WATCH: Warrick Dunn Banquet returns as in-person gathering

You can watch the full Warrick Dunn Awards Banquet honoring high school football players in the WAFB area.
Published: Apr. 1, 2022 at 3:28 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2022 at 5:34 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - WAFB’s Warrick Dunn Banquet to present the Sportsline Friday Nite Player of the Year returned Wednesday, April 13, after missing the 2021 in-person gathering due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The former NFL star from Catholic High and Florida State returned to Baton Rouge and present his trophy to one of nine WD Award Finalists.

Chance Williams - Scotlandville RB

The final player attending the Warrick Dunn Award banquet for Sportsline Player of the Year is Scotlandville running back Chance Williams.

Scotlandville running back Chance Williams (2)
Dylan Sampson - Dutchtown RB

Dutchtown's Dylan Sampson is the eighth finalist for the 2021 Warrick Dunn Award who will remind you a lot of the trophy's namesake.

Dutchtown running back Dylan Sampson (21)
Charles Robertson - Zachary WR

Two state champion wide receivers are up for Sportsline Player of the Year, including Charles Robertson from the Zachary Broncos.

Zachary wide receiver Charles Robertson (82)
Cole Poirrier - St. Amant QB

The sixth finalist for the 2021 Warrick Dunn Award is St. Amant QB Cole Poirrier, who came through in the biggest moments.

St. Amant quarterback Cole Poirrier (3)
Darren Morris - Southern Lab WR

After a couple of QBs, an RB, and an OL, a receiver and return specialist is now added as the fifth finalist for the 2021 Warrick Dunn Award.

Southern Lab wide receiver Darren Morris (4)
Emery Jones - Catholic OL

The fourth finalist for the 2021 Warrick Dunn Award to be unveiled is Catholic High Bear and LSU signee, offensive lineman Emery Jones.

Catholic (BR) offensive tackle Emery Jones (50)
Angelo Izzard Jr. - Southern Lab QB

The first of two Southern Lab Kittens to make the list of 2021 Warrick Dunn Finalists is quarterback Angelo Izzard Jr. He led his team to the Div. IV Championship.

Southern Lab quarterback Angelo Izzard (10)
Marlon Gunn Jr. - Scotlandville RB

Scotlandville running back Marlonn Gunn Jr. is one of the nine finalists for the Warrick Dunn Award presented annually to the high school football player of the year.

Scotlandville running back Marlon Gunn (26)
Zeon Chriss - Madison Prep QB

Class 3A All-State quarterback Zeon Chriss from Madison Prep has been named the first of nine finalists for the 2021 Warrick Dunn Award.

Madison Prep quarterback Zeon Chriss (19)

Prior to the 2022 banquet, WAFB had honored 14 winners and 126 finalists since creating the award for the 2007 season, which was presented to former Lutcher Bulldog, UL-Lafayette quarterback, and LSU analyst Blaine Gautier.

Other Warrick Dunn Award winners include NFL Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins from Alabama and Dutchtown, former NFL and LSU running back Terrence Magee from Franklinton, former NFL and LSU linebacker Kendall Beckwith from East Feliciana, other former Tigers Nick Brossette and Lindsey Scott from U-High and Zachary, plus current Tiger defensive lineman Sai’vion Jones from St. James.

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