By NEMS Daily Journal
SHREVEPORT, La. – The first team to pull off a 16-0 season in MHSAA’s history will get a crack at one of Louisiana’s most successful high school football programs.
Lafayette High, Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s top-ranked team, will play Evangel Christian Academy (0-1), winners of 13 state titles in Louisiana, today at 11 a.m. as part of the first “Battle on the Border” high school showcase to be played at Independence Stadium, the site of college football’s AdvoCare V-100 Independence Bowl.
The Commodores have looked impressive during their first three games, outscoring Tupelo, Greenwood and Oxford by a combined 122-23.
“We got some tape on them this summer, but I didn’t watch it,” coach Anthony Hart said last week about playing Evangel Christian. “I didn’t want to prepare for them. I was sitting there looking at Tupelo, Greenwood, and Oxford, and who’s worried about Evangel? That was the last thing on my mind.
“But now we’re gonna get it on our mind. They’re gonna throw it a whole lot. That’s what they are.”
The Eagles lost their season opener to a very talented Union, Okla., team on the road last Friday night. They may also have the edge when it comes to experience playing on a large stage: the Eagles’ game against Union was broadcast nationally on ESPNU.