Recent Central Catholic High School standout Lloyd Grogan is one of numerous Louisiana high school graduates who will get one more shot at prep gridiron glory this weekend when he participates in the annual Bayou Bowl in Baytown, Texas, on Saturday.
The game, which pits the top players from Louisiana against standouts from the greater Houston area, will be played at Stallworth Stadium at 7 p.m. While it will not be broadcast on any Louisiana television stations, anyone who would like to see the game can log onto www.abc13.com to watch a live stream of the event.
Central Catholic coach David Fuhrer said he has nominated players in the past for the all-star game, but Grogan, who was selected as a linebacker, is the first Central Catholic player to be named to the squad. He also is one of only two Class 1A football players on the Louisiana squad, joining Kentwood’s Harlan Miller.
“They don’t choose very many single A players,” Fuhrer said of the state’s smallest division of high school football. “They start at the top at 5A, and they get more picks in those classifications. I think it’s a great honor for him.”
Along with nominating players for the game, coaches had to include stats for their nominees as well as any awards. Grogan has been named Class 1A All-State multiple times during his prep career. During his senior season, he recorded 92 total tackles (57 solo stops and 35 assists). He also contributed heavily for the Eagles on offense and special teams.
“He made a name for himself so people knew who he was,” Fuhrer said.
Grogan, who could not be reached for comment, has signed a letter of intent to play football at Louisiana Tech in Ruston beginning this fall where he is expected to be used as an outside linebacker and safety.
He is one of multiple players on the Louisiana and Texas rosters who soon will be moving on to Division 1 schools. Among the schools that members of the Louisiana squad will be attending include Tulane, Army and Northwestern University.
The Texas squad features one player apiece headed to Texas A&M, Oregon State and Utah.
The event is affiliated with Shriner’s Hospital for Children with net proceeds from the game going to the charity.