Second-seeded St. Charles Catholic is unbeaten and has faced a variety of challenges.
The Comets have played against some talented athletes and teams with athletic ability comparable to that of No. 4 Amite.
Does that mean St. Charles will be ready for the Warriors? Coach Frank Monica will find out Saturday when the Comets (14-0) meets Amite (12-1) in the Class 3A title game that is part of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association-State Farm Prep Classic.
“When you see Amite on film, the first thing that impresses you is their speed,” Monica said. “They’re a team that’s playing at an extremely high level. They’re confident.”
St. Charles meets Amite in the 3A title game that highlights Saturday afternoon’s action. Game time is set for 3 p.m. in New Orleans at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The 3A game is part of Saturday’s three-game session that begins at 11 a.m. with the Class 2A finale pitting John Curtis (13-0) against Winnfield (14-0). At 7 p.m., West Monroe (12-2) plays Carencro (13-1) in the 5A title game that closes out the action.
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Amite coach Alden Foster counters with some compliments for the Comets, too.
“The thing about St. Charles is they’re so fundamentally sound,” Foster said. “And they’re talented.
“There won’t be any margin for error. Last week we had some turnovers and made some mistakes. A team like St. Charles will take advantage of every mistake you make.”
The St. Charles vs. Amite game offers intriguing possibilities. It is the first title-game appearance for Amite since 2004, the last time the Warriors won the 3A championship. In 2005 and 2006, St. Charles was the 2A runner-up to then district rival Curtis.
Quarterbacks Reginald Porter of Amite and Donnie Savoie of St. Charles Catholic will provide some contrasts.
Savoie, who has passed for 1,940 yards and 23 TDs, took a lead role last week by throwing for 259 yards in a semifinal win over Parkview Baptist.
Porter has accounted for more than 2,600 yards of offense and also plays defensive back for the Warriors, who have several other key players, including fullback-linebacker Juwaan Rogers, a two-time all-state selection.
Tulane commitment Lazedrick Thompson of SCC ran for two first downs on the final drive last week despite a torn knee ligament that will require surgery after the season. Thompson has 1,341 yards and 27 TDs.
Monica said his team has faced its share of athletic quarterbacks, including state passing leader Devon Breaux of Donaldsonville and Darian Claiborne of Port Allen.
Monica said Porter will require special attention.
“Their quarterback is capable of going the distance on every play,” he said. “So were those other quarterbacks we faced. Porter is guy we’ll have to contain and tackle. We can’t let him slip away for us.”
Linebacker-fullback Juwaan Rogers, another two-way player, helps lead the Amite defense.
“The real battle in this one is up front,” Amite’s Foster said. “They’re line is a big and physical and we feel like we’re physical, too.”
WINNFIELD VS. CURTIS: The teams played in the 1982 2A final won by Winnfield, 23-14. Saturday’s 11 a.m. game marks Winnfield’s first trip to a title game since then.
Curtis coach J.T. Curtis is Louisiana’s all-time wins leader and ranks second nationally with 505 wins. Curtis, who has won 23 state titles at the River Ridge-based school, got his 500th win by beating J.S. Clark during the ninth week of the regular season.
The Patriots, who are making their 16th straight title-game appearance, rely on a bruising ground game led by Sherman Badie, who is averaging 14.90 yards per carry and has scored 18 TDs.
Winnfield has a notable combo in University of Memphis commitment Trey Gilbert and Alonzo Moore who each have rushed for nearly 1,400 yards.