Teams like Zachary, St. Michael can take big steps toward district titles

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- St. Michael's Logan Knox scores a touchdown as Broadmoor's Rich Bolden tries to make the tackle earlier this month.

District titles are among the major prizes up for grabs when Baton Rouge’s high school football teams reach Week 9 of their 10-game seasons each year. As Class 5A Zachary and 4A St. Michael the Archangel approach their respective Week 9 Friday showdowns the notion of breaking down barriers is as important as breaking down another opponent.… Continue reading →

Classes 5A, 4A football capsules

Central at Walker 7 p.m. at Walker High RECORDS: Central 2-6, 0-4 in District 4-5A; Walker 0-8, 0-4 LAST WEEK: Central lost to Broadmoor 34-22; Walker lost to Zachary 70-20 PLAYERS TO WATCH: CENTRAL: OL Anthony… Continue reading →

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

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Plaquemine takes the field before kickoff against Lutcher, Friday, Oct. 24, at Plaquemine High School.

Advocate sportswriter Robin Fambrough previews a big night of high school games in the Baton Rouge area. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Next-level sportsmanship: Episcopal JV football allows autistic St. John player to score surreal touchdown

St. John's Grant Cedotal (#81) scores a touchdown against St. John-Plaquemine in a junior varsity football game. In a show of sportsmanship, Episcopal allowed Cedotal, who has autism, to run for the score. (Courtesy photo from Otey White)

Episcopal football coach Travis Bourgeois helped create a lasting memory for an opposing player. Continue reading →

U-High tries to keep district title run going

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- U-High's Tre Jackson intercepts a pass thrown by Port Allen quarterback Deven Hammond on Oct. 17 in Port Allen.

The district football championship trophies have been piling up in University High’s trophy case at an alarming rate. Coaching and talent are part of the formula for the Cubs that’s produced three straight league titles, along with an understood mission statement from the top. “We talk to them all the time about district championships,” U-High coach… Continue reading →

Classes 3A, 2A, 1A capsules

Albany at Bogalusa 7 p.m. at Bogalusa High RECORDS: Albany 2-6, 0-3 in District 8-3A; Bogalusa 3-5, 2-1 LAST WEEK: Albany lost to Loranger 34-8; Bogalusa beat Independence 37-28 PLAYERS TO WATCH: ALBANY: QB Skylier Lehmann,… Continue reading →

Another Bears-Rams showdown

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Acadiana High's Malik Eugene is pushed out of bounds b yComeaux's Hunter Register earlier this month.

Throughout the history of District 3-5A football, the Acadiana-Carencro game has had big implications on the district championship. Friday night at the Cro Dome, the Rams (5-3, 4-1 in District 3-5A) and Bears (6-2, 4-1) are part of a four-way tie for first place. The other two teams tied for first — Barbe and Sulphur — square… Continue reading →

Volleyball report

Brusly 3, Livonia 0 Brusly 25 25 25 Livonia 12 4 11 Team leaders: BRUSLY: Caitlyn Williams (14 kills, 4 blocks), Johnee LeBlanc (10 kills, 4 aces, 1 block, 7 digs), Briana Granville (6 kills). Team records: Brusly 27-10, 10-2 Division III, District 4. Parkview Baptist 3, Baker 0 Baker 0 7 8 Parkview 25 25 25 Team leaders: PARKVIEW: Neely Burns (21 aces, 21 assists), Welsey Annfarm (10… Continue reading →

Football scores, schedule

Thursday’s scores Week 9 schedule Games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Friday Scotlandville (4-5A) at Broadmoor (4-5A) Central (4-5A) at Walker (4-5A) Zachary… Continue reading →

Ascension Catholic breaks 3-way tie to win district title

The matches won’t count on this season’s ledger, but there was no denying their importance Thursday night at the Team Sportsplex. Ascension Catholic’s volleyball squad won a pair of matches to claim the District 3, Division 5 championship breaking a three-way tie in the process. Rae’Shaun Malancon had 10 kills, and Michayla Spano had 12 assists to… Continue reading →

