Southern Lab, up to No. 2 in state football poll, prepares to face IMG Academy

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Southern Lab football coach Marcus Randall

By the time former LSU quarterback Marcus Randall took over Southern Lab’s football program in April, he found two glaring holes on this year’s schedule and not many people within earshot of wanting to fill them. So Randall, one of the architects of LSU’s “Blue Grass Miracle” at Kentucky 13 years ago, looked long and found emerging… Continue reading →

Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. commits to Syracuse

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott scrambles in the first quarter against Dutchtown.

It’s no secret that Zachary High quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in Louisiana. Where Scott might end up playing college football was a point of debate until Monday. Scott committed to Syracuse coach Scott Shafer, ending a whirlwind recruiting process that included Orange offensive coordinator Tim Lester’s visit… Continue reading →

Southern Lab’s Jonard Robinson commits to Tulane

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern Lab's Jonard Robinson chases a loose ball snapped over the head of Madison Prep's Malcolm Roach during a two point conversion attempt by Madison Prep.

Jonard Robinson’s familiarity with Tulane can be traced back to his New Orleans roots. Until his family moved to Baton Rouge, Robinson was always loyal to his hometown. Now, he’ll be returning to play his college football. Robinson, a four-year starter at cornerback for Southern Lab, committed to Tulane after being on hand for the Green Wave’s 45-31… Continue reading →

Volleyball: Central fights for victory over Zachary

CENTRAL — Central was tested in the first two sets but fought off Zachary to win 3-1 in non-district volleyball action Monday. The Division II Wildcats (18-5) defeated Division I Zachary 20-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-11 to extend their winning streak to four games. CHS coach Michele Lebouef said the team found its… Continue reading →

In the Spotlight

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr.

Football Lindsey Scott Jr. Scott, who committed to Syracuse on Monday, did a little bit of everything to help lead the Broncos to a 44-34 victory over Dutchtown High in a nondistrict game played at DHS. Scott accounted for 413 yards of offense. He ran for 202 yards and 3 TDs and completed… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Dale Weiner’s 300th career win makes him only eighth in state history to hit that milestone

Advocate Photo by Buddy Delahoussaye --Dale Weiner head coach for Catholic of Baton Rouge with his 300th victory as the Bears go on to defeat the Teurlings Rebels by a final score of 28-14 on Friday Oct. 2, 2015.

What does a number mean in the context of any given sport? Sportswriters have debated that question in one way or another, seemingly since the beginning of time. And the debate is sure to continue. One thing that should not be debated is the significance of Catholic High football coach Dale Weiner winning his 300th game. Weiner is in… Continue reading →

Perfect conditions yield record times at St. Joseph’s cross country meet

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Rummel's Conner Killian finish in fifth place at the St. Joseph's Cross Country meet at Highland Road Park on Saturday morning.

There were plenty of clouds and no storm in sight as runners prepared for the St. Joseph’s Invitational on Saturday morning. The storm that took place on the Highland Road Park cross country course after the races began provided a different kind of lightning. There were personal bests and one confirmed meet record. Seeing Mandeville’s Claire… Continue reading →

St. Joseph’s Invitational Cross Country results

St. Joseph’s Invitational At Highland Road Park Girls Varsity Top teams: 1, St. Joseph’s Academy 52. 2, Mandeville 73. 3, Mount Carmel 155. 4, St. Michael the Archangel 188. 5, McGehee 218. 6, St. Thomas Aquinas 224. 7, Vandebilt Catholic 239. 8, Ascension Catholic 257. 9, Sacred Heart-NO 273. 10, St. Scholastica 320. 11,… Continue reading →

With district showdown looming big this week, coaches say league titles still meaningful

Skeptics contend that the LHSAA’s power ratings-based playoff system has devalued district football championships. Don’t tell that to the coaches who are bracing for key district showdowns this week. “To me, this is what high school football in south Louisiana is all about,” Northeast coach David Masterson said. “You’ll have a 5-0 team going against a… Continue reading →

Ascension Christian downs Houma Christian

Chris Middleton accounted for 200 yards of total offense while leading Ascension Christian to a 28-27 victory over Houma Christian on Friday night. Middleton ran for 96 yards on 15 carries and scored two TDs in the game played at ACH in Gonzales. He also completed 14 of 27 passes for 104 yards in the nondistrict game between… Continue reading →

