As summer winds down, anticipation builds for the upcoming high school football season and YurView has you covered once again with exciting matchups that feature some of the top talent south Louisiana has to offer.
This season, GameTime returns for a full docket of 10 top Louisiana games beginning Friday, September 3rd with Jesuit vs Woodlawn. In addition to the regular season, GameTime features a weekly Louisiana playoff matchup through the semi-final round of the LHSAA Playoffs.
How To Watch
All games this season will be televised on YurView Louisiana – Cox channel 4. Cox customers can also watch the games on their phones using the Cox Contour App. Download the Coutour App on Apple and Android.
Here’s a look at this season’s top Louisiana high school football matchups on GameTime:
September 3: Jesuit vs Woodlawn
It all starts on Friday, September 3rd as the Woodlawn Panthers host the Jesuit Blue Jays. Woodlawn is an up-and-coming team in Baton Rouge led by former LSU QB Marcus Randall as their head coach. They posted a couple of impressive victories last season with wins over Dutchtown and St. Amant.
Woodlawn returns seven starters on defense, nine on offense, including junior quarterback Rickie Collins. 247 Sports lists Collins as a four-star prospect in the Class of 2023 and has received several offers. The offer list includes LSU, Arkansas, Memphis, Purdue, TCU, and Virginia Tech. Cornerback Jordan Matthews is a four-star recruit for the Class of 2023.
— Garland Gillen (@garlandgillen) June 14, 2021
Jesuit went 4-and-4 during the 2020 regular season and won a playoff game over St. Paul’s. The Blue Jays look to do even more this season under new head coach Ryan Manale who left De La Salle after nine successful seasons and three championship game appearances with the Cavaliers. Manale will have a chance to work with a senior quarterback by the name of Jack Larriviere.
September 10: Acadiana vs Catholic
A match-up between two of the best high school football teams in the state. The Acadiana Wreckin Rams will cross the Atchafalaya Basin to take on the Catholic Bears. Acadiana is looking to win a third straight Class 5A championship. They will once again be talented on defense led by four-star cornerback Laterrance Welch, who is committed to LSU.
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Catholic also features an LSU commit. Six-foot-four, 341-pound offensive lineman Emery Jones also plans to be a Tiger. The Bears also have the best wide receiver in the state for the Class of 2023 in Shelton Sampson Jr., who had a breakout game in a semifinal victory over Brother Martin last season.
2023 WR Shelton Sampson earns a five-star rating and ranks No. 10 in the nation by On3. pic.twitter.com/bhJEMolNgv
— On3 Recruits (@On3Recruits) July 31, 2021
Acadiana also has defensive lineman Walter Bob, who is committed to Alabama.
These two teams played last year in Baton Rouge and Catholic won 27-21.
September 17: Warren Easton vs Scotlandville
Week 3 is another great non-district matchup as Scotlandville hosts Warren Easton. The Hornets are loaded this year and the expectations are high after an undefeated regular season in 2020. Scotlandville might have the best one-two punch at running back in Marlon Gunn Jr. and Chance Williams. They also have a talented junior quarterback in Zae Teasett.
— Louisiana vs. All Y’all (@LAvsAllYall) May 16, 2021
Warren Easton reached the semi-finals last season and return a ton of talent in 2021. On defense the Eagles have defensive lineman Shone Washington, who is a three-star prospect and Texas commit Ronald Lewis at cornerback. On offense, center Malachi Preciado is committed to Purdue and junior Keddrick Connelly is a returning starter at quarterback. The speedy Leon Elloie is expected to be a big playmaker on offense.
September 24: John Ehret vs West Jefferson
Senior WR Zavion Thomas leads John Ehret on offense. He had 62 receptions, 8 TDs, and 921 yards last season. Defensive lineman Koruth Wilson is Ehret’s leader on the defense, garnering 6 tackles and 2 tackles for loss against Shaw.
The West Jefferson Buccaneers are lead by Quarterback Caivyn Johnson, who racked up 1,550 Passing Yards and 15 TDs last season. The Buccaneers’ Tyrek Williams is the team’s defensive leader, lining up at DE and Linebacker. He totaled 7 sacks and 3 interceptions last season.
