With some crazy finishes sprinkled throughout the Week 2 high school football slate, The Times Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate's high school sports reporter Nathan Brown fell off his hot streak he began the season in Week 1, going 35-13 during the second week (72.9 percent) and stands at 71-20 (78.0 percent) on the season thus far.
His picks for winners across the 44 games featuring local teams on the Week 3 slate are listed below in bold.
Thursday, Sept. 19
Crescent City J.V. vs. Livingston Collegiate
Ben Franklin vs. Haynes
Pope John Paul II vs. Thomas Jefferson
John Ehret vs. Carver
Friday, Sept. 20
East St. John vs. Sophie Wright
Episcopal-BR at Country Day
Holy Cross at Chalmette
Helen Cox vs. Jesuit
Shaw vs. West Jefferson
John Curtis vs. Landry-Walker
Rummel at Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
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Per The Advocate
Once a game begins, it is easy to see why Connor Finucane has become the kind of dual threat most football fans don't know about.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Catholic High senior is that rare commodity, a lineman who starts on offense and defense at a Class 5A school. But that isn't the most impressive or intriguing thing about Finucane.
"As a coach, he holds you accountable. You had better be at the top of your game when you're coaching Connor," Catholic coach Gabe Fertitta said. "God forbid that you draw up a play on the board for the offense and there's an unblocked player. He raises his hand and points it out. 'Did you do all your homework coach? Is this play going to work?' His mind works all the time — he analyzes everything."
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