SBJ All-Metro Individual Awards: Spotlighting the best of the best

NUMBER 1 IN YEAR ONE:  In his first year as head coach at Airline, Justin Scogin revitalized a struggling program and guided the Vikings past an 0-3 start to an unbeaten district championship. (Photo by KEVIN PICKENS, Journal Sports)

MONDAY: The All-Metro offense 

YESTERDAY: The All-Metro defense 

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The players chosen as Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year shouldn’t come as a big surprise, but being Coach of the Year was probably the last thing on Justin Scogin’s mind when his Airline Vikings opened the season 0-3.

“The kids were resilient,” Scogin said. “I think the coaching staff was the biggest part as well as the kids and the parents. It was always a very positive vibe, even at 0-and-3. Lots of positive attitudes.”

When the dust settled, the Vikings finished as District 1-5A champions, earning Scogin the Shreveport-Bossier Journal’s Coach of the Year honor. It’s even more impressive when you consider this was Scogin’s first year as head coach.

“It’s quite an accomplishment to win in this area because there are so many good coaches around,” Scogin said. “There weren’t any weeks off when you play in this district.”

Once the Vikings began to turn it around – they won seven straight at one point on the way to the District 1-5A championship – Scogin may have been the least surprised of anybody.

“I always thought we were going to be pretty good,” he said. “I knew it was going to take a couple of games for us to get going on offense. Once we figured that out, we played pretty well on a consistent basis.”

As for the Players of the Year, both had already established themselves before the season even began … and then they turned it up a notch.

Parkway senior running back Jaylan White ran for 1,519 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2022 and is the Offensive Player of the Year.

Byrd senior linebacker Brooks Brossette is the Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Yellow Jackets for the second straight year in tackles.

Entering the season, White had already established himself as one of the top local running backs, rushing for 1,397 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.

But White did more than just run the ball. He caught 36 passes for 493 yards and six scores.

“He made up a lot of our offense this year,” said Parkway coach Coy Brotherton. “If we needed a guy to throw the ball to, we took advantage of his speed and put him out wide. And if we ran it, he was the one getting the ball. He was explosive.”

How’s this for explosive? White averaged 9.1 yards per carry.

“We knew we were going to have to count on him this year to get yards for us,” Brotherton said.

Meanwhile, Byrd knew it was going to have to get tackles from Brossette this year and he delivered.

“Brooks is just a great competitor,” said Byrd head coach Stacy Ballew. “He’s always had a knack for finding the ball and great instincts. But each week, by watching film and understanding his opponent, it made him that much better.”

Brossette had 115 tackles in 2022, which was 40 more than any other Yellow Jacket. And there’s a good reason for that.

“He was a great tackler,” Ballew said. “He didn’t miss very many. At any level of the game, it’s usually the second-level guy who makes the tackle. But with him, if he was the first one there, he made the tackle.”

Brossette also led the team with 18 tackles behind the line and had a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown. He finished his career with 233 tackles, which is third on the school’s career list.

Runner-up for Offensive Player of the Year was Benton senior quarterback Gray Walters.

Brossette was chosen for Defensive POY over the Northwood duo of defensive back Mar’Jayvious Moss and defensive end TaDerius Collins.

Coach of the Year and Players of the Year were chosen by a vote of the Shreveport-Bossier Journal staff.