Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance/LSWA Mr. Football award.
By JIM DERRY
Written for the LSWA
Tack on another major award for Lakeshore’s Christian Westcott.
He was selected as the Louisiana Sports Writer Association’s Offensive Most Valuable Player in Class 4A earlier this month, grabbed several local awards and in December was honored as the Gatorade Louisiana Football Player of the Year.
Westcott, the Titans senior quarterback, can now add the Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance/LSWA Mr. Football honor to his accomplishments from the 2019 season.
Westcott is the first player from St. Tammany Parish ever to win the award, which is chosen annually by many of the state’s prep writers who closely cover high school football. He is the fifth chosen from the New Orleans metro area since 2013, adding his name in along the likes of Hahnville’s Pooka Williams in 2017, Landry-Walker’s Keytaon Thompson in 2016, Deshawn Capers-Smith of Warren Easton in 2014 and St. Augustine’s Leonard Fournette in 2013.
The Dunham School’s Derek Stingley Jr., who just finished his freshman season at LSU as a national champion defensive back and kick returner, won the award last year.
In all, Westcott completed 151 of 275 pass attempts for 2,779 yards and 35 touchdowns, and he rushed 198 times for 1,368 yards and 38 more scores. He also had a defensive touchdown and registered 20 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and forced four fumbles.
Westcott said after Lakeshore’s 64-55 Class 4A semifinals loss to Warren Easton, in which he accounted for 553 yards of total offense and eight touchdowns: “One day, I will think about (the awards). It is a tremendous honor, and it is a reflection on my teammates and coaches and the work we put in to help me get there, but we had bigger goals than that.”
As a junior in 2018, Westcott was an All-State defensive end, who also played fullback in short-yardage and goal-line situations. He remained a starter on the defensive side of the football, but was Coach Craig Jones choice to take over behind center last spring, and the move certainly paid off.
The Titans won 12 consecutive games by 21 or more points, including a 57-0 victory over eighth-seeded Bastrop in the Class 4A quarterfinals.
Farm Bureau Insurance/LSWA Mr. Football
2015: Lindsey Scott, Zachary
2014: Deshawn Capers-Smith, Warren Easton
2013: Leonard Fournette, St. Augustine
2012: John Diarse, Neville
2011: Landon Collins, Dutchtown
2010: Anthony Johnson, O. Perry Walker
2009: Gavin Webster, Lutcher
2008: Blake Matherne, Belle Chasse
2007: Randall Mackey, Bastrop
2006: Joe McKnight, John Curtis
2005: Charles Scott, Jonesboro-Hodge
2004: Ryan Perrilloux, East St. John
2003: Chris Markey, Jesuit
2002: Robert Lane, Neville
2001: Jason Miller, Iota
2000: Byron Robertson, St. Thomas Aquinas
1999: Brock Berlin, Evangel
1998: Bradie James, West Monroe
1997: Adam McConathy, West Monroe
1996: Travis Minor, Baton Rouge-Catholic
1995: Cecil Collins, Leesville