Lutcher routs Belaire despite six turnovers

LUTCHER — The Lutcher Bulldogs had no trouble moving the football Thursday night. Holding on to the ball was another story. But despite fumbling the ball away on their first two possessions, three of their first five and a total of six times on the night, Lutcher was able to take a 43-16 victory over… Continue reading →

Catholic-Pointe Coupee finds home to its liking in routing North Central

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Catholic-Pointe Coupee's Jacob Juge intercepts a pass intended for North Central at NRG Field in New Roads Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

NEW ROADS — The Thin Lizzy hit “The Boys Are Back in Town” boomed through the speakers as the players began pre-game warm-ups. Catholic-Pointe Coupee football coach Rob Funderburk wasn’t quite sure that was a good thing. The Hornets hadn’t won a home game since September 2013. A 43-point first-half explosion proved Funderburk had little… Continue reading →

Silliman to host Ben’s Ford in MAIS playoffs

Silliman Institute hosts its first playoff game since 2001 when it welcomes Ben’s Ford for the second consecutive week in the first round of Mississippi Association of Independent Schools playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday. Silliman (8-2) beat Ben’s Ford (6-4) 39-7 last week, and the Wildcats have outscored their last four regular-season opponents 160-14 while shutting out… Continue reading →

Next-level sportsmanship: Episcopal JV football allows autistic St. John player to score surreal touchdown

St. John's Grant Cedotal (#81) scores a touchdown against St. John-Plaquemine in a junior varsity football game. In a show of sportsmanship, Episcopal allowed Cedotal, who has autism, to run for the score. (Courtesy photo from Otey White)

Episcopal football coach Travis Bourgeois helped create a lasting memory for an opposing player. Continue reading →

St. Joseph’s sweeps U-High but both teams take away positives

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- St. Joseph's Academy's Alexis Toney lunges after a kill shot against University High on Wednesday at U- High.

It was another 3-0 volleyball victory for St. Joseph’s Academy in a road match Wednesday at University High. It was one of the final matches before the volleyball playoffs begin and both teams left with positive vibes. SJA (36-2) again displayed power at the net and strong outside hitting in taking a 25-19, 25-19 and 25-16 victory.… Continue reading →

Belaire, Catholic-Pointe Coupee football teams have different perspectives

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN FAMBROUGH -- Catholic-Pointe Coupee's  Jacob Juge talks with coach Rob Funderburk during an August practice.

Belaire High enters its game as the underdog. The shoe is on the other foot for Catholic-Pointe Coupee. Two Thursday night football games with different implications for teams from different classifications. Could there be upsets on the eve of Halloween? “We’re motivated and have the opportunity to win one or two more games and position ourselves… Continue reading →

Thursday’s football capsules

Belaire at Lutcher 6 p.m. at Lutcher High RECORDS: Belaire 3-5, 0-2 in District 6-4A; Lutcher 4-4, 1-2. LAST WEEK: Belaire beat Redemptorist 30-27; Lutcher lost to Plaquemine 28-14 PLAYERS TO WATCH: BELAIRE: RB Dequan Hicks, OL Julian Williams, DB Pertrell Palmer, WR Taurus Wilson; LUTCHER: QB Jontre Kirkland, WR Al’Dontre Davis, DL Sully Laiche, RB Ricky Ross.… Continue reading →

Week 9 Prep Football Schedule

Advocate Staff photo by John Oubre - Scotlandville running back Delmas Holmes is caught from behind by an East St. John defender earlier this month.

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 →

Sacred Heart tops Rayne in volleyball

GRAND COTEAU — The comeback Megan McCown expected from her Academy of The Sacred Heart team in the second set against Rayne on Wednesday night was nothing like she anticipated. Instead what she witnessed, McCown said, somewhat exceeded her expectations. Trailing Rayne 13-3 early, the Saints won seven of the next eight points and then grabbed… Continue reading →

Frederick Williams doing it all for Church Point

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Church Point safety Frederick Williams runs with the ball during practice Wednesday in Church Point.

