While West Monroe had won 29 straight games leading up to the state championship, a 21-14 loss to Acadiana in the finals spoiled their third straight title game appearance.
No matter, two Rebels – Turner and defensive tackle Chuck Hunter - took home the top honors on each side of the ball in Class 5A.
While Turner sat out a pair of games, he finished with 916 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground and 1,245 yards and 16 touchdowns through the air en route to Offensive Player of the Year honors.
Fellow LSU commitment Micah Eugene, who played both ways for Acadiana, rushed for 2,031 yards and 25 touchdowns, the chief workhorse for a Wrecking Rams ground game that was rarely slowed. St. Augustine offensive tackle Jonah Austin, who also committed to LSU two weekends ago, was also selected to the First-Team. The recent pledge helped pave the way for freshman running back Leonard Fournette to rush for 1,735 yards and 22 touchdowns on 174 attempts.
Defensive tackle Mickey Johnson, who finished with 34 tackles and three sacks, joins Hunter as a First-Team selection to the defensive line, as does 2012 West Monroe defensive end James McFarland. Dutchtown’s Landon Collins, who will be one of LSU’s top targets for 2012, wrapped up his junior campaign with 102 tackles and four interceptions.
WR D’haquille Williams ESJ 6-2 195 Sr.
WR Mark Bridgewater Hammond 6-2 190 Sr.
TE Evan Tatford STM 6-5 235 Sr.
OL Chet Hebert Archbishop Shaw 6-3 285 Sr.
OL Greg Robinson Thibodaux 6-5 300 Sr.
OL Cade Dawes Acadiana 5-11 235 Sr.
OL Nick Smith Acadiana 6-4 270 Sr.
OL Jonah Austin St. Augustine 6-7 315 Sr.
QB Paul Turner West Monroe 6-2 187 Sr.
RB Dante’ Butler Brother Martin 5-10 205 Sr.
RB Effrem Reed Dutchtown 5-9 185 Sr.
RB Micah Eugene Acadiana 5-11 190 Sr.
PK Colby Delahoussaye New Iberia 5-9 160 Jr.
ATH Tyler Cain West Monroe 5-8 175 Sr.
DL Mickey Johnson St. Paul’s 6-2 295 Sr.
DL Chuck Hunter West Monroe 6-0 302 Sr.
DL James McFarland West Monroe 6-2 234 Jr.
DL Duvall Jackson Westgate 6-2 220 Jr.
LB Deion Jones Jesuit 6-1 195 Jr.
LB Landon Collins Dutchtown 6-1 210 Jr.
LB Ben Taylor Hahnville 5-11 195 Sr.
LB Jonathan Tyson West Monroe 6-1 247 Sr.
DB Bobby Dunn Jesuit 6-4 185 Sr.
DB Sam Scofield St. Thomas More 6-2 195 Sr.
DB Bakari Hollier Acadiana 5-10 190 Sr.
DB James Richardson Central 5-10 180 Sr.
KR Ronald Lewis West Jefferson 6-0 180 So.
P Ralph Freibert Jesuit 5-11 175 Jr.
OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Paul Turner, West Monroe
OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Chuck Hunter, West Monroe
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jim Hightower, St. Thomas More
Honorable mention: Keith Ollison, Acadiana; Jared Foster, Barbe; Trey Quinn, Barbe; Elbert Fulgham, Brother Martin; Jordan Greene, Brother Martin; Jacoby Briscoe, Carencro; Alex Johnson, Carencro; Zack Oliver, Catholic-Baton Rouge; Grant Venable, Catholic-Baton Rouge; James Banks, Chalmette;, Kaleb Blanchard, Denham Springs; Ethan Hutson, Destrehan; Leon Blouin, Dutchtown; Darion Moore, East St. John; Ahmad White, Hahnville; Trey Davis, Higgins; Jarion Walker, Higgins; Jamal Wilson, Higgins; Pat DeVun, Jesuit; Darius Edwards, LaGrange; Aaron Sam, LaGrange; Austin Watts, Central; Chris Dragna, Mandeville; Kendrick Aaron, Natchitoches Central; Chris Mitchell, Natchitoches Central; Jordy Joseph, New Iberia; Blake Lopez, New Iberia; Scottie Williams, New Iberia; Terron Bell, Ouachita; Justin Ginyard Ouachita; Chris Houston, Ouachita; T.J. Kijak, Ouachita; Ladarius Lewis, Ouachita; Ricky McCarthy, Ouachita; Elijah Sullivan, Ouachita; Quentin Wheeler, Ouachita; Jonathan Kinchen, Ponchatoula; Kaleb Muse, Ponchatoula; Lawrence Breaud, Archbishop Shaw; Jonathan Miles, Slidell; Justin Manton, St. Amant; Leonard Fournette Jr., St. Augustine; Terry Lucas, St. Augustine; Renaldo Thomas, St. Augustine; Matt Flores, St. Thomas More; David Laborde, St. Thomas More; Kevin LaBry, St. Thomas More; Brandon Schmidt, St. Thomas More; Paul Jacquillard, St. Paul’s; Tyler Tourelle, St. Paul’s; Kirby Bonvillain, Terrebonne; Mike Williams, Terrebonne; Shawn Hoye Jr., West Jefferson; Jose Mazier, West Jefferson; Kenneth Proctor, West Jefferson; Ash Aulds, West Monroe; Deano Casola, West Monroe; Jay Hoogland, West Monroe; Michael Hunter, West Monroe; Terrell Lathan, West Monroe; Bubba Reeves, West Monroe; Cade Stone, West Monroe; Cody Stone, West Monroe; Eugene Levingston, Westgate.