Almost nine months just after Zachary Higher came from behind in the final two minutes to win the LHSAA’s Class 5A title to close out one particular higher college football season, a further will start.
The passage into fall consists of a kaleidoscope of colors ranging from vibrant orange to brown, yellow and green in most locations. But in Louisiana, we’re just a bit various. Alternatively of a passage, the passing of a football is the point to watch.
Like multi-colored foliage, every single higher college football season delivers a distinctive signature and seemingly endless possibilities. The 2018 season was a year of repeats locally as each Zachary and University Higher of Division II won titles for the second year in a row.
What is retailer for 2019? Far more talent and pizazz tempered by the most current LHSAA-connected split choice.
For the very first time due to the fact 1980, some LHSAA football titles — 4 of them — will be decided someplace other than the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Facts are nonetheless becoming hammered out, but LHSAA member principals voted in January to give choose schools the autonomy to host stand-alone title events in football and other sports split along choose/nonselect lines genuinely is a game-changer.
Joe Burrow picks up the volleyball close to his apartment’s pool, and his pals can currently sense exactly where this is going.
There will be a retro really feel. The Allstate Sugar Bowl/Prep Classic set for Dec. 13-14 will consist of 5 (get in touch with them nonselect) title games for the very first time due to the fact LHSAA principals voted to split its football championships in 2013. The website or web pages for choose title games scheduled for Dec. five-7 will not be decided till early September.
Does Louisiana have the talent, loyalty and wealthy traditions to help title games on back-to-back weekends? Certainly. The choose/nonselect games have been held on separate weekends a couple of instances. Coaches speak a lot about players “buying in.” This time, the acquire-in falls on the fans.
But … extended ahead of any neighborhood/location group plays for one particular of the nine LHSAA titles, other battles will have to be won. There will be prime-tier players to see. Baton Rouge is the household of the prime prospect in the senior class for the second straight year.
Final year it was The Dunham School’s Derek Singley Jr., who is set to commence at cornerback for LSU. University defensive lineman Jaquelin Roy, an LSU commitment, tops the class of 2020.
Southern football coach Dawson Odums has talked incessantly about how deep his eighth Jaguars group is, and for superior purpose.
Zachary won its third Class 5A title in 4 years by edging West Monroe 27-24 in that final game of 2018 and is the logical group leader of the pack. Can the Broncos do it once more? Quarterback Keilon Brown and wide receiver Chris Hilton — the duo that teamed up for the title-winning score — are back, but a retooled defense will have to mature speedily.
A lot of eyes will watch U-Higher as well. Along with a talented 2019 class, the Cubs bid adieu to coach Chad Mahaffey, who is now head coach at Class 5A Walker — one particular of the challengers Zachary faces in District four-5A. And Catholic Higher is a further group to watch as East Ascension leads the Ascension Parish trio set for a further five-5A scramble. Could this be the year EAHS breaks by way of?
District 7-3A also has a retro appear. Parkview Baptist is back with U-Higher once more. For the very first time in practically 20 years PBS will not run the choice as its new coach, ex-Louisville and Christian Life QB Stefan LeFors, prefers a passing attack. Baker and Madison Prep appear to make the 7-3A race balanced.
Class 1A powers Southern Lab and Ascension Catholic have retooling to do, as well. Plaquemine in 7-4A and East Feliciana in 7-2A. Other individuals not talked about will claim their location in the spotlight as well.
There are 52 teams and a doable 15 weeks in the season. Let the games start.