Church Point’s Frederick Williams has scored in almost every way conceivable this season, but his true value to the No. 5 Bears may not be the points he’s scored but the ones he’s prevented. Patrolling the back end of Church Point’s defense at strong safety, Williams has relied on his track background in some cases to provide touchdown-saving… Continue reading →

Caden Cunningham a leader on Acadiana’s offensive line

SCOTT — When playing for a program like Acadiana, known for running the football, the offensive line may get a little more credit than a run-of-the-mill offensive line. The Wreckin’ Rams’ vaunted rushing attack relies on dependable run blockers, and this year’s edition of their veer offense has no more dependable lineman to hitch the attack… Continue reading →

Thursday’s Acadiana Prep Football Capsules

All games begin at 7 p.m. North Central (1-7, 0-3) at Catholic Pointe Coupee (3-4, 1-1) Last year: Catholic won 49-6 The buzz: Catholic scored 42 first-half points last week to get back on track after losing two straight games, but it needed all of those points… Continue reading →

Thursday’s Acadiana Prep Football Capsules

All games begin at 7 p.m. North Central (1-7, 0-3) at Catholic Pointe Coupee (3-4, 1-1) Last year: Catholic won 49-6 The buzz: Catholic scored 42 first-half points last week to get back on track after losing two straight games, but it needed all of those points… Continue reading →

Kirkland Mawae finds his niche in swimming, not football

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  Dunham's Kirkland Mawae enters the Capital Swim League Championships with some of the top times in the 100-yard backstroke and breaststroke.

There’s one question Kirkland Mawae is used to hearing. The Dunham School senior doesn’t blink when people ask why he’s not a football player. “The last time I played football in an organized way I was in the fifth and sixth grade,” Mawae said. “It was a rec league team, and at the time I could… Continue reading →

Barry Siguar stalwart on West Feliciana defense holding teams to 13 points a game

Barry Sigur, West Feliciana

West Feliciana’s Barry Sigur didn’t think anyone outside of the Saints program knew his name. After all, no one pays much attention to senior defensive backs that have only been on the team for the past two years, especially when big-time college recruits walk the same sidelines. Sigur flew under the radar for most of the season… Continue reading →

U-High RB Nick Brossette 9th nationally on career touchdown list

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKUniversity High's Matt Lasalle, left, and Reuel Walker, right, celebrate Nick Brossette scored a touchdowns against  Port Allen earlier this month. Brossette's 130 career rushing touchdowns rank No. 9 nationally.

Four rushing touchdowns in last week’s 56-21 victory over Denham Springs High helped University Highsenior running back Nick Brossette move up to No. 9 on the all-time national list for rushing touchdowns scored. The LSU commitment now has 130 rushing TDs during his four-year high school career and is just one TD behind Lorenzo Booker, who scored 131… Continue reading →

Highland Baptist running back Bronte Griffin churning out big yardage

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Highland Baptist running back Bronte Griffin takes the ball from quarterback Logan Jordan during Tuesday's practice. Griffin, a freshman has rushed 157 times for 1,436 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Highland Baptist freshman fullback Brontre Griffin had already done some of his best work Friday in a back-and-forth District 7-1A contest with Hanson Memorial. Griffin scored four touchdowns in his most productive game, before getting summoned once more with the Bears facing a one-point deficit with just less than seven minutes to play. Highland needed eight… Continue reading →

Ascension Episcopal outlasts Lafayette in five sets

When the volleyball teams for Lafayette High and Ascension Episcopal School encountered a marathon, the Gators managed to make a final push to the finish line. AES hung on for a 25-21, 26-28, 25-19, 24-26, 15-13 victory over the homestanding Lions on Tuesday. “We made a lot more hitting errors than normal, but we kept playing… Continue reading →

Focused St. Thomas More sweeps Carencro

Focus on the volleyball court can make all the difference as St. Thomas More and Carencro High found out Tuesday in a 25-10, 25-3, 25-7 victory for the Lady Cougars at home. STM got out to a fast start, and although Carencro was able to string together some good points, the match was dominated by the… Continue reading →

Capital City Swim League

Clayton Black, St. Joseph's Academy swimmer, owns the top Capital City Swim League times in the 100-, 200-, and 500-yard freestyle races.