Week 6 football schedule

Games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Thursday Baton Rouge/area Live Oak (4-5A) at Denham Springs (4-5A) Madison Prep (6-2A) at Northeast (6-2A) Christian Life (6-2A) vs. Capitol (6-2A) at Memorial Stadium Kentwood (6-1A) vs. St. John-Plaquemine (6-1A) at Plaquemine’s Canova Stadium Acadiana St. Martinville (5-4A) at Breaux Bridge (5-4A) Carencro (4-4A) at Opelousas (4-4A) Berwick… Continue reading →

Week 5 football scores

Thursday Buckeye 40, Bolton 0 Covington 54, Slidell 21 East Beauregard 20, South Cameron 18 Easton 45, Sophie B. Wright 0 Fair Park 24, Shreveport Northwood 20 Fontainebleau 36, Northshore 26… Continue reading →

Prep report

Volleyball St. John 3, False River 0 St. John, 25, 25, 25 False River, 15, 20, 16 Team leaders: ST. JOHN: Payton Passantino (11 kills 2 aces, 6 digs), Madison Schnebelen (4 kills, 4 aces, 3 digs), Robbi Sceneca (7 aces, 15 assists); FALSE RIVER: Lexi Sellers (2 aces, 2 blocks), Morgan Meche (3 kills), Carley Parks (2 aces,… Continue reading →

How the LSWA top 10 polls fared

Week 5 results for teams ranked in the LSWA polls. Class 5A 1, Rummel (3-1) beat Shaw 49-14. 2, West Monroe (5-0) beat Ridgeway, Tenn., 38-13 3, Brother Martin (5-0) beat St. Augustine 47-44 4, John Curtis (3-1) did not play 5, Byrd (4-1) lost to Parkway 20-6 6, Ponchatoula (4-1) lost to Mandeville 31-27 7, Destrehan (5-0)… Continue reading →

Dale Weiner reaches 300 wins as Catholic wins at Teurlings Catholic 28-14

Advocate Photo by Buddy Delahoussaye --J.P Kelly (left), athletic director for the Bears presents head coach Dale Weiner with the game ball as the Bears defeat the Teurlings Rebels by a final score of 28-14 on Friday Oct. 2, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — As the seconds ticked down on Catholic High School’s 28-14 win against Teurlings Catholic — the 300th of coach Dale Weiner’s career — the coach didn’t even realize what had happened until his players started tugging on his shoulders. Then, on a cool night in Lafayette, a perfect Friday night for football,… Continue reading →

Lindsey Scott runs for three TDs, 202 yards and passes for another three TDs, leading Zachary past Dutchtown 44-34

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Dutchtown players take the field for the coin toss before kickoff against Zachary Friday.

DUTCHTOWN — Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. is a special player. He’s a gifted passer and runner. Scott rushed for three touchdowns and passed for two scores to lead No. 8 Zachary to a 44-34 victory over host Dutchtown Friday night in a battle of Class 5A powers. Dutchtown senior quarterback Jared Sparks… Continue reading →

Early Parkview Baptist scoring blitz sinks Brusly 49-7

Based on the scouting report, Parkview Baptist’s Trent Kavanaugh was just hoping to generate something positive with Friday’s opening kickoff against Brusly. Kavanaugh wound up going above and beyond the call of duty. A game-opening pooch kick not only bounced off Parkview’s turf field but initially was bobbled until Kavanaugh secured the ball, hurdled a player… Continue reading →

Briggs Bourgeois leads St. Amant to 48-21 victory over South Terrebonne

St. Amant wide receiver Briggs Bourgeois only had five catches Friday night, all of which came in the first quarter. Good thing three of them went for touchdowns. Bourgeois and quarterback Hayden Mallory found a strong connection early as the duo led St. Amant to a 48-21 win against South Terrebonne in their final nondistrict… Continue reading →

Denham Springs rolls to 49-14 win over St. Michael

DENHAM SPRINGS — Football coaches like to stress the importance of playing hard for four quarters, but Denham Springs played so well for a half that the point became moot. The Yellow Jackets were nearly flawless as they rolled to a 42-point halftime lead and coasted in the second half for a 49-14 win over… Continue reading →

St. James holds off Lusher 14-8 for its 4th win

St. James came into Friday night’s game riding a three-game winning streak after its opening-week loss to West Jefferson. But the Wildcats got all they could handle and more from Lusher. Still, St. James prevailed 14-8 at Brees Family Field thanks to some key plays by the defense. “We have to find an identity on the… Continue reading →

West Feliciana rolls over Donaldsonville

ST. FRANCISVILLE — West Feliciana coach Robb Odom has told his football team all season that if they put together a complete game, they’d be tough to beat. Odom’s words proved prophetic as the Saints blitzed visiting Donaldsonville 45-22 Friday night in a District 6-3A contest. “I’ve told them all season if you… Continue reading →

Walker improves to 5-0 with win over Assumption

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Walker's Darius Hampton catches a touchdown pass over Assumption's Jordan Bell on Friday at Walker.

