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Second Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Football Classic To Be Played this Friday, September 7

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The second annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Football Classic will be played this Friday, Sept. 7 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The event, one of the top high school football doubleheaders in the nation, will kick off at 6 p.m. with highly regarded Lincoln High School, from Tallahassee, Fla., meeting St. Paul's School from Covington, La. The nightcap will immediately follow and features home-standing John Curtis Christian School against Florida powerhouse Plant High School from Tampa.

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Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on game day and available through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com.

The Curtis-Plant game has been named the number one out-of-state game in the country for the upcoming season by Rivals.com; Curtis was ranked No. 5 in the Rivals preseason rankings, while Plant was No. 14.

Both games will be aired on Fox Sports Southwest in the Gulf states region as well as on Suns Sports throughout Florida.

CHANNEL GUIDE (Please check local listings to verify channels for your provider and region)
Cox Digital (New Orleans): 336
Charter Digital (Slidell): 810
Direct TV: 653, 660, 664 (updated, 9/6)
Dish Network: 420 & 5425
AT&T U-Verse: 647

Officials from the Allstate Sugar Bowl and SMG, the Superdome management company, collaborated to create a top-flight early season contest last year with four in-state teams, as Curtis beat Westgate (New Iberia), 27-7, and St. Paul's topped Acadiana, 18-17.

"The Sugar Bowl Committee has long demonstrated a strong commitment to high school football," said Allstate Sugar Bowl chief executive officer Paul Hoolahan. "Last year, the Bowl had the opportunity to assist in the development of a new event here at the Superdome. Our early vision was to create high school games of national significance, and already we're seeing that concept take shape based on the excitement surrounding this year's games. The match-up between Curtis and Plant is receiving national attention and St. Paul's and Lincoln will give us another outstanding game that will promote high school football and drive tourism for the city of New Orleans."

"The Superdome has proudly served as the home of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's football championships for many years," said Alan Freeman, SMG's General Manger of the Superdome. "We fully appreciate the passion fans have for high school football in this state, and, thanks to the support of the Sugar Bowl, we are moving forward to offer a major event in the early part of the season as well. We're also honored to work with J.T. Curtis and his staff. This is just another example of their dedication and passion for youth in the sport of football."

"We're moving ahead to make the Sugar Bowl Prep Classic a major national event," said Curtis head coach J.T. Curtis. "Moving from in-state to the Southeast region was the next step, and we're exuberant about the matchups. Several outstanding teams were interested in coming. Lincoln and Plant bring great traditions of championship football. The tremendous support from the Sugar Bowl and the Superdome makes all of this possible."

Rivals.com is recognized as the industry standard for ranking high school teams and college football prospects. "We track the teams all offseason to determine who we think will be the best matchup," said Dallas Jackson, senior analyst for Rivals.com. "Both Plant and John Curtis will be in the top 15 of the RivalsHigh Top 100 national rankings when we begin to unveil the list July 23."

Plant finished on top in Florida's largest classification (8A) last year and has won three state championships (and one runner-up) in the past four years. Coach Robert Weiner's Panthers are ranked #14 in MaxPrep's national preseason poll for 2012. Plant opened the 2012 campaign with an 18-0 victory over Tampa Jesuit.

Lincoln has captured Florida's Class 4A State Championship in 1999, 2001 and 2010 and reached the semifinals in 2009. Coach Yusuf Shakir's Trojans have won 13 consecutive district titles. Lincoln will be opening its season on Friday as its opening game was cancelled due to weather.

John Curtis won its' 24th championship - a state record - last season in Class 2A. The Patriots earned Coach J. T. Curtis his 500th career win, the second-most in the history of the sport - college, prep or pro - last season.  Curtis' Patriots are ranked #6 in the USA in the 2012 MaxPreps preseason poll.

St. Paul has forged a reputation as an annual contender in Louisiana's largest class (5A). The Wolves are 32-4 in the last three years and 67-16 in Ken Sears' eight years as head coach.

After the opening week opponents for both Curtis and St. Paul's were forced to cancel due to Hurricane Isaac, the two teams agreed to play each other on short notice on Saturday, with Curtis posting a 26-7 victory.

The Sugar Bowl Committee continues to be very active in the New Orleans community by holding fast to its mission of sponsoring and promoting amateur sporting events which foster revenue and spark economic growth for the city and the state.  This year the Bowl will support 25 events in sports such as volleyball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, sailing, track and field, soccer and tennis, as well as football. In addition, the Allstate Sugar Bowl was a key part of the local organizing committee for the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four and will serve in the same role for the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four, while also sponsoring the local chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame as well as the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.

Noteworthy:

LINCOLN-9-2 in 2011....won eight straight before losing in first round of playoffs 39-29 to Fleming Island....scored 209 points in 4-game stretch in midseason....have won 13 straight district championships....USF quarterback B.J. Daniels and New York Jets' cornerback Antonio Cromartie are graduates of Lincoln...receiver Reggie Davis has committed to Georgia, while linebacker James Hearns is a Florida commitment.

PLANT-14-1 in 2011....defeated Miramar 31-20 in state championship in the Citrus Bowl...#18 in final 2011 Rivals.com national poll....rolled up 207 points in one 4-game stretch last season...State champions in 2006 & 2008 (4A), 2009 (6A), and 2011 (8A)...DB Tristan Cooper, all-district at University Lab in Baton Rouge last year, transferred to Plant when his father, Ron Cooper, moved from the LSU staff to the Tampa Bay Bucs...current Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is a graduate of Plant, as is Alabama backup quarterback Phillip Ely...current safety Paris Bostick committed to Georgia last month.

ST. PAUL'S-10-1 in 2011....won 10-straight before losing to Baton Rouge Central 35-28 in first round of playoffs....averaged 44 points in last three regular-season games....have current 23-game district winning streak.

JOHN CURTIS-14-0 in 2011....reached state championship game for 16th straight year, winning 12....defeated Winnfield 33-3 in title game in the Superdome....won 36th district championship in 37 years....ranked #24 in final Rivals.com 2011 national poll....J.T. Curtis' career coaching record, all at the same school, is now 506-54-6 in 43 years.

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