Jr.
Pos Player School Ht. Wt. Cl.
DL Maason Smith Terrebonne 6-5 315 Sr.
DL Cameron George Acadiana 6-2 240 Sr.
DL Carson Bruno Byrd 6-5 290 Sr.
DL Byron Turner St. Augustine 6-3 235 Sr.
LB Jermaine McNeal Alexandria 5-11 190 Sr.
LB Derreck Bercier Acadiana 5-8 200 Sr.
LB Jake St. Andre Haughton 6-2 220 Sr.
LB Andrew Jones Ehret 6-2 220 Sr.
DB CJ Kittling Alexandria 6-1 180 Sr.
DB Kaine Williams Ehret 6-0 185 Sr.
DB Michael Cerniauskas Catholic 5-11 185 Sr.
DB Ian Montz Acadiana 6-3 180 Sr.
KR Jaylin Lucas Terrebonne 5-9 160 Jr.
P Peyton Todd West Monroe 6-5 210 Sr.
OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER: LOGAN DIGGS, RUMMEL
OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER: CAMERON GEORGE, ACADIANA
COACH OF THE YEAR: THOMAS BACHMAN, ALEXANDRIA
T.J. Johnson, Alexandria; Andrew Frazier, Pineville; Chavez Brown, Terrebonne; Spencer Boudreaux, Thibodaux; A’avion Pierce, Terrebonne; Dalton Johnson, H.L. Bourgeois; Omiri Wiggins, Acadiana; Trayv’on Culbert, Alexandria; Brian Thomas Jr., Walker; Kendrick Law Jr., Captain Shreve; Landon Ibieta, Mandeville; Kylon Harris, East St. John; Richard Page, Ruston; Thatcher Moorehead, West Monroe; Dylan Dauzart, Alexandria; Cole Jeansonne, Alexandria; Gavin Soniat, East Ascension; Eli Taffi, Destrehan; Luke Alleman, Thibodaux; Garrett Mmahat, Brother Martin; Derome Williams, West Monroe; Markel Linzer, New Iberia; Venzell Thompson, Byrd; William Berry, Byrd; George Hart III, Catholic; Razan Keller, Destrehan; Jaylon Spears, Brother Martin; Marlon Gunn Jr., Scotlandville; Chance Williams, Scotlandville; Jackie Marshall, East St. John; Caleb Phillips, Ruston; Braxton Guilbeau, Southside; Alex Auer, Captain Shreve; Sirlarrius Reed, West Monroe; Jalen Penegar, Ruston; Brock Harvey, West Monroe; Thaos Figaro, Lafayette; Michael Akins, New Iberia; Cade Waites, Benton; Devarrick Woods, Airline; Jerrell Boykins Jr., East Ascension; Christian Mannino, Catholic; Dalton Herbert, Ruston; Oliver Craddock, Lafayette; Caleb Arceneaux, Acadiana; Dylan Gibbs, Destrehan; Kolbe Fields, Rummel; Jason Cooper, West Monroe; Drailun Anthony, Acadiana; Da’Veawn Armstead, Central; Corey Lambert Jr, Brother Martin; Tyler Morton, Destrehan; Elijah Winters, Ponchatoula; Ian Goody, Covington; Austin Patton, Haughton; Kylin Jackson, Zachary; Frank McKevitt, Brother Martin; Arturo Garcia, Brother Martin; Tylie Keasley, St. Augustine; Barryn Sorrell, Holy Cross; Elinus Noel, Curtis; Ardell Reed, Shaw; Caleb Spann, Curtis; Trey LaBranch, Hahnville; Troy Kendrick, Hahnville; Antonio Gayton, West Jefferson; John O’Connor, Mandeville; Michael Nuber, Slidell; Brody Reina, St. Paul’s; Garrett Lauterbach, St. Paul’s; Jacob Frolich, St. Paul’s; Aaron Landry, Ponchatoula; Rickie Collins, Woodlawn-BR; Cole Poirrier, St. Amant; Lanard Harris, Woodlawn-BR.