Division IV State Championship Preview: Calvary Baptist vs Ouachita Christian

by Hunter Bower // GeauxPreps.com Owner

A special thanks to Louisiana vs. All Y’all for contributing coach and player quotes.

No. 1 Calvary Baptist (8-2) vs. No. 5 Ouachita Christian (9-1)

Tuesday, Dec. 29 | 1 p.m. | Harry “Rags” Turpin Stadium | Northwestern State University | Natchitoches, Louisiana | Partly Cloudy, 68 degrees, Wind: SSE 10MPH
Live Stats | Watch – NFHS Network ($) | Radio Stream (Calvary Baptist) | Radio Stream (Ouachita Christian)

Calvary Baptist Preview:

Head Coach: Rodney Guin 

State Championships: 2013, 2014

Last Finals Appearance: 2014 (beat Catholic-NI, 27-24)

Road To Natchitoches:

  • Round One: Beat St. Martin’s, 45-7
  • Quarterfinals: Beat Catholic-PC, 48-16
  • Semi-Finals: Beat Southern Lab, 24-14

The Skinny:

• Calvary Baptist is looking for its first state title since going back-to-back in 2013 and 2014. 

• The Cavaliers’ only losses came in the season opener to Division I runner-up C.E. Byrd as well as last year’s champion Rummel. The Cavaliers have racked up six straight wins since then that included the District 1-1A championship.

• Head coach Rodney Guin is making his first appearance in the Prep Classic as a head coach. Guin owns a 160-69 career record with stints at both Haughton and Calvary Baptist.

• The Cavaliers are led by QB Landry Lyddy who has passed for over 3,100 yards and 49 touchdowns this season. Joseph Wilson has 960 receiving yards and 13 TDs while Jordan Wallace has caught 46 passes for 1,337 yards and 15 TDs.

Ouachita Christian Preview:

Head Coach: Steven Fitzhugh 

State Championships: 1985, 1997, 2000, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2019

Last Finals Appearance: 2019 (beat Catholic-PC, 67-22)

Road To Natchitoches:

  • Round One: Beat Hamilton Christian, 2-0 (Forfeit)
  • Quarterfinals: Beat Country Day, 34-14
  • Semi-Finals: Beat Vermilion Catholic, 36-34

The Skinny:

• Ouachita Christian is determined to win consecutive titles since doing so in 2011 and 2012. The Eagles are in their fifth Prep Classic since 2010.

• Of the Eagles’ seven state titles, the last five have come under the tenure of head coach Steven Fitzhugh, who recently joined the state’s high school coaches who have won 200 or more games.

• OCS suffered just one loss on the season and that was to the eventual Class 1A state champion Oak Grove Tigers. 

• The Eagles are led by the balanced attack of UL-Lafayette signee Hunter Herring who has thrown and rushed for over 1,000 yards each. He has totaled 33 touchdowns in the air and on the ground.

Distance To Turpin Stadium: Calvary Baptist (67 miles), Ouachita Christian (103 miles)