NEW ORLEANS — Zachary beat John Ehret 46-12 on Saturday night to capture the school’s first football state title in the Louisiana Class 5A prep state football championship in New Orleans.
With less than 30 seconds to go in the half, the second-seeded Broncos (14-1) took the lead for good at 13-12 when Lindsey Scott found Doug Coleman for a 17-yard touchdown pass.
Scott added a pair of third-quarter touchdowns — a 26-yard keeper and an 81-yard pass to Coleman — to push Zachary’s lead to 27-12.
No. 9 seed John Ehret took the early lead at 6-0 after on Donte Green’s 18-yard touchdown reception. Zachary tied the game 6-all when Scott connected with Shyron White for a 69-yard touchdown.
Midway through the second quarter, John Ehret again took a touchdown lead on Dejon Harris’ 4-yard touchdown run.
John Ehret (12-3) was seeking the school’s first football state championship in 30 years.
NEVILLE 45, EDNA KARR 26: Neville captured its second consecutive state championship and fourth title since 2009.
In a rematch of the 2011 and 2012 state championship games, Edna Karr (9-5) took a 7-0 lead when Alden Clark connected with Tyrin Ralph for a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Ralph added another score on the first possession of the second quarter, taking it in from 17 yards out, for a 14-7 lead.
Neville (14-0) scored the final 14 points of the second quarter on a 23-yard touchdown run by Donald Jenkins and a 5-yard touchdown pass from Christopher Haynes to Robert Williams to make it 21-14 at halftime.
Jaiden Cole found Quintin Guice for a 46-yard touchdown pass to tie it at 7.
It was Neville’s 12th championship since 1955. Karr was seeking its third state championship since the 1993 season.
LUTCHER 41, ST. JAMES 14: Jontre Kirklin’s running and passing helped Lutcher defeat St. James 41-14 on Saturday for the Class 3A state football championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
St. James scored first on a 9-yard pass from Lowell Narcisse to Arron McKenney.
Lutcher (14-1) answered with an 11-play, 68-yard drive capped by Kirklin’s 6-yard touchdown run.
Kirklin connected with senior receiver Tharrin Maddie on a pair of touchdowns passes.
The first was from 22 yards out. The second was a 32-yard score with under two minutes to go in the first half.
Kirklin’s 27-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the second half put the game out of reach at 29-8.
The victory gave Lutcher its seventh Class 3A crown and first since 2008.
KINDER 35, MANGHAM 20: A year after falling short in the Class 2A title game, three rushing touchdowns by Taylor Johnson proved to be the difference for Kinder, which defeated Mangham to capture the Class 2A championship on Friday night.
The game had five scoring drives go at least nine plays, with Kinder (14-1) scoring first on its opening possession on an 11-yard touchdown run by Johnson to cap a 10-play, 64-yard drive.
Mangham (10-5) answered with a 13-yard touchdown run by Abdulla Rhone to tie the game 7-7. Rhone’s touchdown run wrapped up a 14-play, 70-yard drive by the Dragons.
Up 13-7 after a 4-yard touchdown run by Johnson, the junior running back took it in again for the Yellow Jackets, this time from 6 yards out to make it 19-7 as Kinder missed two consecutive extra-point attempts.
Mangham got as close as 26-20 in the third quarter on Jakarie Nichols’ second rushing touchdown, this time from 1-yard out. But the Yellow Jackets extended their lead to 29-20 at the end of the third quarter on a 26-yard field goal by Raul Barrera.
The 2A title for Kinder is its first since the 2013 season, while Mangham was seeking its first state championship since 1956.