Sterlington swept the individual awards on the All-District 2-3A football team.
Sterlington claimed all three individual awards on the All-District 2-3A football team in voting conducted by the circuit's six head coaches.
Senior tailback Austin Dupree is the Offensive Player of the Year, and senior linebacker Dawson Snell is the Defensive Player of the Year. Completing the trifecta, Lee Doty is Coach of the Year.
Dupree opened the season at fullback, but was quickly moved to tailback following Week 1 injuries to C.J. Colvin and Malik Davis. Thriving at his new position, Dupree went on to eclipse the 100-yard mark in eight games. His season stat line includes 196 carries for 1,609 yards (8.2 yards per carry), 18 touchdowns, and nine receptions for 101 yards and one score. Nine kickoff returns for a 19.0-yard average brings Dupree's all-purpose yards total to 1,881.
Snell, Northeast Louisiana's reigning Small School Defensive Player of the Year, put together another blockbuster season with a team-high 135 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, three sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles and two blocked kicks.
Promoted to head coach when Jason Thompson moved into an assistant principal's slot following the 2016 Class 2A state championship run, Doty oversaw the Panthers' move to 3A. Doty's first year as Sterlington's head coach produced a 12-1 record, a No. 1 seed in the playoff bracket, the district championship and a state quarterfinal appearance.
In all, the Panthers claimed 13 first-team All-District spots.
Senior quarterback Carson Clowers is among the Panthers' seven first-team offensive honorees after completing 70-of-128 passes for 953 yards, 10 TDs and three interceptions. He was the team's second-leading rusher with 88 attempts for 699 yards, 8 TDs and 7.9 ypc. The converted wide receiver also caught two passes for 120 yards and a pair of scores.
Senior Brooks Rushworth, a former All-District 2-2A defensive end, is the first-team tight end after snagging a team-high 29 passes for 495 yards (17.1 yards per catch) and seven scores.
Junior strong tackle Trey Rugg, senior strong guard Whit Buffington and senior center Landon Jinks represent the Panthers on the first-team offensive line after clearing the way for a rushing attack which accounted for 293.8 yards per game and 53 touchdowns.
Junior Landon Green is the first-team kicker after booting 59-of-61 PATs and four field goals with a long of 40.
Snell is joined on the first defense by junior tackle Chandler Moncrief, senior end Tanner Coley, sophomore cornerback Dorian Eddins, junior corner Trey Eddins, and senior safeties Chris Parker and Trevor Jones.
Moncrief was second on the team with 74 tackles to go with seven stops in the backfield, three sacks, an interception and 21 quarterback hurries.
Coley tallied 63 stops, four TFLs and 4.5 sacks while leading the team with three fumble recoveries and 36 quarterback hurries.
Dorian Eddins logged 38 tackles, two TFLs and two interceptions, while returning eight kickoffs at a 22.6-yard clip.
Trey Eddins accounted for 46 tackles, three TFLs and shared the team lead with three picks.
Jones ranked third on the squad with 65 tackles, while adding three TFLs, a sack, an interception and forcing three fumbles.
Parker was responsible for 41 tackles, a pair of interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Sterlington's second team offensive honorees are senior tight end Tucker Allen, sophomore quick guard Brock Risinger, senior quick tackle Chandler Jones, senior wide receiver Jake Houston and junior wide receivers Davis Johnson and Clay Vaughn.
Representing the Panthers on the second team defense are senior end Justin Fuller, junior tackle Colby Rivera, senior linebackers Chase Carter and Bailyn McKoin, sophomore DB Cole Jones and senior DB Payton Matthews.