Baton Rouge area has its share of football teams still in playoffs

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- University High's Jordan Davis (23) is brought down by a pair of Parkview Baptist defenders in a Division II semifinal playoff game Friday night.

When there are two sets of football playoffs going on there are two scenarios. That explains why the Baton Rouge area has to prepare for a Final Three and a Final Four this week. “We’re very grateful to be where we are,” Catholic coach Dale Weiner said. “It really is a blessing. We’re playing… Continue reading →

Fambrough: The stories this week’s Prep Classic can tell

Advocate Photo by Buddy Delahoussaye --Catholic of Baton Rouge head coach Dale Weiner on Friday Oct. 2, 2015.

There are award-winning movie scripts and novels that don’t have plots as this interwoven and intriguing. So I think it’s safe to say that the first weekend of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic football championships may be one for the ages, regardless of who wins. This is the kind of stuff sportswriters live for. In… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area basketball schedule

Boys Monday Zachary at Woodlawn, 5 p.m. Donaldsonville at White Castle, 5:30 p.m. Lutcher at St. Michael, 5:30 p.m. East Iberville at Jehovah-Jireh, 6 p.m. Mount Hermon at French Settlement, 6 p.m. Friendship Capitol at Christian Life, 6 p.m. Tuesday Parkview Baptist at Walker, 5 p.m. Grand Isle at Maurepas, 5 p.m. Belaire at Dutchtown, 5 p.m. Broadmoor at… Continue reading →

Catholic High surprises Evangel 27-21 in overtime to reach first state title game in 25 years

Photo by Michael Greer -- Ian Brian(14) QB for Catholic High School being chased down by Evangel defender Micah Baskerville(4) during the Friday night High School playoff game at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport,LA.

SHREVEPORT — “Unbelievable!” That was the word Catholic High coach Dale Weiner repeated over and over after his sixth-seeded Bears came from behind to knock off No. 2 seed Evangel 27-21 in overtime in the Division I semifinals Friday night to move into the school’s first championship game in 25 years. Catholic will face… Continue reading →

Parkview Baptist overpowers University High in second half, wins Division II semifinal 41-28

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Parkview Baptist's Reginald Hayes (5) runs past University High defenders during Parkview Baptist's game against University High on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.

The play was stashed away, practiced all year but never used. His Parkview Baptist Eagles facing a fourth down on the opening second half drive of a tie game, Trent Kavanaugh lined up to punt. U-High defenders checked down on the receivers split out, leaving Peyton Phillips unguarded as the tight end. Kavanaugh rolled out right. Phillips… Continue reading →

Parkview Baptist quarterback Reggie Hayes Jr. leads the way in victory over University High

How tall Parkview Baptist quarterback Reggie Hayes Jr. really is has been a point of debate over the years. The senior has been listed as 5-foot-7. Some say he’s taller, and others think he’s shorter. That cliché about the holes a football player runs through being wide and not tall held true Friday night as fourth-seeded… Continue reading →

By Scott, what a night!

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    Zachary bronco Lindsey Scott, 18, runs the ball down the field Friday Nov. 27, 2015 during the Hahnville Highschool vs. Zachary Highschool quarter final football game.

ZACHARY — Lindsey Scott made sure there were no second-half comebacks for Hahnville this week. Scott threw for four touchdowns and ran for three more scores, leading second-seeded Zachary to a 55-27 win over No. 7 seed Hahnville in Class 5A playoff action Friday. The win moves Zachary (12-1) into semifinal play, where it… Continue reading →

Kittens cruise to 34-12 victory

ABBEVILLE — A year after a humbling defeat in the Division IV select state championship, Southern Lab’s returning with a vengence. “That was the goal,” Southern Lab first-year coach Marcus Randall said. “These guys had already tasted what it’s like to be in the Dome and come up short. They’re hungry, and that’s pretty much… Continue reading →

Late fumble recovery preserves West Feliciana win over Iowa

ST. FRANCISVILLE — West Feliciana coach Robb Odom was looking for one more play from his defense. With his team’s grip slipping on a 20-14 lead and Iowa facing a second-and-goal from inside the West Feliciana 1-yard line, linebacker Hunter Smith stood up the Joseph Figueroa, and safety Derrick Turner stripped the ball to ice the… Continue reading →

Lutcher holds off Kaplan

KAPLAN — The top-seeded Lutcher needed a strong defensive effort to defeat No. 9 Kaplan 13-8 in the Class 3A quarterfinals on Friday at Ed Douglas Memorial Stadium. Lutcher moves on to the semifinals, where it will play West Feliciana for a spot in the Class 3A state championship game. The Pirates (9-4) gave… Continue reading →