Walker had not faced a deficit — or the hint of a threat — during its four straight blowouts to start the nondistrict season. Then came Friday night’s visit by unbeaten Assumption and four lead changes through two quarters. The Wildcats responded as well as anyone in the home crowd could have hoped, using a big… Continue reading →

Taj Sullivan-led Woodlawn tops West St. John

The River Parishes native that he is, Woodlawn High School coach Daniel Luquet knew his football team would be in for a tough battle Friday night against traditional powerhouse West St. John. So, with his offense mired in mediocrity early, Luquet, a former Destrehan Wildcat, went back to his roots. Luquet moved senior star wide receiver Taj… Continue reading →

Northeast routs Christian Life behind explosive first quarter

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Christian Life's Jarod Davis attempts to run past Northeast defender Kentrell Harrell on friday night during their homecoming game.

Grovonte Stewart couldn’t believe how wide open he was — twice. The senior receiver hauled in two long first-quarter touchdown passes to spark Northeast’s 46-12 thrashing of Christian Life Academy in a District 6-2A showdown Friday night. Stewart, who finished with three catches for 156 yards, was completely uncovered on an 85-yard strike that put the Vikings… Continue reading →

Madison Prep stays undefeated with a 37-20 win over East Feliciana

CLINTON — The East Feliciana High band provided some postgame entertainment. The Rolling Stones’ standard “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” wasn’t in the band’s repertoire. But perhaps it should have been. On a night when neither team got exactly what it wanted, No. 10 Madison Prep got what… Continue reading →

Prep report for Friday, Oct. 2

Football Thursday’s scores Buckeye 40, Bolton 0 Covington 54, Slidell 21 East Beauregard 20, South Cameron 18 Easton 45, Sophie B. Wright 0 Fair Park 24, Shreveport Northwood 20 Fontainebleau 36, Northshore 26 Haynes Academy 27, Pearl River 14 Jennings 68, Lake Arthur 56 John Ehret 55, Higgins 0 Karr 48, Riverdale 0 Kentwood 38, East Iberville 0 Lakeshore… Continue reading →

Roundup: Holy Cross beats Jesuit in two OTs; Breaux Bridge edges Carencro

NEW ORLEANS — After 95 meetings between these two teams, Holy Cross might record Friday night’s 28-21 double overtime win against Jesuit as one “with a little magic.” The pixie dust came from Bret Carter’s leaping catch over two defenders in the end zone near the sideline kept the Tigers alive on a fourth-and-11 play and allowed Holy Cross… Continue reading →

Roundup: Scotlandville remains unbeaten; Dunham rolls to big win

MONROE — Quarterback Levis Lewis accounted for 224 total yards, propelling unbeaten Scotlandville High School past Ouachita 39-20 on Friday night Class 5A nondistrict action. Lewis connected on 12 of 19 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 113 yards on 17 tries. Scotlandville (5-0) opened the scoring on a 34-yard Lewis pass to David… Continue reading →

Livonia tops Amite in shootout

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Amite quarterback Elijah Walker (1) carries the ball as he runs past Livonia's Willie Baker (85), Thursday, October 1, 2015, at Amite High School in Amite, La.

AMITE — History and pop culture have a wealth of dynamic duos. Some prefer the likes of Lewis and Clark over Batman and Robin. But if you’re a football fan you’d have to appreciate Livonia High quarterback Cee Jay Powell and running back Patrick Queen. The duo combined to run for 380 yards as… Continue reading →

Live Oak cruises to district win over Broadmoor

Live Oak is becoming a scoring machine this season. The Eagles scored on their first seven possessions and defeated host Broadmoor 49-8 Thursday night. It was Live Oak’s third time to score over 45 points and third time to hold an opponent under 10 points this season. Live Oak (3-2) of District 4-5A is averaging 46… Continue reading →

Volleyball report

Bethany 3, Riverdale Christian 0 Riverdale Christian , 22, 15, 17 Bethany, 25, 25, 25 Team leaders: BETHANY: Claire O’Quin (15 kills), Faith Thomas (9 aces). Team records: Bethany 10-4. Brusly 3, Port Allen 0 Brusly, 25, 25, 25 Port AllenContinue reading →

Walker, Assumption clash in battle of 4-0 teams on Wildcats’ field

Advocate  photo by BRIAN ROBERTS  --  Walker wide receiver Jeff Bell shrugs off a Broadmoor defender in a game last month.

