New Orleans, LA – December 7, 2023 – In a rematch of their October 6th contest, the Oak Grove Tigers (13-1) cemented their dominance over the Haynesville Golden Tornado (11-3) with a decisive 62-36 victory in the LHSAA Division IV Non-Select Championship game, played at the Caesars Superdome. This marks Oak Grove’s eighth state championship title, and their fourth in the last five seasons, solidifying their status as a powerhouse in Louisiana high school football.
Game: Haynesville vs Oak Grove
Date: Decembers 9, 2023
Time: In Progress
Streaming: Watch Live Here
The Oak Grove Tigers (OGT), led by senior quarterback Jackson Bradley and a stout running game, seized control early and never looked back. Bradley, a dual-threat playmaker, showcased his talents throughout, amassing 200 yards of total offense in the first half alone. He rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns, while completing two passes for 27 yards.
Oak Grove Tigers (OGT) rushing attack proved unstoppable, churning out a staggering 381 yards on the ground. Junior running back Isaiah Johnson spearheaded the effort, racking up 202 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. The Oak Grove Tigers (OGT) offensive line provided excellent blocking, creating ample space for their talented backs to exploit.
Haynesville Golden Tornado (HGT), despite boasting a talented offense themselves, struggled to find their rhythm against Oak Grove’s aggressive defense. Senior quarterback Treyvon Smith connected with his receivers on several occasions, but the Golden Tornado were unable to consistently convert those completions into points.
The game’s turning point came early in the second quarter. With Oak Grove leading 14-7, Haynesville Golden Tornado (HGT) had a promising drive deep in Oak Grove Tigers (OGT) territory. However, a fumble by Smith was scooped up by Oak Grove’s defensive end, leading to a score that extended the Tiger lead to 21-7. This deflated the Golden Tornado’s momentum and shifted the game’s trajectory decisively in Oak Grove’s favor.
The second half saw Oak Grove continue their offensive onslaught, scoring another 41 points to put the game well out of reach. Haynesville Golden Tornado (HGT) battled valiantly, scoring 29 points in the second half themselves, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Oak Grove Tigers (OGT)’ offensive firepower.
In the end, Oak Grove’s offensive prowess and stifling defense proved too much for Haynesville Golden Tornado (HGT) to handle. The Oak Grove Tigers (OGT) showcased their championship pedigree throughout the game, leaving no doubt who the superior team was on the field.
This victory further cements Oak Grove’s legacy as one of the most dominant programs in Louisiana high school football. Their ability to consistently reach the championship stage and deliver clutch performances under pressure is a testament to the program’s culture and dedication to excellence.
For Haynesville Golden Tornado (HGT), the loss is undoubtedly disappointing, but it does not diminish the accomplishments of a talented team that reached the state championship game. They will look to learn from this experience and return stronger next season.
Overall, the 2023 LHSAA Division IV Non-Select Championship game was a thrilling showcase of high school football talent. Oak Grove’s dominant performance cemented their place as champions, while Haynesville Golden Tornado (HGT)’s resilience and determination earned them the respect of their opponents and fans alike.
Tonight’s Haynesville vs Oak Grove game promises to be a thrilling battle between two teams with contrasting styles. The Haynesville Golden Tornadoes, with their explosive offense and suffocating defense, will look to overwhelm the Oak Grove Tigers.
The Tigers, on the other hand, will rely on their balanced attack, disciplined approach, and relentless defense to control the tempo of the game and nullify the Golden Tornadoes’ offensive threats. Every play will be crucial, and every inch of the field will be contested, making for a nail-biting affair.
Ultimately, the team that executes better and demonstrates the most heart and determination will be crowned LHSAA Division IV State Champions. Will the Haynesville Golden Tornadoes continue their dominant run and capture their 15th state title in school history, or will the Oak Grove Tigers pull off a historic upset and claim their first-ever state championship?