Several Demons make top all-district team for 2021 season

Published 1:21 pm Friday, February 18, 2022

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Five Franklinton players took six spots on the top all-district team for the 9-4A league.

Franklinton’s first-team players are linebackers Billy Gross and Khaled Waliagha, wide receiver Kelly Daniels, athlete Zion Anders and Cole Colletti made it at kicker and punter.

This season, 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.

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

Daniels caught 19 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns. Daniels also ran 30 times for 230 yards and three scores.

Anders threw for 1,348 yards with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for 364 yards and five touchdowns.

Colletti made all four of his field goals that included a school record 44-yard field goal. He also made 35 of his 37 extra points.

Three more Demons made up four spots of the second team.

Franklinton’s second-team players are wide receiver Micah Hart, tight end D’Michael Ward and Sequalon Conerly, who made it at defensive back and running back.

Ward made 15 tackles, defended a pass and caused a fumble.

Hart made six catches for 140 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a touchdown.

Conerly had 35 yards receiving and 74 yards receiving. Defensively, he made 19 tackles, intercepted two passes, defended three passes, recovered a fumble and forced two fumbles.

This season, Franklinton made the playoffs as the 23rd-seeded team. The Demons were defeated by No. 10 and regional round team Lakeshore, 62-31. Lakeshore lost to seventh-seeded and quarterfinalist Cecilia, 44-37.

Lakeshore swept the major awards.

Ryan Bernard is the defensive Most Valuable Player, while teammates Jaden McCall and Eli Lirette are the offensive MVPs and Craig Jones is Coach of the Year. Bernard is a first-team all-district defensive lineman and first-team offensive lineman. McCall is a first-team all-district quarterback and a second-team punter. Lirette is a first-team all-district receiver and a first team return specialist.

Besides Bernard, the rest of the first-team all-district defensive linemen are Salmen teammates Kyran Doyle and Corey Robinson along with Pearl River’s Gabe Whittington. Robinson is also a second-team all-district offensive lineman. Whittington is also a second-team all-district running back.

Besides Gross and Waliagha, the linebackers are Salmen’s Rashard Shepard and Lakeshore’s Jared Roberson.

The defensive backs are Lakeshore teammates Gavin LeBlanc and Colby Ziegler and Salmen teammates Brandon Acker and Donald Cousizan. Ziegler is also a first-team all-district receiver.

The defensive flex is Lakeshore’s Jayden McClain.

Besides Bernard, the offensive line includes Salmen’s Michael Lear, Pearl River teammates Brendan Garic and Daniel Sinclair and Lakeshore’s Austin Roberts.

The running backs are Lakeshore’s Josh Ray, Salmen’s Trent Johnson and Pearl River’s Brian Jenkins.

Besides Daniels, Lirette and Ziegler, the first-team receiver is Salmen’s Davonti Landry.

Salmen’s Sidney Anderson is the tight end.

Moving to the second team, the defensive linemen are Salmen teammates Lawrence Looney and Derrin Webb and Lakeshore’s Jaden Clark and Antoine Labostrie.

The linebackers are Salmen teammates Ethan Steevens and Ja’Mikal Walker, Pearl River’s Steven Camp and Lakeshore’s James Geeslin.

Besides Conerly, the defensive backs are Lakeshore’s James Young, Salmen teammates Jayden Hardison and Issac Casnave and Pearl River teammates Daron Sims and Robert Turnage. Casnave is also a second-team all-district running back. Hardison is also a second-team all-district wide receiver.

Besides Robinson, the rest of the offensive linemen are Lakeshore’s Jacob Rester, Salmen teammates Elias Carpio and Landen West and Pearl River’s David Hanson.

The quarterback is Salmen’s Jack Gillikin.

Besides Hart and Hardison, the rest of the wide receivers are Lakeshore’s Jaden Wells, Pearl River’s Kalib Rayford and Salmen’s Cameron Dorsey.

Besides Ward, Pearl River’s Dalton Sebathe.

Salmen’s Trent Johnson is the return specialist.

Lakeshore’s Megan Gettys is the second-team all-district kicker.

Salmen reached the playoffs as the eight-seeded team, but was defeated by No. 25 and regional round team Plaqueminem 41-27.

Pearl River was the No. 29 team, but lost to fourth-seeded and quarterfinalist Northwood of Shreveport, 46-6.