Lowell Narcisse leads St. James over Northwest

VACHERIE — St. James coach Dwain Jenkins cringed every time the Wildcats’ four-star quarterback, Lowell Narcisse, touched the ball Friday night. Hit after hit, Jenkins thought about how his offensive leader had barely returned to the field after suffering an ACL tear in the spring and was now putting his body in harm’s way during… Continue reading →

St. Thomas More handles Teurlings

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Cougars wide receiver Griffin Hebert (80) with the touchdown catch in the LHSAA select division II on Friday night Nov. 27, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — The St. Thomas More Cougars are finally headed to New Orleans. The STM football program has had a rich history under longtime coach Jim Hightower. The Cougars have claimed more than a dozen district championships and have had numerous deep playoff runs. Despite all of that success, STM has never scored the… Continue reading →

LHSAA football playoff report

Class 5A QUARTERFINAL scoreS (9) John Ehret 34, (17) Ponchatoula 7 (12) Mandeville 31, (13) Landry-Walker 14 (6) Parkway 49, (12-1) at (3) Destrehan 34 (2) Zachary (12-1) 55, (7) Hahnville 27 semiFINAL PAIRINGS (12) Mandeville (10-3) vs. (9) Ehret (11-2) (6) Parkway (12-1) vs. (2) Zachary (12-1) Class 4A QUARTERFINAL scoreS (1) Neville 42, at (9) North DeSoto… Continue reading →

Lutcher holds off Kaplan

KAPLAN — The top-seeded Lutcher needed a strong defensive effort to defeat No. 9 Kaplan 13-8 in the Class 3A quarterfinals on Friday at Ed Douglas Memorial Stadium. Lutcher moves on to the semifinals, where it will play West Feliciana for a spot in the Class 3A state championship game. The Pirates (9-4) gave… Continue reading →

Rivals U-High, Parkview Baptist square off for the sixth time in past three years in Division II semifinal

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Parkview Baptist's Reginald Hayes stiff arms a University High defender during Parkview Baptist's game against University High on Oct. 16.

The LHSAA’s split football playoffs is a polarizing topic. Some love it and others think it’s a real turkey. A day after Thanksgiving when turkey is the main course, fans get to feast on a notable rivalry made more intense by the format. Just say Parkview Baptist and University High and people know what… Continue reading →

Zachary, Catholic set for key playoff games Friday

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott spins out of an attempted tackle during a playoff win against Dutchtown on Nov. 20.

Two teams from different Class 5A districts and different playoff systems. Two teams bound by one common game. And two coaches with a bond also bound by playoff expectations. Yes, it’s the semifinal/quarterfinal week of the LHSAA’s football playoffs for Catholic High and Zachary. “In our Division I setup, you had to earn the… Continue reading →

Offensive juggernaut, Vermilion Catholic, awaits Southern Lab

In order to make its second straight appearance in the Division IV state championship game Southern Lab’s defense will have to switch gears. A week after stopping one of the state’s most prolific running backs from Central Catholic of Morgan City, the Kittens have done a 180-degree turn to brace for one of the state’s most productive quarterbacks. That’s… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area prep football playoff capsules

Catholic at Evangel Division I 7 p.m. at Evangel Christian in Shreveport RECORDS: No. 6 Catholic (8-3); No. 2 Evangel (9-2) LAST WEEK: Catholic beat Brother Martin 49-48; Evangel beat Holy Cross 42-7 PLAYERS TO WATCH: CATHOLIC: QB Ian Brian, DE Aaron Moffitt, P Daniel Guilbeau; EVANGEL: RB Jamarqueza Mims, CB Adarius Washington, LB AC Gilliam, QB Connor… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area prep report: Girls basketball, football

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Parkview Baptist's Reginald Hayes stiff arms a University High defender during Parkview Baptist's game against University High on Oct. 16.

