Pound-for-pound, it's not even close. North Louisiana football is much better than south Louisiana.
Only problem is, what, 2/3 of the state's population is along the I-10 corridor? So sure you'll get more prospects down there.
But the Monroe area does it right. They have more depth of quality. West Monroe is dominant, but Neville is too, Ouachita is very good and Ouachita Christian will probably win 1A. That means no one program is vulturing off the others.
That's in contrast to, in particular, New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. John Curtis is dominant, but most of the rest of Jefferson Parish is awful (save Rummel). Parkview, Catholic and U-High are good but ALL the public schools are bad. In Shreveport, Evangel and Calvary are good but the public school programs have declined, save Byrd and, to a lesser extent, Captain Shreve.
In Monroe, there have always been multiple dominant programs in the Metro Area. In the 80s and 90s, it was Neville and Wossman, plus Ouacthia Christian and St. Frederick would take turns being good (and there are only 50k people in Monroe). Then, later, Ouachita got good, Wossman faded after Gambino retired, then West Monroe rose, but Neville kept being good and Ouachita has its moments.
Yeah, Monroe is the best football area BY FAR.
And it's not just coaching. It's program building. There's more continuity up there between junior high and high schools and more institutional support for programs. I know EBR, Calcasieu and Lafayette coaches would LOVE to have the system they have for football up there.
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