Discussion of football split expected at LHSAA meeting

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON Archbishop Rummel's football coach Jay Roth

Traditional powers John Curtis and Evangel Christian lost their bids to play in Friday’s Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic football championships during last weekend’s semifinal round. However, the two teams were not far from the thoughts of one coach who will be playing for a state title Friday, Rummel’s Jay Roth, whose team beat Curtis in a… Continue reading →

Walker: ‘Decommit’ list could be growing at LSU, Tulane

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   John Ehret's Michael Divinty closes in on Live Oak's Will Higginbotham during a Class 5A playoff game Nov. 20.

If you’re an LSU or Tulane football fan, take a look at your school’s commitment list this morning. Chances are, that list will be changing between now and the time national signing day rolls around the first Wednesday in February. As the adults in charge at these schools change their minds about who is… Continue reading →

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

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… Continue reading →

Mandeville takes down Landry-Walker 31-14, punches ticket to Class 5A semifinals

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Landry-Walker's Kahlil Williams cuts between Mandeville's Evan Guillory, left, and Jake Hammant during the first quarter Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, during a Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game at Mandeville.

The first half couldn’t have gone any better for the Mandeville Skippers on Friday night, and they rode that quick start back into the state semifinals for the first time since 2012. Scoring on their first three possessions of the first half, the 12th-seeded Skippers defeated 13th-seeded Landry-Walker 31-14 in the Class 5A state quarterfinals at… Continue reading →

Tyriek Starks leads Easton to Class 4A semifinals

Advocate photo by ZACH BRIEN --  Bradley Stewart Jr., McDonough 35 safety, steps in front of Clyde Chriss, Warren Easton athlete, for an interception on the first play of the Class 4A quarter final game on Saturday in Tad Gormley stadium.: Saturday, November 27, 2015.

As soon as Warren Easton quarterback Tyriek Starks released his first pass of Friday’s playoff game, he knew he made a huge mistake. On the opening play of the game, Starks throw was intercepted by McDonogh 35 linebacker Brad Stewart and returned to the Easton 10. Four plays later, 35 grabbed a 7-0 lead. But… 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 →

Parkway capitalizes on Destrehan turnovers

In a Class 5A quarterfinal that matched two explosive offenses, it was defense that seized the day for Parkway on Friday night at Destrehan. The Panthers took advantage of seven Destrehan turnovers and advanced with a 49-34 win. Parkway (12-1) will travel to No. 2-seeded Zachary in next week’s semifinals. Destrehan (11-1) had its 24-game home winning… Continue reading →

Ehret advances with 34-7 rout of Ponchatoula

Ehret was clinging to a one-lead, and the momentum had shifted to Ponchatoula during the second half of the teams’ Class 5A quarterfinals game Friday night. Fortunately for the Patriots, their defense stepped up again. With the offense following its lead, Ehret scored 20 unanswered points in putting away Ponchatoula 34-7 at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.… Continue reading →

Zachary QB Lindsey Scott is way too much for Hahnville in 55-27 win

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 →

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 →

Quarterback Jared Butler, Riverside Academy surges in second half, tops St. Charles 35-14 to reach Division III state final

Alas, the Rebels are returning to the Dome. No. 1 Riverside Academy turned in a dominant second half to defeat No. 5 St. Charles 35-14 in the Division III state semifinals Friday night at Mickey Roussel Field. What has been a process four years in the making, the Rebels (11-1) are returning to the Superdome… 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 →

Trip to Dome on the line in Rummel-John Curtis showdown

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA --   Rummel coach Jay Roth talks to an official during a timeout in a game against John Curtis on Oct. 31 at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie.

Rummel coach Jay Roth said it after every Catholic League game during the postgame handshake. “We’ll see you down the road,” Roth would tell the opposing coaches. To nobody’s surprise, he was exactly right when he told that to J.T. Curtis on Oct. 31. Top-seeded Rummel (10-1) and No. 5… Continue reading →

Ponchatoula, Ehret, pair of hot teams, meet in Class 5A quarterfinals

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   John Ehret's Michael Divinty closes in on Live Oak's Will Higginbotham during a Class 5A playoff game Nov. 20.

