Belle Chasse quarterback Blake Matherne had a season most kids dream about.
He led his team to a huge win on the road over top-ranked Bastrop in the semifinals of the Class 4A playoffs.
And the following week, Matherne was simply spectacular, winning the MVP award in leading the Cardinals to the state championship with a 28-7 victory over Shaw.
Just over a week later, Matherne can add another honor to his list of accolades.
Matherne was selected by a panel of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as the Offensive MVP in Class 4A, while his head coach, Bob Becnel, took Coach of the Year honors.
Entering the state championship game, Matherne had accounted for 3,683 yards and 47 touchdowns, combining his totals rushing and passing. Thanks to a stellar showing in the finals, he passed the 4,000-yard barrier and finished with 50 touchdowns.
Becnel's Cardinals suffered just one loss during the season, a 28-27 decision to Shaw, which Belle Chasse managed to avenge with its victory in the state title game.
The Defensive MVP honors went to Shaw defensive back Chad Boyd. A senior, Boyd was one of the catalysts for Shaw's turnaround after an 0-4 start.
Boyd had 126 tackles, five interceptions and seven passes broken up entering the state championship game and was a previous all-state selection for the three-time finalists.
Matherne was joined on the team by teammates James Wright and Jeremy Vujnovich.
Wright, a junior wide receiver, reeled in 35 passes for 559 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight regular season games, while Vujnovich was the top offensive lineman for a team that averaged nearly 450 yards of offense per game.
Shaw landed one other player on the first-team defense, that being senior linebacker Darius Robinson, who averaged over 10 tackles per game.
Along with Matherne, the all-state backfield was loaded with great performers.
Leesville running back Michael Ford, along with Eunice runner Tyler Collins and Pearl River's James Gillum, accounted for over 5,700 yards combined and 60 touchdowns on the season.
Ford, an LSU commitment, rushed for 2,953 yards and 29 touchdowns for the Wampus Cats, breaking the 200-yard barrier in nine of 12 games, including a 443-yard effort against Tioga in Week 10.
Collins was the top running back for the vaunted Eunice Wing-T attack, rushing for 1,472 yards and 14 touchdowns on 232 carries, while Gillum had 1,224 yards and 17 scores on just 170 carries.
Bastrop senior Stanley Moore and Salmen's Isiah Tate joined Wright at the wide receiver slot, while Vujnovich is joined on the offensive line by Northside senior Casey Alford, Neville senior Justin Ellis, Zachary junior Dustin Wray and Sam Houston senior Zach Morgan.
Neville junior Matthew Squyers was named the all-state place kicker, while Bastrop quarterback Rueben Randle, the nation's top-ranked recruit, was the first-team athlete.
Randle and Moore saw three of their Bastrop teammates named first-team all-state on the defensive side of the ball.
Senior defensive linemen DeQuinta Jones, a Michigan commit, and Josh Downs, an LSU commit, were named to the squad, along with senior defensive back Radarious Winston.
Karr's Dwayne Mitchell and Breaux Bridge's Churphy Steward joined Jones and Downs on the all-state defensive line, while Northside senior Jacarde Carter, Neville senior Foster Jones and Eunice senior Kendall Sam teamed with Shaw's Robinson at linebacker.
Boyd and Winston were joined in the secondary by Leesville senior Devin Moran and Eunice senior Trey Godfrey, while the return specialist was Javonne Lawson of Helen Cox and the punter was Zack Von Rosenberg of Zachary, who is committed to LSU as a baseball player.
A number of Leesville players were named honorable mention all-state.
Quarterback Travante Stallworth, who accounted for nearly 2,000 yards of offense and 29 combined touchdowns passing and rushing, was named honorable mention, while place kicker Allen Perry was also selected.
Defensively, the Wampus Cats had three players receive all-state honorable mention recognition.
Defensive lineman Rob Sauvao and Gerald Jefferson earned the honor along with linebacker Demetrius “Tank” Woods.
Stallworth, Perry, Jefferson, Sauvao and Woods were first-team all-district in 3-4A.