John Ehret defensive back Taris Shenall and Belle Chasse quarterback Andrew Hicks will both suit up for Tulane next fall.
Ehret coach Corey Lambert, who coached Shenall all season and Hicks Monday night in the Lake Pontchartrain All-Star Classic, has a message for Green Wave fans.
“Tulane is getting two great ones,” Lambert said.
Shenall was the star on defense, and Hicks was star on offense as Jefferson Parish defeated Orleans Parish 29-18 in the annual showcase of the top seniors in the New Orleans area.
It was a Shenall’s 20-yard pick-six with 11:35 left in the game that broke a 12-12 tie and put Jefferson Parish up to stay.
“Coach always teaches us to never give up on the play,” Shenall said. “Good things happen when you don’t give up. That was a momentum-builder for us. When I got it, I knew we were going to win this game.”
Shenall got another interception later that dashed any hopes Orleans had of making a comeback.
It was his eighth interception of the season if you include the six he had in the regular season for Ehret.
Lambert compares Shenall to former NFL cornerback Tory James, who grew up on the Westbank and played at Shaw and LSU before going on to play in the NFL.
“I grew up with Tory, and they are a lot alike,” Lambert said. “They both wore No. 20. Taris has been doing that all season for us. He is just a lockdown corner.”
Lambert compared Belle Chasse’s Hicks to another former Westbank standout.
“Hicks reminds me of Kordell Stewart,” Lambert said.
Hicks scored three touchdowns for Jefferson on runs of 30, 61 and 50 yards.
His 50-yarder came with 1:25 left and came just moments after an Orleans touchdown that cut the score to 22-16.
Hicks finished with 155 yards on 14 carries. He also completed 7 of 15 passes for 65 yards in his final game playing at quarterback. He will move to receiver at Tulane.
“I’ll miss running the spread like I did today, but I am just ready to get back to my old position of receiver,” Hicks said. “I’m just ready to go to work. I just give all the credit to my line and receivers.”
De La Salle running back Cole Lewis scored the game’s first touchdown on a 17-yard run on Orleans’ second possession to give his team an early lead. It capped off a 11-play, 86-yard drive. Lusher’s Joshua Barney highlighted the drive with three runs for 37 yards.
But Hicks tied it on the first play of the second quarter with a 30-yard run.
Landry-Walker quarterback Li’Jon Cordier helped Orleans regain the lead with a short pass to Warren Easton’s Devin Glenn, who outran everyone for a 30-yard touchdown that put Orleans ahead 12-6 going into halftime.
But Hicks struck again, bursting up the middle for a 61-yard score in the third to tie it, and then Shenall came up with his key interception.
Cordier completed 11 of 20 passes for 174 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His second touchdown was to De La Salle’s Victor Gaines, who also had a highlight-reel grab ala Odell Beckham Jr.
Barney rushed six times for 62 yards for Orleans.
Jefferson also got a 33-yard field goal from Chalmette’s Juan Esparza.
“It was good going up against people you competed against the whole year and playing with your rivals,” Shenall said. “You have to put that aside.
Shenall and Hicks were two of five Tulane commitments in the game.
“My job was easy tonight,” Lambert said. “Your subs are all-stars. Your coaches are all-stars. You can’t beat that.”