Division II State Championship Preview – De La Salle vs St. Thomas More

by Hunter Bower // GeauxPreps.com Owner

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No. 1 De La Salle (9-0) vs. No. 2 St. Thomas More (9-0)

Monday, Dec. 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Harry “Rags” Turpin Stadium | Northwestern State University | Natchitoches, Louisiana | Cloudy, 56 degrees, Wind: NE 4MPH
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De La Salle Preview:

Head Coach: Ryan Manale 

State Championships: None

Last Finals Appearance: 2019 (lost to St. Thomas More, 58-10)

Road To Natchitoches:

  • Quarterfinals: Beat Teurlings Catholic, 28-17
  • Semi-Finals: Beat E.D. White, 42-2

The Skinny:

• The Cavaliers are making their second consecutive state title appearance and fourth overall as they head into Turpin Stadium on Monday.

• De La Salle has not lost a contest since its state title loss to St. Thomas More in the Division II championship game last season

St. Thomas More Preview:

Head Coach: Jim Hightower 

State Championships: 2016, 2019

Last Finals Appearance: 2019 (beat De La Salle, 58-10)

Road To Natchitoches:

  • Quarterfinals: Beat Parkview Baptist, 35-0
  • Semi-Finals: Beat University Lab, 31-23

The Skinny:

• St. Thomas More looks to capture its second consecutive title and third since 2016 when it takes on a tough De La Salle squad.

• Head coach Jim Hightower is the state’s second winningest coach with more than 400 victories. St. Thomas more has advanced to the state title game four times since 2015 under Hightower.

Distance To Turpin Stadium: De La Salle (261 miles), St. Thomas More (153 miles)