At 5-9 and 160 pounds, Vinton junior safety Anfernee Dixon is not the prototypical safety but that didn't stop him from intercepting 15 passes this year and earning LSWA Class 2A All-State first team honor.


At 5-9 and 160 pounds, Vinton junior safety Anfernee Dixon is not the prototypical safety but that didn't stop him from intercepting 15 passes this year and earning LSWA Class 2A All-State first team honor.

"He is an average kid and does not stick out," Vinton head coach Tarius Davis said. "Just looking at him there is nothing special but you will not find any guy at any level that is more willing to compete than him.

"He is a special player that you only get ever so often. You enjoy coaching him while you got him."

Coming into the 2013 season, Dixon had just four career interceptions but Vinton head coach Tarius Davis had long known the potential that Dixon had.

"We knew he was talented a couple of years ago when he first got here.," Davis said. "A friend of mine coached him in middle school and told me he was the real deal.

"It took him some time to develop into the player has become."

Dixon picked off a pass in eight of 13 games this year as the Lions enjoyed their best season since 2006. They went 10-3 and reached the playoffs and quarterfinals for the first time since 2006. Dixon was at his best in the playoffs with seven interceptions in three games.

His best game of the season came win Week 3 when he snapped up five interceptions against Merryville.

While normally not a vocal player, Dixon presence was felt throughout a defense that totaled 23 interceptions and returned four for touchdowns. Dixon had a 38-yard pick-six that helped to propel the Lions to a 34-10 win over previously unbeaten Pickering in Week 5.

"When you get a guy back there that is a playmaker it sets the whole group up to make plays," Davis said. "The rest of the defense feed off of it. It added more competition. When you have the type of season we were having and the season he was having it kind of snowballs.

Dixon wasn't just a ball-hawk on defense. As a wide receiver he caught 37 passes for 694 yards and 11 touchdowns and returned a punt for a touchdown on special teams.

Dixon was not the only player from District 4-2A to earn all-state honors. Kinder offensive lineman Casey Edwards and linebacker Bryce Baker were named to the first team. Kinder head coach Bret Fuselier earned Coach of the Year honors after leading the Yellow Jackets to their first state championship since 1978. Earning honorable mention honors from District 4-2A were Trenton Kirklin (OL/DL, Kinder), Welles Cooley (WR, Kinder), Lane Giggar (TE, Welsh), Josh Gaspard (OL, Welsh) and Mason Hebert (DL, Welsh).

Isidore Newman's quarterback Jabiari Tyler (66% completion percentage, 2,242 yards and 37TDs/rushed for 673 yards, 8TDs) was named the 2A outstanding offense player honors while Winnfield's Leroy Hardwell (104 tackles, 33 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 FF, 2 FR, 2 blocked punts) took home the top defensive honors.

LSWA Class 2A All-State football team

Pos Player, School Ht. Wt. Cl.
WR D'Kwan Sandolph, St. James 6-1 170 Sr.
WR Gabe Fuselier, Catholic-N.I. 5-11 185 Sr.
WR Rhashid Bonnette, Loreauville 6-0 175 Jr.
OL Casey Edwards, Kinder 6-2 270 Jr.
OL Garrett Thomas, Many 6-6 305 Jr.
OL Jaren Stringer, Calvary 6-2 310 Sr.
OL Jacob Belding, Episcopal 6-0 235 Jr.
OL Jack Witte, Hannan 5-11 210 Sr.
QB Jabiari Tyler, Newman 5-9 165 Jr.
RB Deion Wilson, Oak Grove 5-10 200 Sr.
RB Daveon Banks, Pickering 5-8 170 Sr.
RB Jaylon Wade, Sterlington 5-11 170 Sr.
PK Jonathan Tatum, Menard 5-10 165 Sr.
ATH Derrick Dillon, Pine 6-0 170 Jr.

Pos Player, School Ht. Wt. Cl.
DL Pepi Kennedy, Many 6-2 225 Jr.
DL Leroy Hardwell, Winnfield 6-2 285 Sr.
DL Edwin Alexander, St. Thomas Aquinas 6-3 290 So.
DL Joe Anderson, Riverside 6-4 235 Jr.
LB Turner Graham, Episcopal 5-10 205 Sr.
LB Aquindas Steib, St. James 5-9 210 So.
LB Chris Ellis, Winnfield 5-10 210 Sr.
LB Bryce Baker, Kinder 5-8 170 Jr.
DB Xavier Dias, Many 5-11 180 Sr.
DB LaRoderick Evans, Winnfield 6-1 190 Sr.
DB Anfernee Dixon, Vinton 5-9 160 Jr.
DB Elliott Sperling, Newman 5-11 165 Jr.
KR Shun Brown, Cavalry 5-9 165 Jr.
P Eric Kyle, Rosepine 6-0 165 Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Bret Fuselier, Kinder

Honorable mention: WR: Shun Brown, Calvary Baptist; Justin Harrell, Newman; Carlius Joseph, Carver; Von Julien, Riverside; Drake Davis, Dunham; TE: Jordan Kennedy, Calvary Baptist; Lane Giggar, Welsh; DL: John Leglue, Menard; Josh Gaspard, Welsh; Reid Travis, St. Thomas Aquinas; Drew Drouilhet, Newman; Trenton Kirklin, Kinder; QB: Lowell Narcisse, St. James; Shea Patterson, Calvary Baptist; Jason Pellerin, Catholic-New Iberia; RB: Greg Baker, Sr., Oak Grove; Austin Haman, Sterlington; Stanley Hogan, Rosepine; Orlando Bradford, Calvary Baptist; Kendall Bussey Jr., Newman; Romalis Walker, Carver; Clement Mubungirwa, Episcopal; PK: Ethan Poche, Catholic-New Iberia; DL: Brandon Hargrove, Winnfield; Randy Woodle, Calvary Baptist; Trenton Kirklin, Kinder; Mason Hebert, Welsh; Sean Wilson, South Plaquemines; Baker Chandler, Episcopal; LB: Cody McGuire, Sterlington; B.J. Allison, Oakdale; Austin Vaughn, Menard; Zach Kosin, Calvary Baptist; Evan Veron, Riverside; DB: Latif Armiyaw, Pickering; Joseph McWilliams, Capitol; ATH: Raymond Bonnette, Loreauville; Herb McGee, Riverside; Russell Gage, Redemptorist; Welles Cooley, Kinder.