Three local standouts from the 2012 high school football season made their presence known on the All-Metro roster. selected by coaches from the Baton Rouge area.
Brusly’s Jay Christophe and Port Allen’s Jestin Kelly landed spots on the first-team offensive roster, while Port Allen’s Darian Claiborne was listed on the first-team defense.
Christophe went out in grand fashion for the Panthers. He finished his senior year as the 2012 Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year in Class 3A and District 7-3A.
He amassed 2,039 yards and 32 touchdowns, with 1,203 passing yards.
Christophe served as starting quarterback three years for the Panthers. He helped lead BHS to the 2012 3A regionals, where their season ended in a 32-28 heartbreaker against eventual 3A champ Parkview Baptist.
District 7-3A Defensive MVP Darian Claiborne, who will play for Texas A&M next fall, garnered first-team honors as a linebacker. Claiborne worked double duty the last two years for Port Allen, where he also served as starting quarterback for the Pelicans, whose season ended against Livonia in the Class 3A regionals.
Claiborne also notched first-team honors on the All-State Class 3A roster.
He finished the season with 101 tackles, 11 pass break-ups and five sacks.
Senior running back Jestin Kelly, the Redemptorist High School transfer who helped power the PAHS offensive attack, also picked up a first-team honor.
Kelly tallied 1,055 yards on 153 carries. He scored 14 Pelican TDs.
Sophomore Nick Brossette of University High, which will compete with BHS and PAHS in 7-3A the next two season, took the Offensive MVP honor.
He tallied 2,118 yards on 240 carries. He scored 44 touchdowns for the Cubs, who reached the Class 2A semifinals.
East Feliciana senior Kendell Beckwith bagged the Defensive MVP honor. He had 16 sacks, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles for the Tigers, who narrowly missed a state title bid after a loss to Notre Dame-Crowley in the 3A semifinals.
Pointe Coupee Central head coach Lawrence Brown, the Class1A Coach of the Year, received the same honor on the All-Metro listing.
Brown led the Cougars to a 9-3 finish, the school’s first ever district championship, the first- ever playoff win and first-ever trip to the regional round. PCC lost 41-38 against Southern Lab in the 1A regionals.
The Cougars won the 6-1A title two years after an 0-10 finish.
PCC marched into the playoffs on the heels of an eight-game win streak after losses to 2011 3A quarterfinalists Avoylles and Port Allen in the first two games of the 2012 season.
PCC wide receiver David St. Cyr, who chalked 42 catches for 1,053 yards and 12 TDs, garnered a spot on the first-team offense.
Livonia High School, which reached the 3A semi finals the first time in the school’s history, picked up three All-Metro honors.
Farris, a 5-11, 215-lb. junior, led the Livonia defense with 160 and 12 tackles for a loss.
His teammate, junior tackle Darius Hammond (5-9, 170) finished the season with 91 tackles, seven interceptions and nine pass breakups.
White Castle senior defensive back Daryl Young also captured first-team honors. He had eight interceptions and nine pass breakups for the Bulldogs.
The remainder of the list is as follows: Danny Johnson, wide receiver, East Feliciana; Marquise Ricard, wide receiver, Southern Lab; Luke Gomez, offensive lineman, Parkview Baptist; Garrett Brumfield, offensive line, University High; Wade Wheat, offensive line, Springfield; Trey Cazabat, offensive line, West Feliciana; Hezekiah Randolph, Parkview Baptist; Austin Couvillion, kicker, Episcopal; Deonte Shorts, athlete, Southern Lab; Tim Williams, defensive line, University High; De’Quan Franklin, defensive line, East Feliciana; Victor Guiterrez, defensive line, Parkview Baptist; Hunter Brian, linebacker, Parkview Baptist; Tanner Wild, linebacker, Springfield; Jarrod Franlin, defensive back, University; Austin Suits, defensive back, Parkview Baptist and Harrison Dominique, The Dunham School.