New Orleans native Jonathan McKnight never played a game at Independence Stadium before today, but he roamed the sideline there for a very important game.
In 2005, McKnight served as a ball boy for the Louisiana high school state championship game. McKnight was in the eighth grade when his brother Joe and John Curtis High School played St. Charles Catholic in the title game. Curtis won 31-6 with Jonathan taking in the action on the sideline.
“That was a great day,” McKnight said. “I remember my brother scored a touchdown and they went up big on them for a state championship.”
McKnight and the Wildcats spent their time in Shreveport practicing at Calvary Baptist High School. McKnight, who also went to Curtis, played a playoff game at Calvary Baptist as a junior and had a 55-yard interception return in a state semifinal win.
“It felt good to get back on that field,” McKnight said. “I’m always going to have good memories about that game.”
McKnight was able to spend Christmas this year with his family in New Orleans before meeting the Wildcats in Shreveport. Even though the two cities share a state, McKnight had to fly through Dallas and change planes.
The redshirt junior cornerback said he’s expecting about 15 friends and family to be at today’s game, including his brother Joe.
Joe McKnight played at USC and was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft. He was released by the Jets prior to this season.