West Monroe senior quarterback Slade Bolden became the school’s second ever winner of the Gatorade Louisiana State Player of the Year on Monday.
Adam McConathy won the award in 1996.
Bolden, who amassed 40 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards of offense in 14 games this season, said it was quite an honor to wake up to.
“I woke up and got the e-mail,” Bolden recalled. “It is an honor and I am excited because it is something I have been chasing this year.”
Bolden remembered back to growing up watching past winners of the award in the state championship games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. “I remember as a freshman watching Warren Easton and Neville at the Dome,” Bolden said. “The Warren Easton quarterback (Deshawn Capers-Smith) won it that year. I looked up about the award and I worked toward it my senior year. I knew it was something I wanted to shoot for my senior year.”
Bolden rushed for 1,512 yards and passed for 1,600 yards along with 40 total touchdowns this season as he led the Rebels to the Class 5A semifinals.
In his career, Bolden collected 4,973 yards rushing and as mostly a quarterback the last two seasons he passed for 2,506 yards along with 114 career touchdowns.
Another goal for his senior year was a state championship with the Rebels, although it didn’t come to pass, Bolden said the memories inside Rebel Stadium will last a lifetime.
“Every Friday night in Rebel Stadium was special,” Bolden said. “And just the memories I made on and off the field with my teammates and coaches. Those will always be very special to me.” Bolden will graduate from West Monroe High School at midterm and report to the University of Alabama on January 5.
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