LHSAA releases football title game schedule

It took less than a week for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association to come up with a plan for its nine football championships after finaliazing its playoff format.

The LHSAA announced its schedule and game times for for Dec. 12-14 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans in a press release.

Three games will be scheduled each day, starting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and at noon on Saturday.

Thursday’s games will feature three of the four select school divisions approved at last week’s LHSAA summer meeting.

The Division III title game that will feature Class 2A select schools kicks off the action at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. The Division II title for Class 4A and 3A select schools follows at 4:30 p.m. The Division I title game for 5A select schools completes the action at 8:30 p.m.

Friday’s action starts at 12:30 p.m. with the Class 1A nonselect title game, followed by the 2A nonselect game at 4:30 p.m. The Class 3A nonselect game concludes Friday’s schedule at 8:30 p.m.

The Division IV select school title game for Class 1A schools opens Saturday’s schedule at noon. The nonselect Class 4A game is at 4 p.m., and the nonselect Class 5A game at 8 p.m. complete the weekend of action.

Go to the LHSAA website at lhsaa.org to view the press release and the final select and nonselect divisions.

All-stars arrive, practice

Members of the Louisiana squad arrived in Baytown, Texas, to begin practice for the 11th Bayou Bowl on Wednesday.

In keeping with what has become a Bayou Bowl tradition, a chartered bus picked up Louisiana players and coaches in LaPlace, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Lake Charles on Wednesday morning before arriving in Baytown at approximately 1 p.m.

Head coach Brett Lemoine, of Monroe’s Neville High, was pleased with the team’s first practice held Wednesday afternoon at Goose Creek Memorial High.

Offense was the focus of that practice, and Lemoine praised Brusly’s Jay Christophe and St. Thomas More’s Brandon Bergeron.

Receivers Kent Shelby, of Archbishop Shaw, and St. Michael’s C.J. Okpalobi also garnered praise along with Beau Chene’s Jamal Chevis.

Catholic High’s Khalil Thomas and Carencro’s Courtney Galentine showed versatility at running back, Lemoine said.

“I’m very well pleased with how practice went,” Lemoine said. “We’ve got a good group that caught on to things real quick. And they’re talented enough to give us some options. Hopefully, we’ll be able to keep everybody healthy as we put together a game plan.”

Lemoine said Wednesday night’s practice would center around special teams.

He said the Thursday morning practice set for 10 a.m. at Goose Creek will focus on a mix of offensive and defense.

Now, he’s out

Westminster Christian’s Jalen Williams won’t be playing in the Bayou Bowl after all.

Williams, who was drafted in the 16th round of the MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox last week, called LHSAA Assistant Executive Director B.J. Guzzardo late Tuesday night to pull out of the game.

Because Williams’ decision happened so late, the Louisiana squad did not have time to add a replacement player, leaving the Louisiana squad with 35 players.