John Curtis freshman QB Abby Touzet continues to gain confidence each week. Touzet took over the starting role midway through the regular season after an injury to junior Patrick Morton. Last week, Touzet completed 6-of-9 passes, including a scoring strike to 6-foot-5, 250-pound LSU commit Dillon Gordon. Junior LBs Duke Riley and Eric Thomas are headhunters who are relentless in pursuit. Sherman Badie and Tevin Horton pace the Curtis ground game.
Coach Curtis: "Who is Ville Platte's quarterback? Cody Jones? He makes unbelievable plays, but Curtis is Curtis. There's not too much to say about it; Curtis has too much size and depth. The thing about Curtis is they're going to make adjustments. You have to make adjustments with them, because they're going to continue to adjust and run the veer different ways. They're eventually going to wear you down. John Curtis, 40-14"
Scout's Take: The Patriots are all business after losing to Evangel Christian the past two years in the state finals. Curtis and 5A Archbishop Rummel have arguably the top two offensive lines in the state, and the Patriots have a quartet of backs with good strength and speed. Curtis, 35-13
Marshall Harmon ran for three TDs in Kinder's first round win over No. 24 Redemptorist. Harmon totaled 170 yards on 35 carries and Blake Trahan - a future UL baseball player - came up with a key interception. Newman traveled to Alexandria and upset No. 8 Menard. The Greenies spread the ball around to several receivers, including 6-foot-2 junior Gilly Andry. RB James White gained 183 yards during the regular season vs. Carver.
Coach Curtis: "Newman has upset both Menard and Riverside Academy recently; they're playing good. I saw Kinder in the jamboree and their defense is pretty darn good. Kinder has an excellent draw in the playoffs. I heard from Coach Hallman at Menard that Newman has a tall wide receiver who is good. I think Kinder's D will be able to shut them down. Kinder, 28-21"
Scout's Take: Newman played a tough schedule. The Greenies' losses were to University Lab (11-0), John Curtis (10-0), 3A Miller-McCoy, 3A McMain and Cohen. The only loss that doesn't make sense at first glance is Cohen. When you look further, it appears that Newman was banged up after playing a rugged, physical Curtis team the previous week. Newman has a wide-open offense, while Kinder is going to feed Harmon 30-to-40 times a game. Newman's versatility on offense wins out here. Newman, 31-28
Evangel Christian Academy, the two-time defending state champion, lost four of its first five against a Who's Who of large school football powerhouses. Last week, the Eagles erased Carver's playoff chances in a 61-0 rout. Dakota Duron passed for 257 yards and four TD passes, while WR Judah Jones caught five for 130 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown. Carver managed only 98 yards of total offense against an Evangel defense led by LB X'Zavier Preston and DE Jammerio Gross. Homer upset No. 12 Many in the opening round.
Coach Curtis: "We played Homer last week. I was impressed with their young athletes, who have playmaking ability. They're a never-say-die team, because we had the lead on them. This week is a different beast with Evangel, though. I've watched film of Evangel against all those big teams (Tulsa Union, Barbe, Lafayette, MS, St. Thomas More, Ouachita Parish), and to be honest, they're still the same Evangel, although they're not quite as good as last year's team with (five-star DE and current LSU frosh Jermauria) Rasco. Evangel, 40-7"
Scout's Take: Most 2A offensive lines can't withstand the pressure from Evangel's defensive line. Barring a monumental upset here (and a minor upset way down south in New Iberia), an interesting matchup could occur in the quarterfinals between Evangel and Catholic-New Iberia. Catholic has an outstanding junior QB, Joe Lissard, who could give the Evangel secondary problems if he gets enough time to throw. Evangel, 56-12
Joe Lissard threw for 265 yards and four touchdowns as Catholic shutout No. 29 Sterlington, 42-0. Joe Dworaczyk, a fiery defensive back, returned an inteception for six points for the second consective week, according to Neal McClelland of the Daily Iberian. Lissard likes to dish out the football to a trio of receivers: Blake Byrom, Rhett Gonsoulin and Gabe Fuselier. Welsh whipped No. 20 Lake Arthur, 59-6. The Greyhounds' running game is paced by David Caraway and Dominique Davis.
Coach Curtis: "I don't know much about Welsh, but I know Keith (Catholic head coach Keith Menard) is confident about his team. Their quarterback - Lissard - is playing extremely well. I know Keith and he'll have his team prepared and well-coached. They're playing good football. Catholic, 35-17"
Scout's Take: Catholic can't get caught looking ahead to Evangel, because Welsh is surging. The Greyhounds destroyed a decent Lake Arthur team last week. Welsh's strength of schedule is a concern. The Greyhounds feasted against lesser southwest Louisiana competition, while Catholic was taking on 4A Teurlings Catholic, 3A Notre Dame, 3A Church Point, etc. Catholic, 28-27