In a highly anticipated matchup between two of Louisiana’s biggest recruits in USC linebacker commit Tackett Curtis from Many and LSU running back commit Trey Holly from Union Parish, it was Curtis and the Tigers that pulled away from Holly and the Farmers in a 35-13 victory in the LHSAA Division III (Non-Select) State Championship Game.
Both blue-chip recruits started off the game with a bang as Tackett Curtis spun off a Union Parish defender and outpaced everybody for an 80-yard touchdown to give the Tigers an early 7-0 lead.
LSU running back commit Trey Holly showed why he is Louisiana’s all-time leading prep rusher breaking loose for a 63 yard touchdown run to tie the game at seven.
However, Many’s defense also showed why offenses had trouble scoring on them all season long limiting the Farmers’ star rusher to only 52 more yards rushing the rest of the ball game. In his final high school game, Holly had 11 carries for 115 yards. Four-star junior safety Tylen Singleton led the way in tackles with eight tackles, 0.5 TFL, and a forced fumble.
In Tackett Curtis’ final high school game, he only completed one pass for nine yards, but he was a factor on the ground rushing for 99 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, the four-star linebacker and future USC Trojan finished the game with seven tackles and 0.5 TFL.
Unsurprisingly, both players garnered MVP awards for their teams.
James’ first touchdown came from two yards out while his second touchdown put the game on ice with a 51-yard touchdown run to make it a 35-13 football game.
Williams’ first touchdown broke the 7-7 tie as he had a 12-yard touchdown run to give the Tigers a 13-7 lead in the second quarter.
After giving up 14 points, the Farmer would try to fight their way back into the football game as Union Parish running back Jy’Marion Island had a six-yard touchdown run to pull within eight at 21-13 just before the end of the third quarter, but the Tigers’ scored on their last two possessions to ultimately run away from Union Parish.
The rushing margin proved to be a big factor in this football game as Many outgained Union Parish 398 yards on the ground to 172.
It was a tough pill to swallow for Union Parish head coach Joe Spatafora and the Farmers as the team has lost back-to-back state championship games. The Farmers end the 2022 season at 12-2.
Winning a state championship after losing one the previous year has become a trend for Many Head Coach Jess Curtis as he won his first state championship in 2014 getting revenge on Kinder after losing to them the year before. His second state championship in 2020 came after Many lost to Ferriday the season before and now, his third state championship win tonight came a year after losing to Amite in the state championship game last year.
Curtis has built himself a dynasty at Many winning three state championships and making six state championship game appearances since 2013. Just like the other two state championship wins, the Many Tigers close out the 2022 season unblemished with a perfect 14-0 record.
“Such a special team/group. Great senior class, huge junior class, a bunch of talent. A year ago, we sat at this table in pain losing the state championship game. We had our good luck on that run, and we got back on our weights. These kids, they just went to work. Wanted to get better and wanted to get back.”Many Head Coach Jess Curtis
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