Karr tops St. Augustine in jamboree _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Karr quarterback Aldon Clark

Class 4A: (1) Neville vs. (14) Karr

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

RECORDS: Neville 13-0, Karr 9-4

How they got here

NEVILLE: Beat Beau Chene 57-0; beat Carencro 38-12; beat North DeSoto 42-14; beat Warren Easton 44-36

KARR: Beat DeRidder 56-20; beat Cecilia 47-28; beat Bastrop 48-36; beat Franklinton 34-21

Last time in the state final

Neville scored its 11th state title with a win over Easton last year. Karr beat Neville in 2012 for its second state crown.

Top storyline: Tradition vs. tradition

Two of the top programs in Class 4A meet for the title again. This is the third time the Tigers and Cougars have played in the Dome: Neville won in 2011, and Karr prevailed in 2012.

Gameplan

NEVILLE: The Tigers are on a 25-game winning streak, relying on a strong running game boosted by a rock solid offensive line. Their defensive line is as good as any you’ll see.

KARR: It’s simple: Find a way to block Neville’s strong defensive front to buy time for QB Aldon Clark. Karr, which has won nine of its past 10, must stop Neville’s running game.

Key players

NEVILLE: It all starts up front on defense with Rashard Lawrence (81 tackles, 6 sacks). The 6-foot-3, 305-pound, five-star recruit is being recruited by LSU, Alabama, and Ohio State. CBs Corey Straughter (7 pass break-ups) and Jacorian Andrews will be playing on Saturdays as well. QB Jaiden Cole (937 passing yards, 10 TDs; 1,335 rushing yards, 21 TDs) heads up the run-based spread attack.

KARR: Clark has put up eye-popping numbers in his second season as a starter, throwing for 3,461 yards and 34 TDs. He goes to a trio of big-play receivers: Kenneth Simmons (54 receptions, 763 yards, 7 TDs), Rayce McMath (48 catches, 919 yards, 8 TDs) and Diamante Woolridge (46 catches, 925 yards, 9 TDs). Senior DE Andre Anthony, an LSU commit, is the anchor of the defense.

Prediction

Rod Walker: Karr 28, Neville 27