Keenan Tate’s fumble recovery in end zone in final seconds gives Zachary 49-46 win over Scotlandville in thriller

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Zachary's Lindsey Scott  scrambles while under pressure from Scotlandville's Deandre Williams on Friday night at Zachary.

ZACHARY — When two teams combine for 987 yards and 95 points, it’s usually safe to say the game was all about offense. Ultimately, two defensive stops, including a fumble recovery in the end zone by Keenan Tate with 23 seconds left, lifted seventh-ranked Zachary High to a pulsating 49-46 victory over Scotlandville High on Friday… Continue reading →

Catholic dominates in all phases, topples East Ascension 34-6 as Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushes for 222 yards

A week after coach Dale Weiner earned his 300th career win, Catholic High is still soaring. Junior running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire amassed 318 total yards with three touchdowns, the defense forced four turnovers and the Bears cruised to a 34-6 win against East Ascension on Friday night at Olympia Stadium in the District 5-5A opener for both… Continue reading →

University High routs Baker

BAKER — During his film study of University High this week, Baker coach Richard Oliver didn’t believe there was a possibility the Cubs could rival last year’s Division II state championship team. “After playing them tonight, I think this team is just as good,” Oliver said. Top-ranked University scored on its first four possessions,… Continue reading →

Central ends Walker’s hot start with a 55-25 road win

WALKER — Coming off a winless 2014 season, Walker made headlines throughout nondistrict play by starting 5-0. Central High sent a message Friday night that District 4-5A’s other Wildcats may be a contender themselves. Thanks to a flurry of long-distance pass plays in the third quarter, Central turned an evenly matched first half into… Continue reading →

St. Amant defense leads the way in 37-8 win over McKinley

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    St. Amant Highschool gators enter the field Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 for their football game against McKinley Highschool panthers.

ST. AMANT — There were too many penalties and too many turnovers, but St. Amant’s pit crew came to the rescue Friday night. The St. Amant defense kept McKinley from putting together a sustained drive all game long, and the Gators squeezed out enough offense to throttle the Panthers 37-8 at The Pit. “They… Continue reading →

IMG Academy too strong in first half, rolls past Southern Lab 42-0 in Florida showdown

BRADENTON, Fla. — With postseason baseball underway, it’s almost fitting IMG Academy football pitched its first shutout of the season. The Ascenders (6-0) dismantled visiting Southern Lab 42-0 Friday night, reassuring everyone why they are ranked No. 10 in the nation by USA Today. “The shutout wasn’t as important to me as… Continue reading →

Behind dominant first half, Plaquemine cruises past St. Michael 41-14

PLAQUEMINE — Every time Plaquemine finds its way to the end zone, the boom from a small cannon can be heard throughout its home field. That cannon fired early and often Friday night in the Green Devils’ District 6-4A opener, a 41-14 win over St. Michael. Plaquemine accumulated 232 yards on the ground… Continue reading →

'My phone hasn’t stopped all day': Live Oak High football at all-time high after historic win vs. Denham Springs

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Live Oak head coach Brett Beard speaks with Hunter Kelley (2) during a timeout against Denham Springs, Thursday, October 8, 2015, at Denham Springs High School in Denham Springs, La.

. Brett Beard’s phone hasn’t stopped ringing. And when it’s not ringing, the tone that announces the arrival of yet another text message goes off. Such is life for the Live Oak High football coach after his team pulled off the upset no one expected. Live Oak edged Livingston Parish rival Denham Springs High 16-14 in a District 4-5A opener… Continue reading →

West Feliciana uses big first quarter to cruise past Brusly

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   West Feliciana's Ronald Sims gets away from Brusly's Dylan Claiborne during Friday's night game at Brusly High.

