LSWA names Jay Christophe 3A All-State Offensive MVP
Jay Christophe emerged a show-stealer in District 7-3A football his senior year – and pulled off the same feat on the state level.
The Brusly quarterback was named Offensive Most Valuable Player for the Class 3A All-State Football Team, selected by members of the Louisiana Sportswriters Association.
“It’s a surprise … I wasn’t expecting it,” Christophe said. “I thought I had a good season, but I had no clue I’d win that.”
Christophe became the first first-ever BHS football player to receive the MVP honor.
He helped lead the Panthers to the second round of the playoffs, where they nearly pulled off an upset over Parkview Baptist before the Eagles dug rallied a 10-point third quarter deficit to take a 32-28 win.
Christophe amassed 1,036 yards on 153 carries and 13 touchdowns. He completed 90 of 174 passes for 1,203 yards and 19 touchdowns.
“I know this idea sounds outdated to some people, but hard work pays off,” Brusly coach Erik Willis said. “He didn’t get any accolades as quarterback last year. He had a lot of competition last year, but when basketball ended, he dedicated himself.
Christophe’s work with BHS offensive coordinator Marc Brown paid off handsomely, Willis said.
“Coach Brown worked with him hard, hard,” he said. “He worked with him every chance he got, and he just improved so much and came out of the wool as a quarterback.
“It’s a well deserved award, and I’m very proud of Jay for that,” Willis said. “To pull off that accomplishment in football is a very big thing, but he really deserves it.”
In another local first-team honor, Texas A&M commitment Darian Claiborne, who played both sides of the ball for Port Allen, was named first team linebacker on defense.
Claiborne finished his senior season with 101 tackles, 11 pass breakups, five sacks and three interceptions.
“I’m blessed,” he said. “It kind of surprised me. I thought I could’ve had a better year, and I wish I could’ve gotten us further this year.
“It’s a great honor. I’m very appreciative of this award,” Claiborne said. “I’m speechless.”
Elsewhere, Livonia head coach Brewerton took the Wildcats to the 3A quarterfinals last year in the school’s first-ever 11-2 finish. He won the award over veteran Parkview Baptist mentor Kenny Guillot, who coached the Eagles to their fifth state championship.
He also topped Notre Dame-Crowley mainstay Louis Cook, who led the Pioneers to a 3A state runner-up finish.
“You get into Class 3A and the teams are so good and the parity is so good,” Brewerton said. “You watch two legends duke it out in the Superdome, and both were very deserving.”
He led the Wildcats to a 30-22 win against Port Allen in the Class 3A regional playoffs. Livonia also nipped Brusly 14-13 in regular season fare.
Brewerton and Port Allen coach Guy Blanchard started their careers under Dale Weiner at Catholic-Baton Rouge.
Livonia’s Russell Farris, who worked both sides of the ball this season, garnered a first-team spot as linebacker. He finished the 2012 slate with 160 tackles, including 12 for a loss.
Trevor Chauvin of Livonia got the nod as a first-team offensive lineman.
First-team running backs Parkview running back Hezekiah Randolph, who carried 224 times for 1,504 yards and 14 TDs, as well as Dravon Batiste of Avoylles.
Other offensive linemen included Luke Gomez of Parkviefw Baptist, Casevion Joiner of Farmerville, Delvin Brumfield of Loranger and Andrew Valdetero of Notre Dame.
Jeryl Brazil of Loranger was named the team athlete, while Trey Broussard of North Vermillion was selected as kicker.
Kendell Beckwith, who powered East Feliciana to a 3A semi-final appearance against Notre Dame (which ended in a 16-14 loss), had 79 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. He also passed for more than 1,200 yards.
Other defensive first-team entries included Kipp Credeur of Notre Dame and Dustin Brossette of North DeSoto.
Defensive backs included Keegan Devill of Jennings, Jeremy Carter of Jewel Sumner, Tre’Davious White and Ricky Gibson of Marksville.
Jonathan Wallace of Rayville was tabbed as punter and Iowa’s Chaz Key was named return specialist.