Class 3A: (1) Lutcher vs. (15) St. James
WHEN: Noon Saturday
RECORDS: Lutcher 13-1, St. James 11-3
How they got here
LUTCHER: Beat Avoyelles 34-8; beat Wossman 44-6; beat Kaplan 13-8; beat West Feliciana 46-38 in overtime
ST. JAMES: Beat Green Oaks 34-21; beat Eunice 30-18; beat Northwest 28-14; advanced past Amite via forfeit
Last time in the state final
Lutcher has six titles, most recently prevailing in 2008. St. James’ most recent of four crowns came back in 1979.
Top storyline: All St. James Parish, all the time
Fans waited 10 years for these parish rivals to match up earlier this year. Lutcher beat St. James 32-0 in a District 9-3A game before the return of star QB Lowell Narcisse from an ACL injury. Since Narcisse’s return, the Wildcats have been on a roll.
LUTCHER: Can Lutcher stop Narcisse, an Auburn commitment considered to be the nation’s No. 2 dual-threat QB for 2017?
ST. JAMES: Likewise, how will St. James slow the Bulldogs offense, led by QB Jontre Kirklin? Defensive stops and turnovers could be huge.
LUTCHER: Kirklin (2,257 passing yards, 35 TDs; 1,081 rushing yards, 17 TDs), WR Al’Dontre Davis (60 catches, 880 yards, 14 TDs), DL/OL Sully Laiche (108 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 11 sacks), LB Ben St. Pierre (122 tackles, 10 tackles for loss)
ST. JAMES: Narcisse (305 rushing yards, 296 passing yards in three games with 10 total TDs), WR Arron McKenney (43 catches, 691 yards, 11 TDs), LB Aquindas Steib (74 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 5 sacks), DB Jai Lewis (51 tackles 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks)
Robin Fambrough: Lutcher 35, St. James 34
Rod Walker: Lutcher 27, St. James 20