New Orleans, LA (KPLC) - The Welsh Greyhounds are your 2017 Class 2A state champions.
The Greyhounds ran away early, taking a 31-0 halftime lead, that proved to be enough buffer even St. Helena made a comeback in the second half.
Welsh quarterback Zach Hayes threw four touchdowns and ran for another to bring home the game MVP.
He threw two touchdowns to Alec Iguess and two to Da'Ren Zeno.
It is the first football title in school history for top-seeded Welsh (13-1), which had been to the title game in 1989 and 1992.
The St. Helena Hawks (12-3), who reached the title game in 2004, are still looking for their first state title.
Class 2A Championship
Welsh 38, St. Helena 26
W: 40 FG, Trevor Lopez, 4:34
W: Da'Ren Zeno 28 pass from Zach Hayes (Lopez kick good), 10:34
W: Hayes 1 run (Lopez kick good), 7:17
W: Alec Iguess 15 pass from Hayes on fake FG (Lopez kick), 3:10
W: Zeno 22 pass from Hayes, 1:42
StH: Troy Hurst 1 run (Demetrius Brown from Ricky Travis), 9:02
W: Iguess 9 pass from Hayes (Lopez kick), 11:09
StH: Fred Hughes 15 pass from Travis (2-point fails), 10:22
StH: Hurst 60 pass from Travis (2-point fails), 6:14
StH: Hurst 7 run (2-point fails), 1:58
Welsh reached the finals with a 28-18 win over Many in the semifinals. St. Helena beat Ferriday 12-6 in the semifinals and avenged one of its two seasons losses by beating Amite 35-32 in the quarterfinals. Amite defeated St. Helena 19-12 in October.