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Battle on the Border 2017Wednesday, August 2, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Patrick Wesley / patrick.wesley@shreveportla.gov

Date: July 12, 2017

City of Shreveport Announces 2017 BaKle on the Border Matchups

SHREVEPORT, LA- The City of Shreveport will again host some of the top high school football programs in

the region during the 2017 Landers Dodge BaAle on the Border High School Football Showcase. Games

will be held on September 8-9 at Shreveport Independence Stadium.

The seventh annual showcase features regional and naJonal powerhouse high school football programs

from six states, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee and Georgia. The BaAle on

the Border features five games over two days, providing a full slate of weekend games for regional high

school football fans. The 10 parJcipaJng teams have combined to win 70 state championships. The John

CurJs Patriots top the list with an incredible 26 state Jtles in the school’s 55-year history.

“The City of Shreveport and Landers Dodge are excited to bring these regional and naJonal powerhouse

teams to Independence Stadium. We look forward to a great weekend of high school football,” said

Patrick Wesley, Assistant Director of Shreveport Public Assembly and RecreaJon.

Tickets for the BaAle on the Border start at $10 for advanced general admission, and one Jcket is good

for all five showcase games. For more informaJon on the Landers Dodge BaAle on the Border High

School Football Showcase, visit www.thebaAleontheborder.com.

2017 Landers Dodge BaKle on the Border High School Football Showcase Schedule:

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Booker T. Washington HS Hornets (Tulsa, OK) vs. West Monroe HS Rebels (West Monroe, LA) – 6 p.m.

The BTW Hornets will be making their second straight appearance in the BaAle on the Border. BTW has

won eight state championships in the school’s storied history. The Hornets were knocked out of the Class

6AII playoffs last season a]er suffering a heartbreaking 21-20 loss to Bixby, the eventual state runnersup.

The West Monroe Rebels returned to the Class 5A State Championship in 2016 before losing to

Landry-Walker. West Monroe has captured eight state Jtles in its storied history, and recently completed

construcJon on beauJful new home side to Don Shows Stadium.

Pearl HS Pirates (Pearl, MS) vs. Parkway HS Panthers (Bossier City, LA) – 8:30 p.m.

Pearl will be making its first appearance in the BaAle on the Border. A]er losing three of its first games in

2016, the Pearl Pirates went on an incredible nine-game winning streak before falling, 49-35, to Clinton

in the State Championship. The Parkway Panthers are coming off its third straight double-digit winning

season. Parkway lost in the Class 5A quarterfinals to eventual State Champion Landry-Walker. The

Panthers dynamic pass-catch combo of quarterback JusJn Rogers and wide receiver Terrace Marshall are

two of the top recruits in the country. Marshall (6’3”, 193), who is a 5-star recruit, is ranked ninth in the

ESPN 300 and 20th in Rivals 250, while Rogers (6’4”, 200) is ranked 64th by ESPN and 59th by Rivals.

Rogers has verbally commiAed to Texas ChrisJan University. The duo’s teammate Israel Mukuamu (6’4”,

190) is a defensive back transfer, who is rated a 4-star prospect.

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

Brentwood Academy Eagles (Brentwood, TN) vs. Bishop Dunne Catholic School Falcons (Dallas, TX) –

11 a.m. Brentwood Academy has won 12 state championships in the school’s 48-year history, including

last year’s TSSAA Div. II-AA State Championship. Eagles head coach Cody White was named “Coach of the

Year” by The Tennessean. Eagles wide receiver Camron Johnson (6’0”, 180) is ranked 243rd by ESPN, while

quarterback Gavin Schoenwald (6’5”, 220) and outside linebacker Jackson Sirmon (6’2”, 188) are rated as

3-star recruits and are among the top prospects in Tennessee. Despite their 5-5 regular season record in

2016, the Bishop Dunne Falcons won three straight playoff games to reach the TAPPS Division I State

Championship where they squared off against the rival Bishop Lynch Friars. The Falcons had beaten the

Friars, 28-21, earlier in the season, but Bishop Lynch would get its revenge by beaJng Bishop Dunne,

21-17, to capture the state championship. Bishop Dunne defensive tackle Calvin Avery (6’2”, 324) is

ranked 224th by ESPN.

Grayson HS Rams (Loganville, GA) vs. John Cur`s Chris`an School Patriots (River Ridge, LA) – 3 p.m.

This matchup features two naJonal powerhouse programs in the Grayson, Ga. Rams and the John CurJs

Patriots. In 2016, the Rams posted an impressive 14-1 record and captured the 2016 GHSAA Class 7A

State Championship. The only blemish on the Grayson record was a 26-7 season-opening loss to IMG

Academy. The 2016 Rams finished the year ranked fourth by MaxPreps and fi]h by USA Today. The John

CurJs Patriots have captured a record 25 state championships and are coached by J.T. CurJs, Jr., who is

the winningest acJve coach in the country. CurJs is also a member of the NaJonal FederaJon of High

Schools’ Hall of Fame. Patriots Jght end Glen Beal (6’5”, 245) is ranked among the top recruits in

Louisiana.

Moss Point HS Tigers (Moss Point, MS) vs. C.E. Byrd HS Yellow Jackets (Shreveport, LA) – 7 p.m.

The Moss Point Tigers will make their first appearance in the BaAle on the Border in 2017. Their

opponents, the Byrd Yellow Jackets, will make their seventh appearance. The Tigers posted a 5-6 record

in 2016, losing 10-3 to Purvis in the first round of the MHSAA Class 4A state playoffs. Moss Point has five

state championships in its history, the last coming in 2000. A]er being decimated by injuries and

struggling through a 4-7 record in 2016, the Byrd Yellow Jackets look to return to winning form in 2017.

Byrd coach Mike Suggs, the dean of area coaches, will be in his 20th season as the Yellow Jackets’ head

man.

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All games are Central Standard Time

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