Girls basketball Covington 47, Live Oak 25 Football playoffs Nonselect QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS Class 5A (17) Ponchatoula (9-3) at (9) John Ehret (10-2), Hoss Memtsas (13) Landry-Walker (10-2) at (12) Mandeville (9-3) (6) Parkway (11-1) at (3) Destrehan (11-0) (7) Hahnville (9-3) at (2) Zachary (11-1) Class 4A (1) Neville (11-0) at (9) North DeSoto (10-2) (5) Warren… Continue reading →

U-High boys beat Mandeville 66-29, take home Grady Hornsby Tournament crown

DENHAM SPRINGS — Higher stakes surely await a University High basketball team that has won the past two Class 3A state titles. But after the Cubs handled Mandeville 66-29 in the championship game of the Grady Hornsby Tournament on Wednesday night at Denham Springs High, coach Joe Spencer said the plaque his team took home for… Continue reading →

Zachary girls basketball wrap up exciting game with 56-55 win against Parkview Baptist

Zachary High sophomore guard Rayah Haynes scored on a driving layup with 3.7 seconds remaining to lift the Broncos to a 56-55 victory over Parkview Baptist in the title game of Broadmoor High’s Jewell S. Kelly girls basketball tournament. Parkview’s Skyler Goodwin missed a difficult running 3-pointer at the buzzer to close out the exciting back-and-forth game… Continue reading →

Hunter Smith sets tone for West Feliciana defense

Hunter Smith, West Feliciana LB

ST. FRANCISVILLE — Often tasked with setting the defensive front, West Feliciana linebacker Hunter Smith often starts with setting a tone. Soft-spoken and with a wide smile off the field, Smith — a junior — transforms on the field, in the middle of any pregame huddle or speech nearly expending all his energy. “Just pretty hyped… Continue reading →

A Few Minutes with ... Lamar Thomas

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  White Castle coach Lamar Thomas

Sixth-seeded White Castle (6-5) travels to play No. 3 Haynesville (9-2), the two-time defending Class 1A champion in the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday. What’s the key point you’ve tried to get across to your team about playing playing Haynesville? “It’s true, Haynesville is the two-time defending 1A champion, but… Continue reading →

Dunham tournament: Dunham rolls past East Iberville, Hathaway

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- East Iberville's Ronderick Patterson tries to drives past Dunham's Tyrean Spurlock in a game at the Dunham tournament Tuesday.

The Dunham School boys basketball team completed a busy day with a 63-41 win over East Iberville as the round-robin Team Sportsplex Thanksgiving Tournament came to a close. Earlier in the day, Dunham (4-0) picked up a 67-33 win over Hathaway. The two wins continued a solid start for the Tigers, who are implementing an… Continue reading →

Parkview’s Trent Harrington, U-High’s Josh Becnel longtime friends might see each other often in Friday’s matchup between the two schools

University defensive lineman Josh Becnel

They were good friends and classmates through the seventh grade. Josh Becnel and Trent Harrington meet on the football field Friday night for the final time, and there’s one last sentiment — may the best team win. Of course, there’s a difference of opinion about which team that will be. Harrington is an offensive lineman… Continue reading →

Jewell S. Kelly girls basketball tournament: Parkview Baptist, Zachary advance to final

Parkview Baptist and Zachary coasted to convincing semifinal wins Tuesday in the Jewell S. Kelly girls basketball tournament at Broadmoor. Parkview (4-0) and Zachary (4-0) will play for the championship at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Parkview defeated East Ascension 43-25 and Zachary defeated Broadmoor 48-12. Tamia Veals scored a game-high 11 points for Zachary.… Continue reading →

St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse Jr. was thought to be out for season with torn ACL, but returns for playoffs

When St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse Jr. committed to Auburn over the summer, the assumption was the junior would not play this fall because of a torn ACL suffered in the spring. The Wildcats’ opponents probably wish that had been the case. Narcisse has accounted for six touchdowns in St. James’ two Class 3A playoff wins. SJHS (9-3),… Continue reading →

Jewell S. Kelly girls basketball tournament: Skyler Goodwin scores 31 in Parkview’s win over Southern Lab

Parkview Baptist’s versatile junior Skyler Goodwin scored 19 of her season-high 31 points in the second half to help power the Eagles to a 53-46 victory over Southern Lab on Monday in the Jewell S. Kelly girls basketball tournament at Broadmoor High School. Parkview will battle East Ascension at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Zachary meets the Broadmoor-Port Allen winner… Continue reading →

Football playoff pairings, boys and girls basketball scores

Boys basketball Christian Life 91, Catholic-Pointe Coupee 46 Team Sportsplex Thanksgiving Classic Dunham 84, Caldwell Parish 31 Dunham 64, Bogalusa 61 Hathaway 74, Family Christian 50 Hathaway 37, Lake Charles Prep 28 New Iberia 84, East Iberville 40 St. Paul’s 60, New Iberia 40 St. Paul’s 91, Caldwell Parish 52 Catholic High Thanksgiving ShootOut Catholic 52,… Continue reading →

