It was an amazing night in Monroe, Louisiana as the West Monroe Rebels traveled across town to take on the Neville Tigers. This was a unique match-up as both teams were defending State Champions.
From Neville High School, the scholar athlete is Reagan Crotwell, a three-year letterman of the Varsity football team. Reagan also plays baseball for Neville, was named All-District Honorable Mention in 2010, and was a member of the 2009 State Championship football team. Reagan carries a 3.7 GPA and is a member of the Interact Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Outside of school, he participates in charitable causes such as mission trips to Puerto Rico and Salvation Army Christmas drives. He was accompanied by his parents, Jim and Lori Brown.
The winner From West Monroe High School is Paul Turner, a three-year letterman on the Varsity Football team. He was selected as a member of the All-State team in 2009 and was the MVP of the State Championship game. Next year, he will attend Louisiana State University. Accompanying him on the field were his parents, Carl and Paula.
Brian West is the Hall of Fame inductee from West Monroe. Brian won a National Championship in 2003 at LSU and was a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox.
In the 1973 Neville-West Monroe game, Larry Anderson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown which set the tone for a Tiger victory. Larry was a running back and had a great game, leading Neville to a 40-13 victory. He was also a member of the 1972 team that earned an unprecedented three playoff victories in eight days to claim a State Title. Larry played football at Louisiana Tech, earning All-Conference recognition, and played 7 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He holds four Super Bowl records as a kick return specialist and moved to Shreveport upon retiring from the NFL.