Nate Cox and Rashaad Harding were two of the most dominant players in the state in 2016, so it was a no-brainer when it came to selecting the all-state team.

Cox and Harding represented the Acadiana area on the Class 4A All-State Team, and Cox's protector, Spencer Trepagnier, on the offensive line. All three were shining stars in 2016, so it should be no surprise they made the all-state team.

At 6'3"-290 lbs, Trepagnier is a disciplined bruiser up front. He has the size to play at the next level, and his football IQ checks out too. Offensive linemen don't often receive the attention they deserve, so this honor goes a long way for STM's anchor on offense.

Harding was a field general for Carencro at the linebacker position. Not only did he collect well over 100 tackles for the Bears, he constantly broke into the backfield and he directed traffic as the leader of the defense. He already committed to play for the ULM Warhawks, but there might be a few more colleges trying to lure him away from Monroe with the way he played during his senior season. He's built like a full grown man, and he acts like one on the field.

Last but not least, what can you say about Cox? He brought STM their first state championship in football, and he put up jaw-dropping numbers in 2016.

Cox tossed 48 TD's in his senior season and he broke the single game passing record in the state championship game by carving up a talented Parkview defense. His incredible height (6'8") allows him to see over the defense, and he always seems to make the right decision with the ball. He led the state in passing yardage as a senior, and it wasn't by accident. Cox is the real deal. Colleges have been slow to take interest, but scouts are starting to understand that his success was a result of his talent and preparation, not just the system he played in.

Two more local players made honorable mention as well. Carencro DB Kordell Williams and STM defensive lineman Hunter Clay both earned recognition for their play in 2016, and they are also getting attention from college scouts.

Class 4A is a deep lake of talent, but the Acadiana area still produced some of the biggest fishes. These young men put on a show in 2016, now they get to take a bow.

LSWA CLASS 4A ALL-STATE TEAM

OFFENSE

WR      Racey McMath    Karr    6-3     210     Sr.

WR      Christian Smith Bastrop 5-8     155     Sr.

WR      Doyle Adams     Benton  5-10    180     Jr.

OL      Joctavis Phillips       Neville 6-5     280     Sr.

OL      Tanner Armstrong        Loranger        6-2     260     Jr.

OL      Abraham Delfin  Plaquemine      6-2     300     Sr.

OL      Montrell Burnham        Woodlawn-Sh     6-0     270     Sr.

OL      Spencer Trepagnier      St. Thomas More   6-3     290     Sr.

QB      Aldon Clark     Karr    6-3     210     Sr.

RB      Evan Johnson    Loranger        5-8     175     Sr.

RB      Delmonte Hall   North DeSoto    6-2     210     Sr.

RB      Kevin Dominique Plaquemine 6-1     200     Sr.

PK      Daiwruin Arzu   LaGrange        6-1     175     Jr.

ATH     Nate Cox        St. Thomas More 6-8     175     Sr.

DEFENSE

Pos.    Player  School  Ht.     Wt.     Cl.

DL      Christian Brooks        Assumption      6-0     180     Sr.

DL      Kevin Victorian LaGrange        6-3     225     Sr.

DL      Tyler Casby     Karr    6-2     235     Sr.

DL      Phidarian Mathis        Neville 6-4     287     Sr.

LB      Zi’Kerrion Baker        Minden  6-0     215     Sr.

LB      Rashaad Harding    Carencro        6-1     195     Sr.

LB      Robert Williams Neville 6-1     208     Sr.

LB      Patrick Queen   Livonia 6-1     215     Sr.

DB      Brad Stewart    McDonogh 35     6-0     194     Sr.

DB      Todd Harris     Plaquemine      6-0     190     Sr.

DB      Damien Tate     Warren Easton           5-9     167     Jr.

DB      Kenderick Marbles       Neville         6-1     180     Sr.

P       Luke Colona     Loranger        6-3     175     Jr.

KR      Wayne Toussant  Plaquemine      5-11    175     Jr.

OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Aldon Clark, Karr
OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Brad Stewart, McDonough 35
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jerry Phillips, Warren Easton

HONORABLE MENTION: James Cole, Assumption; Mathew Winfield, Ben Franklin; Kayne Theriot, Assumption; T.J. Anderson, Benton; Melvin Young, Assumption; Colton Sessions, Benton; Gary Young, Carver; Tristan Authement, Ellender; Tahj Magee, Franklinton; Davontavean Martin, Ellender; Chandler Scott, Franklin; Jamire Mott, Ellender; Arvie Rice, Ellender; Dai’jean Dixon, Karr; Montae Smitherman, Ellender; Matthew Cormier, LaGrange; Reginald Williams, Ellender; Colton Frank, LaGrange; Jaelyn Edwards, Leesville; Devin Jack, LaGrange; Elijan Mundy, Leesville; Reginald Weldon, LaGrange; Vincent Wilson, LaGrange; Derrick Wells, Livonia; Wade Baham Armstrong, Loranger; Tolliver Tripeaux, Livonia; Deandre Brown, Loranger; Lawrence Keys, McDonogh 35; Jabari Coston, Loranger; D.J. Hookfin, Loranger; Jaiden Cole, Neville; Malcolm Perry, Loranger; Ortega Robin, McDonogh 35; LaCedrick Smith, Northwood-Shreveport;  Courtney Moore, Pearl River; Nelson Jenkins, Plaquemine; Hunter Clay, St. Thomas More; Louis Blanchard, South Terrebonne; Logan Dubois, Tioga; Andrew Robison, Vandebilt Catholic; Detavius Eldridge, Tioga; Brennan Rogers, Vandebilt Catholic; Jalen Ivy, Tioga; Yo’heinz Tyler, Warren Easton; Corbin Malone, Tioga; Corey Bell, Woodlawn-Shreveport; Christian Smith, Tioga; Javin Myers, Woodlawn-BR; Josh Mosley, Woodlawn-Shreveport; Aaren Lemelle, Washington-Marion; Trivenskey Mosley, Woodlawn-Shreveport. Jacobi Taylor, Washington-Marion; Kordell Williams, Carencro.