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|WM football celebrates 2008 accomplishments|
The West Monroe Rebels had much to celebrate as they gathered with hundreds of their fans inside the West Monroe Convention Center Thursday night at the annual West Monroe High School Football Awards Banquet.
State runner-up this season to Destrehan, West Monroe was well represented on both the all-district and all-state squads.
Players on each list recieved a plaque commemorating the selection. For the All-District squad, Joel Barfield, David Hurd, Josh Remedies, Kolt Sistrunk, Daniel Pipes, Wayne Hendrix, Dillon Day, LaDarius Abrams, D.J. Banks, Barkevious Mingo, Blake Brassel, Jordan Allen, David Eley, Tyker Burdeaux and Robert Lay recieved awards.
Banks started every game at quarterback for West Monroe this season and was the district 1-5A offensive Most Valuable Player. He threw for 1,574 yards and 10 passing touchdowns while also rushing for 11 scores during the 2008 season.
The district and all-state teams also recognized Mingo as the Most Valuable Player on the defensive side of the football.
Mingo recorded 59 tackles, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries during his senior season.
Brassell, a three-year starting linebacker for West Monroe, won the coaches award for most outstanding linebacker while Allen took home the award for most outstanding defensive lineman.
"I am so proud of this bunch of guys," West Monroe head coach Don Shows told attendees. "They were a band of brothers that stuck together and never gave up. We came a long way from our first game to the championship game in becoming a football team."
The West Monroe coaching staff also handed out individual awards that the staff voted on for this year's team.
Blaze Thomas was awarded the defensive player award by the coaching staff. Thomas showed a great attitude and team spirit while battling injury this season, coaches said.
The staff selected tight end Taylor Underwood as the offensive player of the year. Underwood caught four touchdown passes for the Rebels this season.
Wide Reciever Joel Barfield and Thomas were selected as the off-season players of the year. This award goes to the players who the coaches feel worked the hardest in the weight room during off-season conditioning drills.
Also a weight-room award, the annual iron-man contest was held at West Monroe again this season and saw a record 124 football players participate in the series of strength training events. Linebacker David Eley took home the title this year by winning four of the individual events in 2008.
Rebel players who made the Louisiana High School Athletic Assocation all-academic team included D.J. Banks, Taylor Underwood, David Hurd, Dillon Davis and Colton Walker.
Davis and Walker were also recognized by the coaches with a special trophy for preparing to graduate from the school with a 4.0 grade point average throughout their high school academic careers.