The Catholic High Bears won their first State Title, in Football, 31-28 on Friday night with a 34 yard field goal from Parker Fontenot.
This game was a back and forth affair that was tied at 14 going into the 4th quarter, when both teams exploded combining for 31 points in the last 12 minutes, with the last three coming as time expired from the foot of Fontenot.
“I practice it everyday,” he said. “And then you get out there, you do the same thing you do everyday, just like being at home, with no one there. Drown everything out and kick the ball.”
The Bears, underdogs in this game didn’t play like It, taking a 14-7 lead in the first half, and keeping the Rummel offense at bay. When it was needed though the Bears were able to step up and make big plays, in large part due to their seniors who made good on a prophesy from their head coach four years earlier.
“Our freshman year, I think, Coach Weiner, actually on a Saturday morning pulled us out of Practice and told us, straight to all of us, y’all will be the first, ever team to win a state title here,” Quarterback Ian Brian said. “That still gives me goose-bumps.”
Junior running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, was named Catholic High’s most outstanding player, who appeared to be on a mission from the start in this ballgame.
“It was more important for us to get the first championship ever at Catholic high, than doing anything else this year,” he said. “That was the number one goal, that’s what we set out for and that’s what we did.”
Even after the Bears kept taking punches from the Raiders in the 4th quarter, they kept responding, which has been a theme for this team all year long.
“Even in the depths of an 0-2 start,” Head coach Dale Weiner said. “They just didn’t blink, they didn’t flinch.”
After years of trying the Bears finally have a State Championship, which will result in bragging rights in the Miles house-hold as LSU head coach, Les Miles’ son Ben, is the most recent Miles to win a state title.
“It’s not about Manny’s State Championship, but it will be nice to kind of throw it in his face a little bit,” he said with a laugh and a smile.