University vs. Evangel Christian Preview

Nicholas Brossette

Two Class 2A superpowers square off in the semifinals Friday in Shreveport. Evangel owns two of the last three state titles and reached the semis last year. U-High and star RB Nick Brossette are rambling along at a rapid clip, having hung 50 on five foes...

NO. 3 UNIVERSITY LAB (12-1) AT NO. 2 EVANGEL CHRISTIAN (11-2)

Sophomore RB Nicholas Brossette burst for five first-half touchdowns in University's easy quarterfinals win over No. 14 Loreauville.

The Cubs blazed to a 49-0 second-quarter advantage en route to the 52-21 final margin.

Brossette, who holds LSU, Alabama and Florida State offers, has been a U-High starter since the eighth grade.

The 6-0, 205-pounder benefits from the blocking of an unusually large and talented o-line led by four-star Garrett Brumfield.

Brumfield (6-4, 275, JR) has offers from LSU, Louisiana Tech, Miami and Florida. Four-star defensive end Tim Williams is a force on the edge while fellow senior Jarrod Franklin, a defensive back, has pocketed multiple offers.

U-High will join Evangel Christian and John Curtis in opting to play up in 3A next year. The future forecast is sunny for the Cubs with eighth-grade EastBay All-American Dylan Moses (LSU offer) set to join the varsity in 2013.

Evangel issued a statement with a 62-26 Saturday win over the Carver Rams in New Orleans.

RB Javin Webb scored six TDs -- five rushing and a 50-yard reception -- as the Eagles cooled off upstart No. 23 Carver.

Webb recently landed an offer from Houston.

ECA added 103 receiving yards from Jared Cornelius, while Louisiana Tech commit Trent Taylor tacked on a TD catch. Senior QB Dakota Duron threw for 280-plus yards with three scores and usually is a precision passer.

Senior Josh Thomas is the nation's 69th-ranked offensive tackle. The 6-foot-7, 325-pound three-star is committed to Houston. Thomas has manned both the OT and OG spots this fall for Evangel.

Oregon State pledge X'Zavier Preston is the nation's No. 61 MLB. At 6-foot-0 and 230-pounds, Preston has a freakish build and probably a very high ceiling. The senior shows steady repeated improvement with no sign of slowing.

Don't be surprised if Evangel defensive coordinator Byron Dawson turns Preston loose on a variety of frequent blitzes Friday - and expect violent collisions when Preston and Brossette knock heads in the hole.

Preseason Rank: U-High (No. 2), Evangel (No. 5)

U-High's only loss was to then-No. 2 Class 3A Loranger and Jeryl Brazil.

Evangel dropped a pair of early games to formidable large-school opponents Barbe and Ouachita.

This pic of Preston was snapped shortly after the conclusion of his sophomore year

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