Gridiron Football Louisiana Player of the Week Previous Winners:
1. Lafayette Christian Academy junior QB Ju’Juan Johnson:
There were a lot of great performances in the semifinals this week so a very special performance had to stand out among these other performances that were “Player of the Week” quality, and boy, did this performance stick out. This season, it was perhaps the most impressive performance that a player has had this season and it came in one of the biggest games of the season. Lafayette Christian Academy junior quarterback Ju’Juan Johnson put Madden-like numbers in the Knights’ 68-46 win over Teurlings Catholic in the Division II (Select) Semifinals as he completed 25 of 36 passes for 473 yards and 6 TDs while also having 24 carries for 176 yards and 3 more TDs on the ground. That’s right. Ju’Juan accounted for 649 yards and an unbelievable 9 total TDs as the Knights’ dual threat quarterback helped his team get revenge after losing to the Rebels earlier this season. With the win, the LCA Knights will advance to play in the Division II (Select) State Championship Game against St. Thomas More as this will be the sixth straight year that Trev Faulk’s program has reached the state championship game and it was their star quarterback Ju’Juan Johnson that made it happen.
Once again, we appreciate every coach for sending in your player nomination. All of the players that were sent by coaches were talked about in the article or on the show. To check out this week’s Gridiron Football Player of the Week show, click below as Jace breaks down the standout performances in Louisiana from this week below.
2. Lutcher High School senior QB D’Wanye’ Winfield
Lutcher High School senior quarterback D’Wanye’ Winfield is nicknamed “Lunch” and the Bulldogs went to eat in the 35-21 Division II (Non-Select) Semifinal victory over the West Feliciana Saints to send the Bulldogs to the Superdome. In the biggest game of the season, the veteran signal caller had his best performance of his incredibly productive prep career as he had a staggering 46 carries for 335 yards and 5 TDs. The big rushing output broke D’Wanye’s previous single game record of 323 yards. He is the only player in school history with multiple 300 yard rushing games (3) and this also marks the ninth time in which Lutcher’s star offensive playmaking quarterback has accounted for 5 or more TDs in a game this season.
3. Dunham High School senior QB Jackson House:
Dunham High School senior quarterback Jackson House brought the house down by putting on one of the best individual performances in school history by carrying the Tigers’ offense for 431 total yards of offense and 4 total TDs including 266 yards on the ground and the Tigers’ go ahead touchdown. The 35-28 win over University Lab sent the Dunham Tigers to their first state championship game appearance since 2004. It was the gritty performance by the Eastern Kentucky quarterback commit that willed his team to victory.
4. Brother Martin High School senior RB Torey Lambert:
Brother Martin High School senior running back Torey Lambert has gotten better and better after each game in the Crusaders’ remarkable playoff run. The Texas State commit has helped carry the load on offense and is coming off another big statistical performance in which he had 22 carries for 280 yards and 5 TDs in the team’s 55-24 win over Carencro to send the Crusaders to the Division I (Select) State Championship Game. In the team’s four wins against Woodlawn (B.R.), St. Augustine, Northwood (Shreveport), and now Carencro, Torey has ran the ball 138 times for 954 yards and 12 TDs in one of the best four game runs that one would see in the playoffs.
5. Ouachita Christian High School junior LB Noah Lovelady:
Ouachita Christian High School junior linebacker Noah Lovelady has been a great defensive player under head coach Steven Fitzhugh. Already establishing himself as an All-State player and one of the best defensive players in his classification, Lovelady was not giving much of love to the Ascension Catholic offense racking up 14 tackles, 1 TFL, a PBU, and 2 INTs including 1 returned for a TD to help the Eagles stuff an explosive Bulldogs offense en route to a 42-14 win in the Division IV (Select) Semifinals to punch their ticket to the Superdome.