Evangel, John Curtis headline five Louisiana football teams in MaxPreps Top 100

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Evangel vs. John Curtis
Evangel defeated John Curtis in the 2016 LHSAA Division I football playoffs at The Shrine on Airline (Photo: Steve Dalmado).

While Louisiana checks in as the 25th biggest state in the country, according to the latest census population numbers, the Pelican State has always produced an inordinate number of outstanding football players.

Clearly, this is football country and the preseason rankings of MaxPreps reflects this once again.

Louisiana is tied for fifth in the nation among teams ranked in the MaxPreps preseason Top 100 with five teams.

Texas leads the way with 13 teams in the top 100 while Florida and California each have 12 teams among those ranked. Georgia has seven, followed by Louisiana.

Defending Division I state champion Evangel Christian is the top-ranked team from Louisiana, checking in at No. 41. The Eagles are the definitive favorite to repeat in Division I, led by three LSU commitments in Micah Baskerville, Davin Cotton and Ardarius Washington.

Traditional power John Curtis Christian is next at No. 46. The Patriots have a brilliant tight end in Glenn Beal and an outstanding running back in Marquese Albert while linebacker Johnny Curtis is a stout defender.

Parkway is next at No. 59. The Panthers have a fabulous quarterback in TCU commit Justin Rogers and one of the best wide receivers in the nation in Terrace Marshall.

Defending 5A state champion Landry-Walker is ranked No. 73. The Charging Buccaneers have a superb wide receiver in Devonta Jason and an elite defensive back in Corione Harris.

Defending 4A state champion Edna Karr made the rankings at No. 83. The Cougars have a top tackle in Titus Jones and a superb cornerback in Devin Bush leading the way.

Mater Dei of Santa Ana, California is the top-ranked team.

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started NewOrleans.com/Sports with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became SportsNOLA.com. On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch CrescentCitySports.com. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…

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