Parkview-Redemptorist rivalry stirs up many fond memories (copy)

Parkview Baptist Eagles quarterback Brad Booth (5) fends off a Notre Dame defender for a first down in November 2001. Booth died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala., after a seven-year battle with cancer. 

Advocate staff file photo by MARK SALTZ

Brad Booth, the quarterback for Parkview Baptist’s first football championship team in 2001, died Wednesday night in Birmingham, Alabama.

Booth had battled cancer for about seven years, Parkview Athletic Director Kenny Guillot said.

“He was a leader for our team spiritually and physically,” said Guillot, who was also Booth’s head coach. “He was a heck of a player but he was also one of the good guys. Brad never got in trouble and was there for his teammates on and off the field.”

Booth, an attorney, played safety at Samford and had lived in Birmingham for a number of years but traveled to Baton Rouge often, including a final visit last weekend. Guillot said he is survived by his wife and two children.

Guillot said he got to see Booth last weekend. Current PBS coach Jay Mayet and former PBS teammates, Nicholls State assistant coach Anthony Camp and Catholic-Pointe Coupee head coach David Simoneaux also were there. Booth was the title-game MVP of the Eagles' 61-19 victory over Belle Chasse in the the 2001 final. He ran for 127 yards and passed for 106 yards and three touchdowns that title game.

Camp was one of several former PBS players who shared pictures and posts on social media.

“The best of us has gone home to be with the Lord!!,” Camp’s Facebook post said. “Brad Booth made everyone around him better and makes me want to be a better husband, brother, son and disciple of Jesus Christ. I love you brother and Heaven just got an all star.”

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