Top three times Here are the top times swam by during Capital City Swim League regular-season meets. Boys 50-yard freestyle: 1, Colin Bone, Catholic, 22.07. 2, Brady Grenfell, Catholic, 22.35. 3, Luke Zeringue, Lutcher, 22.82. 100 freestyle: 1, Nick… Continue reading →

Prep report for Tuesday, Oct. 28

Brusly 3, Southern Lab 0 Brusly 25 25 25 Southern Lab 18 4 8 Team leaders: Brusly: Johnee Leblanc (11 kills, 7 aces, 2 blocks, 3 assists), Caitlyn Williams (9 kills), Brianna Granville (5 kills), Victoria Genusa (2 aces, 24 assists); Southern Lab: Kennedy Williams (3 kills, 2 aces, 7 digs), Saije Bady (2 kills, 8 assists, 4 digs), Autumn Moore (2 kills, 2 aces,… Continue reading →

Livonia weathers several changes to claim No. 6 ranking in LSWA’s Class 3A football poll

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Head Coach for the Livonia Wildcats, Guy Mistretta is seen during Thursday night's jamboree at Clark Field.

There’s been more to Livonia’s 7-0 overall record, 3-0 start in District 5-3A and Class 3A’s No. 6 ranking than just offensive execution and defensive dominance. More importantly, there’s been an acceptance of a new coaching staff and new players who once again have helped the Wildcats establish one of the state’s top Class 3A teams.… Continue reading →

LSWA Prep Football Polls

Class 5A Rec. Pts. Pvs. 1. Rummel (10) 8-0 120 1 2. Destrehan 8-0 101 2 3. Ponchatoula 8-0 96 3 4. Byrd 8-0 93 4 5. Jesuit 6-2 73 5 6. Catholic-BR 7-1 67 6 7. Brother Martin 7-1 66 7 8. Parkway 6-2 46 8 9. Zachary 7-1 40 9 10. West Monroe 6-2 28 10 Others receiving points: Thibodaux 24, Haughton 12, Acadiana 7, St. Paul’s 4, Barbe 3, Carencro 3, Mandeville 1.… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s Prep Football Top 10s

Class 5A-4A 1. Catholic (7-1): The sixth-ranked Bears were impressive in their win over McKinley last week and are the only unbeaten in 5-5A. 2. Zachary (7-1): The Broncos put up 70 points last week and face Denham Springs in a 4-5A title showdown this week. 3. St. Michael (8-0) and Plaquemine… Continue reading →

Woodlawn defeats Baton Rouge High in volleyball

Woodlawn High gained a measure of revenge by defeating Baton Rouge High 3-1 in Division I, District 2 volleyball at BRHS on Monday. BRHS claimed the first set 25-15 before Woodlawn took the next three sets 25-21, 25-20 and 25-12. This was the third meeting between the teams this season, and the Lady Bulldogs swept the… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s Prep Volleyball Top 5s

Divisions I-II 1. St. Joseph’s Academy (35-2): The Redstickers have won six straight after losing to Mount Carmel for a second time. 2. St. Amant (24-10): The Division I, District 3 Gators have played a tough-as-nails schedule, and it looks like it’s paying off. 3. Central (20-11) and St.… Continue reading →

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Zachary volleyball player Keandra Williams

Football Jonas Guichet Catholic-Pointe Coupee By the numbers: Guichet accounted for five touchdowns and completed 19 of 29 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns for the Hornets in a 55-51 come-from-behind win over Sacred Heart-Ville Platte. He scored the winning TD on a… Continue reading →

Notre Dame of Crowley bounces back from loss to Catholic-New Iberia to run off three straight wins, claim No. 8 spot in Class 3A poll

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP -- Notre Dame coach Lewis Cook stands on the sideline before the Pios' game against Breaux Bridge at Gardner Memorial Stadium in Crowley earlier this season.

How’s this for answering the bell? Notre Dame of Crowley, playing without five starters who were suspended, suffered an uncharacteristic 56-28 loss Oct. 2 to Class 2A’s No. 3 Catholic High-New Iberia. The Pioneers, who also lost leading rusher Lance Bertrand on their second series, trailed 28-0 after the first quarter 42-14 at halftime… Continue reading →

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.

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 →