NEW ORLEANS (AP)—In a rematch of two district opponents, Lutcher defeated St. James, 41-14, to capture the Louisiana Class 3A state football championship Saturday afternoon in New Orleans.

After St. James scored a touchdown on their first possession of the game, Lutcher (14-1) immediately answered with a six-yard touchdown run by Jontre Kirklin to tie the game 8-8, culminating a 11-play, 68-yard drive.

Kirklin’s arm provided the next two scores for the Bulldogs, connecting with senior wide receiver Tharrin Maddie for a pair of touchdowns passes. The first connection was from 22 yards out and the duo later combined for a 32-yard score with under two minutes to go in the first half.

Kirklin’s 27-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the second half, put the game out of reach at 29-8.

The championship for the Bulldogs was the seventh Class 3A crown for the school and first since 2008.

Making their first state championship appearance since 2007, St. James ends their season 11-4.

The Wildcats took a brief 8-0 lead in the first quarter on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Lowell Narcisse to Arron McKenney.