Noah Broussard is not the kind of safety who attracts attention because of his size.
At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, he is probably small by Class 5A standards.
That did not keep the Catholic High senior from adding another chapter to a notable family legacy when he helped the fourth-seeded Bears oust No. 1 Evangel Christian 14-6 in a Division I semifinal on Nov. 24.
“I wasn’t ready to play my last game,” Broussard said. “For me, that is what it came down to. I think we all felt that way. Anybody on our defense could have those plays. I was the guy in that spot.”
Catholic (10-3) plays No. 2 John Curtis (11-1) in the Division I title game, which opens Saturday’s three-game session at the Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Bears had just 105 yards of offense and did not score an offensive touchdown. Broussard scored twice. He blocked a punt and recovered it to score the first Catholic TD and returned an interception 28 yards to score again.
Broussard is the grandson of the late Milton Broussard, a local coach for more than 40 years and was best known for a long tenure at Baker High.
“Noah doesn’t really remember my dad that well,” said Broussard’s father, Marty, a former Baker player. “But I know he is smiling down on us.”
After leaving Baker, Milton Broussard was part of Sid Edwards’ staff at Redemptorist and was on staff in 2003 when the Wolves beat Curtis to win the Class 4A title. Zachary High head coach David Brewerton also was part of that Redemptorist staff.
Milton Broussard also was a graduate of St. Stanislaus, the Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, the school where Catholic coach Gabriel Fertitta served as head coach before he joined the Catholic High staff. Denham Springs coach Bill Conides also is a former St. Stanislaus head coach.
“Everybody sees those plays,” Fertitta said. “What they don’t see is the three years of work he (Noah Broussard) put in on the field and in the weight room in order to be in that position.”
There are some family bragging rights to note as the Bears seek their second Division I title in three years.
“My dad likes to tell me he played a lot as a sophomore,” Noah Broussard said. “My answer is, I get to play for two titles in three years.”
McClure’s big weekend
Former Central High, LSU and Atlanta Falcons center Todd McClure has two major events with Prep Classic ties over a three-day period.
McClure flies to Atlanta on Thursday for the Saints-Falcons game. It will be his first chance to see the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. McClure also will celebrate the addition of another former local star, ex-Catholic and Florida State running back Warrick Dunn, to the Falcons’ Ring of Honor.
Dunn played for the Bears in the 1990 Prep Classic and was a teammate of Brewerton. On Saturday, McClure will watch his son Maverick play linebacker for the Broncos. Fourth-seeded Zachary (12-2) takes on No. 10 Hahnville (12-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday to close out the three-day event.
Debbie Dietz Held, the wife of Catholic assistant coach Eric Held, is a 1989 graduate of John Curtis. She was a cheerleader captain and was a softball outfielder for longtime Curtis football coach J.T. Curtis.