NEW ORLEANS — East Jefferson, the reigning Class 4A state champion, left Joe Yenni Stadium with nobody to blame but itself following a 35-19 loss to No. 6-ranked Franklinton on Friday night.
Renaz Wilson helped the Demons take advantage of several Warriors mistakes, rushing 21 times for 105 yards and three touchdowns as Franklinton scored the final three touchdowns of the game.
Now, instead of East Jefferson defending its District 8-4A title — Franklinton is the new champion — the Warriors (5-4, 3-1) will enter the final week of the regular season with their postseason hopes at stake versus Lakeshore.
ZACHARY 28, DENHAM SPRINGS 24: In Denham Springs, sophomore Shyron White turned a short pass from Lindsey Scott Jr. on fourth-and-3 into a 60-yard touchdown with 44 seconds left, lifting the No. 9-ranked Broncos over Denham Springs in District 4-5A.
Zachary (8-1, 5-0) won its eight straight game and clinched at least a share of the 4-5A crown. Denham Springs (5-4, 4-1) was left to ponder what almost was. The Yellow Jackets controlled the first half and took a 24-21 lead on a 15-yard pass from Torez Kinchen to Kyandre Brooks with 1:18 remaining.
UNIVERSITY 48, WEST FELICIANA 20: In St. Francisville, top-ranked University High clinched at least a share of the District 7-3A title with a convincing win Friday, spoiling the Saints’ homecoming.
The game pitted two future LSU signees, U-High’s senior running back Nick Brossette against West Feliciana senior receiver/defensive back Jazz Ferguson. Brossette rushed 19 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns and also tossed a 54-yard scoring pass yards on the Cubs’ first play from scrimmage. He has 1,229 yards and 18 rushing TDs for the season and 132 for his four-year career. Meanwhile, Ferguson scored on a 9-yard run.
Cubs quarterback Manny Miles tossed four touchdown passes, two to Tre Jackson and a pair to Josh Wharton.
RUMMEL 31, HOLY CROSS 7: Rummel, the top-ranked team in Class 5A, extended its winning streak to 15 games with touch defense, forcing four Holy Cross turnovers and holding the Tigers to 215 yards of total offense.