BRUSLY — Just about everything went right for West Feliciana in the first quarter of Friday’s game against Brusly. The Saints put together three quick scoring drives that lasted two, three and four plays, respectively and scored 24 points in the first quarter on the way to a 32-6 District 6-3A victory over host… Continue reading →

Dunham blanks East Feliciana

CLINTON — East Feliciana was celebrating homecoming Friday night, but visiting quarterback Mike Williams made Dunham feel right at home Friday night. Williams passed for three touchdowns and ran for two as Dunham rolled over East Feliciana 34-0 in a District 6-2A clash. “I have to give credit to our offensive line,” said… Continue reading →

Javin Myers rushes for 162 yards, 3 TDs in Woodlawn’s win

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Belaire High's Da'Quan Hicks (6) is brought down by Woodlawn High's Troy Domino (9) during Belaire's home game against Woodlawn on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.

Two of the area’s top running backs took the field at Belaire High School on Friday night when the homestanding Bengals met Woodlawn in a District 6-4A opener. Daquan Hicks of Belaire and Javin Myers of Woodlawn figured heavily in both teams’ game plans and both had sterling nights as the Panthers took home a 41-12 win.… Continue reading →

Blocked FG boosts Catholic-PC 28-23

NEW ROADS — Catholic-Pointe Coupee took head coach David Simoneaux’s urge for resiliency to a new level. Eleven seconds remained on the clock when Reed Smith scored the game-winning touchdown off a blocked field goal attempt to give the Hornets a 28-23 win over Westminster Academy at NRG Field Friday night. Smith pulled the Hornets past… Continue reading →

Albany rolls over Grace King

ALBANY — The Albany Hornets have spent the first part of the season trying to build a head of steam for district play, and on Friday night against Grace King, the Hornets looked as ready as could be for the start of District 7-3A play next week. The Hornets offense didn’t have the ball much… Continue reading →

Zachary replaces girls hoops coach Barnes with Stephens

Advocate staff file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Zachary coach April Brown Barnes directs players during the game between Destrehan and Zachary in February 2014 at Zachary High School in Zachary.

April Brown Barnes has been replaced as head girls basketball coach and assistant Mike Stephens has been named the head coach, Zachary Principal Joe LeBlanc said. “This is a decision I made before this morning, and I just told the team,” LeBlanc said. “April remains at our school as a teacher. For personnel reasons, I really can’t… Continue reading →

State roundup: Rummel’s Jay Roth gets 200th win

Jay Roth has had his share of Gatorade baths in his 21 seasons at Rummel. Many of them, he admitted, he tried to avoid. “I wasn’t going to run from this one,” a drenched Roth said Friday night. “I enjoyed it.” This one, which came after a hard-fought 21-14 victory over Holy Cross at Tad… Continue reading →

Local roundup: Hannan, Thibodaux pick up wins

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLERJust a little old-fashioned footballMcDonough's Eric Smith (54) brings down Belle Chasse's Trey Green during the first quarter of Thursday's game at Pan-Am Stadium.

FRANKLINTON — Ryan Hensurling’s 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped seal a 27-13 win for Archbishop Hannan on against Pine in a District 9-2A showdown Friday night. The Hawks (4-2, 2-1) took an early seven point lead on a 31-yard pass from Payton Hudson to Kem McDonald. Pine answered immediately with Adarvious Berry returning… Continue reading →

Live Oak ends drought against Denham Springs with 16-14 victory

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Live Oak's Will Higginbotham (14) is stopped by, from left, Denham Springs' Nick Berthelot (46), Kaleb Pipes (52), John Ross (33), and Jordan Collier (8) on Thursday at Denham Springs.

DENHAM SPRINGS — In the deciding moments of this emotional District 4-5A opener, the memory of Live Oak High kicker Nathan Holliday was the only thing that was short. Holliday put aside the extra point he had hooked minutes earlier to beat Denham Springs 16-14 on a 30-yard field goal with 1:10 remaining… Continue reading →

District 4-5A showdown: Scotlandville, Zachary open league play Friday

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Scotlandville quarterback Levi Lewis hands the ball off to running back Trenton Charles against East Ascension last month.

