The Logansport Tigers won their second ever state title 34-28 over Haynesville. QB Dalton Shaw threw a 14-yard TD pass to Joe Caraway with only 24 seconds left to stun the Golden Tornado after a furious 4th quarter rally. The Tigers outscored the defending state champs 28-0 in the final frame after trailing 28-6. Head Coach Kevin Magee completed a stunning turnaround at his alma mater after taking over a 2-9 team just three years ago. Magee led Logansport to their only other state championship as the starting QB in 1995.
Not to be outdone in dramatics, Sterlington took down the undefeated Chargers of Madison Prep with a late goal line stand. Down 28-21, Madison Prep’s Tyrese Walker scampered in from five yards out with 44 seconds remaining. However, the Chargers rolled the dice, but the Panthers defensive line came up with a huge surge held RB Troy James out of the end zone. Sterlington QB Carson Clowers did not complete a pass, but took home his team’s MVP due to his three rushing TDs.
After re-classification, the Lutcher Bulldogs will be moving to Class 4A and the Amite Warriors will be moving to Class 2A. But on Saturday, only one would be the 2016 Class 3A state champions. Lutcher and Amite started the day off on Saturday with offensive fireworks in back-and-forth affair. Ultimately, it was Lutcher, behind MVP Jontre Kirklin’s performance, who made enough plays. Kirklin finished with 158 passing yards, 231 rushing yards and 4 total TD to propel the Bulldogs to back-to-back state championships for the first time in the school’s history.
For the 4th time in the last 6 years, Edna Karr and Neville climbed to the top of the Class 4A mountain. After losing two out of three to Neville, the Cougars evened the series Saturday afternoon. QB Aldon Clark accounted for 289 total yards while leading a Karr offense that racked up 528 yards in all. After the Tigers scored 14 points in a span of 32 seconds toward the end of the 2nd quarter, the Karr defense totally shutout the 2-time defending state champions in the second half.
After the Edna Karr trophy presentation, the Cougars lined up at the tunnel to welcome the Landry-Walker Chargin’ Bucs to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the first time. The Algiers neighbors were unified in their quest for Westbank dominance at the Prep Classic.
Perhaps the best performance over the course of both weekends was saved for the final game. Landry-Walker senior QB Keytaon Thompson amassed 303 passing yards, 154 rushing yards and a whopping 6 total TDs against a stout West Monroe defense. Thompson and the Chargin’ Bucs finished out the season scoring at least 50 points in every playoff game.
After the game West Monroe Head Coach Jerry Arledge told the media, “He’s probably the best quarterback we’ve ever faced since I’ve been at West Monroe. I can’t think of one any better.” Those are strong words from someone that has coached against current Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott and former all-time national passing leader Brock Berlin at Evangel.