Hank Tierney has been gone from the west bank of Jefferson Parish as a football coach since 2006. Tierney, the former Shaw and West Jefferson coach, returns Friday night as Ponchatoula’s coach, his team going against Ehret, which has steamrolled its past six opponents. “We told our kids to get ready; it’s going to be a… Continue reading →

Part II Warren Easton-McDonogh 35 set for Class 4A quarterfinals

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- Warren Easton quarterback Tyriek Starks scores a touchdown against McDonogh 35 during a regular-season game Oct. 17.

Not one member of the Warren Easton or McDonogh 35 football teams has forgotten the score of their Oct. 17 game. A 31-7 victory in favor of the Eagles left both sides with differing memories. For Easton, it’s like the game never happened. For McDonogh 35 it was a chance to press… Continue reading →

Landry-Walker tries to maintain road momentum in quarterfinal against Mandeville

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Landry-Walker quarterback, Keytaon Thompson is forced out of bounds by Chalmette's Tyrik Scott during their Nov. 13 game.

Ever since L.B. Landry and O. Perry Walker combined to form Landry-Walker High School in 2013, winning football games has become less of a desire and more of an expectation. While Landry-Walker has amassed double-digit wins (including playoffs) and made deep postseason runs in the past three years, there was still one hump they needed… Continue reading →

Riverside won the District 12-2A battle with St. Charles 35-3; the pair will meet again in a Division III semifinal Friday

Before this season, it had been five years since Riverside and St. Charles squared off. The two River Parish powers separated by six miles clashed Oct. 23 in a 35-3 Riverside victory. If that first meeting didn’t dial up the excitement, a trip to the Superdome hangs in the balance for Round 2. Top-seeded Riverside… Continue reading →

New Orleans area prep football playoff capsules

Class 5A Landry-Walker (10-2) at Mandeville (9-3) Last week: Landry-Walker beat Byrd 47-41; Mandeville beat Scotlandville, 42-21 The buzz: Landry-Walker is the No. 13 seed. Mandeville is the No. 12 seed. Landry-Walker has extended its win streak to eight in a row and has scored 32 points or more seven times in that span. The Charging Buccaneers have advanced… Continue reading →

New Orleans area prep report: Football playoffs, boys basketball

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 Easton (11-1) vs. (13) McDonogh 35 (10-2), Tad… Continue reading →

John Curtis football assistant coach Mike Robertson thankful he’s back on the field coaching as he battles cancer

John Curtis offensive line coach Mike Robertson. 'It’s an ongoing process. Myeloma is usually not this aggressive, but I have a cell that just won’t quit. We just keep going after it. I’m not worrying about it though. God is in control. We are just going to keep battling.'

It’s a Thanksgiving Day tradition that started way back in 1975, a year before Mike Robertson became the John Curtis offensive line coach. The tradition will continue Thursday. The Curtis football team will practice in the morning and then hold a devotional right afterwards. If it seems like the Patriots are always playing football… Continue reading →

Hahnville’s Mr. Versatility Anthony Williams providing big spark for Tigers

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  Hahnville's Anthony Williams is brought down by Destrehan's Alex Zayed during a September game.

Anthony “Pooka” Williams might be one of the best football players to ever come through Hahnville, and he doesn’t have a position. Running back, receiver, and as of last week, quarterback, Williams provides a spark at multiple positions in the Hahnville offense. Just a sophomore, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Williams has amassed 700 yards through two playoff… Continue reading →

Rod Walker’s prep football picks

The New Orleans Advocate sportswriter Rod Walker’s weekly high school football picks. Picks in bold and all caps Last week: 15 correct, 4 misses (79.0 percent) Season: 330 correct, 92 misses (78.2 percent) Division I RUMMEL vs. Curtis Division III St. Charles at RIVERSIDE Class 5A LANDRY-WALKER at Mandeville Parkway at DESTREHAN Hahnville at ZACHARY Ponchatoula at EHRET… Continue reading →

Notebook: Karr quarterback Aldon Clark piling up big numbers

Aldon Clark, Karr quarterback

Karr quarterback Aldon Clark continues to put up big numbers. The junior has completed 148 of 227 passes for 2,352 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. And he has done it by spreading the wealth. Seven Cougars have caught touchdown passes this season. Kenneth Simmons and Diamante Woolridge are tied with a team-high six touchdowns.… Continue reading →