The Louisiana High School Athletic Association will hold its nine state championship football games December 6-8. It’s a three-day celebration for a state that loves its prep football. And such an event will appropriately be held in the best venue available once again: the Superdome.
The chance to play in the Dome serves as year-round motivation for high school teams in The Boot. While the stadium is known across the world for hosting multiple Super Bowls, Final Fours and college football national championships, it’s also known to Louisiana football fanatics as the pinnacle in high school football. With the exception of 2005 (Hurricane Katrina), the Superdome has hosted state title games every year since 1981.
“All I ever wanted to do was to make it to the Dome”
“I can’t even explain it. Myself, when I was a little kid in ninth grade, all I ever wanted to do was to make it to the Dome,” Welsh coach John Richardson told the American Press after his team punched its ticket to the Superdome in 2017. “To make it there tonight has not even sunk in. It is a great feeling.”
Richardson is far from the only coach who has been left speechless by the opportunity to play in the historic Dome.
“It’s a surreal feeling to know that we are actually going to the Superdome,” Ascension Catholic coach Drey Trosclair told the Daily Comet about advancing to the title game a season ago. “It was an emotional experience for me, the players and my coaching staff to get there.”
How to watch
Regardless of which 18 teams are playing in the Superdome in two weeks, each of the nine championship games will be broadcast live on Cox Sports Television. And this is an event worth tuning in to see. Not only does the venue make for one of the most unique and special high school football events in the country, but past history suggests we’ll see some exciting games. In each of the past five years at least two of the championship games have been decided by just one possession.