Making an all-district team means you had a fantastic year, but making an all-state team proves your elite status as one of the best players around.

The Acadiana area released their all-district teams recently, and countless players got recognition for their hard work and devotion to the game. Now, the all-state teams are starting to roll out in Louisiana, shining the spotlight on some very special individuals who made their cities and families proud.

Four players from the Acadiana area made their way onto the Class 1A All-State team. Members of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association chose Ascension Episcopal Wide Receiver Ronald Leblanc, Central Catholic's do-it-all man Samarick Paul, and two of Paul's teammates from Central Catholic, offensive lineman Thomas Garber and defensive back Ja'len Johnson, for spots on a the all-state team.

Leblanc is a 6'5" monster at wide receiver, Paul is a multiple-sport star for Central Catholic who played all over the field, Garber was a bulldozer in the trenches and Johnson is on his way to play for the Ragin' Cajuns. They all earned their spot in the All-State team, and there's no doubt the future is bright for all four of them.

Congratulations to all the players who made this year's Class 1A All-State team.



WR Samarick Paul, Central Catholic, 5-9 175, Sr.

WR Ronald LeBlanc, Ascension Episcopal, 6-4 180, Sr.

WR Xavier Bell Southern Lab, 5-10 175, Sr.

OL Joshua Mote, Oak Grove, 6-3 275, Sr.

OL Thomas Garber, Central Catholic, 5-11 240, Sr.

OL Jarious Knowles, Haynesville, 6-3 300, Sr.

OL Cordell Thomas, Southern Lab, 6-4 340, So.

OL Cedrick Banks, Southern Lab, 6-3 320, Jr.

QB Dalton Shaw, Logansport, 5-10 170, Jr.

RB Corey Russell, Arcadia, 6-0 175, So.

RB Debell Crawford, Logansport, 5-11 175, Jr.

RB Sam Philley, Oak Grove, 5-9 215, Sr.

PK Gavin Corder, St. Frederick, 5-11 165, So.

ATH Jaleel Hampton, Kentwood, 5-11 180, Sr.


DL McKenzie Carrier, Oberlin, 6-3 285, So.

DL Ben Slusher, Cedar Creek, 5-11 238, Jr.

DL Kendall Offord, Delhi Charter, 6-1 270, Sr.

DL Shannon Forman, Southern Lab, 6-2 285, Sr.

LB Fabian Washington, Haynesville, 6-0 190, Sr.

LB Nate Jennings, Oak Grove, 6-0 215, Sr.

LB Weston Swanner, St. Frederick, 5-8 195, Jr.

LB Chris Allen, Southern Lab, 6-4 235, Sr.

DB John Ellender, St. Frederick, 5-8 140, Sr.

DB Ja'len Johnson, Central Catholic, 6-3 191, Sr.

DB Trey Palmer, Kentwood, 6-1 175, So.

DB Damone Clark, Southern Lab, 6-3 215, Sr.

P Keshawn Lyons, Elton, 5-9 170, Jr.

KR Tanner Disotell, Cedar Creek, 5-9 150, Sr.


HONORABLE MENTION: Jackson Carroll, St. Mary’s; Keldrick Carper, Plain Dealing; John Stephens Jr., Logansport; Trooper Peloquin, Oberlin; Chris Brister, East Beauregard; Mike Remondet, Ascension Episcopal; John Bolding, Oak Grove; Jake Vascocu, Ascension Episcopal; Aaron Howell, St. Mary’s; Trent Franklin, Haynesville; Quincy Fillmore, Southern Lab; Treyon Hunter, Haynesville; Chris Singleton, Central Catholic; Cameron Solet, Covenant Christian; Donald Gray Oak Grove; James Kirklin, Oberlin; Jacaolon Pitre, Lake Charles Prep; Burt Hale, Delhi Charter; Chris Meeks, Lake Charles Prep; Greg Leger, Central Catholic; Zachariah Trujillo, Houma Christian; Fred Middleton, Oak Grove; Matthew Webb, St. Frederick; Mack Kelly, Ascension Episcopal; Ethan Danos, Ascension Episcopal; Zack Clement, Lafayette Christian; Brontre Griffin, Highland Baptist; Ken Jones, Westminster; John Hurley, St. Martin’s; Gershom Thompson, St. Martin’s; Tyrion Davis, Southern Lab; Christopher Welch, Southern Lab; Jamar Barber, Ascension Catholic; D.J. Giroir, Ascension Catholic.