Archbishop Rummel wins its first state title

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three rushing touchdowns by Keith Fulton led the Archbishop Rummel Raiders to a 35-14 victory against the Barbe Buccaneers in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A State Championship Game Saturday night.

It’s the Raiders (14-0) first state championship in football and first state title in the state’s highest classification for a New Orleans-area team since Destrehan’s back-to-back victories in 2007 and 2008.

Trailing 14-13 late in the third quarter, Fulton scored from the 3, finishing an impressive 80-yard, nine-play drive. The two-point conversion gave the Raiders a 21-14 lead they would not relinquish.

Fulton added a pair of 4-yard touchdown runs to put the game out of reach.

Looking to try and slow down a Barbe (13-2) offense that averaged 40-plus points a game, the Raiders scored a touchdown on their opening possession, driving 99 yards on 13 plays and eating 8:02 off the clock.

Parkview Baptist routs Notre Dame of Crowley 42-7

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Parkview Baptist answered a first-quarter touchdown by Notre Dame of Crowley with 42 points of its own for a 42-7 victory in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 3A State Championship Game Saturday.

The Eagles (13-0) captured their fourth state championship and their first since defeating Patterson 24-20 in 2010.

Austin Thibodeaux’s 2-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter gave the Pioneers (12-2) a brief 7-0 lead before Parkview exploded for 21 points in the second quarter.

After Hezekiah Randolph scored on a 17-yard touchdown run, the Eagles recovered an onsides kick and drove to another touchdown, with Randolph scoring from a yard out. A two-point conversion gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead.

Brennan Bozeman connected with Seth Shaw on the Eagles’ last possession of the first half to make the score 21-7 and all but put the game out of reach.

John Curtis beats Evangel Christian 35-13 in 2A

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two big plays for first-quarter touchdowns started John Curtis on its way to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 2A State Championship with a 35-13 victory against Evangel Christian Academy Saturday.

The win gave the Patriots (14-0) their 25th state championship and extended their winning streak to 28 games as they enhanced their case for being considered perhaps the best high school team in the country.

“This is certainly a good football team,” Patriots coach J.T. Curtis said. “I told my team in the locker room after the game I don’t know if they are the number one team in the country; I don’t know how you judge that. But I will take them. I will go to battle with them against anybody anywhere and anytime.

“We have had some good teams in the past, but this was a complete team. We have speed offensively and defensively, and plus we had great depth. You put those things together, you certainly have the makings of a good football team.”

Duke Riley’s touchdown on an 80-yard return of a fumble recovery and George Moreira’s 30-yard touchdown run gave the Patriots a 14-0 lead despite running just three offensive plays in the first quarter.

Evangel (12-3) made it 14-7 when Dakota Duron connected with Trent Taylor for a 17-yard touchdown, but the Patriots answered three plays later with a 72-yard touchdown run by Sherman Badie.

After Josh Davis’ field goal cut the lead to 21-10, Patrick Morton scored from a yard out to give the Patriots a 28-10 halftime lead.

The matchup between two of the most successful programs in Louisiana was the fourth time John Curtis and Evangel have played for a state championship. They have combined for 36 state championships.

Jamison’s run lifts Karr past Neville 29-22

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jeremy Jamison ran 53 yards for the winning touchdown as Karr defeated Neville 29-22 Friday night in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 4A State Championship, avenging a loss to the Tigers in last year’s final.

The Cougars (13-0) won their second football title, ending a 27-game winning streak for Neville (13-1).

Brian Barefoot’s 45-yard field goal had given Neville a 22-21 lead with less than 6 minutes to go before Jamison’s touchdown, his second of the game.

After the Cougars gained the lead, their defense stiffened, forcing Neville to punt after a three-and-out. Karr then ran out the clock to capture the championship.

Trailing 15-13 after a back-and-forth first half, Neville took a 19-15 lead on a 1-yard run by John Diarse, whose 15-yard pass to Andre Fuller produced the game’s first score.

Karr answered with a seven-play, 66-yard drive, culminating in Devante Noil’s 1-yard touchdown run for a 21-19 lead.

Ouachita Christian repeats, beats Haynesville 20-8

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ouachita Christian captured the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 1A State Championship with a 20-8 victory against Haynesville Friday.

It was the fifth state championship and second in a row for the Eagles (15-0) and extended their winning streak to 30 games.

Trailing 8-7 at halftime, Ouachita Christian opened the second half with a 10-play, 69-yard drive culminating in Colby Webb’s second of three touchdown runs, a 1-yard score for a 14-8 lead. Webb added an 18-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles defense helped seal the victory by stopping Haynesville (11-3) on fourth-and-goal from the 3 midway through the fourth quarter.

Haynesville’s lone touchdown came on Kendrick Jackson’s 5-yard run in the second quarter.

Webb’s first touchdown came midway through the second quarter after an 80-yard interception by Tanner Pennebaker put the Eagles deep in Golden Tornados territory. Two plays later Webb scored from the 1.

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