If you asked high school football fans before the season to pick two Class 5A/4A teams that would meet each other as unbeatens in Week 5 there would have been several responses. How about Zachary and Dutchtown? What about Catholic High and Teurlings Catholic? Or maybe even Denham Springs and St. Michael the Archangel?… Continue reading →

Class 5A, 4A football capsules

Assumption at Walker 7 p.m. at Walker High RECORDS: Assumption 4-0; Walker 4-0 LAST WEEK: Assumption beat Lakeshore 24-23 2 OT PLAYERS TO WATCH: ASSUMPTION: QB Da’Ron Williams, RB Melvin Young, LB Beau Samanie; WALKER: QB Terry Bozeman, OL Kane Burkhalter, S Mason Dwyer, RB Jalen Hills. NOTEWORTHY: A rare 4-0 start for both 4A AHS… Continue reading →

Class 3A, 2A, 1A football capsules

Ascension Catholic at White Castle 7 p.m. at WCHS RECORDS: Ascension Catholic 1-3, 0-1 in District 6-1A; White Castle 2-2, 0-0 LAST WEEK: Ascension Catholic lost to Southern Lab 46-7; White Castle beat Belaire 32-14 PLAYERS TO WATCH: ASCENSION CATHOLIC: SB/DB Kaleb Winchester, RB/LB Jacob Lagrange, OL/DL D.J. Girior; WHITE CASTLE: RB Dontrell Taylor, RB/DB Marlon Lewis, WR Dequian… Continue reading →

Football report

Games set for 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Thursday’s scores Buckeye 40, Bolton 0 Covington 54, Slidell 21 East Beauregard 20, South Cameron 18 Easton 45, Sophie B. Wright 0 Fair Park 24, Shreveport Northwood 20 Fontainebleau 36, Northshore 26 Haynes Academy 27, Pearl River 14 Jennings 68, Lake Arthur 56 John Ehret 55, Higgins 0 Karr 48, Riverdale… Continue reading →

St. Amant bounces back after dropping first set to beat Dutchtown 3-1 in volleyball

ST. AMANT — St. Amant pulled off a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Dutchtown in the Eighth Annual Geaux Pink volleyball match Thursday. The Gators (12-8, 3-0) defeated the Griffins (23-25, 25-12, 25-22, 25-19) to remain unbeaten in the Pink Game series and Division I, District 3 play. SAHS coach Allison Leake said she was impressed… Continue reading →

Big tests await cross country teams; two swim meets set

Mid-term exams are often spaced out over several days. High school cross country’s version spans two weekends and starts with the St. Joseph’s Academy Invitational on Saturday. Many of Louisiana’s top teams and individuals are scheduled to mark the halfway point of their seasons by competing either this Saturday at Highland Road Park or on Oct. 10 at the… Continue reading →

Walker, Assumption clash in battle of 4-0 teams on Wildcats’ field

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Port Allen running back Ken Broussard has rushed for 378 yards and three touchdowns.

When they last lined up across from a reigning state champion, Port Allen was up to the task for three quarters before a disastrous span in the fourth quarter helped propel Livonia to victory. Three weeks later not only do the Pelicans (2-2, 1-0) have a similar chore staring them in the face, but the… Continue reading →

Valencia Wilson out as Friendship Capitol girls basketball coach

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Former Redemptorist girls basketball coach Valencia Wilson gives instructions during a game this past season. Wilson, who was hired as the girls basketball coach at Friendship Capitol, is no longer at the school.

Months after passing the torch to two other coaches, Alvin Stewart has resumed the roles of athletic director and girls basketball coach at Friendship Capitol. Girls basketball coach Valencia Wilson is no longer at the school and Traci Landry is set to continue as head volleyball/track coach but will not serve as athletic director for the Class 2A… Continue reading →