The Final Score Archives

Stephen Sullivan, Dylan Moses and Michael Williams are young stars on the rise

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  University High's Dylan Moses

Dylan Moses has a simple explanation for what he does. “My thing about playing linebacker is, I like tackling people,” he said. “It releases a lot of stress. Playing linebacker I know like the back of my hand.” Understanding who the talented University High sophomore is goes beyond his 4.39-second… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Is this the year a Baton Rouge 5A team breaks through at the Superdome?

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--  Raekwon James of John Curtis is tackled by Laryon James of University High during the Division II select state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

The Big Easy. The Big Finish. That’s what every high school football team in Louisiana wants. Trips to New Orleans and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic are typically few and far between for many Baton Rouge area high schools. It’s a source of frustration for some and consternation for others.… Continue reading →

District 5-5A: There’s strength in numbers in this league, maybe the state’s toughest

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Catholic running back Derrius Guice

Woodlawn’s Brett Beard is the newcomer to the District 5-5A football fraternity. The second-year head coach made the boldest statement. “I think, top to bottom, hands down, it’s the best district in the state,” Beard said. “There are districts with great teams and some that have several really good teams. But this is a gauntlet; every… Continue reading →

District 4-5A: This league’s about more than Central’s Kevin Henry and Terrell Chatman

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Central football coach Sid Edwards

Other coaches contend the choice is obvious. Central High is the easy pick to win District 4-5A. After all, the Wildcats have won six straight district titles and advanced to the state quarterfinals last season. In safety Kevin Henry and wide receiver Terrell Chatman, Central has two seniors ranked in the nation’s top 300 recruits for 2015.… Continue reading →

District 4-5A, at a glance

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Zachary's Lindsey Scott Jr. pushes past Parkway's Dylan Whaley to score a touchdown during the 2013 Class 5A quarterfinals.

Broadmoor Buccaneers Co-coaches: Elliot Wilkins and Rusty Price 2013: 4-6, 2-4 Last playoff appearance: 2011 (lost in first round) That was then: The Bucs played well at times and struggled with small numbers during their first season back in 5A… Continue reading →

District 6-4A: Get ready for Lutcher versus Plaquemine on October 24

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD --  Lutcher coach Tim Detillier officiates the scrimmage between Lutcher and West St. John on Thursday at Lutcher High School in Lutcher.

Football games have been receiving overblown titles ever since Nebraska/Oklahoma in 1971 lived up to its billing as the “Game of the Century.” Still, even a minimalist would agree that the game in District 6-4A this season looks to be Lutcher’s Week 8 trip to Plaquemine. If the game turns out to be anything like last… Continue reading →

District 6-4A, at a glance

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Tara quarterback Jaylen Williams

Belaire Bengals Coach: Keith Woods (2-16 at Belaire) 2013: 2-8, 0-4 Last playoff appearance: 2003 (lost in first round) That was then: Quarterback Tyler Woods passed for 2,200 yards and five touchdowns, but wins were hard to come by.… Continue reading →

District 7-3A, at a glance

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- West Feliciana receiver Jazz Ferguson

Baker Buffaloes Coach: Richard Oliver (4-16 at Baker, 42-43 overall) 2013: 3-7, 1-5 Last playoff appearance: 2007 (first round) That was then: A promising start to the season with a win over Tara fizzled with four straight… Continue reading →

District 6-2A: Episcopal expects a spirited challenge

Advocate file photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois

With a pair of state semifinal appearances to its credit since the school consolidated five years ago, East Feliciana has become accustomed to deep playoff runs. That the Tigers were bounced in the regional round by Oak Grove a year ago has proved to be quite a motivational tool during the offseason and into the 2014 season.… Continue reading →

District 6-2A, at a glance

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Quarterback Jyron Walker of Dunham School

Capitol Charter Lions Coach: Cleotha Johnigan (first year, 8-2 overall) 2013: 6-5, 4-2 Last playoff appearance: 2013 (lost to Homer in first round) That was then: The Lions were one of Baton Rouge’s pleasant surprises and posted… Continue reading →

District 6-1A: It’s still all about Southern Lab versus Kentwood

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Christian Life Academy coach Keith Doole and Dameion Lee

Rivalry games — fans love them, players wait all season for them and legends arise from them. Saints-Falcons. LSU-Bama. Southern-Grambling. And, in District 6-1A football, Southern Lab-Kentwood. Players and coaches from past games pass on the legacy. Michael Roach, former coach at Southern Lab and current coach at Madison Prep, clearly recalls one… Continue reading →

District 6-1A, at a glance

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre --  Madison Prep tight end Malcolm Roach

Christian Life Crusaders Coach: Keith Dooley (31-23 at Christian Life, 51-28 overall) 2013: 7-4, 2-2 Last playoff appearance: 2013 (lost to St. John in Division IV select bidistrict round) That was then: Their 7-4 record was capped… Continue reading →

District 8-1A, at a glance

Ascension Catholic Bulldogs Coach: Doug Moreau (14-7 at ACHS, 188-103-2 overall) 2013: 7-5, 3-2 Last playoff appearance: 2013 (lost to St. Edmund in second round) That was then: Ascension Catholic took another step forward in Moreau’s second… Continue reading →

District 5-1A: With Pointe Coupee Central gone, what now?

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN FAMBROUGH -- Catholic-Pointe Coupee quarterack Jonas Guichet warms up during practice Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.

The past two seasons in District 5-1A ended the same way: Pointe Coupee Central was crowned district champion. The Cougars had an iron grip on the district after winning 14 consecutive league games dating to 2011. During the run, PCC outscored its opponents 592-252 and failed to win by at least a touchdown on just three occasions.… Continue reading →

District 5-1A, at a glance

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN FAMBROUGH -- False River Academy coach Ray Aucoin talks with players during their practice Monday Aug. 18, 2014.

Catholic-Pointe Coupee Hornets Coach: Rob Funderburk (26-31 at CPC, 26-31 overall) 2013: 6-6, 2-3 Last playoff appearance: 2013 (lost to Cedar Creek in Division IV select regional) That was then: Couldn’t break out of the… Continue reading →

LHSAA state title games are split over two weekends in 2014

Coaches used to count on the consistency of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association football championships. Before 2013, the LHSAA’s five-classification title game format remained the same for 22 years. A new season brings format changes for a second straight year, along with a major shift that puts traditional powers together in one group. There’s also a… Continue reading →