Two games with strikingly different storylines also are part of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic set for Friday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
At 1:30 p.m., top-seeded Catholic-New Iberia (12-0) takes on Shreveport’s Calvary Baptist (11-1), the No. 2 seed and the defending state champion, in the Division III title game.
Action concludes with Louisiana’s most prolific football program, top-seeded John Curtis (10-1), facing sixth-seeded Jesuit (11-2) in the Division I final that concludes a day full of select school championships.
Curtis makes its 19th straight title-game appearance and seeks its 27th state title overall and its fourth in a row. It will be the fifth LHSAA classification the Patriots have competed for championship honors in. By contrast, Jesuit has never played in the Prep Classic, which dates to 1981. The Blue Jays last state title game was a loss to Catholic League rival St. Augustine in 1978.
Catholic-NI seeks its first state football crown in a matchup of marquee quarterbacks. CHSNI’s Jason Pellerin is a senior and an Ole Miss commitment, while Calvary’s Shea Patterson is a top junior prospect. Here is a breakdown:
CATHOLIC-NI VS. CALVARY: Pellerin is a dual-threat quarterback in the Panthers’ Wing-T attack. He has cracked the 1,000-yard barrier in passing and rushing.
Calvary will counter with a defense that has allowed just 15 points per game. Calvary’s Patterson has passed for 36 TDs and about 2,200 yards.
John Bachman Sr., the Calvary coach, also won state titles with another Shreveport power, Evangel Christian. Catholic coach Brent Indest led Carencro to a Class 5A runner-up finish before returning to coach his alma mater.
CURTIS VS. JESUIT: The last time Jesuit won a state title was 1960. The Blue Jays beat LaGrange 21-20 to win the 3A title that year.
Curtis and Jesuit are a study of contrasts with run-oriented Curtis led by quarterback Myles Washington, who has rushed for 16 TDs. Quarterback Trey LaForge has passed for 2,437 yards to help power Jesuit, which upset Catholic League rival Rummel to advance last week.
A win would be an early birthday gift for Curtis coach J.T. Curtis, who turns 68 on Saturday.