Class 2A State Championship Preview: Many vs Kinder
by Hunter Bower // GeauxPreps.com Owner
A special thanks to Louisiana vs. All Y’all for contributing coach and player quotes.
No. 1 Many (11-0) vs. No. 6 Kinder (9-2)
Sunday, Dec. 27 | 1:00 p.m. | Harry “Rags” Turpin Stadium | Northwestern State University | Natchitoches, Louisiana | Partly Cloudy, 67 degrees, Wind: SSW 13MPH
Live Stats | Watch – NFHS Network ($) | Listen (Many Broadcast) | Listen (Kinder Broadcast)
Head Coach: Jess Curtis
State Championships: 2014
Last Finals Appearance: 2019 (lost to Ferriday, 56-17)
Road To Natchitoches:
- Round One: Beat No. 32 Varnado, 2-0 (Forfeit)
- Round Two: Beat No. 16 South Plaquemines, 2-0 (Forfeit)
- Quarterfinals: Beat No. 9 Amite, 34-30
- Semi-Finals: Beat No. 12 General Trass, 83-36
• Many is looking for its first state title victory since the 2014 season. The Tigers were finalists in last season’s championship match-up against Kinder.
• It won’t take long for Many to make the trek over to Turpin Stadium. The Sabine Parish town sits just 25 miles away from Natchitoches, giving the Tigers the shortest drive time amongst all Prep Classic participants.
• The running tandem of London and Terrence Williams has combined for 2,545 yards and 40 TDs this season. QB Zequarrius Rhone has passed for 746 yards and eight TDs.
• Many’s defense is led by Tackett Curtis who had 86 total tackles, two forced fumbles and three interceptions on the year.
“We are excited about this state championship game. I think this is a great matchup for Class 2A and a great game to start off the Prep Classic on Sunday. This is two teams that look a lot alike and we just can’t wait to play.” – Many head coach Jess Curtis
Head Coach: Bret Fuselier
State Championships: 1967, 1978, 2013, 2015
Last Finals Appearance: 2015 (beat Mangham, 35-20)
Road To Natchitoches:
- Round One: Beat No. 27 Delcambre, 55-0
- Round Two: Beat No. 11 Avoyelles, 28-22
- Quarterfinals: Beat No. 3 Loreauville, 21-14
- Semi-Finals: Beat No. 2 Mangham, 19-13
• The Yellow Jackets are back in their first state title game since defeating Mangham in 2015. Kinder will face off against Many for a third time in the Class 2A title game. Both teams have each won a game in the series.
• Kinder has a chance to become the lowest seed to win a 2A state title game since Farmerville (7 seed) did so back in 2001.
• The Yellow Jackets know how to keep it close during the postseason and are always in for a fight. Kinder has won its last three playoff contests by a combined 19 points (6.3 ppg average).
“This team has proven to me that it is able to overcome all obstacles. Our kids just have that no-quit attitude and they are never out of it. We just find a way to make it happen.” – Kinder head coach Bret Fuselier
Distance To Turpin Stadium: Many (25 miles), Kinder (123 miles)