Kenny Hilliard began his senior campaign battling injury, but the 6-foot, 228-pounder closed strong, breaking the state’s career rushing record en route to an appearance with Patterson High in the state title game.
While a 24-20 loss to Parkview Baptist stopped Hilliard short of grabbing a championship trophy, his 1,804 rushing yards was good enough to push his career totals to 8,603 yards – the most in the history of Louisiana high school football, regardless of classification.
The LSWA named Hilliard to the First-Team for his efforts, and grabbing the state’s career rushing total helped the longtime LSU commitment secure the Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year honors for the third straight season.
He wasn’t the only future Tiger to be showered with postseason accolades.
Five-star offensive tackle La’el Collins, who was the first commitment to LSU’s 2011 class, was named to the First-Team as an offensive tackle. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder helped Redemptorist running back Jeremy Hill to his best season yet, finishing with 2,260 yards – a school record – and 36 touchdowns. Hill, who was once committed to LSU but is now undecided, was also named to the First-Team.
LSU pledge Alonzo Lewis, who played safety and wide receiver at St. James, was selected as an honorable mention.
WR Darryl Watson Holy Cross 5-11 170 Sr.
WR RonDarious Morris Bogalusa 6-2 185 Sr.
TE Denzeil Warner Redemptorist 6-0 205 Sr.
OL Landon Jones Holy Cross 5-11 235 Sr.
OL La’el Collins Redemptorist 6-5 310 Sr.
OL Tyler Viator Parkview Baptist 5-11 230 Sr.
OL Joe Henry Patterson 6-0 310 Sr.
OL Tyler Fogleman Marksville 6-1 220 Sr.
QB Justice Jones Patterson 6-1 178 Jr.
RB Jeremy Hill Redemptorist 6-1 225 Sr.
RB Kenny Hilliard Patterson 6-0 228 Sr.
RB Dylan Ledet E.D. White 5-11 210 Sr.
PK Justin Burke Bolton 5-9 185 Sr.
ATH Davante Bourque Crowley 6-2 195 Jr.
DL Lorenzo Phillips Patterson 6-2 210 Jr.
DL Tom Bove Parkview 6-0 250 Jr.
DL Terrence McCrea Bunkie 6-1 245 Sr.
DL Donald Pennington Amite 6-3 310 Sr.
LB Juwann Rogers Amite 6-0 230 Jr.
LB Paxton Cook Parkview 5-11 210 Sr.
LB John Rothermel Notre Dame 6-1 190 Sr.
LB Brenton Bowman Holy Cross 5-9 200 Sr.
DB Ricky Stoma Notre Dame 6-1 170 Sr.
DB Tyler Stoddard Westlake 6-2 200 Sr.
DB Dexter Aucoin Patterson 5-9 185 Sr.
DB Byron Cobb West Feliciana 5-10 170 Sr.
KR Gene Pete Iowa 6-2 215 Sr.
P Brandon Johnson Parkview 6-0 225 Jr.
OUTSTANDING PLAYER OFFENSE: Kenny Hilliard, Patterson
OUTSTANDING PLAYER DEFENSE: Tom Bove, Parkview Baptist
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jackie Hamilton, Carroll
Honorable mention: Akeem Lewis, Abbevile; Alonzo Williams, Abbeville; Christian Cotton, Albany; Heath Phillips, Albany; James Pea-Milton, Amite; Reginald Porter, Amite; Hudson Bain, Bunkie; Jamond Collins, Carroll; Tyree Hollins, Carroll; Hakeem Parker, Clark; Tuskani Figaro, Crowley; Jesse Gros, De La Salle; Grant Chiasson, E.D. White; Philip Ledet, E.D. White; Jacob Rodrigue, E.D. White; Vondray Vallare, Eunice; Ryan Deemes, Holy Cross; Ed Eagan, Holy Cross; Taylor Eymard, Holy Cross; Trey Hooper, Holy Cross; Marshall Bellazan, Independence; R.J. Richardson, Jena; Jeremy Cutrer, Jewel Sumner; Jalen Baker, Kaplan; Gilbert Boudreaux, Loranger; Jeryl Brazil, Loranger; Brennan Catalano, Loranger; Austin Mathias, Loyola; Jake Dunbar, Marksville; Peyton Dunbar, Marksville; Christian Kelly, Marksville; Chance Vercher, Marksville; Brandon LeBeau, McMain; Joshua Rounds, McMain; Stu Cook, Notre Dame; Pete Petitjean, Notre Dame; Jerry Menard, Notre Dame; Brooks Godbery, Parkview Baptist; Tyler Brewer, Patterson; Tremaine Lightfoot, Patterson; Alonzo Lewis, St. James; Christian Verret, St. James; Devin Eaglin, Westlake; Deshawn Morrison, West Feliciana; Wallace Scott, West Feliciana; David Haile, West Feliciana; Neil Scott, Parkview Baptist; Jason Mejeur, Parkview Baptist; Corey Trim, Redemptorist.