LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The Jennings Bulldogs are headed to state championship for the first time in 27 years.
The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs beat sixth-ranked McDonogh 35, 21-20 Friday night in the semifinals of the Class 3A state football playoffs.
Jennings (9-5) is in the state championship for the first time since 1992, when Matt Viator was head coach. Viator went on to coach McNeese and is now head coach at Louisiana-Monroe.
Jennings will face top-ranked St. James (14-0) in the state title game, a 25-14 winner over No. 12 Union Parish Friday night.
McDonogh finishes the season 10-4.
In Southwest Louisiana’s other semifinal game Friday night, second-ranked Oberlin was handed its first loss 42-25 by third-ranked White Castle in the Class 1A semifinals. That game was a rematch of the 2010 semifinals, when White Castle (9-3) also beat Oberlin (12-1) and went on to when the state title.
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