District 4-5A unbeatens Denham Springs, Zachary tangle Friday night

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott, center, fights hard for extra yardage near the goal line against Live Oak earlier this month. Zachary takes on Denham Springs in a battle of 4-0 District 4-5A teams Friday night.

If you wanted to write a “Friday Night Lights” type of script based on one week of Louisiana’s high school football season, Week 9 in Baton Rouge might be a good place to start. “There’s really nothing like it,” Zachary High coach David Brewerton said. “It’s the ninth week of the season and you get to go… Continue reading →

LHSAA at crucial juncture minus a commissioner

Since the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s executive committee and now former Executive Director Kenny Henderson announced they were mutually “severing ties” with each other Thursday the reaction has been swift and intense. Henderson’s critics applauded the move. Others were left scratching their heads. Now the LHSAA finds itself at a crossroads. The state’s governing body… Continue reading →

Catholic-Pointe Coupee edges Sacred Heart

VILLE PLATTE — Jonas Guichet scored on a 7-yard run with 17 seconds left to give Catholic-Pointe Coupee a 55-51 victory over Sacred Heart-Ville Platte in a District 5-1A game played Friday night at Sacred Heart. Dylan Scully’s 1-yard touchdown run with 48 seconds remaining gave SHVP (4-4, 2-1) a 51-49 lead. CHSPC’s Guichet then… Continue reading →

Pope John Paul tops Barbe in Dunham tourney final

Out-of-towners had a fine time at the Dunham School’s volleyball tournament at the Team Sportsplex on Saturday. Pope John Paul of Slidell (34-5) and Barbe of Lake Charles (32-3) battled through pool play and the elimination rounds to meet in the final, with Barbe rallying to claim the championship in three sets, 18-25, 25-20 and 15-11.… Continue reading →

Four teams tied for first in District 3-5A square off against each this week

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Acadiana's Myles Hutchinson tries to escape Comeaux defenders Dylan Vaughan (35) and Jaleel Moore (13) earlier this month. Acadiana will be playing Carenco in battle of two of the four teams tied for District 3-5A lead. Buy this photo

The District 3-5A version of the College Football Playoff is set for Friday. The league’s top four teams — Acadiana, Barbe, Carencro and Sulphur — are all tied for the league’s lead with 4-1 records and play one another. While Barbe (6-2) travels to Sulphur (5-3), the spotlight in the Acadiana area will be… Continue reading →

Notebook: Red Stick Bowl nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted for the 13th annual U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl football all-star game set for Dec. 21 at Olympia Stadium. The annual game for top seniors in the Baton Rouge area will feature two of this season’s most successful coaches, St. Michael the Archangel’s Paul Varnado and Brett Beard of Woodlawn High. Local-area… Continue reading →

Week 9 football schedule

Games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Thursday Belaire (6-4A) at Lutcher (6-4A), 6 p.m. North Central (5-1A) at Catholic-Pointe Coupee (5-1A) Gueydan (7-1A) at Lafayette Christian… Continue reading →

How the LSWA football polls fared

Here’s how teams ranked in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s high school football polls fared during the eighth week of the regular season. Class 5A 1, Rummel (8-0) beat Jesuit 10-7 2, Destrehan (8-0) beat South Lafourche 55-0 3,… Continue reading →

Prep report for Saturday, Oct. 25

Volleyball 39th Episcopal Invitational At Episcopal Pool A standings: 1. Episcopal, 3-0. 2. Live Oak, 2-1. 3. East St. John, 1-2. 4. Christian Life, 0-3. Pool B standings: 1. St. John, 3-0. 2. McKinley, 2-1. 3. Port Allen, 1-2. 4. Runnels, 0-3. Final: Episcopal 2 St. John 1 (25-16, 19-25, 15-11) Stats: Episcopal: Erika Grant (7 kills, 2… Continue reading →

Week 8 football scores

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Northeast's Dominic Yates tries to break away from Episcopal's Jeremiah Mayes on Friday night at EHS. Buy this photo

Saturday’s games Grace King 50, Sci Academy 8 Holy Cross 38, St. Augustine 20 Rummel 10, Jesuit 7 Thomas Jefferson 28, Clark 6 Varnado 42, Haynes Academy 6 Warren Easton 40, Miller-McCoy… Continue reading →

Volleyball schedule

Monday Woodlawn at Baton Rouge High, 4 p.m. St. Michael at Live Oak, 4 p.m. H.L. Bourgeois at St. Amant, 4 p.m. Plaquemine at St. John, 4 p.m. East Ascension at Walker, 4 p.m.… Continue reading →

