Fall season one of history’s greatest in prep sports

jesuit_rummel    If you are a fan or follower of high school football in this area of the Louisiana boot, you have to be brimming with joy as the regular season winds down.
    This 2011 season is indeed historic considering the events that have taken place over the past 10 weeks:
    ➤ St. Paul’s and St. Charles Catholic will undoubtedly go into next week’s playoffs as the No. 1 teams in classes 5A and 3A, respectively – a great tribute to the staffs of head coaches Ken Sears at St. Paul’s and Frank Monica at St. Charles and their administrations.
    ➤ Former Catholic League rivals Jesuit and St. Augustine will share or win outright team championships in their new districts.
    ➤ And Coach Mark Jeanmard’s Pope John Paul II has the formality of getting past a 2-7 Pine team to claim its first District 8-2A title since 1997.
    ➤ History was written for John Curtis coach J.T. Curtis last week when his Patriots gave him his 500th coaching victory in a big way by beating Clark, 49-6.
    St. Augustine had a monster comeback from a disastrous start in which it lost to McDonogh 35, Brother Martin and Rummel by sweeping the remainder of its schedule to take a 6-3 record and the Class 4A No. 8 ranking into its finale against John McDonogh (0-9). The outcome of that game this week is a mere formality.     
    Nearly 8,000 fans filled Joe Yenni Stadium last Saturday to watch No. 4 Jesuit battle No. 5 Archbishop Rummel for the District 9-5A outright lead and a share of the new district’s championship.

Pope John Paul    It was Jesuit’s home game but it was played in Metairie because City Park hosted its Voodoo Experience music festival last weekend. I went to both. The game was better.
    Jesuit displayed the potential to be a state championship contender by defeating a defensively sound Rummel team, 42-21. But the Blue Jays have one more order of business on Saturday when they meet a dangerous West Jefferson team that was ranked among the state’s elite before suffering stunning defeats by Brother Martin (34-22) and Rummel (42-34).
    Buccaneers head coach Marcus Scott apologized for his unwarranted public statement following those defeats that the game officials show favoritism to Catholic schools over public schools. Scott told us that he made that statement in the heat of the moment and that it was inappropriate.
    But his West Jeff team, which has won six of its seven victories over teams with losing records, will be ready to give the Blue Jays one last effort when they meet at Hoss Memtsas Stadium at 11 a.m.
    St. Paul’s puts the wraps on its best season in decades on Friday when it hosts 7-2 Fontainebleau, which has beaten just two teams with winning records.
    And St. Charles Catholic, a legitimate contender for a berth in the 3A finals, ends its quest to enter the playoffs with a 10-0 mark against 4-5 E.D. White. There is little reason to believe that Monica won’t have his Comets, which have outpointed their rivals 417-25, well prepared to sweep the district in its final regular-season home game on Friday.
    Looking ahead a week, the LHSAA Volleyball Tournament will be held at the Pontchartrain Center as the football playoffs begin with the bi-district round.
    Turning to volleyball for a the final word, this tournament may draw record crowds because of the anticipated field being Southeast Louisiana-heavy.
    Seven area schools are among the teams ranked at or near the top of the brackets in all five divisions.
    The favorites include Division I No. 1 Fontainebleau  and No. 2 and defending champion Mount Carmel. But don’t count out Dominican and Archbishop Chapelle; Division II No. 1 St. Thomas More and No. 2 Cabrini; Division III No. 1 Ursuline and No. 2 Vandebilt Catholic; Division IV No. 1 De La Salle and No. 2 Notre Dame; Division V No. 1 Country Day and No. 2 Episcopal of Acadiana.
    Yes, what a season it’s been!
    Ron Brocato can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .    If you are a fan or follower of high school football in this area of the Louisiana boot, you have to be brimming with joy as the regular season winds down.
    This 2011 season is indeed historic considering the events that have taken place over the past 10 weeks:
    ➤ St. Paul’s and St. Charles Catholic will undoubtedly go into next week’s playoffs as the No. 1 teams in classes 5A and 3A, respectively – a great tribute to the staffs of head coaches Ken Sears at St. Paul’s and Frank Monica at St. Charles and their administrations.
    ➤ Former Catholic League rivals Jesuit and St. Augustine will share or win outright team championships in their new districts.
    ➤ And Coach Mark Jeanmard’s Pope John Paul II has the formality of getting past a 2-7 Pine team to claim its first District 8-2A title since 1997.
    ➤ History was written for John Curtis coach J.T. Curtis last week when his Patriots gave him his 500th coaching victory in a big way by beating Clark, 49-6.
    St. Augustine had a monster comeback from a disastrous start in which it lost to McDonogh 35, Brother Martin and Rummel by sweeping the remainder of its schedule to take a 6-3 record and the Class 4A No. 8 ranking into its finale against John McDonogh (0-9). The outcome of that game this week is a mere formality.     
    Nearly 8,000 fans filled Joe Yenni Stadium last Saturday to watch No. 4 Jesuit battle No. 5 Archbishop Rummel for the District 9-5A outright lead and a share of the new district’s championship.
    It was Jesuit’s home game but it was played in Metairie because City Park hosted its Voodoo Experience music festival last weekend. I went to both. The game was better.
    Jesuit displayed the potential to be a state championship contender by defeating a defensively sound Rummel team, 42-21. But the Blue Jays have one more order of business on Saturday when they meet a dangerous West Jefferson team that was ranked among the state’s elite before suffering stunning defeats by Brother Martin (34-22) and Rummel (42-34).
    Buccaneers head coach Marcus Scott apologized for his unwarranted public statement following those defeats that the game officials show favoritism to Catholic schools over public schools. Scott told us that he made that statement in the heat of the moment and that it was inappropriate.
    But his West Jeff team, which has won six of its seven victories over teams with losing records, will be ready to give the Blue Jays one last effort when they meet at Hoss Memtsas Stadium at 11 a.m.
    St. Paul’s puts the wraps on its best season in decades on Friday when it hosts 7-2 Fontainebleau, which has beaten just two teams with winning records.
    And St. Charles Catholic, a legitimate contender for a berth in the 3A finals, ends its quest to enter the playoffs with a 10-0 mark against 4-5 E.D. White. There is little reason to believe that Monica won’t have his Comets, which have outpointed their rivals 417-25, well prepared to sweep the district in its final regular-season home game on Friday.
    Looking ahead a week, the LHSAA Volleyball Tournament will be held at the Pontchartrain Center as the football playoffs begin with the bi-district round.
    Turning to volleyball for a the final word, this tournament may draw record crowds because of the anticipated field being Southeast Louisiana-heavy.
    Seven area schools are among the teams ranked at or near the top of the brackets in all five divisions.
    The favorites include Division I No. 1 Fontainebleau  and No. 2 and defending champion Mount Carmel. But don’t count out Dominican and Archbishop Chapelle; Division II No. 1 St. Thomas More and No. 2 Cabrini; Division III No. 1 Ursuline and No. 2 Vandebilt Catholic; Division IV No. 1 De La Salle and No. 2 Notre Dame; Division V No. 1 Country Day and No. 2 Episcopal of Acadiana.
    Yes, what a season it’s been!
    Ron Brocato can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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