West Monroe 20, Carencro 13
West Monroe (13-2) took advantage of three Carencro (13-2) turnovers in the third quarter to defeat the Bears 20-13 Saturday night in the Class 5A state championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Rebels recovered a fumble and intercepted two Carencro passes which yielded 10 points and gave them a 20-3 lead.
Alex Yount picked off a Jalen Nixon pass and returned it to the Carencro 13-yard line.
The Bears defense stiffened and the Rebels were forced to settle for a 31-yard Beau Benson field goal.
Two plays later, Xavier Woods intercepted a Nixon pass at the Carencro 30-yard line.
It took five plays for the Rebels to score as quarterback Connor Osborne went in from the 14-yard line.
Nixon ran in from the 13 with 8:57 remaining in the game to make it 20-10. Then Kassz Savoy recovered a fumble at the 11 leading to a 31-yard D.J. Thomas field goal.
In the first half, Osborne’s 45-yard run up the middle gave the Rebels a 7-0 lead.
Beau Benson hit a 46-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 5:44 remaining in the first quarter after Xavier Woods a 26-yard punt return set West Monroe at Carencro’s 25-yard line.
St. Charles 9, Amite 8
St. Charles scored nine points the first quarter then turned the game over to its defense as the second-seeded Comets claimed the Class 3A state championship with a 9-8 victory against fourth-seeded Amite on Saturday.
It was St. Charles (15-0) first state football title in school history and capped off a perfect season.
St. Charles got the two first-quarter scores: a 3-yard touchdown run by Brandon Zimmer and a 29-yard field goal by Patrick Juneau.
Amite (12-2) cut the score to 9-8 with 8:46 left in the fourth quarter when Warriors quarterback Reginald Porter ran 5 yards for the touchdown then passed to James Oden for the two-point conversion.
St. Charles running back Marcus Hall was named the Comets’ game outstanding player. He rushed for 72 yards, caught two passes for seven yards and had 112 all-purpose yards.
John Curtis 33, Winfield 3
John Curtis broke open a close game with 16 third-quarter points then cruised to a 33-3 victory against Winnfield in the Class 2A state finals as the Patriots captured its 24th state football championship.
The top-seeded Patriots (14-0) led only 7-3 at the half against the second-seeded Tigers (14-1). But Patriots quarterback Abby Touzet threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Raekwon James with 9:34 left in the third quarter. Then Sherman Badie ran 43 yards for a score with 7:20 left in the third to make the score 20-3.
Curtis added a 32-yard field goal by Austin Linden with 4:57 left in the third to take a 23-3 lead.
James was named the game's outstanding player for Curtis. He rushed for 65 yards on six carries and a touchdown, caught the 42-yard touchdown pass and had two punt returns for 42 yards to finish with 149 all-purpose yards.
Patriots running back Sherman Badie rushed for 105 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. Touzet completed 4 of 6 passes for 115 yards.
Winnfield quarterback Alonzo Moore was named the Tigers' outstanding player of the game. He rushed for 93 yards on 20 carries and passed for 45 yards.
Ouachita Christian 23, West St. John 7
Top-seeded Ouachita Christian (14-0) used a 17-point first quarter and a stifling defense to key its 23-7 Class 1A state championship football victory against West St. John (12-3) on Friday afternoon.
The Eagles jumped to a 17-0 lead, scoring touchdowns on their first two drives and a field goal in the first quarter.
West St. John finished with 131 yards, including minus-13 rushing yards.
Wide receiver Mark Laird earned game MVP honors for the Eagles. He rushed for 39 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 57 yards. He also recorded a tackle and a pass breakup while playing defensive back.
Austin Howard was West St. John's game MVP. He completed 9-of-22 passes for 144 yards and a 28-yard touchdown pass to Lawrence Williams in the second quarter.
Neville 27, Karr 6
Top-seeded Neville (14-0) scored 17 third quarter points as the Tigers claimed the Class 4A state championship with a 27-6 victory against the seventh-seeded Cougars on Friday.
Karr (11-4) was plagued by five turnovers in the game, including three interceptions.
Tigers linebacker Ricky Wyatt, named his team's game MVP, intercepted a pass by Karr quarterback Jarrell Bennett and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown to give Neville a 20-6 lead with 1:08 left in the third quarter.
On the ensuing possession, Karr's Standish Dobard fumbled after a pass reception at the Cougars' 40. Neville's Josh Coleman recovered.
Two plays later, running back Salarrious Jones ran 11 yards for a touchdown and a 27-6 lead.
Karr starting quarterback Devante Noil, named his team's game MVP, rushed for 37 yards on nine carries and completed 5-of-13 passes for 51 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
He accepted his MVP award after the game with ice wrapped to both ankles.
The Cougars took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when Noil completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Standish Dobard.