Cross country results

Tom Nolan Invitational Lafayette Boys Team scores: 1. Lafayette, 35. 2. Comeaux, 64. 3. Episcopal School of Acadiana, 99. 4. University, 122. 5. Teurlings Catholic, 128. 6. Sulphur, 188. 7. St. Michael, 197. 8. Opelousas, 215. 9. Beau Chene, 215. 10. Erath, 259. 11. Kaplan, 298. 12. Abbeville, 308. 13. Port Barre, 328. Top 10: 1.… Continue reading →

Acadiana Week 9 schedule

Games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Thursday Gueydan (7-1A) at Lafayette Christian (7-1A) West St. Mary (6-3A) at Erath (6-3A) Friday Acadiana (3-5A) at Carencro (3-5A) Barbe (3-5A) at Sulphur (3-5A) Comeaux (3-5A) at New Iberia (3-5A) Lafayette (3-5A) at Sam Houston (3-5A) Rayne (4-4A) at Beau Chene (4-4A) Eunice… Continue reading →

Catholic-New Iberia rallies to beat Opelousas Catholic

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Brandon Potier makes a tackle against Opelousas Catholic on Friday night. Buy this photo

Although his Catholic High-New Iberia team trailed by five points at halftime, Brent Indest told his players not to worry. Despite the score, things were actually going their way, Indest said. “We came in at halftime and we didn’t panic. They scored on a couple of haymakers and trick plays… Continue reading →

Acadiana capitalizes on fumble return

SCOTT — With 1:37 remaining on the clock, Acadiana found itself with its back against the wall in a tie ball game and Sam Houston driving deep into Rams territory. “At that point, we’re just calling timeouts and trying to save a little time,” Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said. “Then — it happens.”… Continue reading →

Three interception returns for TDs spark Parkview over Port Allen

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Port Allen's Ken Broussard is caught by Parkview's Xavier Davis as he turns the corner on friday night. Buy this photo

Within a two-minute span, Parkview Baptist overcame its first deficit of the game. One quarter later, the Eagles were celebrating a blowout victory. No. 7 Parkview reeled off 40 unanswered points over the game’s last 14 minutes, including a school-record three interception returns for touchdowns, to pull away for a 60-26 District 7-3A victory Friday over Port… Continue reading →

Johnson: Opelousas special for Friday nights

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Brandon Potier makes a tackle against Opelousas Catholic on Friday night. Buy this photo

The first thing I noticed were the cars — it was impossible not to, there were so many. To get the full effect of the story behind my first trip to Opelousas, it has to be told chronologically. I was running late, and I got lost on my way to the stadium. I… Continue reading →

Plaquemine tops Lutcher

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Plaquemine quarterback D'morea Wicks is tackled by Lutcher's Dylan Recotta on Friday night at PHS. Wicks rushed 27 times for 160 yards and scored three touchdowns in his team's 28-14 victory.

There’s something to be said for consistency. The play of quarterback D’Morea Wicks offered another example of why seventh-ranked Plaquemine High is so consistent. Wicks ran for a game-high 160 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns, including a 12-yard TD run on fourth down in the fourth quarter as Plaquemine ousted Lutcher… Continue reading →

St. Michael surges past Tara

In writing the storybook start to the St. Michael’s season, coach Paul Varnado still had one qualm. His team doesn’t start fast. He’s preached it every week, especially in advance of Friday’s District 6-4A showdown with Tara. “Didn’t start as fast as we wanted to,” Varnado said. “But we were able to get moving a lot… Continue reading →

Football report

Friday’s scores Acadiana 28, Sam Houston 21 Airline 49, Southwood 6 Amite 18, Sumner 0 Arcadia 28, Grambling 22 Ascension Episcopal 46, Gueydan 6 Avoyelles 64, Vidalia 12… Continue reading →

Nick Brossette scores five touchdowns in U-High win over Denham Springs

Top-ranked University High School showed that it has the moxie of a championship team on Friday night. Facing a severe first-quarter push from Denham Springs, the Cubs absorbed the early blow and seemingly got stronger as the game went on, knocking off the Yellow Jackets 56-21. “While you don’t want to see the other team do well,… Continue reading →

Catholic High defeats McKinley

McKinley High expected to see plenty of running back Derrius Guice when they met Catholic High at McKinley on Friday. What they got instead was a methodical Catholic offense that pounded out three long touchdown drives in a 27-6 victory that featured a short passing game and a rushing attack led by Guice’s backup, Clyde Edwards-Helaire.… Continue reading →

Scotlandville takes down Live Oak 14-6

Two key turnovers and a final dagger were the deciding factors in a 14-6 Scotlandville (6-3) victory against Live Oak (3-6) on the Hornets’ home turf. On one hand, Live Oak brought an army of runners into Scotlandville in an attempt to establish an early ground game. On the other, Scotlandville head coach Ryan Robb put… Continue reading →

