Photos: Parkview stiff arms Catholic, U-High falls to Rummel as Friday night football returns _lowres

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON Archbishop Rummel's football coach Jay Roth

Traditional powers John Curtis and Evangel Christian lost their bids to play in Friday’s Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic football championships during last weekend’s semifinal round.

However, the two teams were not far from the thoughts of one coach who will be playing for a state title Friday, Rummel’s Jay Roth, whose team beat Curtis in a Division I semifinal.

Roth’s comments are notable because the LHSAA’s executive committee is set to meet Tuesday and Wednesday to review various items, including the agenda for January’s annual convention.

The hot-button topic will be proposals designed to address the LHSAA’s current split football championships for select and nonselect schools. An LHSAA-generated proposal to divide schools based on rural/metropolitan status is expected to be among them.

“Right now I think you’ve got to hand it to Curtis and Evangel,” Roth said. “They both did what they promised to do, which was play up to the highest classification.That was supposed to be a key part of bringing things back together. They held up their end of the bargain and now it’s time for other schools to do their part.”

The LHSAA meeting is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the LHSAA office and conclude with a session at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Rummel (11-1) plays Catholic High (9-3) in the select Division I final set for 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.