Two Local Football Scholar-Athletes Honored

Logansport High School’s Hayden Rolfe and North DeSoto’s Hunter Addison were honored last Thursday night at the annual National Football Foundation S.M. McNaughton Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner at East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport.

Ten 2022 senior prep football scholar-athletes, nominated by their head coaches, received accolades and scholarships during the event. The 10 were North DeSoto’s Hunter Addison, Green Oaks’ Fred Benjamin, Elijah Harper of Red River, Christian Jones from C.E. Byrd, West Monroe’s Blake Loring, Adam Parker of St. Mary’s in Natchitoches, Haughton’s Peyton Polk, Kam Robinson from Captain Shreve, Rolfe and Northwood’s Mason Welch.

Rolfe was a do-everything player for the Tigers. He played inside linebacker, halfback, fullback, tight end and was on every special team. An All-District 3-1A selection, he helped Logansport win the district championship in his junior year, when the Tigers marched all the way to New Orleans for the state championship game.

With a 3.2 grade point average, Rolfe has been a versatile student. He has won academic honors in Core Level training and welding and also has carpentry credits along with his conventional classwork.

Rolfe is an avid outdoorsman and works as a ranch hand. He showed his sense of humor while being interviewed on stag when he explained despite his ranch experience, he had never watched the popular TV show “Yellowstone.”

North DeSoto’s Addison was announced as the McNaughton Chapter’s nominee for the National Football Foundation’s nationwide scholar-athlete of the year honor. He will be spotlighted during the 2023-24 year in the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Addison was an All-State safety for the Griffins, who reached the state championship game for the first time in school history. He also made the Composite Academic All-State Team and ranks among the top five percent in his graduating class with a 4.5 grade point average. Addison has a 33 score on the ACT.

Heading to Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Addison is also a wresting state champion.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Science Club at NDHS, where he was coached in football by Dennis Dunn.