Posted December 08, 2017 at 02:55 PM | Updated December 08, 2017 at 04:04 PM
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Photo by Joseph Halm
By Jim Derry
Top-seeded and undefeated De La Salle (11-0) will vie for its first state championship in football Friday at 3:30 p.m. against second-seeded University (12-0).
The third of six live audio broadcasts this weekend, the Regis Radiator | NOLA.com presentation of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic will be available on NOLA.com and on the Mixlr app with the pre-game show beginning 15 minutes before the start of the game.
Scroll below for photos, videos, stats and analysis as the game progresses.
About the Cavaliers
Nine of the Cavaliers’ victories this season have come by 21 points or more with six coming by four or more touchdowns. The only two wins by less than 21 were the Week 3 victory (by two) over Karr, which is playing in the Class 4A title game Saturday, and the win two weeks ago in the semis. … De La Salle’s opponents in the Division III playoffs have a combined record of 31-5 with two of those losses being the ones handed to them by the Cavaliers. … Senior quarterback Julien Gums has rushed for more than 1,100 yards this season, including a 131-yard, three-touchdown effort against St. Thomas More. … De La Salle’s defense is anchored by defensive back Lance Robinson and defensive lineman Jamiran James, who are Kansas State and Tulane commits, respectively.
About the Cubs
This is the first time two undefeated teams will meet for the Division II state championship. … MaxPreps ranks University as the top overall team in the state and has De La Salle No. 2. The teams were flip-flopped in the final LSWA rankings in Class 3A. … University has allowed double digits just four times this season and more than 14 points twice – to Southern Lab (not eligible for the playoffs) in Week 2 and West Feliciana (playing in the 3A title game) in Week 4. They have won all 12 games by 19 points or more. … The Cubs’ Jordan Clark – an LSU commit – is one of the most highly recruited defensive backs in the state, and is the son of former Shaw, LSU and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Ryan Clark.