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SJHS coach is PS state grid game guest picker

Amid performance of his very important Saturday morning “Honey Do List” for his lovely wife Karen, St. John High football mentor Barry “Tut” Musemeche offered up his predictions for the state high school championship games this coming weekend.

Coach Tut and I come very close in opinion on the title guessing game. Here goes:

Class 1-A: We both pick West St. John High to win it all against a very potent Ouachita Christian team. “I think we could have beaten both Mangham and Vermillion Catholic this year, but we showed twice we could not get by West St. John’s talent,” said the Eagle mentor.

OCHS beat Mangham 54-0 in the semifinals last week, while West St. John outscored Vermillion CHS 54-41.

“West St. John made a couple of turnovers when they were moving in to score. It would have been a rout early without those mistakes. West St. John and our team played a tougher schedule than both Vermillion and Mangham. I see West St. John beating Ouachita Christian. White Castle did it last year to Ouachita Christian and this year West St. John goes into the title game with a more balanced offense than White Castle,” noted Musemeche.

You got it, coach! I see it the same way.

Class 2-A: Musemeche sees John Curtis all the way in perhaps the most predictable title game. Winnfield goes in as a solid 2-A team after recent playoff wins over Episcopal and Calvary Baptist; but Curtis, a 38-6 victor over Evangel Christian last week, faced their toughest title opposing in that semifinals win.

Musemeche sees Curtis winning by 25 points. I see it a bit closer, but still a win for the New Orleans football factory.

3-A: Coach Musemeche goes with Amite High, which is coached by a friend. I see St. Charles taking the title in a close battle. Coach Tut agrees that it will be an interesting football game.

4-A: At first, Musemeche went with Neville, but he changed it to another coaching friend’s team and decided to take Edna Karr. I have to go with the Monroe-based Neville High team. Coach Tut says Karr’s speed will be too much for Neville. I say Neville’s size will be too much for Karr. It will be another interesting title match.

 5-A: Coach Musemeche calls the game a potential “Coin Toss Contest”. He goes with West Monroe to beat Carencro High for the title, but in a close one. I see West Monroe winning by a pair of touchdowns.

Overall, I hate to give two Monroe schools “favorite” status (West Monroe and Neville), but I am solid that a very talented West St. John team will keep a third Monroe area team (Ouchita Christian) from making it a sweep for the North Louisiana city.

PREP QUARTERBACKS in Iberville Parish were very young this season, with the sole exception of White Castle’s Isaac O’Bear. However, O’Bear was hurt much of the season and youngster Chris Major had to step into the spot.

While Major, St. John’s Hunter Schebelen, Plaquemine’s Ricky Aro, and East Iberville’s Richard Johnson were all “rookies’ at the key offensive position, our parish neighbors to the north and south on the westbank had outstanding quarterbacking this gridiron season.

Darian Claiborne of Port Allen and Devon Breaux of Donaldsonville High were simply outstanding field generals for their playoff-bound 3-A football teams. And, hanging right with them was Brusly High QB Jay Christophe, who joined the other two as a duel run-pass threat with plenty of game experience.

ONLY A FEW GAMES into the early boys’ basketball season and a trio of parish players have emerged as scoring weapons for their respective teams: Plaquemine’s Jesse Ward, White Castle’s Jarrian Jenkins, and St. John’s Da’vante Williams.

Ward hit a career-high 30 points in the Tuerlings CHS tournament last week, while Jenkins tallied a career-high 38 points in the Brusly tournament. Williams held steady with something like a 22-point average over the first few contests for SJHS.

Another local scoring standout is former North Iberville High player Nicholas Parker, who has played varsity basketball as a starter since the eighth grade. The Port Allen High guard edged out Jenkins as the leading scorer last week in the Brusly High tournament. Jenkins hit for 38, 28, and 22 points, while Parker had 38, 31, and 28 points in the tourney. Parker is averaging over 27 points a game thus far this season.

