Several local players are LFCA all state

Published 1:41 pm Friday, February 11, 2022

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Four local players have been named to Louisiana Football Coaches Association All-State teams.

Franklinton teammates Cole Colletti, Billy Gross and Khaled Waliagha and Pine’s Adrianeun Johnson are all state.

Colletti, who is a kicker, made the top team for Class 4A.

This season, Colletti made all four of his field goals, which included a school record 44-yard field goal. He was also successful on 35 of his 37 extra points.

Gross is a linebacker and he made first-team.

This season, Gross was second on the Demons in tackles with 110. He tallied three sacks, intercepted a pass, defended a pass, recovered five fumbles and caused three fumbles.

Waliagha is also a linebacker and he is on the second team.

Waliagha led the team in tackles with 119. He made three sacks, defended a pass, recovered a fumble and forced a fumble. Waliagha also ran for three touchdowns.

Johnson, who is a running back, is a first-team player in Class 2A.

This year, Johnson ran for 1,802 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Johnson was also the District 9-2A Most Valuable Player.

Franklinton’s Khaled Waliagha (5) comes in to assist on a tackle in a game.