Quarterback Jay Christophe couldn’t have asked for a better way to wrap up his high school football career.
The 2013 Brusly High School graduate earned the Most Valuable Player honor for his performance in the 11th annual Bayou Bowl June 13 at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown, Texas.
Christophe, who recently signed with Texas Southern, ran for both touchdowns in Louisiana’s 22-14 loss to the Houston-based Texas squad in the bowl, which features the top graduates from Louisiana and Texas High Schools.
“This was a huge honor for me, Brusly High School and my family,” he said. “I considered it an honor to represent this state/.”
Other area players on the roster included Khalil Thomas of Catholic-Baton Rouge, tight end Geoffrey Hebert of E.D. White, and offensive lineman Corey Holmes of St. Michael.
While none of the players had played football since at least December, Christohpe said it did not take much time to readjust to the gridiron rigors.
“Once you get going, it’s really pretty easy to get back into the regular groove,” he said.
Christophe returns Friday to the Houston area for a longer period of time when he reports to Texas Southern.
He admits he’ll miss the area, but he’s anxious to face the challenges of college football.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Christophe said. “It’s everything we aspire for in high school, so I’m very excited to see where it takes me.
He said he will miss the closeness of the Brusly-Addis community, as well as the camaraderie he shared with teammates for the Panthers.
“Everyone here from the parents to the little kids have always been very supportive,” Christophe said. “I’ll just miss all the people as a whole.”
Christophe ia the son of Arthur and Jackie Christophe. His father is a former center for UL-Monroe, and later played in the professional ranks for Pittsburgh in the now-defunct USFL.
“Hopefully I can follow my dad’s footsteps and get to the pro ranks,” Jay said. “It’s everything we work for.