Robert Valdez said the significance of Scotlandville’s Week 6 football game soared to new heights when he answered his phone Tuesday night. “I’m watching film and I get this call from my mother-in-law in Douglasville, Georgia,” Valdez said. “She wanted to know about the game and the game plan. So, I took some time to… Continue reading →

Madison Prep holds off Northeast for 21-20 win in District 7-2A

PRIDE — Northeast quarterback Marqueon Minor had helped his team wipe out most of a two-touchdown deficit in the second half against Madison Prep Academy when he stepped on the field for one final series. The Chargers had to hold their breath one final time. Minor moved Northeast into Madison Prep… Continue reading →

Catholic-Pointe Coupee displays resiliency as it gets ready to start district

The past two weeks for Catholic-Pointe Coupee have been a prime example of a team responding to first-year coach David Simoneaux Jr.’s early-season mantra. “Our battle cry was just for these kids to show some resiliency,” he said. “Earlier in the year, we struggled overcoming that emotionally.” Since then Catholic-PC (2-3) has displayed… Continue reading →

Catholic High meet draws field of almost 800 runners

There is no guarantee that the Catholic High Invitational can duplicate the record-setting times recorded last weekend. But with a total of 773 runners entered in Saturday’s two varsity races, the possibilities should be epic nonetheless. “I’m not expecting times like that again ... the weather is supposed to be warmer,” Catholic coach Pete Boudreaux said.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area’s Class 5A, 4A football capsules

Central at Walker 7 p.m. at Walker High RECORDS: Central 3-2; Walker 5-0 LAST WEEK: Central beat McKinley 28-19; Walker beat Assumption 38-14 PLAYERS TO WATCH: CENTRAL: QB Gabe Brown, RB Xavier LewisWR Trenton Guay; WALKER: DL Noah Cox, DL Mac Patterson, WR Terrell Warner, RB Jalen Hills. NOTEWORTHY: An intriguing District 4-5A opener. ... Walker can clinch… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area’s Class 3A, 2A, 1A football capsules

Ascension Christian vs. Ascension Catholic 7 p.m. at Boutte Memorial Stadium-Donaldsonville RECORDS: Ascension Christian 3-2; Ascension Catholic 1-4 beat Houma Christian 28-27; Ascension Catholic lost to White Castle 38-7 LAST WEEK: Ascension Christian beat Houma Christian 28-27; Ascension Catholic lost to White Castle 38-7 PLAYERS TO WATCH: ASCENSION CHRISTIAN: RB Brye Templet, TE Nick Schexnayder, SB/DB Seth Mangrum; ASCENSION… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area prep report

Ascension Catholic 3, St. John 0 St. John 13 22 20 Ascension Catholic 25 25 25 Team leaders: ASCENSION CATHOLIC: Grace Villa (12 kills, 17 digs), Rae’Shaun Malancon (8 kills, 2 blocks), Julia Beck (5 kills, 11 digs), Carson Dunn (4 kills, 3 aces, 15 digs), Michayla Spano (28 assists, 2 kills, 9 digs); ST. JOHN: Payton Passantino (7… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area football report

Games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Thursday Airline 44, Mansfield 0 Basile 34, North Central 0 Calvary Baptist Academy 49, North Caddo 7 Carencro 69, Opelousas 8 East Beauregard 45, Grand Lake 14 Easton 70, Riverdale 6 Elton 40, Lake Charles College Prep 14 H.L. Bourgeois 29, Westgate 0 Haynes Academy 41, Fisher 0 Higgins 28, East… Continue reading →

St. Michael’s Morrison commits to Southeastern

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- St. Michael's Tyler Morrison shoots despite pressure from Plaquemine's Kiffani Young on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, during their game at Plaquemine High.

