JUNIORS- DL Ishmael Sopsher (91) and WR Devonta Lee (7) of the Amite Warriors. Photo by Jesse Brooks
By Jesse Brooks
Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parish have continued to show their prominence in the football world as individual players are racking up on postseason awards.
A total of seven players from District 9-2A were selected to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s All-State selections in Class 2A. On offense, Independence’s Anthony McClain was selected as one of three running backs, and junior Devonta Lee from Amite was named as a wide receiver.
St. Helena placed three selections on the 2A All-State Defense including: defensive lineman O’Cyrus Torrence, linebacker Aaron Hurst and defensive back Demetrius Brown. Junior defensive lineman Ishmael Sopsher was the lone selection for Amite.
Also, named in the All-State selections from District 9-2A was offensive lineman Brenden Kelley from Pine HS in Washington Parish.
St. Helena Senior ATH Troy Hurst
Tangipahoa and St. Helena were represented furthermore in All-District 9-2A honors.
Amite ran the table on the major awards. Zephaniah Powell was awarded Coach of the Year, an honor he received in Class 3A last season. Lee was named Offensive MVP. Sopsher was selected Defensive MVP.
On offense the two parishes collected 12 names to the First Team:
QB Kade Bleakley / St. Thomas Aquinas
ATH Cam Henderson / Amite
RB Anthony McClain / Independence
OL O’Cyrus Torrence / St. Helena
OL Alex Self / St. Helena
OL Chris Miceli / Independence
FB/TE Donald Drake / Independence
WR Adam Hetzinger / St. Thomas Aquinas
WR Troy Hurst / St. Helena
WR Devonta Lee / Amite
The two parishes finished with a total of 11 players selected to the First Team Defense:
LB Aaron Hurst / St. Helena
LB Stephan Jackson / Independence
LB Quadry Jackson / Amite
DL Ishmael Sopsher / Amite
DL O’Cyrus Torrence / St. Helena
ATH Tyrus Wheat / Amite
DB Devonta Lee / Amite
DB Michael Otkins / Independence
DB Demetrius Brown / St. Helena
DB Myron Smith / St. Helena
PR/KR Troy Hurst / St. Helena
St. Helena Senior RB Aaron Hurst
Second team selections included:
RB Aaron Hurst / St. Helena
OL Brent Muse / St. Helena
OL John Rogers / Amite
OL Jacob Becerra / STA
DL Jermaine Singleton / Independence
DB Jadarius Jackson / Amite
DB Deonandre Gordon / Amite
DB Matthew Claiborne / St. Helena
PR/KR Cam Henderson / Amite