Acadiana high school football roundup: LCA, STM advance to state championship games

Danielle Allentuck
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

How Acadiana teams fared in the high school football playoffs Friday night.

Lafayette ChristianAcademy 21, Newman Academy 7

The Knights struck first, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive. They added another touchdown halfway through the second quarter to make it 14-0. With two minutes to go in the first half, Arch Manning Jr. threw his only touchdown of the day for Newman Academy. The Knights scored their last touchdown at the end of the first half. Lafayette Christian Academy will play St. Charles Catholic in the Division III State Championships later this month. 

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St Thomas More 31, University Lab 23

The Cougars struggled on their opening drive, but were soon able to take the lead. St. Thomas More led 24-6 at halftime, and they added their last score of the day in the fourth quarter to seal with win. Walker Howard threw four touchdowns to three different receivers, and Jack Bech scored two receiving touchdowns. The Cougars will play De La Salle in the Division II State Championships. 

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Carencro 81, Plaquemine 14

The Bears scored a record 81 points, beating their previous record of 77 set in 2011. Traylon Prejean had three touchdowns and 147 rushing yards, which helped him surpass the 1000-mark for the season. Eight different players scored for the Bears. Carencro will host Neville in the 4A semifinals next week. 

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Acadiana 21, Mandeville 0

Jerimiah Brown had two touchdowns for Acadiana, and  Omiri Wiggins added a 60-yard rushing touchdown. The Rams defense held stout, stopping any Mandeville advances. They will host Destrehan in the 5A semifinals. 

Ouachita Christian 36, Vermilion Catholic 34 (OT)

With just 26 seconds left in the game, Drew Lege connected with John Robert Allums in the end zone for Vermilion Catholic to tie the game and send it to overtime. Ouachita Christian scored first in overtime, adding a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Vermilion Catholic responded with a touchdown, but was not able to convert on the two-point conversion. 

Kinder 21, Loreauville 14 (2OT)

Kinder and Loreauville spent almost half of the game tied at 7-7. In the first overtime, Calep Jacob scored for Loreauville and Graham Fawcett connected with Brandon White for Kinder to send it into a second overtime. Kinder was able to convert in the second overtime, sending them to the 2A semifinals.