West Feliciana shouldn't be taken lightly. The Saints reached the semis in 2010 and had Patterson on the ropes before the Lumberjacks miraculously forced a turnover and drove for the game-winning score in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Dennis Bell (QB), Ryan Reed, Greg Freeman and Jalen Baker are pivotal offensive players for West Feliciana. Loranger, which has only lost to No. 4 Amite, is led by junior LSU commit Jeryl Brazil, who has 4.3 speed. Brazil plays on both sides of the football. QB B.J. Rainey has been an effective passer and his favorite target is senior WR Jonathan King.
Independence is always a worthy opponent, and the Tigers always do a good job of establishing the run. Miquel Toefield has more than 1,000 yards rushing and has topped the 100-yard threshold in six games, highlighted by a season-high 202 yards vs. Varnado. Independence's three losses were to No. 3 Loranger, No. 4 Amite and 4A playoff club East Jefferson. Port Allen isn't going to panic if the game is close in the fourth quarter; the Pelicans' last three contests have been decided by a total of seven points. Darian Claiborne, a junior standout, plays QB for Port Allen. He ran for a 74-yard TD and threw for another in the Pelicans' 29-28 win over E.D. White.
Parkview Baptist, the defending state champ, shook off a 1-3 start by taking five in a row to close out the regular season. The Eagles have hung 112 points on the scoreboard over the past two weeks. Tee Sparrow and Hezekiah Randolph each ran for touchdowns vs. West Feliciana in week nine. Sophomore Eldrick English gained 244 yards rushing in Loyola's 54-40 slugfest with Green Oaks in week ten. The Flyers won their last two games. Junior QB Matt Norton holds the school record for career passing yardage.
Parkview Baptist, 28-8
Notre Dame head coach Lewis Cook might have his finest masterpiece ever this year, because the Pioneers are winning despite being young and undersized. Cook's crew has won five in a row, including a satisfying 21-6 decision over crosstown rival Crowley High in week nine. Luke Broussard and Nick Gossen have combined for well over 1,500 yards rushing. De La Salle counters with RB Anthony Thomas, who has nearly 1,600 yards with 18 TDs. The Cavaliers are proud owners of a three-game win streak and have scored a minimum of 43 points in each of those contests.
Notre Dame, 35-14
This is a rematch of district foes that went at it in week eight. Church Point prevailed the first time around, 27-12, and the Bears are bounding along after a surprisingly easy 42-7 romp over No. 8 Eunice last week. 300-pound junior DT Dexter Charles also pulls spot duty at fullback for Church Point. RB Jalen Williams is the key cog in Rayne's offense. The Wolves are mired in the midst of a five-game losing streak.
Church Point, 22-7
Like St. Louis Catholic and Higgins, Bossier is a program that consistently wins ballgames but doesn't generate much discussion around the state. After a loss to 5A Airline in the opener, the Bearkats haven't been beaten, although they struggled last week to edge North DeSoto, 14-13. Bossier's opportunistic defense recovered four fumbles vs. North DeSoto. Backs Jaquarious Tutt and Deandre Federick set the tone on offense for the Bearkats. E.D. White dropped four of its last five, including a 58-0 drubbing at the hands of No. 2 St. Charles Catholic in week ten. The Cardinals were a senior-laden team in 2010 and have done an excellent job by reaching the postseason this year.
Patterson went from start to finish at No. 1 in our Class 3A rankings, but the Lumberjacks are seeded all the way down at No. 15 under the LHSAA's power rating system, which is heavily-based on strength of schedule. Patterson has more college prospects that almost any 5A school with four-star LB Lorenzo Phillips, three-star Houston commits Trevon Stewart and Jaydrick Declouet, QB Justice Jones, LB Tremaine Lightfoot, CB Kiyan Jones, TE Deondre Skinner and LB/QB Denzel Johnson. Brusly is no slouch, having defeated No. 14 Port Allen last week.
St. Charles Catholic could be without each of its leading rushers for the playoffs. Senior RB Marcus Hall is sidelined due to injury (wrist) and last week, fellow senior Lazedrick Thompson also went down (knee). There are reports that Thompson might play with a brace. The Comets have a stifling defense led by DB Jeffrey Hall and DE/LB La'Jaylin Smith. St. Charles hasn't allowed a point since week five. Kaplan is susceptible to the pass; in September, West St. Mary WR Daijuan Stewart racked up more than 400 yards receiving vs. the Pirates.
St. Charles Catholic, 40-0