The Select weekend of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic kicked off on Friday, December 2nd at 10:00am with four games on the docket. 15 hours later, four teams could forever call themselves “state champions.”
Ascension Episcopal and Southern Lab began the day in the Division IV title game. Despite committing a Class 1A/Division IV team record 19 penalties, the Kittens won 36-9 behind Most Outstanding Player Tyrion Davis who, in turn, set a Class 1A/Division IV individual record with 244 rushing yards on only eight carries. Head Coach Marcus Randall is now 2-for-2, winning state titles in both seasons at the helm.
St. John the Baptist Parish and District 9-2A rivals clashed in the Division III state championship. The St. Charles Catholic Comets were out to avenge a week 8 loss to Riverside Academy, but the Rebels ultimately captured their first-ever football state championship 47-20. The 2nd quarter proved to be the difference maker as the Riverside defense held the Comets to 36 yards and the offense outscored St. Charles Catholic 27-0.
Division II saw a rematch between the Parkview Baptist Eagles and the St. Thomas More Cougars. Last year saw a 24-21 instant classic between the schools, but 2016 welcomed the Cougars’ first-ever football state title with a 54-29 victory. STM senior QB Nate Cox took full advantage in his first year as starter by throwing for a Prep Classic composite record 455 yards and tying a composite record with six TDs.
Lastly, the Scotlandville Hornets made their first trip to the Dome under rookie head coach LaVanta Davis, but that meant nothing to Evangel Christian Academy. The Eagles won their 14th state title in school history, and first since 2010, by a comfortable 38-6 margin. After starting 0-2 this season, the Evangel defense only gave up a total of 75 points in their final 12 games including the playoffs. Most Outstanding Player QB Connor Curry only completed eight passes, but three of them went to TE Tanner Ash for TDs.