Patterson High running back Kenny Hilliard set scores of records in high school
and wanted to win a state title to cap his prep football career.
The chance to atone for a 2009 title-game loss was the motivation for Parkview
Baptist defensive lineman Tom Bove and his teammates.
Bove's Eagles won the battle, claiming a 24-20 victory over Patterson in the
Class 3A title game. Now the two players share top billing on the Louisiana
Sports Writers Association's Class 3A All-State team, along with Carroll-Monroe
coach Jackie Hamilton.
Hilliard was voted the Outstanding Offensive Player on the LSWA squad for the
third straight season.
The 6-foot, 228-pound Hilliard fought back from early-season injuries to finish
with 1,804 rushing yards and 22 TDs. He finished his career with a state-record total of 8,603 yards.
Meanwhile, Bove was the Outstanding Defensive Player on the squad selected by a
panel of sportswriters from across the state.
Bove (6-0, 250) was a solidifying force in the middle of the stingy Parkview
Baptist defense. He compiled 50 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and four sacks.
Hamilton led Carroll to a 10-3 record and a berth in the 3A quarterfinals,
revitalizing a program for its deepest playoff run in recent years.
Hilliard is joined in the backfield by teammate Justice Jones, a junior
quarterback who passed for 2,373 yards and 24 TDs, including 317 passing yards
in the title game. Running back Jeremy Hill, of Redemptorist (2,260 yards, 36
TDs), and Dylan Ledet, of E.D. White Catholic (1,705 yards, 23 TDs) for the
second consecutive year.
Darryl Watson, of Holy Cross (37 catches, 739 yards, 10 TDs), and RonDarious
Morris, of Bogalusa (57-937, 11 TDs), are the receivers. Denzeil Warner, of
Redemptorist (27-758, 9 TDs), is the tight end.
Making up the offensive line are Landon Jones, Holy Cross; Joe Henry, Patterson;
La'el Collins, Redemptorist; Tyler Fogleman, Marksville; and Tyler Viator,
Parkview Baptist, make up the offensive line.
Justin Burke, of Bolton (10 of 12 field goals, long of 51 yards), is the kicker,
while running back Davante Bourque, of Crowley (2,084 yards, 33 TDs), made the
squad as an athlete.
Joining Bove on the defensive line are Donald Pennington, of Amite (92 tackles,
22 tackles for loss, 10 sacks); Lorenzo Phillips, of Patterson (78 tackles, 23
tackles for loss); and Terrance McCrea, of Bunkie (88 tackles, eight sacks).
Selected as linebackers are Paxton Cook, of Parkview Baptist (88 tackles, 9
tackles for loss); Brenton Bowman, of Holy Cross (124 tackles, 9 sacks); John
Rothermel, of Notre Dame (152 tackles, 10 tackles for loss); and Juwaan Rogers,
of Amite (140 tackles, 14 sacks).
Defensive backs voted to the team are Ricky Stoma, of Notre Dame (54 tackles,
six interceptions); Tyler Stoddard, of Westlake (80 tackles, nine tackles for
loss); Dexter Aucoin, of Patterson (38 tackles, six interceptions); and Byron
Cobb, of West Feliciana (68 tackles, 4 interceptions).
Brandon Johnson, of Parkview Baptist (41.9 yards per punt), is the punter and Gene Pete, of Iowa (43.6 yards per kickoff return, two TDs), is the return