Predictions for state football championship final matchups, winners
There are a host of teams that have a real shot at winning state titles.
I will never discount a Steve Robicheaux-coached team and Destrehan is a definite threat in Class 5A. Craig Jones has done a marvelous job with Lakeshore in Class 4A. Kaplan has been there, done that and could win Class 3A. St. Helena got to the title game a year ago in Class 2A. Oak Grove is unbeaten and very tough in Class 1A.
Evangel Christian is better than its record and is motivated in its final year in Division I. St. Charles Catholic plays as good of defense as anyone in Division II. Country Day is an unbeaten team with big wins and very well coached in Division III. Lafayette Christian is a defending state champion and unbeaten in Division IV.
There are others that merit strong consideration as well, including Acadiana, St. Martinville, St. James, Rosepine, Kentwood, Archbishop Rummel, De La Salle, Newman and St. Frederick.
Keep an eye on all of those contenders.
Here are my picks for teams reaching the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Dec. 6-8:
No. 1 West Monroe vs. #6 Zachary—West Monroe winning
No. 1 Karr vs. #2 Warren Easton—Karr winning
No. 1 Iota vs. #6 Lake Charles College Prep—Lake Charles College Prep winning
No. 1 Many vs. #2 Amite—Amite winning
No. 2 Haynesville vs. No. 5 West St. John—West St. John winning
No. 1 John Curtis Christian vs. #2 Catholic (BR)—John Curtis Christian winning
No. 1 University High vs. No. 3 St. Thomas More—University High winning
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 Catholic (NI)—Notre Dame winning
No. 1 Southern Lab vs. No. 2 Ascension Catholic—Southern Lab winning
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