"I tried to ball," said Jacoby Briscoe when asked about his stellar performance in Saturday night's state title game, won by West Monroe in a 20-13 defensive-oriented contest.
"I wish we would have won. We put in a lot of work and it's great that we got there, but I wanted to win. It was the first time Carencro made it to the finals since '96. Overall, we had a great, satisfying season."
Briscoe lined up at end for Indest and the Bears although he could move to tackle in college. On Saturday, he racked up a dozen tackles with multiple stops coming behind the line of scrimmage. He also forced a pair of fumbles with jarring hits. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder literally threw West Monroe's quarterback for a huge loss on a play that drew a questionable penalty flag.
"I didn't hear the whistle," said Briscoe.
Who is in the mix to land his signature in February?
"UL (Ragin' Cajuns), Texas Tech, A&M and UCF called yesterday," he said earlier this week. "I'm taking an official visit to UL on January 28th. UCF will be here on Friday. They asked if I'm interested. Coach (Jim) Turner from Texas A&M wants me to set up a visit.
"I'm still waiting. I'm keeping my options open and not rushing my decision. I'm looking at LSU. Coach (Burton) Burns from Alabama was at our game Saturday, too. I've talked with him."
Carencro recorded a 13-2 mark in 2011, only one year after a first round exit in the playoffs.
The Bears held seven opponents to less than 16 points, including a four game stretch in district competition where they outscored foes by a total of 197-29 (average margin of victory: 49-7).