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Johnson wins 22-5A MVP honor; Vincent named top defender

Roschon Johnson’s magical sophomore season with Port Neches-Groves has ended with the District 22-5A most valuable player award.

Players of the year and all-district players were announced Monday. Johnson, who unofficially totaled 3,854 yards of offense, earned seven of the nine coaches’ votes for the top honor.

Port Arthur Memorial senior cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. was named the district’s defensive most valuable player, and Vidor senior quarterback Maverick Quirante took the honor on offense. Nederland sophomore cornerback Noah Lewis was named newcomer of the year, while Vidor’s Jeff Mathews was honored as coach of the year.

Johnson started all 13 of the Indians’ games and helped them win a share of the district title with Memorial and Vidor. He threw for 2,364 yards and rushed for 1,488, turning in a string of three straight 200-yard rushing games late in the season. PNG reached its first regional semifinal in six years.

Vincent, who is orally committed to LSU, finished with a district-high eight sacks this season and returned three for touchdowns. Two of the pick-sixes came against Nederland.

Vincent also earned a first-team nod, one of 10 for the Titans, as a return specialist.

Lewis finished the season with six interceptions.

Other first-team selections from Memorial include senior quarterback Kadon Harrison, senior wide receiver DeAndre Angelle, junior running back Elijah Hines, defensive linemen Braydon Williams (junior) and Kainen Collins (senior), linebackers Jaecorien Barnes (senior) and Jomard Valsin (junior), junior cornerback Greg Laday and senior safety Kobe Nixon.

PNG has seven first-teamers: Wide receivers Preston Riggs and Keynel McZeal, offensive lineman Zachary Murdock, senior defensive lineman Luke Morris, senior linebackers Cole Robinson and Logan LeJeune and senior cornerback Jacob Vaughan. Riggs also made the first team as a kicker.

Four Nederland standouts also made the first team: Senior offensive lineman Corbin Smith, senior wide receiver Connor Perkins, junior d-lineman Tiren Forney and senior safety Ty Sheppard.

Other first-team offensive players are: From Central, senior running back Deshon Moreaux; from Ozen, senior offensive lineman DeJante Granger; from Vidor, senior running back Haylon Leckelt, senior tight end Seth Smith, junior fullback Hogan Stogner and senior linemen Brett Nunez and Donovan Leonard; from Livingston; junior wideout Christian Mitchell and senior utility player Hunter Bland; and from Lumberton, senior lineman Cameron Stark.

Other first-team defensive players include: From Central, senior lineman Reggie Boseman, senior linebacker Harold Redo, senior cornerback Vance Vallier and senior safety Brandon Goins; from Ozen, senior linebacker Markel Perry and senior punter Charleston Evans; from Lumberton, senior lineman Michael Mott; from Livingston, senior lineman Terry Carter; and from Vidor, linebacker Joey Ciccio and senior flex Jesus Lopez.

The second-team offense: From Memorial, junior wideout Keitha Jones, linemen Brian Roy (junior) and Leonta Dancey (senior); from PNG, senior wideout Dylan McGough, senior fullback Noah Graham and senior lineman J.P. McDonald; from Nederland, senior wideout Dean Fisher and senior lineman Burke Badon; from Central, junior RB Theodrick Foster, junior center Dailon Gants and senior lineman Devron Harrison; from Ozen, junior tight end Norman Petry; from Vidor; senior RB Kolby Humble; from Lumberton, senior QB Brett Marcantel; from Livingston, junior lineman C.J. Knighton and junior kicker Raul Fernandez; and from Baytown Lee; senior lineman Jose Martinez.

The second-team defense: From Memorial, sophomore lineman Da’Juan McMillan, senior linebacker Odis Mack and sophomore punter Kenny Pham; from PNG, junior safety Austin Bost; from Nederland, senior safety Alex Celaya; from Central, senior lineman James Anderson, senior linebacker Darius Ware, senior safety Jawon Mitchell and senior return man Jawon Mitchell; from Ozen, senior lineman Emmanuel Hafford, senior linebacker Jarious Johnson, senior safety Jamie Wheaton and senior flex Sterling Winzer; from Vidor, junior lineman Tony Ciccio, senior cornerbacks Brock Vincent and Payton Berg; from Lumberton, junior linebacker Josh Ward; and from Livingston, senior linebacker Brodie Smith and senior cornerback Cameron Merchant.

Honorable mention players: From Memorial, senior wideouts Rickey Thomas and Adrian Williams; senior OL Isaac Reynoso, junior OL Nakoven Lewis, sophomore DL Darwin McMillan, outside LB Cedric Lee, senior DB Torello Atkins, sophomore CB Javontae’ Butler, senior kicker Lisandro Nunez and junior WR James Francis; from PNG, junior RB Preston Hughes, junior OLs Justice Langston and Josh Hranicky; senior DLs Vade Hammond and Jacob Brown and junior DL Logan Hammonds; junior LB Alec LeBouef; senior CB Cameron Wommack and junior safety Cameron Stansbury; and from Nederland; senior RB Ryan LeLeux, junior RB Devon Simmons, senior OL Chad Sanders, senior DL Reilly Hebert and junior LB Brady Spell.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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