Deciding when to commit to a college can be almost as important as deciding on the right school. There was no drama for St. Michael the Archangel girls basketball player Tyler Morrison, who committed to Southeastern Louisiana University on Wednesday night. “It had been on my mind for a while,” Morrison said of her decision. “I… Continue reading →

Football report

Week 6 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 Friday Classes 5A/4A Central (4-5A) at Walker (4-5A) Scotlandville (4-5A) at Zachary… Continue reading →

A few minutes with … Patrick Queen

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP --  Patrick Queen, Livonia running back

Based on former players who now play defensive back in the NFL ranks, LSU is often referred to as DBU by fans and the media. Livonia can lay claim to the moniker Running Back Prep based on the past few seasons. Senior Patrick Queen is the latest in the line of running backs for the Wildcats, who… Continue reading →

Thursday’s football capsules

Christian Life vs. Capitol 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium RECORDS: Christian Life 3-2, 1-2 in District 6-2A; Capitol 0-5, 0-2 LAST WEEK: Christian Life lost to Northeast 46-12; Capitol lost to Episcopal 38-14 PLAYERS TO WATCH: CHRISTIAN LIFE: OL Jayvis Haynesm DL Humberto Gomes, RB Louis Briggs; CAPITOLWR/KR Devin Joseph, CB/WR Michael Bash, C Christian… Continue reading →

Volleyball report for Wednesday, Oct. 7

Ascension Catholic 2, St. John 1 Ascension Catholic 25 22 25 St. John 13 25 20 Team leaders: ASCENSION CATHOLIC: Grace Villa (12 kills, 17 digs), Rae’Shuan Malancon (8 kills, 2 blocks), Julia Beck (5 kills, 11 digs), Carson Dunn (4 kills, 3 aces, 15 digs), Michayla Spano (28 assists, 2 kills, 9 digs). Team records: Ascension Catholic 18-8,… Continue reading →

In the spotlight

Amy Miller, St, Joseph's Academy swimmer

Girls swimming Amy Miller, St. Joseph’s Finishing first is nothing new for Miller or the Redstickers. Miller still managed to make quite an impression in her first Capital City Swim League meet of the year. She won the 100-yard freestyle in 54.41 seconds and later won the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.57. “I was the most pleased… Continue reading →

Lutcher edges St. Michael in five-game volleyball match

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- St. Michael libero Reide Wallace, left, hits the ball over the net as Molly Smith watches against Lutcher on Tuesday at St. Michael.

Lutcher 6-foot senior Jariel Tureaud is known for her power at the net. An LSU volleyball commitment, Tureaud also displayed her prowess while serving in a decisive fifth set Tuesday. Lutcher scored seven points in the fifth set with Tureaud serving and contributing two back row kills as the Bulldogs defeated host St. Michael the Archangel 25-22,… Continue reading →

Fledgling Mentorship laying foundation in volleyball

Just as with Rome, successful volleyball programs aren’t built in a day. For a second-year program, Mentorship Academy located in downtown Baton Rouge, the road to winning is rugged. In 2014, the Sharks were relegated to playing in only junior varsity matches. Now Mentorship is district eligible, but it has yet to win a… Continue reading →

Prep report for Tuesday, Oct. 6

Cross country polls Boys Composite poll 1. St. Paul’s (10) 100 2. John Curtis 80 3. Brother Martin 77 4. Catholic-BR 61 5. Jesuit 58 6. Episcopal-BR 52 7. Parkway 44 8. Holy Cross 30 9. Mandeville 26 10. Rummel 11 Also receiving votes: E.D. White, Assumption, Fontainebleau Girls… Continue reading →

In the spotlight

Thomas Kelton, Denham Springs cross country runner

Girls cross country Gabbi Chauvin, St. Joseph’s Academy Chauvin’s track specialties include the 400 and 800 meters. She reinforced her cross country role with a three-mile personal best of 18 minutes, 45 seconds to place sixth at the St. Joseph’s Invitational on Saturday. The time shattered Chauvin’s previous best by 30 seconds. “The weather was cool, and… Continue reading →

Randy Richard to become Episcopal athletic director in July

Randy Richard, Episcopal athletic director

Episcopal announced Tuesday that Randy Richard is set to become the school’s athletic director in July. Richard, a former football player at Catholic High and Louisiana Tech, is in his 13th year as a teacher/coach at the Class 2A school. He is in his fourth year as dean of students. Richard… Continue reading →

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 →