Georgia’s Newton High Wins Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic

NEW ORLEANS (January 8, 2021) – Newton High School, from Georgia, defeated Beaumont (Texas) United High School to win the National Bracket of the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic Championship on Saturday evening. The championship match was a showdown between nationally-ranked high school powers as Newton checked in at No. 21 in the most recent MaxPreps national rankings and Beaumont was No. 23.

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Beaumont United (20-3) jumped out to an early 17-4 advantage, despite playing without star forward Terrance Arceneaux, a Houston signee who missed the tournament due to injury. Newton chipped away at the advantage, taking its first lead late in the third quarter and pulling away in the fourth for a 67-54 victory. Indiana commit Jakai Newton led Newton (13-1) with 25 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, earning Most Outstanding Player honors in the bracket while Marcus Whitlock finished with 15 points and three rebounds. UConn commit Stephen Castle scored eight points with five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Highly recruited junior Wesley Yates III, who has offers from LSU, Baylor and a slew of SEC schools, led Beaumont United with 22 points and five rebounds while Kayde Dotson finished with 20 points and four rebounds.

In the Boys’ State Bracket, McGill-Toolen High School from Mobile, Ala., defeated Ellender High from Houma, La., 60-51 to earn the title. Arkansas commit Barry Dunning earned Most Outstanding Player honors after scoring 17 points to go with 13 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.

In the Girls’ Platinum Bracket championship, Lafayette (La.) High (17-3) dominated St. Louis Catholic (Lake Charles, La.) in a 62-36 victory. Chrysta Narcisse led the way with 21 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists to earn the Most Outstanding Player award in the bracket. Paris Guillory led St. Louis Catholic (17-3), the defending Division II state champion, with 18 points, six rebounds and two steals.

Amite High School (Amite City, La.), the top-rated team in Louisiana’s Class 2A used a big second-half to upend Ouachita Christian (Monroe, La.), the No. 1 team in Division IV, by a 66-54 score in the Girls’ State Bracket. Senior point guard Jalencia “Jen” Pierre earned Most Outstanding Player recognition after scoring 31 points to go with seven steals, six rebounds and five assists in the victory.

Boys’ National Bracket All-Tournament Team
Kayde Dotson, Beaumont United, TX
Wesley Yates, Beaumont United, TX
Laron Lewis, John Curtis, River Ridge, LA
Stephon Castle, Newton, GA
GG Jackson, Ridge View, SC
Xavier Moultrie, Ridge View SC
Jaylen Carey, Westminster, FL
Alex Lloyd, Westminster, FL

Boys’ State Bracket All-Tournament Team
Myles Murphy, McGill-Toolen, AL
Bennett Russ, McGill-Toolen, AL
Richie Hampton, Ellender HS, LA
Royce Williams, Ellender HS, LA
Royal Williams, Ellender HS, LA

Girls’ Platinum Bracket All-Tournament Team:
Chikae Desdune, John Curtis, LA
Terrin Coffil, John Curtis, LA
Janiyah Brown, Lafayette, LA
Breyonce George, Lafayette, LA
Dacia Jones, Lafayette, LA
Jaylee Womack, Ponchatoula, LA
Paris Guillory, St Louis Catholic, LA
Myca Trail, St Louis Catholic, LA

Girls’ Gold Bracket All-Tournament Team:
Kayley Brumfield, Amite, LA
Madison Jennings, Amite, LA
Sophie Martin, St Mary’s Dominican, LA
Allison Tullier, St Mary’s Dominican, LA
Jayden Elleman, Ouachita Christian, LA
Avery Hopkins, Ouachita Christian, LA
McKenzie Lipa, Ouachita Christian, LA
Anna Dale Melton, Ouachita Christian, LA

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 99 Hall of Fame players, 51 Hall of Fame coaches and 20 Heisman Trophy winners in its 88-year history. The 89th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, which will feature top teams from the SEC and the Big 12, is scheduled to be played on January 2, 2023. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards, scholarships and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors thousands of student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.7 billion into the local economy in the last decade.