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Overview: 2018 Louisiana High School Football Championships
Posted 12/06/18, by Blaine Viator
Division IV: Lafayette Christian - Ascension Catholic
12/6, 3:30 PM, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Division IV has a rematch of last season as defending champion No. 4 Lafayette Christian is set to take on No. 2 Ascension Catholic. Ascension Catholic defeated No. 3 Vermillion Catholic 37-13 and Lafayette Christian defeated No. 1 Southern Lab 35-20 to set up the rematch. LCA once again is led by its defense which pitched nine shut outs this season. On the flip side, Ascension Catholic has a similar recipe as last season in a two headed rushing attack with Jai Williams and Jamar Barber. This game has a different feel than last season when LCA beat Ascension Catholic 10-0 to win the State Championship. Both teams are at full health going into this tilt. Last season, Jamar Barber was out the entire game and Jai Williams went down in the first half with a concussion. The Knights were shorthanded as well with starting QB Zach Clement out and Logan Gabriel going down with injury.
Division III: Notre Dame - Catholic-N.I.
12/6, 7 PM, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Division III is also a rematch from last season, the No. 1 Notre Dame Pios take on a familiar foe in reigning state champion, the No. 6 Catholic-NI Panthers. The Pios beat No. 5 Newman 48-21, while the Panthers upset No. 2 Country Day in a thriller, 57-54, to get to the Dome. Last season, Notre Dame shut out Catholic-NI 37-0 in the regular season before the Panthers could get revenge when it mattered most, beating the Pios 33-16 for the state championship. This year is very similar with the Pios taking down the Panthers 49-0 in week 4. The Pios bring in a backfield trio of RB Noah Bourgeois, RB CJ Thibodeaux, and QB Ben Broussard to get it done on the ground. The Panthers have gotten better week by week with first year starting QB Trey Amos steadily improving. Can they do the unthinkable and avenge the regular season loss two years in a row?
Division II: University Lab - STM
12/7, 3:30 PM, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
The Division II state title game is one of the most anticipated of the weekend. The defending state champion No. 1 University Lab looks to repeat verses No. 3 St. Thomas More. U-High beat No. 5 De La Salle 43-14 in a rematch of last season’s championship game in the semifinals. The STM Cougars went on the road and took care of business vs No. 2 St Charles, 49-7, to set up the awaited match-up. STM is headlined by class of 2020 QB Caleb Holstein who leads a high-powered offense that averages over 58 points per contest. This will be the Cougars’ toughest challenge to date with a U-High squad that has double digit D-1 players with seven of those being committed to power five schools. The U-High Cubs defeated two teams playing for state championships this weekend Division 1 Catholic -BR by 20 points and 5A Zachary by 22 points. The Cubs are a very balanced team and very well might be the best team in the entire state of Louisiana regardless of classification.
Division I: Catholic-BR - John Curtis
12/8, Noon, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
In yet another rematch, No 2. Catholic B.R. defends its state championship vs No. 1 John Curtis. John Curtis defeated No. 5 Evangel 56-34 behind a rushing attack that nearly topped 400 yards. Catholic High rode a tough defensive performance in a hard fought 13-10 win over No. 3 Archbishop Rummel. Catholic B.R won its second title in three years last season when it defeated John Curtis 20-14. This group of Patriots is very explosive and can put up points in bunches. Look for this one to be a little higher scoring than last year’s match up.
Class 1A: Oak Grove - Kentwood
12/6, Noon, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Class 1-A has the No. 1 Oak Grove Tigers set to take on No. 3 Kentwood Kangaroos. Oak Grove is making its first trip to the dome in 14 years after dominating defending state champion No. 5 West St. John 30-0. The 1-A state runner up a year ago got a gutsy performance from LSU commit Trey Palmer in a 20-14 victory over Haynesville. Oak Grove’s defense continued their dominant post season run where they only gave up eight points while allowing just 100 yards of total offense in their semifinal win. These two teams play contrast in style as Kentwood looks to spread things out and Oak Grove does their damage on the ground.
Class 2A: Welsh - Amite
12/7, Noon, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
The defending 2-A state champion Welsh Greyhounds pulled off a big upset on the road over No. 1 Many, 28-21, to get back to the Superdome. The Greyhounds fell behind 21-7 before scoring 21 unanswered and securing a return to the dome. Welsh looked like it lost a lot of talent from its state championship a year ago, but Sr. WR Da’Ren Zeno leads a hungry Greyhound bunch looking to repeat. As for the Amite Warriors, who blew by Ferriday, 44-20, quarterback Amani Gilmore (a Kentucky commit) leads an explosive offense that has averaged 46 points per game through its playoff run. Everyone talks about 2019 national recruits DT Ishmael Sopsher and ATH Devonta Lee, but this is a very deep and athletic Amite team that can hit you with many different weapons.
Class 3A: Eunice - Sterlington
12/7, 7 PM, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
The Eunice Bobcats make their first appearance in the dome in 20 years. Paul Trosclair’s Bobcats defeated No. 3 Kaplan on the road 19-0. Eunice relies on a heavy run game with SR RB Avery Lee leading the way. They are battle tested after playing in a tough 5-3A district that had five teams finish in the top 14 in 3A power rankings. The Sterlington Panthers went on the road and defeated No. 1 Iota 21-12 to get back to the Dome after missing out last year. Sterlington showed it can win a variety of different ways throughout the playoffs going to a shootout with Church Point in OT and grinding out victories versus Union Parish and Iota with strong defensive performances.
Class 4A: Edna Karr - Warren Easton
12/8, 3:30 PM, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Warren Easton breaks through and makes it to the Super Dome cruising through the playoffs. They capped the run by crushing previously undefeated No. 6 Leesville 54-14 in the semis. Class of 2020 RB Ashaad Clayton leads a big play Warren Easton offense that dominated on the ground. They are matched up with with their district rival Karr who beat its nemeses, No. 4 Neville, 25-13 to get to the Dome once again. Karr is looking to three-peat after winning the last two 4A titles. The two teams faced off earlier this season with Karr edging Warren Easton 21-20 to claim the district championship. This could be the game of the weekend in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
Class 5A: West Monroe - Zachary
12/8, 7 PM, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
The 5-A State Championship has usual suspects as No. 1 West Monroe is set to take on No. 6 Zachary. Zachary is looking for its third state championship in last four years. Zachary outlasted No. 2 Destrehan in a wild one on the road, 67-57. Class of 2020 Dual Threat QB Keilon Brown leads the offense that is deadly though the air and on the ground. On the other side, West Monroe does a lot of its damage on defense. They’ve rolled through the playoffs without a single point scored against them, including a 28-0 win over No. 4 John Ehret in the semifinals. This should be a fantastic game with two different styles of play, flashy offense, and hard-nosed defense.
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