Jesuit-Catholic state championship football game to air on NASH ICON 106.1 FM

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(Photo: Jacob Reeder)

The Division I state championship game featuring unbeaten No. 2 seed Jesuit against top seed Catholic of Baton Rouge will air live on NASH ICON, 106.1 FM and on the worldwide web at www.nashfm1061.com Saturday evening from Yulman Stadium.

Pre-game coverage begins at 6:45 p.m.

Cumulus New Orleans Sports Director Ken Trahan of CrescentCitySports.com will handle play-by-play duties while former Jesuit head coach Wayde Keiser (Jesuit Class of 1978) and former Jesuit assistant coach Terry Ursin (Jesuit Class of 1993) of Jesuit admissions will provide analysis. Coach Danny Riehm (Jesuit Class of 2000) will provide field reports.

The Blue Jays (10-0) have defeated District 9-5A rivals John Curtis Christian (14-13) and Brother Martin (28-10) in the playoffs. Jesuit is looking for its ninth state championship overall and its first since winning Division I in 2013.

The Blue Jays are led by senior quarterback Jack Larriviere, who has completed 74-of-106 passes for 1.749 yards and 20 touchdowns with just three interceptions and he has rushed for 764 yards and 13 touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Jace Larsen has 26 catches for 654 yards and 16 touchdowns. Junior running back Jaron Duplessis has rushed for 675 yards and three scores. Defensively, defensive lineman Andrew Besh leads the way with seven sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries.

The Bears (11-1) are in the Division I state championship game for the fifth straight year, having won it all in 2015. Catholic also won the title on the field in 2017 and in 2020 but had to vacate both of those championships due to LHSAA infractions.

Catholic defeated St. Augustine 42-35 and St. Paul’s 29-28 to advance to the final.

Catholic features a huge offensive line, led by senior LSU commit Emery Jones while running backs Corey Singleton and Tae Nicholas are outstanding. Singleton, an Army commit, has rushed for 1,030 yards and 13 touchdowns while Nicholas has rushed for 1,101 yards and 20 scores. Junior wide receiver Shelton Sampson has a host of offers, including from LSU and Alabama. Sampson has 36 catches for 901 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensive end Jermaine Vessel has 15 tackles for loss.

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