Three Baton Rouge schools have been crowned Louisiana high school football champions and three more Sportsline area teams could claim titles this weekend.
In addition to Southern Lab, Parkview Baptist and Catholic High capped a successful first weekend.
"It was a great feeling," said Ian Brian, Catholic High senior quarterback. "One of those times you'll remember for the rest of your life."
Brian's high school career ended in brilliant fashion, passing for a school record 340 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bears to their first state championship.
"For him to do that on the biggest stage, with all the pressure, against the best opponent we've faced, speaks to the type of kids he is, the type of season he's had," said Gabe Fertitta, Catholic High offensive coordinator. "So, I was extremely proud of him."
With the score tied late, Brian calmly directed Catholic down the field, before serving as the holder on the game-winning field goal at the gun.
"Coach Held, our special teams coordinator, does a great job of getting those guys ready. Those guys had worked it enough that their preparation was going to come through for that," Fertitta explained.
"Hey, we're at practice right now. Kick the ball through the uprights. That's all you have to do. The same routine. That's what I told him before the game-winning field goal," Brian added.
The win was special for many different reasons, but an overwhelming theme was finally earning veteran head coach Dale Weiner a state title.
"That means the world to me, because he's given so much to this team, this school, this community. He's meant so much to so many people over the years," Brian stated.
"When Coach Weiner asked me to come back as the offensive coordinator, that's the only thing I could think of. Let's get him a state title," Fertitta commented.
While Brian says the coaching staff is like having second dads, his real father was certainly on his mind the most. He had open heart surgery just before the Bears’ miracle come back against Evangel.
"That Evangel game was for him," Brian said.
And he was in the Superdome to be part of the party.
"He's done so much for me, getting coaches to work with me on my game. He's the strongest man I know, who I want to model myself after," Brian added.
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