Evangel, John Curtis, Neville, Karr, Warren Easton are top Louisiana prep football teams for 2017

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Evangel vs. Curtis 2016
(Photo: Steve Dalmado)

When you combine all Louisiana football playing teams into one list of power rankings, it is inevitable that the bigger schools in the higher classifications will dominate the rankings.

While that is certainly true of our CrescentCitySports.com preseason power rankings, there are a host of teams below 5A and Division I who are part of those who make our elite list of teams.

While it is always difficult to pick one team as the best in Louisiana, that distinction has to go to Evangel Christian, the defending Division I state champion. With three LSU commits on the squad and a devastating defense, the Eagles sit atop our rankings. Long-time rival and Division I competitor John Curtis Christian is second with defending 4A state champion Edna Karr third, Neville fourth and very talented Warren Easton fifth.

Here are our top 30 teams, with their one key player to watch, along with 20 others who clearly have a chance to make noise and crack the list:

1) Evangel Christian—Davin Cotton, DT
2) John Curtis Christian—Glenn Beal, TE
3) Edna Karr—Quindell Johnson, S
4) Neville—Devin Phillips, G
5) Warren Easton—Yo’Heinz Tyler, WR
6) West Monroe—Slade Bolden, QB/Athlete
7) Parkway—Terrace Marshall, WR
8) Landry-Walker—Devonta Jason, WR
9) Archbishop Rummel—Ja’Marr Chase, WR
10) McDonogh 35—Lawrence Keys, III, WR
11) St. Paul’s—Johntae McDowell, QB
12) Scotlandville—Kelvin Joseph, CB
13) Destrehan—John Emery, RB
14) John Ehret—Jamaal Houston, WR
15) Zachary—Keilon Brown, QB
16) Acadiana—Ziggy Francis, RB
17) St. Thomas More—Paul Laborde, LB
18) Parkview Baptist—Connor Joffrion, RB
19) Lutcher—Gregory Clayton, WR
20) Riverside—Jeremy Gibson, RB
21) University—Princeton Pines, G
22) De La Salle—Jamiran James, DT
23) Hahnville—Anthony “Pooka” Williams, ATH
24) Brother Martin—Zack Breaux, G
25) Catholic (BR)—Patrick Mensah, ATH
26) Notre Dame—Collin Kirsch, RB
27) Mandeville—Taron Jones, ATH
28) Ponchatoula—Joquan Johnson, RB
29) Southern Lab—Damone Clark, ILB
30) St. Augustine—Juan Monjarres, DE/LB

Other outstanding teams to watch
St, Charles Catholic, Madison Prep, West Feliciana, St. James, Amite,
Many, Calvary Baptist, Haynesville, Kentwood, Sterlington,
Carencro, Plaquemine, Teurlings Catholic, Catholic (NI), Covington,
Sulphur, Barbe, Jesuit, Iowa, Bastrop

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Ken Trahan


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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