When it came to making an impact on their team's season, Ehret's Kendrick Ussin and Jabarre Mitchell and Higgins' Teri Lynn Vicknair had few peers.
Ussin and Mitchell were the linchpins in the Patriots football team's run to an undefeated season and a District 7-5A championship. In recognition of their exploits, Ussin and Mitchell have been named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year on the All-West Bank football team selected by The Times-Picayune.Mitchell, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound strong safety, was practically a one-man wrecking crew for a deep and talented Ehret defense that allowed 101 points overall but just 34 in its final six games. Mitchell averaged 9.2 tackles with 28 tackles for losses among his 83 solo stops. He also blocked five kicks (punts and place-kicks) and had 19 quarterback hurries, nine blocked passes, one interception, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
"Kendrick was our emotional leader along with being a great player," North said. "Kendrick has a way of making the other players around him play better. He also was very unselfish and epitomized the term team player.
"In regards to Jabarre, I think our defensive style and the play of our defensive front allowed him to use his speed and quickness to achieve a great season. We had three or four other guys that were very good players who made sound decisions that allowed us to do some unorthodox things with Jabarre."