|Time for All-Huntington team|
Continuing my look at parish school's all-time teams while trying to rub the old print off my fingers. My All-Huntington football team includes two players who went to play football at LSU and one who played baseball for the Tigers.
One is now a preacher, one a collegieate coach and the other a dentist.
Huntington began its school and football program in 1970. A bowl-shaped stadium was built just before the school opened on Lake Concordia.
Huntington hosted a jamboree on Sept. 4, 1970 which drew about 6,000 fans.
Tensas defeated Tallulah, Huntington tied Lake Providence and Adams County Christian Academy shut out Natchez-Adams Private School (later Thomas Jefferson) 6-0.
Huntington has had its ups and downs in football through the years. Of course, in 1971, Huntington defeated Riverside 12-0 to capture the Class 2A state championship of the Louisiana Independent Schools Association.
At quarterback is Chad Vaught, who went on to pitch at LSU and is now a dentist in Covington.
Honorable mentions are Mark Watkins, Art Arnold, John Barker, Tom Terry Milliken and Barrett Arthur.
The running backs are Russell Huber, who went on to play at Tulane, and Jody Cottongin. I have to give special mention to Kerry Ellis, who died in an auto accident in May of 1990. Ellis was a bruising running back who was looking forward to an outstanding senior season.
Honorable mentions are Jimmy Darden, Yancey Gray, Scott Campbell, Jarrod Gregg, Mark and Todd Vinson, Rob, Keith Andrews, Kenneth, Patrick and Gregory Clayton, Rhett Hill, Luke Wilson, Blane Hill, Mike Smith, Pat Hall, Will Moak, Chris Freeman and Jeff and Alan Poole.
The offensive line consists of Paul Evans, Mike Grantham, Joe Champion, David Hedrick, Joey Mize and Billy Wheat. who kicked for Ole Miss as a freshman and also played tackle.
Champion and his wife Lori are now pastors at Celebration Church. in Austin, Texas.
Honorable mentions are Robert Stanley, Toby McIntosh, Jon Daye, Will Clifton, Jacob Herrington, Seth Swilley, Stan Strobel, Pete Hamby, Mike Wright, Gary Warner, Darren McAllister, Ricky Raven, John Blunschi, Eddie Hall, Ricky McClung, Larry and Steve Oliveaux, Mark Zimmerman, Claude Rabb, Scott Goodman
At tight end is Sam Ferguson.
Honorable mentions are Steve McClatchy and Brent Tosspon.
Ends are Mike McNew and Paul Glynn.
Glynn's son, Tyler, is a senior cornerback for West Monroe. He is considered one of the top defensive backs in the state.
Honorable mentions are Denny Hinson, Pat Hinson, Scooter McNew, Mitch Price, Bill Horne, Andy Guida and John Burnham.
The defensive line consists of Robert Webber, Dee Horton, John Tarver and Gary Neal.
Honorable mentions are Chris Williams, Greg Patten, Scott Hobson, Mike Ferguson, Jared Jones.
Linebackers are Daryl Daye, Steve Minton, Huey Moak and Dude Harrell.
Daye is now an defensive coordinator at Missouri Southern.
Honorable mentions are David Pearson, Steve Gunter, Kevin Case, Edward Wheat and Marty Owens.
The defensive backfield is made up of Gerald Vaught, Todd Iverstine, Ricky Guida and Adam Trevillion.
Honorable mentions are Billy Byrnes, Bryant Hammett, Steve Dean, Kelly Ward, Dean Daye, Kyle King and Hunter Norwood.
Vaught is the punter, while Wheat is the place kicker.