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.
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.
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.
Rod Walker: Karr 28, Neville 27