Neville High School captured its second consecutive state championship and fourth title since 2009 with a 45-26 win over Edna Karr in the Louisiana Class 4A prep football state championship Friday night in New Orleans.
A rematch of the 2011 and 2012 state championship game, Edna Karr (9-5) took an early 7-0 lead when Aldon Clark connected with Tyrin Ralph for a two-yard touchdown later in the first quarter.
Jaiden Cole tied the game up for Neville (14-0) when he found Quintin Guice for a 46-yard touchdown pass.
Ralph answered on the first possession of the second quarter for the Cougars, taking it in from 17 yards out.
Taking the lead for good, Neville scored the final 14 points of the first quarter on a 23-yard touchdown run by Donald Jenkins and a five-yard touchdown pass from Christopher Haynes to Robert Williams made it 21-14 Neville at the half.
A powerhouse program out of Northeastern Louisiana, the title for Neville is the school’s 12th championship since 1955. Edna Karr meanwhile was seeking its third state championship since the 1993 season.