St. Paul’s Puts the Thrill in Inaugural Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic
The inaugural Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic featured some of the best in Louisiana high school football action, but St. Paul’s School provided the top highlights with an amazing comeback as the Wolves upset top-rated Acadiana, 15-14, in the second game of the doubleheader. John Curtis Christian School rolled to victory over Westgate in the opening game, 27-7, of the event, which drew 4,648 fans.
Trailing 14-9 late in the fourth quarter, St. Paul’s appeared to have squandered its chances to post the upset victory over defending Class 5A state champion Acadiana, which had eliminated the Wolves in last year’s state quarterfinals. The Wolves had an interception return to the end zone by Dane Stubbs, but it was called back by a penalty, and also a red-zone fumble. After being forced to punt late in the game, it looked like the Wreckin’ Rams could run out the clock, but then a critical fumble was recovered by Mason Cole at midfield with 1:26 to go.
St. Paul’s settled itself down behind quarterback Patrick Duncan (17-of-29, 218 yards), who completed a pair of passes before connecting with Kris Brumfield for a 24-yard score with 42 seconds to go. And then defensive star Mason Cole wrapped things up with an interception to clinch the victory.
The Wolves had started slow and were trailing 14-0 early in the second quarter after a pair of touchdown runs by Acadiana’s Jeff Brown. However, the Wolves, who were eliminated in x by the Wreckin’ Rams, continued to battle, chipping away with a pair of late first-half field goals by Trent Dominigue, including a 47-yarder as time expired. Dominigue added another three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter to make it 14-9 and then the fireworks started.
In game one, John Curtis controlled the action, piling up 341 yards of total offense while holding Westgate to just 67 total yards. Quarterback Patrick Morton had a pair of touchdown runs, including a 51-yard scamper to open the scoring, as he finished with 92 yards on 11 carries while completing 5-of-10 passes for another 90 yards. The Patriots also added a 45-yard TD run by Sherman Badie and a 47-yard punt return score by Tre Perrier.
Westgate cracked the scoring column in the final minute with a solid drive capped by a three-yard dash by quarterback D’Neri Antoine.
The Sugar Bowl Committee will host a pair of the top college football games of the year in the Superdome: the 78th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic on Tuesday, Jan. 3 and the Allstate BCS National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 9. In addition, the bowl is part of the local organizing committee for the 2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four, another Superdome event scheduled for March 31 and April 2.
The Sugar Bowl Committee, which partnered with the Louisiana Superdome for the Prep Classic, continues to be very active in the New Orleans community by holding fast to its mission of sponsoring and promoting amateur sporting events which foster revenue and spark economic growth for the city and the state. This year the Bowl will support 23 events in sports such as volleyball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, sailing, track and field, soccer and tennis, as well as football. In addition, the Allstate Sugar Bowl is a key part of the local organizing committee for the 2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four and the 2013 NCAA Women’s Final Four, and also sponsors the local chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame as well as the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.