Score one for Effrem Reed.
"My dad said that I played well, but he didn't think that I would make first-team all-state," laughed the senior running back from Dutchtown HS.
Reed proved his father incorrect, making Class 5A first-team all-state and yesterday, the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder added another notch to his belt when he was named All-Metro MVP for the Baton Rouge area.
"It feels pretty good," said Reed. "It was a big honor to win the All-Metro MVP. We had a good season and then I had to see what would happen after that; what I would earn."
Reed rushed for 1,926 yards and 32 touchdowns for Dutchtown, which won its first 12 games before running into upset-minded Westgate in the quarterfinals.
What were the most memorable games for Reed?
"The first one that pops into my head is East St. John," he answered. "They had the lead on us late in the game and people across the state were seeing that score - thinking that East St. John had upset Dutchtown.
"I caught a screen pass and took it 70 yards to tie the game and then we won in double overtime. We did what we were taught - to play until the clock reads zero. We never gave up and that showed the type of determination this team had."
Reed reached the end zone six times that night against East St. John, and he also added the all-important two-point conversion that sent the game into overtime.
"The Hahnville game also stands out," Reed continued. "That was a close game -- I think we won 10-7 -- and it was another 200-yard rushing game for me. Our defense pretty much stopped their running back, Ahmad White, and he's a great back. The defense held him to minimum yardage, and Shaq (DB Shaquille Lewis) came up with a big interception.
"Also, the (second-round playoff) game against Brother Martin and their running back, Dante Butler. That was a stepping stone-type game and you live to play those games."
Reed holds scholarship offers from Northern Illinois, Southeastern Louisiana, and Southern, and he's getting lots of interest a couple of other state schools.
"Northern Illinois' new coach (Dave Doeren) told me that my scholarship is still there," explained Reed, who was originally recruited by Jerry Kill (Minnesota's new coach). "Northern Illinois had a really good bowl game in the face of adversity - after losing their coach - scoring 40 points against a good Fresno State team. It showed how close their team is and how they're good teammates.
"I've heard from ULL since they hired their new coach, and they said that they'll be offering. I'm also hearing from Nicholls State. I'm just taking things day-by-day in terms of making a decision."