Louisiana 2A Quarterfinal Predictions

No. 4 Catholic-New Iberia and hotshot junior QB Joe Lissard journey north on Interstate 49 to Shreveport tomorrow night for a 2A quarterfinal contest at two-time defending state champion Evangel Christian Academy. Many High School head coach Jess Curtis goes head-to-head with Scout.com once again this week as we preview and predict the 2A bracket.

(Last week's 2A picks: 6-2)

CLASS 2A

  • No. 4 Catholic-NI (11-1) at No. 5 Evangel (7-5)

    No player at any position (in any class) is performing better than Catholic-New Iberia QB Joe Lissard. Last week, Lissard connected on 21-of-22 attempts for 343 yards and seven touchdowns in the Panthers' 50-6 cakewalk vs. Welsh. On the year, Lissard has completed 195-of-315 passes for 2,887 yards and 37 TDs with only seven interceptions.


    Drew Hebert
    Moreover, the junior hasn't been picked off since week five. His top three receivers are Blake Byrom (53 catches, 884 yards, nine TDs), Gabe Fuselier (56-781, 11 TDs) and Rhett Gonsoulin (36-638, 12 TDs). Defensive lineman Drew Hebert and defensive back Tyler Olivier have both been offered by Grambling State. Evangel Christian has won its last four games by at least 41 points apiece. The Eagles finished second in their district to south Shreveport rival Calvary Baptist, and this year marked only the second time ever that Calvary has beaten Evangel. QB Dakota Duron has a deep threat in WR Judah Jones. Brothers Trey and Trent Taylor are also excellent receivers. OT Josh Thomas and LB X'Zavier Preston are two of the top juniors in the state. Evangel started the year slowly against a gauntlet of formidable opponents that included 4A St. Thomas More and 5A Barbe.

    COACH CURTIS: "You know how I feel about Catholic and Coach (Keith) Menard (Curtis worked under Menard as an assistant at Many). I'm going to be at this game. It should be a battle and a test for each team. Catholic has the edge at quarterback. They are well-coached with a great staff. My heart is with Catholic, but I think Evangel will win."

    SCOUT'S TAKE: Evangel has shown vulnerability against the pass. St. Thomas More was able to withstand Evangel's constant blitzes and successfully throw the ball, and Catholic has a quarterback who can do the same thing. If Catholic can keep up with Evangel for the first quarter, it should be a dogfight.

    Catholic, 35-33

  • No. 9 Kinder (11-1) at No. 1 John Curtis (11-0)

    These two teams met a few years ago in the playoffs with Curtis winning, 50-18. The Patriots have been invincible this fall, despite losing starting QB Patrick Morton to injury. Freshman Abby Touzet stepped in for Morton and has shown he can handle the chores in J.T. Curtis' veer offense.


    Eric Thomas
    Touzet hands off to a contingent of RBs, including Tevin Horton, Sherman Badie, Raekwon James and George Moreria. All of the aforementioned players are underclassmen. Seniors Torrey Bell (defensive end) and Dillon Gordon (tight end) are committed to Mississippi State and LSU, respectively. Junior LBs Eric Thomas and Duke Riley are quick and extremely aggressive. Fellow juniors Brandon Porter, Richard Allen and Jacolby Cooper shine in the secondary. Brandon Godfrey has done excellent work at both center and offensive tackle. Kinder defeated Newman last week, 21-14. Seth Langley intercepted a pass to stymie Newman's last drive. Blake Trahan and Marshall Harmon each ran for over 100 yards.

    COACH CURTIS: "Curtis wins big. Kinder, which lives off their defense, got a great draw. I think Curtis wins this game big-time. I like Kinder defensively, but it's going to be more of the same (this week) with Curtis wearing down an opponent."

    SCOUT'S TAKE: Both teams are run-oriented and Curtis should prevail with little problem. Evangel has defeated Curtis each of the past two years by relying on the vertical passing game. Class 2A offensive lines stand little chance of sustaining run-blocks against Curtis' front seven.

    John Curtis Christian, 40-0

  • No. 6 University (12-0) at No. 3 Calvary Baptist (10-2)

    Calvary Baptist is fortunate to have two quality quarterbacks, and that will come in handy tomorrow since senior Nik McCarty got injured last week. Senior RB Brandon Wilson, who was offered recently by Washington, has been brilliant all year. Last week, Wilson rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the Cavaliers' 40-14 win over Pope John Paul II. McCarty will likely be replaced at QB by junior Weston Steelhammer (496 yards, five TDs). University Lab overcame four turnovers in a 27-7 win over Riverside Academy in the second round. Freshman running back Nicholas Brossette ran for two TDs and QB Kyle Crifasi threw another to WR Tristan Cooper.

    COACH CURTIS: "This is the best game in 2A; the game of the week. I've seen a little of University on tape and I watched Calvary last week (vs. Pope John Paul II). University may be another year away from being their best. Steelhammer can handle it (at QB) for Calvary, although they may miss him in the secondary. Calvary doesn't have as much depth as I expected, but their defense and secondary are good. I like Calvary by a touchdown."

    SCOUT'S TAKE: Calvary's non-district slate (5A Carencro, 5A West Monroe, 4A Teurlings Catholic) pays off...

    Calvary Baptist, 28-27

  • No. 7 Episcopal (11-1) at No. 2 Winnfield (12-0)

    Winnfield upset Episcopal in the second round last year. Now, the Knights try to return the favor. Senior Alonzo Moore is the go-to guy for Winnfield. He'll line up at wide receiver and quarterback. Last week's star, however, was senior RB Trey Gilbert (258 yards). Episcopal had its way with an good Loreauville team in the second round, as senior RB Mike Henry broke loose for three TDs in a 42-21 win. Episcopal's only loss is to district foe University.

    COACH CURTIS: "Coach (Travis) Bourgeois at Episcopal has done a great job. They'll find your weakness and put their guys in the right spot. We played Episcopal and they put me in a bad spot as a defensive coordinator (Curtis is also the head coach) a couple of times. It should help Episcopal that they played Winnfield last year, but I like Winnfield by a couple of touchdowns."

    SCOUT'S TAKE: After Episcopal quickly disposed of Loreauville last week, I'm not picking against the Knights two weeks in a row. I'm big on Episcopal senior QB Vincent Dellocono.

    Episcopal, 17-14


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