- Feature Story
- RPF Staff
- February 07, 2017 - 5:02pm
It was only fitting that after helping Lutcher to a historic first with the school’s first back-to-back state championships, that Bulldogs senior quarterback Jontre Kirklin would pull off a first for Riverparishfootball.com.
Kirklin has been named the Riverparishfootball.com Offensive Player of the Year, marking the first time in the eight years of RPF.com that a player has won that award twice.
“I’m just glad and blessed to have this opportunity to come out here and get this award,” said Kirklin. “The offensive line improved so much, we did what we had to do to come out and win another state championship.”
Despite missing nearly two full games to injury, Kirklin passed for 2,543 yards with 29 touchdown and rushed for 1,082 yards with 17 touchdowns. Like in 2015 when he accounted for 57 touchdowns, Kirklin saved his best for the 3A State Championship where he rushed for 223 yards and a touchdown and passed for 158 yards and three touchdowns leading Lutcher to a 40-36 win over Amite.
“It’s something special,” said Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins. ‘You think about the eight schools that we have up and down the river and the types of players that come out of those schools each and every year, there’s as much competition for any of those awards as anywhere else in the state. For Jontre to be able to post two seasons like he did in 2015 and 2016 culminating with probably his best performances in the Superdome, makes him a great choice for (Riverparishfootball.com Offensive Player of the Year).”
Kassie Roussel, the Director of Marketing for St. James Parish Hospital who has been a sponsor of RPF.com since 2012, presented the award.
“We are a small community hospital from a small community,” said Roussel. “The reason that we exist is because of our community so we like to give back in anyway we can.”
In a touch of irony, the 2-time RPF.com Offensive Player of the Year, now sets his sights on defense, where he is projected to play defensive back at LSU.
“I love the ball, scoring touchdowns is an adrenaline rush,” said Kirklin. “On the defensive side, those guys are having fun too but you can’t mess up. If you miss one play on defense, that could cause a touchdown or the game. It’s going to be a big step for me.”
Previous winners of RPF.com Offensive Player of the Year
2010- D’haquille Williams WR East St. John
2011- Darion Monroe QB East St. John
2012- Ruston Matherne QB Lutcher
2013- Donovan Isom QB Destrehan
2014- Will Matthews RB Destrehan
2015- Jontre Kirklin QB Lutcher
2016- Jontre Kirklin QB Lutcher
*The 2017 RPF.com postseason trophies were sponsored by Buckwalter Insurance and Faber Awards