Following their most successful season in four years, the Louisiana College football team picked up nine postseason honors as announced by the American Southwest Conference on Friday. Drake Battaglia leads the selection as the only Wildcat earning a first team spot with five players picking up second team spots and three honorable mentions.
Battaglia earned LC’s only first team selection this year, as the senior was one of the biggest play makers all year. He led the Wildcats in every receiving category with 51 catches for 859 yards and nine touchdowns. He finished tied for fourth in the conference in receptions per game at 5.1 and third in yards per game with 85.9. He had his best performance in his last with 244 all-purpose yards and three scores in the Wildcats 45-13 senior day win over Howard Payne.
Rathvon Williams earned his first all-conference selection this season for the LC offensive line starting every game for the Wildcats at left tackle. Joining Williams on the second team defense are an impressive duo of linebackers and an experience safety.
Orel Ledet Jr and Julius Johnson, the top two tacklers for the Wildcats each pick up second team defensive spots. Ledet led LC with 101 tackles this year, finishing second overall in the ASC and one of just two players with more than 100 tackles on the year. He had 5.0 tackles for loss this year along with an interception and a forced and recovered fumble. He also set the career mark for tackles and ends his career as the new record-holder of 348 tackles.
Johnson improved on his excellent freshman season with 86 tackles, second most on the team and tied for fourth in the ASC, he also added 5.5 tackles for loss and five passes defended. Anthony Hargrave joins the linebacker duo on the second team at safety with 48 stops and interception and four passes defended on the year.
The final second team spot for the Wildcats went to senior punter Matthew Guth who, in average, finished second in the ASC at 39.8 and ranked 12th in the NCAA at seasons end. A real weapon for the Wildcats throughout the year, Guth boomed seven kicks more than 50 yards and pinned opponents inside their own 20 on 13 different occasions.
Three Wildcats picked up honorable mentions this season. Senior Joshua Pickett finished fourth on the team with 50 tackles and had two interceptions with seven passes defended as an LC safety. On the defensive line, freshman Terrance Garnett Jr made an impact in just eight games finishing with a team high 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, also giving him the fifth most in the ASC this year. With nine receptions with one touchdown, Sam Phillips picks up a mention from the tight end spot.
Each year one player from each team is also selected for the sportsmanship they display on the field during the season. Junior running back Aaron Woods was chosen as the Wildcats Outstanding Sportsman for the 2018 season. Woods carried the ball 100 times for 318 yards and four scores, while leading a stable of young running backs both on and off the field.
The Wildcats graduate 13 seniors whose impact will be felt for years to come on the returning players. With so many young stars on the team the future remains bright for LC under the leadership of Coach Justin Charles. Stay connected to Louisiana College football during the offseason for the latest recruiting updates by following @LC_ftball on Twitter. For general athletics news follow @LC_Wildcats on Twitter or like Louisiana College Wildcats on Facebook.