A few minutes with Jonard Robinson

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, a Tulane commitment, is a 6-foot-2, 187-pound senior from Southern Lab. The sixth-seeded Kittens (8-3) travel to No. 2 Vermilion Catholic (10-2) on Friday. What does making it to the Division IV semifinals this week mean to you? “It means a lot. We’ve had a lot of good runs in the playoffs, but because we lost so… Continue reading →

Division I and I state swim results

At SPAR Aquatic Center-Sulphur Division I Girls Team totals: 1, St. Joseph’s Academy 472. 2, Mandeville 261. 3, Mount Carmel 260.5. 4, Dominican 257. 5, Northshore 162.5. 6, Fontainebleau 124. 7, Slidell 110. 8, Lafayette 83. 9, C.E. Byrd 73. 10, Destrehan 57. 10, Sulphur 57. 12, Comeaux 48. 13, Archbishop Chapelle 34. 13, Baton Rouge High 34. 15,… Continue reading →

Once a year not enough: Parkview Baptist, University meet in Division II semifinals for their sixth game in three years

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- University High's Titus Nelson (28) tries to maintain his balance after Parkview Baptist's Tyler Frederick (20) and Xavier Davis (57) tried to tackle him on Oct. 16. The District 6-3A rivals meet again in a Division II semifinal Friday.

Since the LHSAA split its football playoffs three years ago certain things have been givens — like University High playing district rival Parkview Baptist for a second time each season. The two teams will do it again — meeting for the sixth time in the past three seasons. Fourth-seeded PBS (8-3) travels to play No. 1 U-High… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Cross country could unite Episcopal, Arizona school

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBREEpiscopal cross country coach Claney Duplechin gives instructions to runners on Saturday morning to start the Round Table cross country run at Highland road on Sept. 12. Episcopal has won 20 straight state titles.

Scouting the competition is something every coach does. But when the Episcopal cross country program made it into the National Federation of High School Association’s record book a few years ago, coach Claney Duplechin took it to another level. The Knights won the 20th boys state title in a row Monday in Natchitoches. Episcopal’s streak is the nation’s… Continue reading →

East beats West in annual volleyball all-star game

The volleyball playoffs in Louisiana may have come to an end last week, but it sure didn’t seem like it at the annual Louisiana High School Coaches Association East-West All-Star match. Both teams were highly competitive and forced the game to go five sets, but the East came away with the 25-20, 25-11, 21-25, 23-25, 15-9 victory on… Continue reading →

Ponchatoula knocks off top-seeded West Monroe

PONCHATOULA — Ponchatoula pulled the upset. On Friday night, the 17th-seeded Green Wave withstood a wild rally by West Monroe, then took advantage of a fourth-quarter fumble to notch the game-winning touchdown in a 28-21 upset of the top-seeded and previously undefeated Rebels. West Monroe (11-1) trailed 21-0 at halftime but scored three second-half touchdowns to tie the… Continue reading →

Prep report

Boys basketball Riverdale Christian 68, Bethany 65 Woodlawn Shootout Parkview Baptist 69, Lee High 51 Tara 76, Vandebilt Catholic 57 Woodlawn 37, Helen Cox 35 H.L. Bourgeois 48, Destrehan 41 Girls basketball Madison Prep tournament Monday Mamou vs. McKinley, 10 a.m. Scotlandville vs. St. James, 11:30 a.m. Mad. Prep vs. Breaux Bridge, 1 p.m. Tara vs. St.… Continue reading →

LHSAA state football playoff report: scores and pairings

Class 5A Regional scores (2) Zachary 35, (18) Dutchtown 14 (17) Ponchatoula 28, (1) West Monroe 21 (9) John Ehret 25, (25) Live Oak 2 (12) Mandeville 42, (5) Scotlandville 41 (13) Landry-Walker 47, (4) C.E. Byrd 41 (3) Destrehan 52, (14) Barbe 27 (6) Parkway 55, (11) Acadiana 28 (7) Hahnville 55, (10) St. Amant 33 QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS… Continue reading →

Live updates from LHSAA state swimming; 2:30 p.m.

Follow the final day of the LHSAA State Swim Meet with competitions for Division II and Division I from Sulphur’s SPAR Aquatic Center. Division I Girls team champion, runner-up: 1, St. Joseph’s Academy 472. 2, Mandeville 261. Boys team champion, runner-up: 1, Catholic High 445. 2, Jesuit 299. Swimmers of the… Continue reading →