BATON ROUGE, La. — Ascension Episcopal’s football team has a new title: 2016 Division IV state champions.
In an executive committee meeting Thursday, Louisiana High School Athletics Association Executive Director Eddie Bonine said the school will be awarded the title that was vacated by Southern Lab after an investigation last month revealed recruiting improprieties.
The LHSAA will retrieve the trophy from Southern Lab, but Ascension Episcopal will be formally presented a new trophy and medals at a later date.
The Advertiser reports Southern Lab beat the Blue Gators — who have since moved up in classification — 36-9 in their Dec. 2 meeting in New Orleans. Southern Lab defeated St. Mary’s of Natchitoches to win the 2015 state crown, and dropped a 52-6 decision to Ouachita Christian in the 2014 championship game.
In addition to forfeiting the 2016 and 2015 state titles and the 2014 runner-up finish, Southern Lab’s football program was banned from postseason play for one year.
Ascension Episcopal athletic director Eric Mouton said they’re happy with the LHSAA’s decision.
“We were hoping that we would get it,” he said.
There will now be no runner-up for those three years.
“We didn’t get to celebrate on the night of the state championship, but I guarantee there’s going to be about 75 very, very happy kids and a lot of parents,” Mouton said. “They’ll get to celebrate when we’re presented the trophy.”
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