Sacred Heart’s Gabe Fontenot tackles a Basile High player in their game earlier this season. Fontenot was one of eight Trojan players to be named to the District 5-1A first team for the 2020 season. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)
Earning the prize
At the conclusion of each sport season, players from each district are selected to represent their school as the top performers on the year.
This year is no exception. That means that players throughout the parish have earned the right to call themselves all-district performers.
So, with a ton of fanfare, here are those players that were selected as all-district performers.
To start, the Sacred Heart Trojans were fortunate enough to place several players on the District 5-1A team.
Making the first team on offense for the Trojans were eight important cogs to the successful 4-2 playoff year.
One of those players, senior running back Alex McElwee, was also named as the Offensive Most Valuable Player for Evangeline Parish. McElwee rushed for 518 yards on 52 carries.
At the tight end position, Issac Leger hauled in five receptions for 122 yards and three touchdowns. The junior averaged 24.4 yards per catch to earn first team honors.
Another first team selection, junior Bryce Deville, produced 181 yards receiving and three touchdowns on six receptions.
The final first team all-district performer for the Trojans was offensive lineman Silas Chesne.
Defensively, the Trojans placed four players on first team including Leger, who was named as a defensive lineman. McElwee, along with Spencer Darbonne were tabbed at first team defensive backs.
Joining those three on the defensive side of the ball was flex player Gabe Fontenot. The senior patrolled the gridiron as a part time linebacker and strong safety.
Second team players for the Trojans were CJ Boudreaux (OL), Peyton Feucht (WR), Jay Earles (LB), and Ethan Karonika (QB, DB)
Basile ended their season with 4-3 record and a regional playoff appearance. Because of their success, the Bearcats had four first team selections in District 4-1A.
Earning first team honors on the offensive side of the ball were Cole Manuel and Wesley Lejeune. Manuel, the senior signal caller for the Bearcats, threw the ball 42 times, completing 18 of those passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns.
Lejeune, a senior offensive lineman, helped Basile produce over 1,600 yards of total offense.
Defensively, Baylor McCoy and Baylor Waggoner were the two representatives for the Bearcats on the first team.
McCoy, the Evangeline Parish Defensive Most Valuable Player, collected 72 total tackles and two sacks. Waggoner, a defensive line choice garnered 40 solo tackles on the year.
Those making second team for Basile were Horace Edwards (RB), Colby Bertrand (OL), Brycen McCoy (OL) , Jose Palacios (K) and Ethan Bazinet (LB).
In District 5-3A, the Ville Platte Bulldogs, Mamou Demons and Pine Prairie Panthers were able to place several players on second team.
All of Ville Platte’s all-district choices came from the defensive side of the ball except two. Those players were RJ Williams (TE) and Allen Arvie (OL).
Other selections for the Bulldogs included Ja’Bronski Edwards (DL), Jae’kwon Fontenot (LB) and Ernest Roberts (DB).
The Mamou Demons earned five all-district spots, all on the second team offensive. Devin Ardoin (RB), Jonathan Hand (RB), Jerez Edwards (WR), Isaiah Noel (OL) and Elson Laurent (Return) were given those honors.
Despite their record, the Pine Prairie Panthers had one player, Hayden Bourgeious (RB), named to the second team.