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Defensive Player of the Year Candidates

Defensive Player of the Year Candidates

by Jace LeJeune

What a year for Louisiana High School Football in 2016. Every year, the state of Louisiana proves what kind of talent that these individuals have. This week, we have a very special show in the Defensive Player of the Year show. The best defensive players in the entire state will appear on our show to receive some magnificent trophies thanks to Linear Controls. Overall, there are six winners ranging from 1A-5A. There is also a tie for Defensive Player of the Year in one category. The following players below, from 1A-5A, are our top candidates for this prestigious award. To find out who wins the awards, tune into LAFM TV this week. We will also put up the winners in the next couple of weeks on our website. For local listings, we will keep you updated tomorrow at www.lafootballmagazine.com! The candidates below are listed in alphabetical order. We want to congratulate these players on their great seasons whether they win or not!


LB Chris Allen, Southern Lab

  • 82 tackles, 14 tackles for loss,and 6 sacks

    Southern Lab LB Chris Allen (Property of LAFM)

DT Mackenzie Carrier, Oberlin

  • 75 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries

DT Shannon Forman, Southern Lab

  • 40 tackles, 11 for loss, and 7 sacks

DB Ja’len Johnson, Central Catholic

  • 69 tackles, 6 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries

DT Langston Murray, Logansport

  • 74 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 18 tackles for loss

DT Kendal Offord, Delhi Charter

  • 96 total tackles, 60 solo, 36 assists, 10 for loss, and one sack

LB Weston Swanner, St. Frederick

  • 100 tackles, 11 for loss, and 4 sacks



South Plaquemines LB Kendrick Smith (Property of LAFM)

LB Sean Badeaux, Holy Savior Menard

  • 143 tackles, 22 for loss

LB Troy James, Madison Prep

  • 108 tackles, 12 for loss, and 9 sacks

DE Bryan Jones, Madison Prep

  • 78 tackles, 13 sacks, and 6 tackles for loss

DB Louis Matthews, Ferriday

  • 106 tackles, 82 solo, 22 for loss

DT Caleb Sampson, Northlake Christian

  • 66 tackles, 3 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss

DB Isaiah Smith, Many

  • 102 tackles and 8 interceptions

LB Kendrick Smith, South Plaquemines

  • 104 tackles, 22 for loss, 6 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 8 sacks

LB Dawson Snell, Sterlington

  • 163 total tackles, 90 solo, 9 sacks



LB Xavier Davis, Parkview Baptist

  • 83 tackles, 12 for loss, 2.5 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries

    Parkview Baptist DB Trent Kavanaugh (Property of LAFM)

LB Jake Gitter, Country Day

  • 81 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 10 tackles for loss

DT Jamiran James, De La Salle

  • 62 tackles, 14 for loss, 15 sacks

DB Trent Kavanaugh, Parkview Baptist

  • 48 tackles, 3 for loss, 2 interceptions

LB Josh Paul, De La Salle

  • 74 tackles, 9 for loss, 2 forced fumbles, one fumble return for a TD, blocked punt, and two interceptions

LB Rashaun Preston, Lutcher

  • 134 tackles, 64 solo, 4 for loss, and 2 interceptions

DB Dylan Recotta, Lutcher

  • 118 tackles, 11 for loss

DB Jamal Walters, West St. John

  • one of the state’s leaders in interceptions with seven

LB Gaige Willis, Northwest

  • 120 tackles, 73 solo

DE Shawn Williams, Marksville

  • 113 tackles, 32 solo, 81 assists, 13 for loss, 6 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries



Carencro LB Rashaad Harding (Property of LAFM)

DT Christian Brooks, Assumption

  • 84 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks

DE Tyler Casby, Edna Karr

  • 56 tackles, 21 for loss, and 13 sacks

LB Rashaad Harding, Carencro

  • 102 tackles, 7 sacks, and an interception

DB Todd Harris, Plaquemine

  • 91 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery for a touchdown

DB Kenderick Marbles, Neville

  • 34 tackles, 7 interceptions, 5 pass breakups, and 2 fumble recoveries

DT Phidarian Mathis, Neville

  • 41 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks

DB Brad Stewart, McDonogh 35

  • 111 tackles, 13 pass breakups, and 11 interceptions

DB Damien Tate, Warren Easton

  • 40 tackles, 4 interceptions, 1 returned for a touchdown, 4 receptions for 174 yards and 2 TDs on offense and a kickoff return for a TD

LB Kevin Victorian, LaGrange

  • 78 tackles, 22 for loss, 5 forced fumbles, 11 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries



John Curtis DB Garret Wallow (Property of LAFM)

DT Davin Cotton, Evangel Christian

  • 51 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 recovery, and 14 tackles for loss

LB Justin Daniels, East Ascension

  • 104 tackles, 12 for loss, 5.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions

LB Preston Faulkner, Live Oak

  • 126 tackles, 18 for loss, 6 sacks

LB Anthony Ford, Covington

  • 102 tackles, 13 sacks, 15 for loss, 2 forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries

DE Tyrique Gibson, Ponchatoula

  • 48 tackles, 10 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery for a TD

LB John Bailey Gullatt, West Monroe

  • 189 tackles, 16 for loss, 2 sacks, 2 pass breakups, and a fumble recovery return for a TD

DE Justin Harris, East Ascension

  • 65 tackles, 11.5 sacks, and 5 pass breakups

DB Kelvin Joseph, Scotlandville

  • 67 tackles, 12 pass breakups, 3 interceptions, and 2 defensive TDs

LB Derrick Munson, Archbishop Rummel

  • 110 tackles, 13 for loss, and 5 interceptions

LB Donovan Perkins, Zachary

  • 103 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, and 4 interceptions

DE Tahj Samuel, Ruston

  • 21 sacks, 34 tackles for loss, 74 solo tackles, 15 assists, 89 total tackles, forced fumble that was returned for a TD, 9 rushing TDs and a receiving TD on offense

DB Garret Wallow, John Curtis

  • 70 tackles, 5 for loss, and 4 interceptions








About Jace LeJeune

Jace is from Addis, LA but resides in Port Allen, LA. Jace attends Southeastern Louisiana University and is majoring in Journalism. This is Jace's third year as Associate Editor at Louisiana Football Magazine. He is also a graduate from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge where he was the editor of the school newspaper the “Bearly Published.” While at CHS, Jace also announced their football, basketball, and baseball games for the Bruin Broadcast Network which is the Catholic High’s streaming website for their events. On weekends, Jace is the PA announcer for his middle school football games. At home, Jace enjoys time with his family and friends. Besides being a huge football fan, Jace is also an avid NHRA drag racing fan.