Ouachita Christian and Oak Grove headline the All-District 2-1A football team, and rightfully so.
Rarely does a district produce two state champions, but OCS and Oak Grove pulled off the feat at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSSA Prep Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Dec. 13-14.
OCS (13-1) captured the Division IV state title with a 67-22 victory over Catholic-Pointe Coupee in the opener of the six-game event. A day later, the Tigers (11-3) followed suit with a 55-12 rout over White Castle.
Fittingly, the two state champs combined to sweep the district’s individual awards.
Will Fitzhugh, who helped the district champion Eagles to a perfect 7-0 conference record, is the Overall MVP.
Oak Grove senior running back Otis Moore and OCS junior quarterback Hunter are the co-Offensive MVPs, while OCS senior linebacker Grant Mashaw and Oak Grove senior defensive tackle Kenean Caldwell share the Defensive MVP award. Steven Fitzhugh of OCS is Coach of Year.
Will Fitzhugh is listed on the first team on both sides of the ball as an athlete on offense, and as a defensive back. A four-year starter, Will Fitzhugh turns the page on his prep career as the program’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards.As a senior, he averaged 8.2 yards per carry while rushing for 822 yards and 16 touchdowns, and caught 28 passes for 556 yards and nine scores. For good measure, he completed 2-of-3 passes for 67 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Doubling at free safety, Will Fitzhugh tallied 69 tackles with a team-high eight interceptions, including a 91-yard pick-6 in the state championship game. The school’s career leader in kickoff return yardage, he averaged 24.4 yards on 25 attempts in 2019.
Moore rushed for 1,324 yards and 19 touchdowns to go with 12 receptions for 221 yards and a pair of scores.
In his first season as a starting quarterback at any level, Herring averaged 9.2 yards per carry while rushing for a team-high 1,125 yards and 25 TDs. As a passer, he completed 104-of-196 attempts for 1,794 yards and 27 touchdowns while throwing only four interceptions.
Mashaw, who also made the first team as an offensive tackle, recorded 83 tackles with 16 stops for negative yardage, five sacks and two forced fumbles.
Caldwell, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound Kansas commit, had 35 tackles 12 tackles for loss and four sacks.
OCS won its seventh state title, including its fifth in 22 seasons under Steven Fitzhugh. Along the way, coach Fitzhugh picked up his 200th career victory, and successfully lobbied to have the Division IV state championship game played in the Superdome.
Also listed on the first offense from OCS are wide receivers Eli Extine and Tristan Wiley, offensive linemen Garrett Folds and James David Miller, and running back Dillon Dougan.
Wiley reeled in a team-high 33 receptions for 693 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging a staggering 21 yards per catch.
Extine was the team’s second-leading receiver with 28 catches for 474 yards and eight scores.
Mashaw, Miller and Folds powered an offense which averaged 47 points per game, 397.4 total yards (238.9 rushing, 158.6 passing) and 8.4 yards per carry, while allowing only eight sacks the entire season.
Dougan rushed for 946 yards and eight touchdowns on 115 attempts for an 8.2-yard average.
Joining Moore on the first offense from Oak Grove are tight end Dalton Allen (14 receptions, 311 yards, 5 TDs), linemen Cole Penneck, Kade Klink and EJ Anderson, running back Ron Craten (7-carries, 1,182 yards, 21) and kicker James Clack, who made 53-of-55 extra points.
Cedar Creek is represented on the first offense by wide receiver JT Stephens, lineman Seth Smith and running back Lane Blue.
Selected to the first offense from St. Frederick were wide receiver Pat Johnson, center Blake McMullen and kicker Will Ellender.
Johnson averaged 20 yards per reception with 20 catches for 400 yards and seven touchdowns.
A four-year letterman, McMullen is a repeat first-team honoree.
Ellender converted 29-of-35 extra point attempts.
Delta Charter is represented on the first offense by running back Tre´ Green and quarterback Kavarius Whitehead. Delhi wide receiver Maquil Hicks, Sicily Island lineman Gage Cross and Tensas athlete Jermarkus Johnson round out the unit.
Mashaw, Will Fitzhugh and Extine are two-way first-team selections. Listed on the defense as a return specialist, Extine ran back seven punt returns for a 15.3-yard average and eight kickoffs at a 29.4-yard clip. He returned two kicks for touchdowns — one punt, one kickoff.
Filling out the Eagles’ first-team defensive slots are end Christian Gray, linebackers Ethan Hogan and Jon Thomas Dixon, strong safeties Aidan Ham and Kade Woods, and special teams gunner Christopher Holyfield.
Gray notched 70 tackles, 14 tackles for negative yardage and five sacks, caused three fumbles and recovered four.
Hogan led the team in tackles for the second straight year with 93 stops, 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks and a pick-6.
Ham’s season totals are highlighted by 61 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack and two interceptions.