Silliman’s Milton gets Blue-Grey game jersey

CLINTON — Silliman Institute’s Jozie Milton has been taking all the attention he’s been receiving lately in stride. “I thank my coaches, family and teammates for always pushing me and keeping me humble,” Milton said during a campus pep rally recognizing the school’s senior football players and cheerleaders. The 6-3, 290-pound lineman was officially… Continue reading →

Dutchtown’s 23-point rally falls short as Spartans beat parish rivals East Ascension

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  East Ascension's Kyran Irvin runs the ball on a quarterback keep against Dutchtown in the District 5-5A game on Friday, October 24 in Gonzales. Buy this photo

GONZALES — When the final whistle blew on East Ascension’s game against Dutchtown on Friday night, tears started to stream down Spartans running back Joshua Bates’ face. Sure, his team blew a 23-point lead in the second half to put the game into overtime, but none of that mattered as he crossed the goal… Continue reading →

Zachary rolls over Walker 70-20

ZACHARY — Zachary High coach David Brewerton hoped to see some improvement and better intensity from his team after last week’s last-minute 22-21 victory over Central. What he got was a dominating performance by his team, which rolled to a 70-20 triumph over struggling Walker High in a District 4-5A contest at Bronco Stadium.… Continue reading →

St. Amant snaps 3-game losing streak, defeats Woodlawn

A determined St. Amant High team snapped a three-game losing streak with two gutsy fourth-quarter drives and two key first-half defensive plays by senior end Dylan Matherne. Nathan Taylor also rushed for two touchdowns to pace St. Amant to a 28-24 road victory over Woodlawn on Friday night at WHS. “We needed a win,” St. Amant… Continue reading →

Broadmoor pushes past Central 34-22

Trailing by 14 points entering halftime Friday night at Central, Broadmoor co-coach Elliot Wilkins said he told his players the Buccaneers would outscore their District 4-5A rival 15-0 over the final 24 minutes. The Bucs were even better than Wilkins predicted. Broadmoor reeled off 26 unanswered points in the second half of a 34-22 win, combining… Continue reading →

Episcopal blanks previously unbeaten Northeast

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Episcopal's David Wade (center) attempts to move past two Northeast defenders Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, during their home game against the Vikings. Buy this photo

Consecutive losses had Episcopal with its back against the wall, but Friday night it showed why it deserved the No. 10 ranking in Class 2A. Coupling a stifling run defense with a power ground attack, Episcopal surprised previously unbeaten Northeast 31-0 at Episcopal. T.J. Wisham ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns to lead Episcopal, which… Continue reading →

Roundup: Big plays carry Kentwood by Madison Prep

KENTWOOD — Stuck in a tight game in the second half, Kentwood needed a big play to help overcome a sloppy night against Madison Prep. Instead, the fourth-ranked Kangaroos got two. Shyheim Carter connected with Tyrone Brumfield on a 47-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, and Jaleel Hampton followed with a 78-yard fourth-quarter interception return… Continue reading →

Acadiana roundup: Crowley, Livonia roll to wins

RAYNE — Ty’Von Griffin ran for 290 yards and scored all five touchdowns as Crowley knocked off eighth-ranked Rayne 33-21 in a District 4-4A game Friday night. Griffin scored on runs of 25. 5, 2 71 and 4 yards as Gents (6-2, 4-1) jumped out to a 26-0 halftime lead and held off a late Rayne rally. Jaylon Reed… Continue reading →

William Bellamy helps St. Thomas More bounce back strong

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP St. Thomas More running back Deuce Wallace (2) gets a block from offensive lineman Cole Kreger (78) against  Northside during their game at Vikings Stadium Friday Oct. 24, 2014 in Lafayette La. Buy this photo

St. Thomas More needed a big shot in the arm after its devastating loss last weekend to crosstown rival Teurlings Catholic. The Cougars got that in a big way Friday night, from the arm of quarterback William Bellamy. The STM junior threw four touchdown passes in the first half, helping build a big halftime lead,… Continue reading →

Sulphur outlasts Lafayette 42-35

A few bursts by Sulphur High School running back Derrick Guillory helped the Tors overcome a couple of special efforts by Lafayette High on Friday night. Guillory ran for 212 yards and three touchdowns as Sulphur held on for a 42-35 victory over the Lions, who recovered a pair of onside kicks in the loss. “Our… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge prep football

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Port Allen's Ken Broussard fights for yardage as he is stopped by Parkview defenders Nelson Smith (1) and Michael Tarwarter. Buy this photo

Images from the Baton Rouge area prep football on Friday Oct, 24, 2014.… Continue reading →

LHSAA search committee chairman Todd Guice says there’s no set timeline to pick a new executive director

Ouachita Parish High School Principal Todd Guice promises that the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s search for a new executive director will follow preset guidelines. Guice, who is chairman of the seven-member search committee, also dismissed any notions that a possible successor to Kenny Henderson has been targeted. “We have not had any discussions about who… Continue reading →

The Advocate's High School Football Scoreboard Powered by SportsNola.com

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- St. Thomas More Cougars taking the field at Cougar Stadium on Friday night October 17, 2014.

