With 10 years of RiverParishFootball.com coinciding with the past decade of high school football in the area, RPF.com is announcing its Team of the Decade.
With the help of past and present coaches of the schools involved, along with members of the RiverParishFootball.com staff, a top five Players of the Decade were named for each school. After the All-Decade teams from each school are announced, an overall RPF.com All-Decade team will be released.
Voters each listed their choice for the top five players from an individual school from a period spanning from 2010-19. A point system was used to determine the outcome. A player receiving a first-place vote was awarded five points, down to one point for a fifth place vote.
In the seventh Players of the Decade teams, here’s a look at St. Charles Catholic.
1. Jeffrey Hall, AT 2008-2011
2. Mason Narcisse DL 2016-2019
3. Evan Roussel OL 2016-2019
3. Lajaylin Smith DL 2007-2011
5. Lazedrick Thompson RB 2008-11
Topping the list is the versatile Hall.
In his four years at St. Charles, Hall played cornerback, receiver and running back, along with returning kicks.
“He came in as a running back and was a very unselfish player and wanted to compete. The position didn’t matter,” said veteran St. Charles coach Frank Monica. “He began as a running back and then he was a defensive back and in one of the most important games of his career, he catches a touchdown pass to lead us to the state championship game.”
“He was intelligent,” Monica added. “Because of his football aptitude, we could use him in so many positions and that’s what made him so valuable in our mind.”
Playing running back as a sophomore, he rushed for 74 times for 530 yards. Playing receiver as a junior, he had 28 catches for 608 yards.
As a senior in 2011, Hall switched to the secondary, recording 55 tackles, four quarterback sacks and four forced fumbles. He also nine interceptions, returning one for a touchdown to help lead the Comets to the state championship.
“I think Jeffrey is the most versatile player we’ve had here in that (10-year) span. He played offense. He was a kick returner. His senior year he played defense and offense and stayed healthy throughout it all. He is possibly one of the best athletes I think to ever come here. He played every snap of defense his senior year and when we made our state championship run, he would kind of go to offense and make some big plays,” said Wayne Stein, St. Charles Catholic’s longtime defensive coordinator.
Narcisse was a terror along the defensive front for the Comets for four years.
“Mason is one of the biggest defensive linemen we’ve ever had. He was a pretty special player. I thought he was read dominant up front along the defensive line, chasing the ball down. He was a real good pass rusher and it was hard to throw over the top of him. He’s one of those athletes that comes along once every decade and we were very fortunate to have him,” said Monica.
As a junior, Narcisse had 58 tackles for 10.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. In his senior season, the 6-foot-3, 295 pounder had 60 tackles with 30 for loss, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and a fumble recovery despite missing a couple of game with injuries.
:Mason started as a freshman and played for a state championship. I don’t know what the record is for most starts and he had a couple of games he missed this year because of injury but he was a dominant force on the defensive line for four compete years. He was just a difference maker. Every offensive coach you talked to said they spent a lot of time trying to figure out how they will neutralize him or run away from him. He started as a freshman in a state championship and again as a senior,” Stein said.
Offensive skilled players, edge rushers, rugged linebackers and shutdown defenders in the secondary normally gather the headlines but St. Charles Catholic’s Evan Roussel drew notice at the offensive line position. As a junior he was named his district’s Most Valuable Player on offense.
“Evan is probably the best all-around lineman to ever come out of here,” said Monica. “He had all the tools. He had real good form and technique. His pass protection technique, he could drive people off the ball. His technique is what made him an effective lineman.
“He was very good on that left side blocking that blindside rush. It was no secret we were lefthanded when we ran the ball. We definitely ran to his side. He started for us for three years. He usually was lined up against one the better player because they would put their best defensive player on that side, too.”
“We felt like he was so valuable to us the last three years. He was a guy who was built to play a little defense. He’s athletic enough to do a lot of things but he was a dominant offensive lineman. It’s hard to get anybody’s attention that’s an offensive lineman. For him to be able to do that…in our district, for the coaches to vote for him and not laugh that we put him up, he was truly our MVP. He did it at a high level. In my time here, if he’s not the best, he’s one of the best offensive linemen we’ve ever had,” Stein said.
Smith was a key defensive lineman who helped the Comets to a state title in 2011.
A starter since the eighth grade, Smith had 64 tackles and nine sacks as a senior.
“LaJaylin was one of those big, physical players that was very, very strong and athletic,” said Monica. “He started for us since he was in the ninth grade. He was one of those vocal leaders that you hear all over the field. He had that gladiator mentality when he put on the gear. He felt like he was somebody special. He led by example and became the face of our football team with his intensity and leadership.”
“He had a phenomenal career,” said Stein. “He started in the eighth grade and started every game from his freshman to his senior year. He was a guy that wreaked havoc but played within the scheme. He was a leader. He was a guy that wasn’t afraid to kind of stand up and let people know what he thinking. In my time here, there were a couple of guys before (this 10-year era) but in his, he was one of the best defensive players.”
Thompson was a big, powerful back for the Comets. He suffered a knee injury during his senior season but returned in time to help SCC to the state championship.
“He was a north and south guy. He was just so explosive,” Monica said. “When we really need it, we gave him the football. He came back after being injured and still participated when he wasn’t even full speed. He just gutted it out in the state championship game. He gave us a big first down to seal the win. More importantly, he started for us for three years.
Despite the injury, Thompson rushed for 1,583 yards and 18 touchdowns on 161 carries his senior year. As a junior, he topped 400 yards rushing with eight touchdowns.
“He was just a stallion,” said Stein. “He was a guy that for years carried the football. The way he ended his career kind of showed the person he is. He tore his ACL and played in the state championship. He’s just a guy that had a great career. He’s kind of somebody that turned himself into a Division I athlete. We’ve had a hell of a run of running backs here at St. Charles Catholic under Coach Monica and he is one of those guys that really stands out.”
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