Dixon and Woods are both listed on the team in the defensive flex spots.
Dixon had 66 tackles, four TFLs, two sacks and two forced fumbles.
Woods turned in 53 tackles, 11 TFLs, a sack and forced three fumbles.
As a defensive end, Holyfield notched 56 tackles, seven TFLs and one sack.
Caldwell and Moore, who was awarded a spot in the first team secondary, head up Oak Grove’s defensive selections. Moore had 33 tackles and three interceptions. The Tigers’ remaining first-teamers are linemen Bert Hale (48 tackles, 8 TFL, 4 interceptions) and Bryson Baker (39 tackles, 8 TFL, 3 sacks), linebackers Lane Warren (70 tackles, 3.5 TFL) and Kaleb Proctor (65 tackles, 4 interceptions), and defensive backs Bud Holloway (22 tackles, 7 INTs) and Deuce Clement (45 tackles, 5 INTs).
In addition to receiver, Stephens also made the first unit as a defensive back. Also named to the first team from Cedar Creek wasdefensive end Jared Miller.
St. Frederick landed five players on the first defense — end Beau Bennett, tackle Denterrius McHenry, linebacker Gordon Bennett, return specialist Pat Johnson and punter Will Ellender.
Beau Bennett produced 78 tackles, a whopping 25 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and five sacks.
McHenry posted 50 tackles, 11 TFLs, eight sacks and scored a pair of defensive touchdowns.
Gordon Bennett was the Warriors’ top tackler for the second straight year with 122 stops, nine TFLs, five sacks and a pair of defensive touchdowns.
Johnson returned 16 punts for a 15-yard average and three touchdowns.
Called upon to punt 31 times, Ellender averaged 38.7 yards per kick.
Closing out the first defense are end Cole Beard and linebacker Chandler Harrison of Delta Charter, and end Joseph Hardy and cornerback Ladarrian Washington of Delhi.
OCS — offensive linemen Casey Cobb, Andy Weatherford and Avery Pilgreen, running back Van David “Bud” Matherne, athletes Landon Graves and Samuel Harrell; defensive end Christopher Holyfield, cornerback Walker Morris and punter Landon Graves.
Oak Grove — tight end Reid Milligan, offensive lineman Jacob Gunter, quarterback Braden Sullivan; linebacker Trey Allen and defensive back Zack Hegwood.
Cedar Creek — tight end Leyton Riley, offensive linemen Trace Barnett, Caden Lillo and Ben Merchant, quarterback Brooks Auger, kicker Ty Lolley; defensive lineman Brody Johnston, linebacker Carson Riley, defensive back Brady Rasberry, defensive flex Logan Johnson and punter Brooks Auger.
St. Frederick —offensive lineman Caden Giovingo, running back Nelson Sparks; defensive tackle Jeremiah Willis, linebacker Tremaine Cleveland and defensive flex James Mayronne.
Delta Charter — wide receivers Payten Roberts and Nykell Brooks, offensive lineman Luke Roberson and linebacker Carson Cupit.
Delhi — wide receiver Tyrone Smith, offensive lineman Quinlan Jones, running back Ja’vion Nelson; defensive lineman Jaquirius Lee, defensive back Montorio Thomas and return specialist Maquil Hicks.
Sicily Island — wide receiver Damon Price Jr., offensive lineman Ricky Tolliver Jr., running back Landrae James; defensive linemen Zavier Ramirez and Jimmy Parker, and special teams gunner Jimmy Parker.
Tensas — linebacker Claude Reed and defensive back Treshaun Wiggins.
OCS — LB Barham White, WR Chase Simmons, DB Julian Stephenson, OL Blake Pender, NG Jacob Ogden, NG Henry Messinger, DE James Forte, DL Will Carroll.
Oak Grove — OL Jacob Madden, WR Kyle Saddler, OL Nick Sciara.
Cedar Creek — DB Brady Menzina, DB Ty Lolley, DL Nicholas Adams, Shane Mabou.
St. Frederick — OL Brock Eppinette, OL Gavin Gilbert, DL Caleb Scurfield, Flex Jace Bernard, DB Chris Bell.
Delta Charter — Will Procell Jr., Drew Brown Jr., Robert Doss, Hayden McFarland, Ryan Lance Sr.
Delhi — OL Tommy Hendrix, LB Deremy Washington.
Sicily Island — OL Avery Brazell, OL David Winningham, RB Xavier Bates, RB Maurice Humphries Jr., TE John Polk, WR Devean Kerry, LB Jonavion Tolliver, DB Montreal Jackson.
Tensas — Devion Mason, Kedric Giles, Javier Thomas, Andravious Arrington, Ahmad Parks, Jaquan Gibson, Randy Thomas, Ervin Bottley, Dayshawan Reed, Dusty Jefferson, Terrion Scott.