Written for the LSWA 

A record-setting running back and a defensive back who led his team to its second LHSAA title in three years headline the LSWA’s Class 1A all-state football team. 

Ascension Catholic’s Chad Elzy Jr., who rushed for 2,911 yards and 47 touchdowns, is the Outstanding Offensive Player on the 1A squad selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state. 

Dylan Day of Southern Lab was voted the Outstanding Defensive Player on the 1A team after leading his team to its second Division IV select title in three years. 

Lee Roussel of Division IV select runner-up Riverside Academy was selected as the Coach of the Year. 

Day, a Miami signee, returned five of his 10 interceptions for touchdowns, including a game-winning pick six in the semifinals. He finished with 58 tackles and 30 pass breakups for the Kittens (12-2), who defeated Riverside Academy 42-35 in the title game. 

ACHS’ Elzy emerged as a star in his first year as a starting running back. He averaged 14.7 yards per carry while leading the Bulldogs to the Division IV select quarterfinals. 

Elzy ended the season with 3,468 all-purpose yards and scored 320 points. He ran for 461 yards on 27 carries with eight rushing TDs in a 77-43 win over Opelousas Catholic in the regional playoff round. 

Elzy also caught a TD pass in that game and tied an LHSAA playoff record by scoring nine TDs in a playoff game. 

Roussel led Riverside (12-2) to its first LHSAA title game since 2016, the year the Rebels won a Division III select title. It was Roussel’s second season at Riverside. 

LSWA CLASS 1A ALL-STATE CHART 

OFFENSE 

Pos player school ht wt cl 

WR Denim Hunt Southern Lab 5-8 150 So. 

WR Tate Hamby Ouachita Christian 6-3 185 Sr. 

TE Traville Frederick Jeanerette 6-4 241 Sr. 

OL David Howard Southern Lab 6-1 275 Sr. 

OL Travis Cedotal Ascension Catholic, 6-3, 285, Sr. 

OL Ryder Bentley Ouachita Christian, 6-6, 280, Sr. 

OL Edwin Wilson Kentwood 6-3 275 Sr. 

OL Amiree Alexander Riverside 6-2 315 Sr. 

QB Jonathan Dartez Vermilion Catholic 5-8 165 Jr. 

RB Chad Elzy Jr. Ascension Catholic 5-10 180 Jr. 

RB Harlem Berry St. Martin’s 6-0 185 Jr. 

RB Dedric Lastie Riverside 5-4 160 Jr. 

PK Eli Bray Haynesville 6-0 165 So. 

ATH Marlon Brown Southern Lab 6-1 180 Sr. 

DEFENSE 

Pos player school ht wt cl 

DL Jerren Smith, Southern Lab, 5-11, 245, Jr. 

DL Ben Devall Ouachita Christian 6-2 255 Sr. 

DL Jevonte Williams Jeanerette 6-2 244 So. 

DL LaMikal Callahan Kentwood 6-0 205 Jr. 

LB Hunter Martin Logansport 5-9 155 So. 

LB Alonzo Jackson Haynesville 6-2 205 Sr. 

LB Drake Griffin St. Mary’s 6-0 218 Sr. 

LB Noah Loveleady Ouachita Christian 6-1 215 Sr. 

DB Dylan Day Southern Lab 6-0 170 Sr. 

DB Jack Lipari Central Catholic 6-2 175 Sr. 

DB Ty Williams Vermilion Catholic 5-10 175 Sr. 

DB Zyre Colar Jeanerette 5-9 152 Jr. 

P Payne Williams St. Mary’s 5-10 150 Sr. 

KR Jamari Ayrow Centerville 6-2 240 Sr. 

ATH Mixon Bankston St. Mary’s 5-10 150 Sr. 

OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER: CHAD ELZY JR., ASCENSION CATHOLIC 

OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER: DYLAN DAY, SOUTHERN LAB 

COACH OF THE YEAR: LEE ROUSSEL, RIVERSIDE ACADEMY 

Honorable mention 

Connor Lally, Covenant Christian Academy; Cooper Laviolette, Catholic-PC; Gavin Polk, Ouachita Christian; MJ Dade, St. Frederick; Hayden Elliott, Catholic-Pointe Coupee; Ladd Thompson, Cedar Creek; Blake Robinson, Cedar Creek; Gray Worthey, Cedar Creek; Jacorian Shepherd, Montgomery; Ethan Busby, St. Mary’s; Andy Burnaman, East Beauregard; Zane Hildreth, East Beauregard; Sammy Knight, Hamilton Christian; Tyrin Singleton, Delta Charter; Kevante Carter, Kentwood;  Tae’shawn Jones, Centerville; Rodrick Tezeno, Opelousas Catholic;  Ben Bienvenu, St. Mary’s; Jerrion Sereal, Jeanerette; Noah Trepagnier, Riverside; Gage Shepherd, Homer; Vasser Day, St. Frederick; Cratelyn Henderson, Logansport; Evan Picou, Central Catholic; Dakota Davis, Haynesville; Rory Lambert, Catholic-Pointe Coupee; Jackson Trahan, Vermilion Catholic; Juvari Singleton, Delta Charter; Mark Collins, Opelousas Catholic; Ke’von Johnson, St. Edmund; Chase Sentell, Glenbrook; Caleb Johnson, East Beauregard; Juladynn Carter, Logansport; Jerome Harris Jr., Southern Lab; Zach White, Ouachita Christian; Jared Campbell, Riverside; Caleb Johnson, East Beauregard; Lawson Lillo, Cedar Creek; Allen McLain Jr., Vermilion Catholic; Kaleb Brumfield, Riverside; Owen Trosclair, Covenant Christian; Sanplice Simeon, St. Frederick; Germetrius, Speech;  Dayton Gipson, Riverside; Manny Bejeran, St. Martin’s; Katrevrick Banks. Homer; Javon Vital; Tylon Hollins, Central Catholic; Dane Richoux, Vermilion Catholic; Cooper Helmke, St. Martin’s; Ethan Judice, Hanson Memorial.