Ending one of the longest streaks in recent Louisiana High School football state championship memory, the Catholic-New Iberia Panthers defeated Notre Dame of Crowley 33-16 in the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Division III state championship Thursday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The win for the Panthers (12-1) is their first state championship since 1962 and also avenges their only loss of the 2017 season, a 37-0 shutout defeat in Week 4. Notre Dame, who was seeking the school’s sixth state championship, finished the season 11-1.
Things got off to a great start for Catholic-New Iberia as they took the opening drive of the game 78 yards in eight plays, culminating in Ben Landry's 8-yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 advantage.
The Panthers forced a Notre Dame punt on the Pioneers' opening possession, and the lead grew to 13-0 four plays later when Diallo Landry found the end zone from a yard out. Catholic-New Iberia missed the extra point.
The Pioneers got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter via John William Lamm's 35-yard field goal, but Catholic-New Iberia's Sam Robicheaux answered with field goals of 22 and 25 yards to give the Panthers a 19-3 halftime advantage.
Jaden Stokes made it 26-3 early in the third quarter when he scampered in from 45 yards out one play after the Panthers recovered a Notre Dame fumble.