SJHS coach is PS state grid game guest picker

Amid performance of his very important Saturday morning “Honey Do List” for his lovely wife Karen, St. John High football mentor Barry “Tut” Musemeche offered up his predictions for the state high school championship games this coming weekend.

Coach Tut and I come very close in opinion on the title guessing game. Here goes:

Class 1-A: We both pick West St. John High to win it all against a very potent Ouachita Christian team. “I think we could have beaten both Mangham and Vermillion Catholic this year, but we showed twice we could not get by West St. John’s talent,” said the Eagle mentor.

OCHS beat Mangham 54-0 in the semifinals last week, while West St. John outscored Vermillion CHS 54-41.

“West St. John made a couple of turnovers when they were moving in to score. It would have been a rout early without those mistakes. West St. John and our team played a tougher schedule than both Vermillion and Mangham. I see West St. John beating Ouachita Christian. White Castle did it last year to Ouachita Christian and this year West St. John goes into the title game with a more balanced offense than White Castle,” noted Musemeche.

You got it, coach! I see it the same way.

Class 2-A: Musemeche sees John Curtis all the way in perhaps the most predictable title game. Winnfield goes in as a solid 2-A team after recent playoff wins over Episcopal and Calvary Baptist; but Curtis, a 38-6 victor over Evangel Christian last week, faced their toughest title opposing in that semifinals win.

Musemeche sees Curtis winning by 25 points. I see it a bit closer, but still a win for the New Orleans football factory.

3-A: Coach Musemeche goes with Amite High, which is coached by a friend. I see St. Charles taking the title in a close battle. Coach Tut agrees that it will be an interesting football game.

4-A: At first, Musemeche went with Neville, but he changed it to another coaching friend’s team and decided to take Edna Karr. I have to go with the Monroe-based Neville High team. Coach Tut says Karr’s speed will be too much for Neville. I say Neville’s size will be too much for Karr. It will be another interesting title match.

 5-A: Coach Musemeche calls the game a potential “Coin Toss Contest”. He goes with West Monroe to beat Carencro High for the title, but in a close one. I see West Monroe winning by a pair of touchdowns.

Overall, I hate to give two Monroe schools “favorite” status (West Monroe and Neville), but I am solid that a very talented West St. John team will keep a third Monroe area team (Ouchita Christian) from making it a sweep for the North Louisiana city.

PREP QUARTERBACKS in Iberville Parish were very young this season, with the sole exception of White Castle’s Isaac O’Bear. However, O’Bear was hurt much of the season and youngster Chris Major had to step into the spot.

While Major, St. John’s Hunter Schebelen, Plaquemine’s Ricky Aro, and East Iberville’s Richard Johnson were all “rookies’ at the key offensive position, our parish neighbors to the north and south on the westbank had outstanding quarterbacking this gridiron season.

Darian Claiborne of Port Allen and Devon Breaux of Donaldsonville High were simply outstanding field generals for their playoff-bound 3-A football teams. And, hanging right with them was Brusly High QB Jay Christophe, who joined the other two as a duel run-pass threat with plenty of game experience.

ONLY A FEW GAMES into the early boys’ basketball season and a trio of parish players have emerged as scoring weapons for their respective teams: Plaquemine’s Jesse Ward, White Castle’s Jarrian Jenkins, and St. John’s Da’vante Williams.

Ward hit a career-high 30 points in the Tuerlings CHS tournament last week, while Jenkins tallied a career-high 38 points in the Brusly tournament. Williams held steady with something like a 22-point average over the first few contests for SJHS.

Another local scoring standout is former North Iberville High player Nicholas Parker, who has played varsity basketball as a starter since the eighth grade. The Port Allen High guard edged out Jenkins as the leading scorer last week in the Brusly High tournament. Jenkins hit for 38, 28, and 22 points, while Parker had 38, 31, and 28 points in the tourney. Parker is averaging over 27 points a game thus far this season.