Edna Karr took center stage on Thursday night as the Cougars pounced on Peabody Magnet in the only Louisiana playoff game held that evening. Karr, seeded No. 2 in Class 4A, cruised to a 50-6 win over the Warhorses from Alexandria in a first round contest. Karr four-star 2014 prospect Devante "Speedy" Noil accounted for five touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving, three passing).
Edna Karr is gunning for a third consecutive state championship game appearance. The Cougars finished as runner-up each of the past two years, and it appears that Karr could be on track for a rematch of last year's title game vs. Neville, which is seeded first in the 4A bracket. Devante Noil had three receptions vs. Peabody for 57 yards; carried six times for 90 yards; and threw for 113 more, according to Andrew Lopez with nola.com. Noil splits snaps at times at quarterback. He's expected to play receiver in college and is ranked 29th in the nation among 2014 WRs.
Neville blasted St. Louis Catholic last night, 40-10. The 10-0 Tigers have allowed only 69 points all year. The defense is led by five-star junior defensive back Laurence Jones, who recently pulled in a written offer from Ohio State. Jones has been an Ohio State fan for many years; the Buckeyes were his favorite during his childhood years. It will be interesting to see if the Buckeyes can vie with LSU and Alabama for Jones, who also reports interest in Oregon, Texas and Stanford. All have offered the 6-2, 210-pound corner. Jones is projected to make the switch to safety in college and he's ranked second in the nation at that position.
LSU hosted a plethora of prime-time prospects last Saturday night for its showdown with Alabama. The previously-mentioned Jones, along with fellow five-star juniors Leonard Fournette (St. Augustine) and Cameron Robinson (West Monroe), were in attendance, along with John Curtis junior blue-chips Malachi Dupre (four-star WR) and Kenny Young (three-star LB). It's quite possible that Young could add a fourth star when FOXSportsNEXT.com's 2014 player rankings are expanded.
John Curtis junior cornerback Terrence Alexander added an offer from Cincinnati (his sixth). Alexander is on the cusp of landing yet another BCS offer. Curtis, ranked No. 2 in the nation, drilled No. 32 seed Pope John Paul II of Slidell in a 2A playoff opener (64-0). On a side note, Curtis and Evangel Christian both opted this week to "play up" in 3A beginning next year. They'll be joined by University Lab, which is expected to feature a "dream team" backfield of Nicholas Brossette and Dylan Moses as early as next year. Brossette is a 2015 prospect and Moses a 2017. Both hold LSU offers.
Curtis senior running back Sherman Badie committed to Tulane early this week. Badie is the fourth 2013 Patriot on the Green Wave's list of pledges. Badie broke free on TD runs of 64 and 51 yards vs. Pope John Paul II. Fellow Tulane commit Richard Allen returned a punt 61 yards to paydirt. Allen has been a terror on special teams all season, bringing back 11 punts for an average of 32-plus yards per return. The senior with electronic 4.38 speed has ripped off returns of 42, 43, 42, 38 and 55 yards. He has intercepted two passes (with 87 return yards) and reached the end zone a total of five times.
Zachary senior WR Donald Gage, a Houston commit, reported a new offer from the in-state Ragin' Cajuns. Gage and the Broncos were bounced by Acadiana in a 5A first-rounder (63-42). Next week Acadiana meets West Monroe in a rematch of the 2010 state championship won by Acadiana.
Jacory Washington (pictured below), another coveted 2014 prospect (four-star TE from Westlake), grabbed an offer from Coach Brandon Middleton and the Houston Cougars. Washington, who attended the LSU/Bama game, was contemplating making a visit to Houston this weekend. His Westlake team sprinted to a 26-7 halftime lead over defending state champ St. Charles Catholic in a 3A playoff game, only to have the visiting Comets complete a miraculous comeback (and resulting 27-26 win).
Brother Martin offensive lineman William Clapp, a 2014 three-star prospect and member of the FOXSportsNEXT.com 300, has offers from LSU and Alabama. He didn't make it to Baton Rouge last weekend because Brother Martin played a Saturday afternoon game in New Orleans. The nation's sixth-ranked offensive guard will be in Tuscaloosa today to watch Alabama vs. Texas A&M.
Four-star LSU commit Jeremy Cutrer and the Jewel Sumner Cowboys, seeded 25th in 3A, upset No. 8 Bossier by one point (28-27). The Cowboys get a home game in round two vs. North DeSoto.
Jermaine Antoine ran wild in 2A No. 14 Loreauville's 42-25 decision over No. 19 Ville Platte. Antoine galloped for 196 yards and scored five touchdowns. Last week he reported interest from TCU, which has signed a handful of outstanding Louisiana prospects (Chuck Hunter, James McFarland, Kenny Cain, etc.) over the past few years.