Football state champions decided over the weekend

Class 5A

West Monroe holds on to beat Carencro

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Quarterback Connor Osborne ran for two touchdowns and No. 5 seed West Monroe held on to beat No. 7 Carencro 20-13 in the Louisiana Class 5A championship game Saturday night.

Osborne gave West Monroe (13-2) a 7-0 lead with a 45-yard scamper on its opening possession and added a 14-yard touchdown in the third quarter to make it 20-3.

West Monroe’s dominant defense held Carencro’s Alex Johnson, who entered with a state-leading 2,803 rushing yards, to just 43 yards on 13 carries.

Carencro (13-2) had three first downs through three quarters and turned the ball over on three of its first four plays in the third quarter.

Carencro got to 20-13 with 6:53 left after recovering fumbles on consecutive West Monroe plays.

West Monroe then ran off all but 46 seconds to win its second 5A championship in four years. West Monroe made its 14th finals appearance in 19 seasons.

Class 4A

Neville wins 10th state title

Quarterback John Diarse rushed for a 44-yard touchdown and No. 1 seed Neville of Monroe beat No. 7 seed New Orleans Karr 27-6 Friday night in the Louisiana Class 4A state championship game.

It was Neville’s 10th state championship and second in three years.

After Karr scored a touchdown on its opening series, Diarse raced to the end zone on a keeper as Neville (14-0) went ahead for good, 7-6. Neville sealed the victory with two touchdowns late in the third quarter, a 38-yard interception return from linebacker Ricky Wyatt and an 11-yard run from Salarrious Jones.

Karr (11-4), which won its only state title in 1993, lost in the final for the second straight season.

Three of Karr’s five turnovers were on consecutive possessions in the third quarter. Two of the miscues, including Wyatt’s interception return, came after starting quarterback Devante Noil left briefly with a leg injury.

Class 3A

St. Charles wins first state championship

Brandon Zimmer ran for a 3-yard touchdown after a blocked punt, and St. Charles Catholic forced three turnovers in its 9-8 win over Amite in the Louisiana Class 3A state championship on Saturday.

St. Charles Catholic (15-0), which took a 9-0 lead, scored all of its points on its first two possessions, and did not have to go far on either one.

Zimmer’s TD run capped a 33-yard drive. The Comets then kicked a 29-yard field goal after an interception return to the Amite 8.

Amite (12-2) scored with 7:46 left in the game on a 5-yard run by quarterback Reginald Porter. Amite added a two-point conversion. But after getting the ball back on an interception at its own 5, Amite could not get a first down and punted. St. Charles Catholic then ran out the clock.

It was the first championship in St. Charles Catholic history.

Class 2A

John Curtis wins 24th state title

Raekwon James scored two long touchdowns as perennial power River Ridge John Curtis beat No. 2 seed Winnfield 33-3 in the Louisiana Class 2A championship game on Saturday.

It was the 24th state title but the first in three years for No. 1 seed John Curtis (14-0), which has reached the championship game in 16 consecutive seasons under high school coaching legend J.T. Curtis.

James had a 45-yard touchdown run on John Curtis’ opening possession. Then, with the Patriots protecting a 7-3 lead, he raced 42 yards to the end zone on a swing pass early in the third quarter.

John Curtis sealed the victory on Sherman Badie’s 43-yard scoring run a few minutes later and tacked on 13 more points the rest of the way.

Winnfield (14-1) outgained John Curtis 155-83 in the first half but scored its only points on a last-second field goal. Quarterback Alonzo Moore’s interception in the end zone stymied one drive.

Class 1A

Top-seeded Ouachita Christian wins title game

Braden Bristo ran for a touchdown and set up two scores with long completions as No. 1 seed Ouachita Christian beat No. 6 seed West St. John 23-7 in the Louisiana Class 1A state championship game.

Bristo had passes of 35 and 41 yards Friday night while Ouachita Christian got touchdowns on its opening two possessions. Ouachita Christian outgained West St. John 161 to minus-32 in the first quarter.

West St. John came up with three interceptions and scored its lone touchdown just before halftime. Ouachita Christian sealed the victory by stuffing the Rams on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.

It was the third state championship for Ouachita Christian (15-0), which won Class 2A titles in 1997 and 2000 and lost in the 1A final last season. The Eagles outscored their five playoff opponents 220-40.

West St. John (12-3), which lost for the first time in 10 games, finished with minus-13 rushing yards. Quarterback Austin Howard was sacked seven times.

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