Predicting the 2022 state high school football champions

By LEE BRECHEEN, Special to the Journal

It’s here! This weekend, the high school State Championship games will take place at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.

As always, I am super excited — like many fans, parents and coaches — to be able to watch these games and can’t believe the season is almost over.

Let’s get started: I will give my two cents with predictions on each game being played – starting today and continuing Friday and Saturday.

Division I Non-Select: I am taking Ruston over Destrehan in this one as I think QB Jaden Osbourne and the Bearcats’ defense will be too much for the Wildcats. Should be a great game. Both teams are super talented — I just think Ruston has its best team in over 25 years.

Division II Non-Select: North Desoto will take on a very talented Lutcher team. I am taking North Desoto because I believe the Griffins’ offense – with a very good run and pass game — will be the difference in the end.

Division III Non-Select: Wow, what a game it should be when Many takes on Union Parish. It might be the quickest game played as both teams run and don’t pass much. I give the edge to Many in a close game because I think the Tigers have the better team overall.

Division IV Non-Select: Oak Grove takes on Homer in a classic battle of North Louisiana teams. I will go with Oak Grove in a close game as the Tigers’ offense will be difficult to defend in the end.

Division I Select: Brother Martin will play John Curtis in a battle between two of New Orleans’ great programs. I have seen both teams play quite a few times in the last two years and I just think Brother Martin is due a title in a close game among two teams from the same district.

Division II Select: Two teams from the same area will be meeting when St. Thomas More plays Lafayette Christian. This will be a long game as both teams love to throw the football. I will go with St. Thomas More in a close game.

Division III Select: Dunham plays St. Charles Catholic. I think Dunham has the better team and I’ll stay with the Tigers as the champs since I picked them back in August to go to the title game. 

Division IV Select: Vermillion Catholic plays Ouachita Christian — two teams who have met in many semifinal games in the past and finally play in a state title game. I like Ouachita Christian — OCS as it’s called in Monroe – because I think the Eagles will control the clock with their run game. 

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