Local Tangi and St. Helena football preps rack up 2A postseason honors

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


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