Round one playoff action wrapped up last night with a couple of Saturday games in New Orleans. Class 5A top-seed Archbishop Rummel had its way with the No. 32 Lafayette Lions in a one-sided (49-7) affair. Also, No. 21 Port Allen and four-star Texas A&M commit Darian Claiborne took McMain out of the equation in 3A with a 22-14 victory over the No. 12 Mustangs.
Darian Claiborne does it all on the prep level. The four-star linebacker is also Port Allen's starting quarterback. He intercepted a pass yesterday as Port Allen advanced to the 3A second round where the Pelicans host No. 5 Livonia. In the preseason, Port Allen was ranked No. 3 in the state. Claiborne will seek to contain Livonia 2014 WR/KR Darius Hammond, who was very busy in his team's 32-13 decision over No. 28 Marksville. The junior corner intercepted two passes, forced a fumble and totaled 64 receiving yards.
Two undefeated programs - 4A Lutcher and 5A South Lafourche - were shown the door in the playoff opener. No. 3 seed Lutcher lost 30-29 to No. 30 St. Martinville, while No. 8 South Lafourche was given the boot by No. 25 Ruston (28-13). After traveling Friday, Ruston will get No. 9 Ouachita at home in a district rematch. Ouachita took the first encounter, 48-33.
No. 31 Patterson hung tough with No. 2 Notre Dame (Pioneers pulled it out, 38-26). Although Patterson was inconsistent at times in 2012, the fact remains that the Lumberjacks relied on some very young prospects to wear big hats. Thus, the upcoming years should be bright at Patterson, which is must more accustomed to sitting at a top five seed than No. 31. The Lumberjacks have a pair of young WRs - 2016 Mykel Jones and 2015 Daylon Charlot - with seemingly unlimited potential. Jones hauled in approximately 600 yards receiving with four TDs on the year; his dad reports that Mykel amassed nearly 200 yards receiving vs. Notre Dame.
The Jesuit Blue Jays turned the tables on West Jefferson Saturday, downing the Buccaneers 31-21 in a rematch of a week ten contest won by West Jeff. Jesuit senior QB Tanner Lee, a Tulane commit, threw for 116 yards. The Blue Jays have a lengthy road trip on tap in round two at Airline (Bossier City).
St. Paul's was shocked in the first round once again. Last year the Wolves were seeded first in the 5A bracket and lost to No. 32 Central. On Friday Hahnville squeezed past the Wolves, 25-21. Senior RB Sergio Medina has been very effective carrying the load for Hahnville.
No. 21 McDonogh #35 over No. 12 East Jefferson may have been an upset on paper, but many pundits predicted McDonogh #35 to advance. The Roneagles will go for a genuine upset this week vs. No. 5 Salmen, which has only lost to Edna Karr.
No. 22 DeRidder opened eyes with a 10-6 victory at No. 11 O.P. Walker. That ends the prep career of O.P. Walker seniors Lyn Clark (OLB) and Corey Smith (DE). Both Clark and Smith are committed to Tulane with many schools continuing to pursue the pair.
There should be a dandy matchup (again in 4A) in Lafayette when No. 7 St. Thomas More welcomes No. 10 St. Augustine and five-star RB Leonard Fournette (pictured below) to the south side. In the 2011 quarterfinals, St. Thomas More and Edna Karr played a classic that was decided by fewer than five points. STM WR Jake Juneau, brother of LSU walk-on Jon Juneau, has rewritten a portion of the school's record book (in receiving categories). Juneau is excited about the opportunity to go one-on-one with St. Aug CB Jermaine Roberts.
Footballs will be thrown (often) when 2A No. 7 Catholic-New Iberia travels to New Orleans to challenge the No. 23 Carver Rams. Senior QB Joe Lissard can place the pigskin exactly where he wants the vast majority of the time. Lissard completed 20-of-21 passes for 352 yards and seven touchdowns in a 2011 second-round win over Welsh. Carver has three-star WR Raheem Falkins, a rangy (6-3 to 6-4) Alabama commit, in addition to three-star RB Eugene Brazley (currently committed to Ole Miss but has been publicly troubled by events in Oxford following the Presidential election).