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Mitchell Earns MVP To Highlight Class 3A All-State Team

(photo from Erath Bobcats Football/Facebook)
(photo from Erath Bobcats Football/Facebook)

Nobody could deny Elijah Mitchell in his senior season, including the LSWA.

Erath’s star running back led the state in rushing yards (2,358) and touchdowns (36), and he’s on his way to shine for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at the collegiate level. Mitchell did everything humanly possible for his team, and he was the clear choice for Offensive MVP in Class 3A.

The Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) put together their All-State team, and the Acadiana area showed up all over the roster. Seven players made it onto the team, and twelve more earned honorable mention.

Mitchell was joined by Jennings’ star Travis Etienne Jr. in the backfield too. Etienne and Mitchell combined for over 4,000 yards and 63 rushing TD’s in 2016, and they turned heads all season long with their incredible playmaking ability. They’re arguably the two best backs in the state in any classification, so it was an obvious decision to include them on the 2A All-State team.

Three players from Iowa (DL Mark Mayes, DB Darius Daniels, KR/WR Andre Sam) and two more from Kaplan (LB Julius Johnson, OL Jerrick Romero) rounded out the roster, and plenty more made the area proud in honorable mention.

South Louisiana is one of the most loaded regions, in terms of talent, in the entire country, so there’s no surprise that so many all-state players showed up at the bottom of the boot.

Congratulations to all the players who worked all year long to earn this honor.

LSWA Class 3A All-State team


WR DeVonta Smith, Amite 6-1 160 Sr
WR Al’Dontre Davis, Lutcher 6-0 200 Sr
WR Kenan Jones, Berwick 6-4 210 Jr
OL Nehemayeaux Smith, Marksville 6-4 295 Sr
OL Jerrick Romero, Kaplan 5-9 240 Sr
OL Prince Pines, University 6-4 310 Jr
OL Will Teague, Parkview 6-1 225 Sr
OL Jacob Fudge, West Feliciana 6-2 250 Sr
QB Jontre Kirklin, Lutcher 6-0 170 Sr
RB Travis Etienne, Jennings 5-11 195 Sr
RB Elijah Mitchell, Erath 6-0 215 Sr
RB Davon Harris, West Feliciana 5-8 165 Jr
AT Julien Gums, De La Salle 5-11 212 Jr
PK Adam Ieyoub, St. Louis 5-8 180 Jr


DL Ishmael Sopher, Amite 6-5 280 Soph
DL Shawn Williams, Marksville 6-0 235 Jr
DL Jamiran James, De La Salle 6-2 276 Jr
DL Mark Mayes, Iowa 6-3 290 Sr
LB Julius Johnson, Kaplan 5-10 193 Sr
LB Rashaun Preston, Lutcher 5-11 190 Sr
LB Josh Paul, De La Salle 6-2 215 Sr
LB Xavier Davis, Parkview 5-9 210 Sr
DB Darius Daniels, Iowa 6-0 180 Jr
DB Dylan Recotta, Lutcher 5-10 170 Sr
DB Trent Kavanaugh, Parkview 6-1 215 Sr
DB Qway Mingo, Marksville 6-0 175 Sr
KR Andre Sam, Iowa 6-2 175 Sr
P Shelby Creel, Winnfield 6-0 175 Sr


COACH OF THE YEAR: Zephaniah Powell, Amite


Nijul Canada, Mansfield; Devonta Lee, Amite; Jaray Jenkins, Jena; Cornell Holmes, Lusher; Jason Dumas, St. James; Parker Fink, Jena; Paul Rogers, Independence; DJ Hardwick, South Beauregard; Elijah Walker, Amite; Ethan Stansell, Loyola; Kamryn Mayers, Albany; Bruce Price, Peabody; Stephen Jackson, Independence; Jamar Washington, Peabody; Derek Turner, West Feliciana; Curtlan Johnson, St. James; Craig Walker, Jena; Jacovian Phillips, Jewel Sumner; ZeAndre Ballard, Marksville; Braylon Victor, Iowa; Marshall Laroque, South Beauregard; Gaige Willis, Northwest; Dontaze Costly, St. James; Kaleb Guillory, Iota; Matthew Rideau, Northwest; Hunter Smith, West Feliciana; Jaquan Lee, Jewel Sumner; Cheyenne Labruzza, Albany; K.D. Willis, Peabody; Juantravious Jones, Marksville; Myron Dokes, Amite; Eli Poche, Lusher; Danquan Edwards, De La Salle; Jeremiah James, De La Salle; Tylin Warden, South Beauregard; DB Joel Whaley, South Beauregard; August Pitre, Northwest; Mac Thibeaux, Kaplan; Josh Carver, Berwick; Mitchell Sanford, Berwick; D.J. Robicheaux, Berwick.

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