City limits: Baton Rouge high school coaches, players committed to helping football thrive again _lowres

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Madison Prep football coach Michael Roach

While the threat of inclement weather resulted in several teams in the Baton Rouge area opting to play a day early, such anticipated conditions don’t seem to bother No. 7 Madison Prep Academy.

In fact the Chargers, with massive, physical lines on both sides of the ball, almost welcome it.

“I think we’re built for that,” MPA coach Michael Roach said. “We’re a power run team. That’s why I’m kind of old school where you can play in all types of weather.”

Madison Prep (9-0, 6-0) will try to put the finishing touches on the District 6-2A championship, facing Christian Life Academy (5-4, 2-4) at 7 p.m. Friday at Glen Oaks.

Not only can the Chargers secure the league’s outright title but finish the regular season as the area’s lone undefeated team.

“I think it’s a great accomplishment on any level to go undefeated through the regular season,” Roach said. “That says something about our administration and the support we get. I’m proud of these guys and the parents for their commitment. We’re looking to come out strong and go into the third season and try and do well in the playoffs.”

Quarterback Edwin Kleinpeter has completed 86 of 155 passes for 1,437 yards with 13 TDs. Tyrese Walker is the team’s leading rusher with 70 carries for 734 yards and 8 TDs, while Brian Savoie (25-644, eight TDs) and Lyndon Rash (35-480, six TDs) are the top receivers.

CLA relies on QB Prince Davis, who has passed for 926 yards and 12 TDs, along with running back Jarod Davis (127-800, 11 TDs) and receiver Brennan Williams (31-616, six TDs).

“We’re playing a good ballclub,” Roach said. “We’ve got to have our ‘A’ game and you want to go into the playoffs playing your best ball.”

DISTRICT 9-3A TITLE ON THE LINE: Two of the state’s top three teams in Class 3A will settle the District 9-3A title when No. 3 Lutcher (8-1, 6-0) visits No. 2 De La Salle (9-0, 6-0) for a 7 p.m. game at Joe Brown Stadium.

“It’s kind of like it’s supposed to be in the last game with two undefeated teams in the district,” Lutcher coach Tim Detillier said. “The good news is whoever loses their season doesn’t end. You get to play again and correct your mistakes.”

De La Salle is flirting with history, having never been undefeated this late.

The Cavaliers, 8-4 a year ago, feature an offense that produces more than 50 points per game and a defense that’s allowed 6.4 points and has registered five shutouts.

Lutcher is riding a six-game win streak since a 21-20 loss at St. Amant.

Quarterback Jontre Kirklin has combined for nearly 2,000 yards of offense (1,365 passing, 561 rushing) and 32 touchdowns.

Wide receiver Al’Dontre Davis is one of the team’s biggest offensive threats with 35 catches for 549 yards and seven TDs.

The Bulldogs defense, which has 29 sacks and 19 interceptions, is led by linebackers Rashaun Preston (58 tackles, 4 tackles for losses) and Sully Laiche (51 tackles, 19 TFLs, 91/2 sacks).

“I think one of the advantages we have is we’ve played in the big-game atmosphere a little more than them this season and in previous years,” Detillier said. “I’m looking forward to it.”