Three players from the Greater New Orleans area were selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game.
Riverdale’s Donte Jackson, East St. John’s Xavier Lewis, and Pine’s Derrick Dillon were all selected for the prestigious showcase.
All three players are being recruited as athletes and play several positions for their high school teams.
Lewis and Jackson were selected as defensive backs, while Dillon was picked as wide receiver. Lewis has committed to LSU and Dillon has committed to Florida.
Jackson hasn’t made a verbal commitment yet.
The game, featuring 90 of the nation’s top high school seniors, will be played Jan. 3 at the Alamodome in San Antonio and will be televised live on NBC.
Players were selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, 247Sports and XOS Digital. All three players were presented jerseys over the past week.
Crescent City penalized
Crescent City will have to forfeit its lone win of the season, a victory over Ecole Classique, for using an ineligible player.
The ruling was announced by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. The ineligible player violated one of the LHSAA’s transfer rules.
The unnamed player played in the Pioneers’ first seven games and will have to sit out the remainder of this season and the first seven games of the 2015 season.
The school was also handed a $400 fine for the infraction.
Sugar Bowl meet set
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Cross Country Championships, featuring the boys’ and girls’ high school cross country teams from the New Orleans area, will be Saturday at City Park. The girls’ race will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the boys at 11:30 a.m.
All high school varsity boys and girls cross country teams from Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, St. Charles and Plaquemine Parishes have been invited to participate.
The meet is not divided by class or school size.
The meet is expected to include many of the top teams in the state, including four defending state champions: St. Paul’s (Class 5A boys), John Curtis (Class 3A boys), Sacred Heart (Class 3A girls) and Patrick Taylor (Class B girls), as well as three state runners-up: Dominican (Class 5A girls), Country Day (Class 1A girls) and St. Martin’s (Class 1A boys).
Two third-place teams are also slated to compete: Newman (Class 2A boys) and Holy Rosary (Class C boys). Other top teams expected are Shaw (Class 5A boys, fourth place), Country Day (Class 1A boys, fourth place), Newman (Class 2A Girls, fourth place), Brother Martin (Class 5A boys, fifth place), Mt. Carmel (Class 5A Girls, fifth place) and Fontainebleau (Class 5A girls, sixth place).
In the record books
Chalmette receiver Montrell Howard is the school’s single-season record holder in receptions. Howard has caught 35 passes this season for 364 yards. He looks to add to that total this week when the Owls play Higgins on Thursday at Hoss Memstas Stadium.
Rummel still No. 11
For the fourth straight week, Rummel is ranked No. 11 nationally in USA Today’s Super 25. The Raiders (9-0) are also ranked No. 1 in both The New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Super 10 and in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A poll.
Rummel plays Brother Martin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Yenni Stadium.