2013 LB Duke Riley set the tone early in John Curtis Christian's state finals victory over Evangel, returning a fumble 80 yards to paydirt for the game's opening points. Curtis hopes to claim the top spot in the FOXSportsNEXT.com Top 50 after previous No. 1 Manatee lost in the Florida playoffs...
John Curtis extended its win streak to 28 games with the 35-13 win over Evangel Christian. Tulane 2013 RB commit Sherman Badie shook loose for a 70-plus yard scoring jaunt for the Patriots (14-0). Badie also fired a fourth-down completion to Jacolby Cooper to move the the chains and set up a one-yard plunge by QB Patrick Morton that effectively put the game on ice (extended the Patriots' lead to 28-10).
In other Saturday state finals action, No. 1 seeds Parkview Baptist (3A) and Archbishop Rummel (5A) both completed perfect seasons by defeating Notre Dame and Barbe, respectively.
Parkview overcame a sluggish start and 7-0 deficit to win going away, 42-7. RB Hezekiah Randolph scored on two runs, and QB Brennan Bozeman accounted for four TDs (three rushing, one passing). Bozeman also completed a 45-yard strike to Randolph.
Rummel romped to a 35-14 win for the first state title in the Raiders' 49-year history, according to Mike Strom of nola.com. Keith Fulton ran for a trio of TDs and QB Damian Williams amassed 243 combined rushing and passing yards with two TDs. Senior TE/FB Cethan Carter caught five passes for 74 yards with a touchdown. Carter could be in line to receive an LSU offer today.
Four-star DE Kendell Beckwith (East Feliciana) took his official visit to Alabama over the weekend and told National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons that his interest in the Tide is "especially (high) after this trip."
Louisiana Tech extended an offer to Dutchtown DL David Elias, who told FOXSportsNEXT.com via text that he remains very solid to ULM.
Louisiana Tech commit Hakim Gray informed CajunRedZone.com publisher B.J. Thompson that he'll take an official to Lafayette in light of head coach Sonny Dykes' departure from Tech.
It's time to introduce more in-state talent from the 2014 and 2015 classes. Haynesville junior Jerrell Jackson led the Golden Tornado to a 1A runner-up finish Friday evening. The 6-1, 175-pounder plays QB and DB and was named his team's Most Outstanding Player following the loss to Ouachita Christian.
Maurice Moore (6-3, 195) is another junior to watch from north-central Louisiana. A transfer from Lakeside to Glenbrook Academy in Minden, Moore mauled the competition this fall in the Mississippi private school ranks.
For those not familiar with Mississippi's private school organization, it includes several Louisiana programs. Moore averaged almost 27 yards per catch and is averaging 20 points per game in hoops (with 20 rebounds).
2015 RB David Ducre (pictured below) is more aptly-described as a grown man than a high school sophomore. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder has sub-4.50 speed and was a bright spot (with 1,000 yards rushing) in a rebuilding year for the Titans.