Running back Jeremy Jamison ran 53 yards with 4:17 to play to propel the Cougars to a 29-22 over Neville Friday night at the Superdome. Karr had lost the last two 4A championship games, to Franklinton in overtime in 2010, and to Neville in 2011.
“We didn’t want to be the Buffalo Bills of prep football,” said head coach Jabbar Juluke. The Bills lost 4 consecutive Super Bowls in the mid 90’s.
The game included several lead changes.
Karr took a 15-13 lead to halftime. Jamison ran 25 yards to the 2 yard line. He then scored on a two yard carry to cut Neville’s lead in the second quarter to 7-6. The Cougars then got two points when holder Elcee Refuge bobbled the snap, alertly picked up the ball, and fired a strike to Standish Dobard in the endzone.
Speedy Noil then threw a 20 yard touchdown pass to Glenn Irons to give Karr a 15-13 halftime lead.
Neville took a 22-21 lead in the fourth on a 45 yard field goal by Brian Barefoot. That set the stage for Karr’s final drive, one that included a four and three pick up on a keeper by Noil to sustain the drive.
Karr won its first football title since 1993. The quarterback of that team, former Kansas City Chief and Miami Dolphin Patrick Surtain was a spectator on the Cougars sidelines.