Saturday, October 2 (2 pm CT): St. Augustine vs Brother Martin
An outstanding Catholic League matchup between Brother Martin and St. Augustine. The Crusaders faced many challenges in 2020, but still went undefeated in the regular season with wins over Curtis and Rummel and earned the number one seed in the Division I playoffs – but lost to Catholic High in the semifinals.
Senior quarterback Garrett Mmahat is back after throwing for 1,700 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. The defense returns seven starters led by free safety Corey Lambert, who is a three-star prospect.
— Garland Gillen (@garlandgillen) August 4, 2021
St. Augustine boasts a ton of Division one talent. Offensive tackle Cam East is committed to Mississippi State. Cornerback Jhamal Shelby is another three-star recruit for the Purple
October 8: St. Thomas More vs Westgate
GameTime will head to New Iberia to catch Walker Howard and the St. Thomas Cougars take on their district rival Westgate. 247sports ranks Howard as the best quarterback in the nation after leading the Cougars to a Division II state championship last season. As a junior, Howard threw for 3,430 yards, 42 touchdowns and five interceptions.
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— Mike Coppage (@MikeCoppage1) August 3, 2021
Westgate also has talented players. Safety Derek Williams is a four-star recruit for the Class of 2023 and tight end Danny Lewis is a three-star recruit as he heads into his senior season.
October 15: Madison Prep vs University High
The week seven contest will be a clash between two of the best teams in the Capital City as Madison Prep hosts University High at Memorial Stadium. The Chargers won their first football state championship last season as they crushed Union Parish 50-0 in the Class 3A title game.
PRESENTING YOUR 2020 CLASS 3A FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPION
MADISON PREP ACADEMY!!! pic.twitter.com/JJpHqfxamU
— LA Class 3A Sports (@LAClass3A) December 30, 2020
MPA returns starting quarterback Zeon Chriss who is committed to the Ragin Cajuns. The defense will be led by Quency Wiggins, who is a freakish athlete on the defensive line at six-foot-six, 275 pounds. He’s a four-star prospect.
The Cubs are looking to get back to the state title game for the first time since 2018 and they have the talent to do it. On defense, the Cubs have Purdue commitment and six-foot-six outside linebacker Roman Pitre and four-star cornerback Austin Ausberry, who will also play some wide receiver. The offense will feature running back Derrick Graham who is a three-star prospect after rushing for ten touchdowns last season.
October 22: Brother Martin vs Carencro
Our week eight game has the Class 4A defending champion Carencro Golden Bears hosting Brother Martin for what should be a very entertaining non-district game. The Bears return eight starters from their 2020 state title team, but they have a junior quarterback in Chantz Ceasar who can really sling the football and he’s also big at six-foot-three.
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Carencro is known as a running team and Dontae Darjean is expected to carry the load after rushing for almost 800 yards last season. The offensive line will be led by guard Quinn Collins. The defense features three-year starter David Journet at free safety.
Saturday, October 30 (12pm): Rummel vs John Curtis
We’ll have a special game in week nine as Rummel will face John Curtis for a Saturday game that will start at noon. Rummel has a lot of new faces as they are two years removed from a Division I state championship.
Junior Casey Avrard is entering his first season as a starting quarterback and his main target in the passing game will be six-foot-three senior Nicholas Howard. Senior defensive end Anquan Milton will be a leader on defense.
🏈9-5A 2021 CRYSTAL FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS🏈
1. John Curtis
2. Bro Martin
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— Louisiana 5A🏈 (@Louisiana5A) July 17, 2021
Hall of Fame Coach J.T. Curtis is entering his 53rd season and the Patriots are looking for the first state championship since 2018, which would be the 27th in school history. Curtis went 6-5 last season, but return senior quarterback Buddy Taylor, who threw for over 800 yards and rushed for over 800 yards.
Tight end Justin Brooks is expected to be a big part of the offense in the run and pass game. Senior Javon Davis will move from offense to free safety to bolster a defense that features good size at the linebacker position, but just two returning starters overall on that side of the football.
The week 10 matchup will be decided at a later date as we plan to pick a game where a district championship might be on the line or a contest that has significant playoff implications.