Why 4-star receiver Shazz Preston of St. James wanted to get revenge on North Webster

Chris Singleton
The Courier

Shazz Preston was determined to dish out revenge against North Webster on Friday.

The four-star Class of 2022 receiver from St. James had seven catches for 105 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-20 win over North Webster during a Class 3A first-round playoff game at Wildcat Stadium in Vacherie.

Preston said he remembered how North Webster eliminated St. James with a 26-23 win on a cold and wet field in Springhill during the 2018 playoffs. 

“We wanted some revenge,” Preston said. “I don’t think they remembered it or not, but we remembered what happened. That was my freshman year. I cried after that game. I left it all on the field that night. I know I could’ve contributed more. After that I just used it as motivation. Since we were playing them now at our place, we wanted to let it all out.”

St. James receiver Shazz Preston breaks loose on a catch and run during a Class 3A first-round playoff game against North Webster in Vacherie on Nov. 12.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Preston has a top four list that includes Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Texas. He is ranked as the No. 57 prospect in the country according to 247Sports Composite. He is the No. 4 prospect in Louisiana and one of three among the top five recruits that has yet to commit. 

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Preston took an unofficial visit to watch the LSU game at Alabama on Nov. 6.

“It was fun. It was a great game,” Preston said. “I really enjoyed going out there. They showed a lot of love to me out there. I had fun talking to all the players and coaches.”

Preston, who helped St. James win the Class 3A state championship in 2019, caught 57 catches for 633 yards and eight touchdowns during the regular season. 

St. James will play at  at Madison Prep in the second round. Madison Prep is the defending Class 3A state champions are led by four-star 2022 defensive lineman Quency Wiggins, who has a top-5 list of Florida, Texas, Alabama, LSU and Oregon. 

“I’m very locked in,” Preston said. “I’m always locked in every game. I’m playing like I would do any regular game. We just have to keep playing hard play by play and step by step. We know what it takes. We know what we have to do to make it. We’re all on the same page.  We want it. We’re trying to make a run for it since this is our last trip.” 

Reach Chris Singleton at 985-857-2213 or chris.singleton@houmatoday.com and on Twitter @courierchris.