By JERIT ROSER
Written for the LSWA
The final two teams of this high school football season are fittingly headlining the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A team.
Zachary’s coach David Brewerton and quarterback Eli Holstein earned Coach of the Year and Best Offensive Player honors, respectively, for their leadership in the Broncos’ 15-0 state championship.
Ponchatoula star Jacoby Mathews, who helped the Green Wave to the title for the first time since 1951, completed the trio of superlatives as an outstanding defensive player.
Holstein has completed 204 of 313 passes for 3,228 yards, 30 touchdowns and six interceptions this season and rushed 65 times for 518 yards and 14 other scores.
The junior, who signed up to Texas A&M this summer, capped the momentous season with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns in the title game, one on the ground and one passing, to help turn a 20-game deficit -14 at halftime in a 28-20 victory. .
Mathews was an impact player in all three phases of Ponchatoula throughout the season, including 51 tackles, 14 pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns.
He also returned two punts for touchdowns and caught 10 passes for 121 yards and three scores.
The senior will announce his college decision next month from a long list of scholarship offers including LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama and Florida.
Zachary’s championship marked the program’s fourth – all in the past seven years and all under Brewerton’s management – and the first undefeated.
The Broncos joined West Monroe’s five-year run from 1996–2000 and Evangel’s six-year run from 1999–2004 as the shortest spans to win four Class 5A championships.
Brewerton won Coach of the Year accolades for the first time to cap off the perfect season.
Other contenders for the award included his title game counterpart, Ponchatoula’s Hank Tierney, as well as Jesuit’s Ryan Manale and Ouachita’s Todd Garvin.
LSWA CLASS 5A ALL STATE FOOTBALL
Pos Player School Ht. CL weight
WR Charles Robertson Zachary 6-2 190 Sr.
WR Jamaal Levy Beard 5-9 140 Jr.
WR Kendrick Law Jr. Captain Shreve 6-2 180 Sr.
OL Micah Scheer Ruston 6-3 290 Sr.
OL Emery Jones Catholic 6-5 340 Sr.
OL Joshua Berault Jesuit 6-4 280 Sr.
OL Jayson Montgomery-Scott Brother Martin 6-4 310 Sr.
OL Cam East St. Augustine 6-7 285 Sr.
QB Eli Holstein Zachary 6-5 220 Jr.
RB Dyson Fields Ruston 5-11 185 Jr.
RB Rontavious Richmond Parkway 5-10 190 Sr.
RB Braydon Johnson Ponchatoula 6-0 210 Sr.
PK Abel Peterman Alexandria 5-11 160 Sr.
ATH Rickie Collins Woodlawn 6-3 185 Jr.
Pos Player School Ht. CL weight
DL Kameron Hamilton Zachary 6-4 275 Sr.
DL Jermaine Vessell Catholic 6-3 210 Sr.
DL Walter Bob Acadiana 6-4 245 Sr.
DL Steven Walker Destrehan 6-2 250 Sr.
LB Carmycah Glass Ouachita 6-4 210 Sr.
LB Chauncey Lee West Monroe 5-9 206 Jr.
LB Jadon Mayfield Ruston 6-1 217 So.
LB Kolaj Cobbins Destrehan 6-4 200 So.
DB Jadais Richard West Monroe 6-2 199 Sr.
DB Kylin Jackson Zachary 6-2 190 Jr.
DB Jacoby Mathews Ponchatoula 6-2 204 Sr.
DB Justin Aaron Natchitoches Central 6-0 175 Sr.
P Kylan Dupré Catholic 6-0 210 Sr.
RS Jadun Colbert Southside 5-10 180 Jr.
BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER: ELI HOLSTEIN, ZACHARY
OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER: JACOBY MATHEWS, PONCHATOULA
COACH OF THE YEAR: DAVID BREWERTON, ZACHARY
Falon Short, HL Bourgeois; Ean Rodrigue, Thibodaux; Will McClain, Beard; Da’Quan Watts, HL Bourgeois; Devian Wilson, Ruston; OL Jayden Woods, Ruston; Jaylon Jones, south side; Wyatt Clement, Thibodaux; Jaylon Lawrence Acadiana; Jaylen Kincaid, Ouachita; Amorion Walker, Ponchatoula; Shelton Sampson Jr., Catholic; Damontrell Osby, Ponchatoula; Braylon Finney, Captain Shreve; Landon Ibieta, Mandeville; Kylon Harris, East St. John; Zavion Thomas, John Ehret; Nate Green, West Monroe; Kaden Moreau, Pineville; Roy Brackins III, Woodlawn-BR; Stayge Bertucci, Chalmette; Jack Larivière, Jesuit; Jarvis Newton, Alexandria; Caylin Demars, Natchitoches Central; Omiri Wiggins, Acadian; Connor Wisham, Zachary; Torey Lambert, Brother Martin; Aiden Richard, Acadiana; James Jackson, Natchitoches Central; Preston Hickey, St. Paul’s; Riley Howard, Zachary; Dennis Dougherty, Jesuit; Raymond Thompson, Chalmette; Jerzey Brown, John Ehret; Connor Orgeron, John Curtis; Josh Marie, Alexandria; Jerimiah Brown, Acadian; Jordan Matthews, Woodlawn; Javon Davis, John Curtis; Tyrone Jones, Chalmette; Austin Roberts, Brother Martin; Elijah Winters, Ponchatoula; Javari Sanders, West Monroe.