Edna Karr to the Catholic League makes for a perfect football match

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Edna Karr football
(Photo: Beau Brune)

The possibilities are pretty intriguing.

On a fall Friday night at Tad Gormley, or Joe Yenni, or Berhman Stadium, it is Karr versus Curtis.

Or Karr versus Brother Martin.

Or Karr versus Jesuit or Rummel.

Pretty crazy stuff.

With Edna Karr High School now with Class 5A enrollment numbers, the only place for them to go is the Catholic League.

The best 4A program in the state knocks heads in the best district in 5A. It’s an exciting headline.

Head coach Brice Brown would join a league that includes coaches like J.T. Curtis, Nick Monica, Ryan Manale and Nick Saltaformaggio. All five of those head coaches own state titles and/or have appeared in state championship games.

And then there’s Mark Bonis of Brother Martin, acknowledged as one of the best at his craft in the state. In 2020, Bonis led the Crusaders to the top seed in Division I.

Toss in the history and talent of St. Augustine, and the best league in the state gets even better.

Next week, the LHSAA will release its original re-districting plan. There’s only one place to put Edna Karr, and that’s District 9-5A.

The Cougars don’t belong in the bayou league with Hahnville and Destrehan along with a host of schools in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.

They also do not belong in the Jefferson Parish 5A league.

They belong in only one place.

The precedent for a public school in the Catholic league is certainly there. For years, Chalmette was a member. So was Slidell, and so was West Jefferson.

With Archbishop Shaw leaving, you plug in a school that is actually closer to downtown New Orleans.

Karr brings an immense football pedigree.

About a month ago, head coach Brice Brown broached the subject with a reporter.

Brown: You know we are going to have 5A numbers?

Reporter: You want to play in the Catholic League?

Brown: (smile).

When the LHSAA released the official enrollment numbers and classes Wednesday, Karr in the Catholic League was closer to reality.

Reporter: Would you like to play in the Catholic League?

Brown: We would love to, if they would have us.

Next Wednesday by noon, schools must declare if they plan to play up in classification. Next, the LHSAA will reveal its districting plan. Schools can than asked to be moved elsewhere.

But there’s no place to move Edna Karr.

The Cougars, the best in 4A, should play in the best league in the state.

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Ed Daniels

WGNO Sports Director/106.1 FM

Ed is a New Orleans native, born at Baptist Hospital. He graduated Rummel High School, class of 1975, and subsequently graduated from Loyola University. Ed started in TV in 1977 as first sports intern at WVUE Channel 8. He became Sports Director at KPLC TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles in 1980. In 1982 he was hired as sports reporter…

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