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Notre Dame player Gentry Borill jungles the ball on the ground before securing it against Catholic (N.I.) Panthers during the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic in New Orleans, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

Advocate Staff photo by SOPHIA GERMER

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.

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