Bowl season opens Saturday with the Celebration Bowl’s noon kickoff.
Mark Clements and Jerit Roser will, of course and as always, dive into specific analysis and breakdown of LSU’s next matchup, in this case a Citrus Bowl date with Notre Dame.
But, with nearly three weeks until that 2014 Music City Bowl rematch, the Tiger Pride Podcast duo decided to dive head first into “college bowl mania” and open the door to a little friendly competition in Baton Rouge, too.
Another LHSAA football season concluded this weekend with an exciting Prep Classic in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Zachary, Catholic-Baton Rouge, Edna Karr, University Lab, West Feliciana, Catholic-New Iberia, Welsh, Lafayette Christian and West St. John finished the fall as champions, with story lines abound.
Smaller school games were the closest of the select/nonselect era, including a Lafayette Christian shutout for title No. 1 and four West St. John interceptions to return the Rams to glory.
Catholic-New Iberia shocked much of the state.
Welsh started fast for its first-ever championship, while West Feliciana pulled away in the third quarter for its own.
U-High completed a dominant season with a strong case as the state’s top team regardless of classification.
Catholic and Zachary proved a year ahead of many people’s expected timelines to win their second titles in the past three years.
And perennial power Edna Karr finally went back-to-back.
Jerit Roser and Woodlawn-Baton Rouge safeties coach Brent Broussard, a Jennings alumnus in his eighth year with the Panthers, recap all the action, including top players and a slight look ahead to the next level for some top prospects and next season for the new defending champions.
Perkinston, Miss. — Lindsey Scott Jr. turned to the overflowing stands with less than four minutes remaining Sunday and waved his arms to encourage the sea of red-clad fans to roar behind the East Mississippi defense.
EMCC quarterback Lindsey Scott prepares to take a snap during the Lions’ 31-28 national championship defeat of Arizona Western in Perkinston, Miss. (Photo by Jerit Roser, DatBoot.com)
The standout quarterback could finally feel his three-and-a-half month detour culminating in the goal he had set at its inception — one he prioritized more than almost anyone seemed to understand.
No. 1 EMCC closed out a 31-28 defeat of No. 2 Arizona Western to claim its first NJCAA national championship since 2014.
And only now will Scott and his family finally turn their focus to his highly anticipated second Division-I recruiting process.
“I wanted to take care of this game first,” he said at the conclusion of a fall that began on hometown LSU’s roster. “And now that we’ve won it, I’m extremely happy. And now I can look to see where I’m gonna go next. I think I did it the right way. And anybody else that’s taking the same footsteps, that’s what I’d consider is football first.
“Football is about your teammates and about winning. And everything else will take care of itself.”
The heavy criticism that swirled around first-year coach Ed Orgeron and his LSU football team less than two months ago seem so much more distant.
The Tigers (9-3, 6-2) rolled past Texas A&M (7-5, 4-4) on Saturday, 45-21, to claim a sixth win in their past seven outings to not only salvage a bumpy September, but put together an impressive season overall.
And set the foundation nicely for the near-future in the process.
“After the Troy game (Sept. 30), I couldn’t think but about one second at a time, to be honest with you,” Orgeron said. “I could not look that far. I knew that we could get the team together, try to take it one day at a time, try to get the team right, fix the things that we could fix.
“After looking back at all the things that we went through, it’s a remarkable feat by a football team and our coaching staff.”
Next up: another struggling SEC foe in Tennessee, fresh off a coaching change.
Can the Volunteers present much of a challenge? Or will the Tigers carry their momentum right through the trip to Knoxville and back home against Texas A&M?
Jerit Roser and Mark Clements break down the eventual rout of the Razorbacks — including Danny Etling’s 11-for-16 performance, D.J. Chark’s big day, Derrius Guice’s three touchdowns, the kicking issues and the top defensive performances — and preview the trip to Knoxville, Tenn.