No. 1 seeded Karr came up short to reach the state championship for the first time since 2014. Karr appeared in 10 of the past 11 state championships winning it five times, including four in a row from 2016-19.
No. 5 seeded Westgate stunned the Cougars on the road 27-20 in one of the most hostile environments you’ll experience in the state.
The Tigers jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter after Jordan Doucet hit Amaaz Eugene on a slant for a 38 yard touchdown & Dylan Bourque connected on a 33 yard field goal.
Westgate’s defense would be the talk of the first half getting three 4th down stops. The Cougars would finally get on the board when A.J Samuel hit Alabama commit Aaron Anderson on a 17 yard touchdown pass. The Cougars trailed 10-6 at the half.
Both teams would go scoreless in the third quarter, but at the beginning of the fourth the five-star prospect Derek Williams would score from 3 yards out extending the Tigers lead 17-6.
Samuel scored on a 13 yard run & converted the two point conversion for the Cougars, but Williams struck again with a 32 yard touchdown run for the Tigers making it 24-14 with 7:21 left in the fourth.
Samuel would connect with Anderson for the second time on a 48 yard touchdown pass but the extra point was no good. The Cougars trailed 24-20 with 6:54 left in the fourth.
Dylan Bourque extended the Tigers lead to 27-20 with a 25 yard field goal with 2:00 left in the game. On the Cougars next possession, Samuel was stripped by Bradley Lewis & Zyion Madison recovered the fumble for the Tigers to put the game away.
The Cougars was without star athlete & Tulane commit Jaylin Lucas majority of the second half because he was ejected for a personal foul. Lucas had 156 yds all-purpose through 2 & a half quarters.
The Tigers will face the No. 3 seed Warren Easton Friday night at seven o’clock for the 4A state championship.
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