Get the scores from high school football games in south Louisiana on The Advocate's High School Football Scoreboard Powered by SportsNola.com. Click here to see the results. Continue reading →

Video: The Baton Rouge Advocate's High School Football Game of the Week

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Plaquemine's players hoist their helmets high during the playing of the National Anthem prior to kickoff against Brusly, Friday, Sept. 12, in Brusly. Buy this photo

Advocate sportswriter Robin Fambrough previews the Baton Rouge Advocate's High School Football Game of the Week (Lutcher vs. Plaquemine). Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Search for new LHSAA executive director to begin immediately; Kenny Henderson out

Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU -- LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson listens to a speaker during LHSAA's annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.

Kenny Henderson’s seven-year tenure as head of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association ended in about one minute. That’s how long it took Thursday for LHSAA President Vic Bonnaffee of Central Catholic to read a statement that brought an abrupt end to Henderson’s run as executive director of the state’s governing body for high school sports.… Continue reading →

Plaquemine set for key clash with Lutcher

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  Plaquemine quarterback D'Morea Wicks Buy this photo

A year ago, Plaquemine High bucked District 6-4A tradition to notch a signature victory over Lutcher High en route to the Class 4A quarterfinals. Can Lutcher return the favor a year later? That’s a major question as local teams in Class 5A-4A go into Week 8 of the high school football season. “We expect Lutcher to… Continue reading →

Northeast focused on Episcopal

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Northeast's quarterback Marqueon Minor (1) throws the ball down the field Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 during their game against Dunham at the Dunham School Stadium.

Northeast football coach David Masterson gathered his team earlier this week before the start of practice with a stern message. With Northeast (6-0, 2-0) holding onto a share of the District 6-2A lead with East Feliciana (4-2, 2-0) heading into Friday’s 7 p.m. road game at No. 10 Episcopal (4-2, 0-2), Masterson wanted his team’s attention squarely… Continue reading →

Class 5A, 4A capsules

Belaire at Redemptorist 7 p.m. at RHS’ Majella Field RECORDS: Belaire 2-5; Redemptorist 1-6 LAST WEEK: Belaire lost to Plaquemine 54-16; Redemptorist beat Sci Academy 48-0 PLAYERS TO WATCH: BELAIRE: WR/RB Dequan Hicks, RB Fred Ramsey, LB Alex Brown, DB Pertrell Palmer; REDEMPTORIST: QB Michael Williams, DB Kaleb Battle, WR Tyler Mason. NOTEWORTHY: A nondistrict game for 4A… Continue reading →

Class 3A, 2A, 1A football capsules

Ascension Catholic at West St. John 7 p.m. West St. John RECORDS: Ascension Catholic 6-1, 2-0 District 8-1A; West St. John 5-2, 2-0 LAST WEEK: Ascension Catholic beat Ascension Christian 62-7; West St. John beat East Iberville 80-8 PLAYERS TO WATCH: ASCENSION CATHOLIC: QB DC Mattingly, FB/LB James Martin, WR Cleveland Fefie, LB Cole Amedee; WEST ST. JOHN: Bradley… Continue reading →

Silliman’s Jozie Milton to play in all-star game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Silliman's Jozie Milton

Silliman Institute hosts Ben’s Ford on Friday night in Clinton to close regular-season play in District 6-2A of the Mississippi Association for Independent Schools. Everyone knows that South Carolina commitment Jozie Milton is one of the main attractions for the 7-2 Wildcats. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Milton will be the center of attention before the game begins.… Continue reading →

Dunham, Episcopal hosting volleyball tournaments this weekend

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Episcopal's Erika Grant sends the ball over her shoulders back to U-High on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 at Episcopal High School.

The Dunham Volleyball Classic and the 39th Episcopal Invitational volleyball tournament highlight the weekend sports schedule for local and area schools. Pool play for the 18-team Dunham tourney begins Friday at 4 p.m. at the Team Sportsplex located on Perkins Road. The eight-team Episcopal tourney begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. The two tourneys come… Continue reading →

Prep report for Thursday, Oct. 23

Football scores, schedule Games start at 7 p.m. Thursday C.E. Byrd 24, Parkway 17, OT Carencro 28, New Iberia 24 Central Catholic 17, Lafayette Christian 7 Fair Park 20, Loyola College Prep 9 Landry-Walker 23, McDonogh 35 13 Mangham 47, Ouachita Christian 21 Riverdale 48, Pearl River 0 Ruston 17, Ouachita Parish 14 Teurlings Catholic 37, St. Martinville… Continue reading →