Louisiana Prep Football: Week 3

It's Wednesday, which means that it's time to take a look at some of the most entertaining matchups this week in Louisiana. Unbeatens John Curtis Christian and Salmen clash in a slugfest that has instant classic written all over it. However, that's contingent on Curtis and star linebacker Seth Jones (pictured) putting the brakes on a Salmen offense that's scoring nearly 50 points a game.

When Salmen (2-0) and John Curtis (2-0) met last year in Slidell, the game was decided by a single point (24-23), and the Spartans - with a roster that's heavy on seniors - hope to turn the tables this year on the Patriots.

Three-star DT Malcolm Pichon, at 6-foot-3, 330 pounds, presents a severe obstacle to Curtis' inside option game, while rangy 6-foot-3 DE T.J. Price -- with his long arms and natural athleticism -- is difficult to block off the edge. CB Chrishawn Dupuy is supremely confident on the island and can hurt foes in the return game.

Malcolm Pichon
On offense, the Spartans are blessed with two great quarterbacks that are versatile enough to play multiple positions. Daniel Sams is a Kansas State commitment and one of the top signal-callers in the nation, and he'll play under center, as well as wide receiver, running back and safety. Matt Lipham, the "other" QB, lines up at TE on occasion, but don't get it twisted; Lipham has scholarship offers to play QB at the next level.

Curtis, the state runner-up in Class 2A last year, can score on any scrimmage play with RB Torrey Pierce. WR Josh Hanberry, who finished second in the 100 meters and won the long jump in the state track meet this spring, has an offer from Navy. He'll keep defenses from loading too many players in the box.

On defense, the main man for Curtis is senior LB Seth Jones, who lines up at various spots. DT Marcel Andry, only a junior, has outstanding strength. He intercepted a pass to secure Curtis' win over Mandeville in the first week of the season.

Kaleb Muse
Ponchatoula, which features LB Kaleb Muse and DT Jonathan Kinchen, is a sleeper team to watch in 5A. The Green Wave has only surrendered 20 points in two games, but they'll face a stiffer opponent this week in Jesuit (2-0). The Blue Jays won this game last year, 35-31.

In one of the metro area's fiercest rivalries, Chalmette (2-0) tries to keep Holy Cross (0-2) winless. Despite the fact that Holy Cross moved its campus from the Lower Ninth Ward following Hurricane Katrina, this game hasn't lost any significance among the participants. Safety Brenton Bowman will need a big game for Holy Cross.

Among the smaller classifications, there's a couple of intriguing games featuring teams with perfect records. St. Mary's (2-0) and Derion Porchia venture to Ruston for a bout with Cedar Creek (2-0), which has been playing extremely well under first-year head coach, Ben Haddox. Porchia could find the going rough against a Cougar defense that has allowed only three points on the season.

Moving to the southwest region of the state, there's potential for big plays to occur in the DeQuincy (2-0) vs. Oberlin (2-0) game. DeQuincy junior C.J. Carter averaged more than nine yards a carry and 22 yards per catch (with 13 TDs) last year. Oberlin counters with RB Cedric Skinner, who is making a name for himself on the recruiting scene.

Back to the northeast region, Farmerville (1-1) goes head-to-head with Oak Grove (2-0). Although both of these programs are known for their ability to run the football, each squad has a home-run threat at WR: Carl Pearson of Farmerville and DeLa Mayers of Oak Grove.

Pineville (2-0) and Alexandria (2-0) collide in a Red River backyard brawl. Despite losing RB Derrick Milton, the Rebels are having no woes on offense (averaging 40 ppg). The Trojans have an underrated DB in Michael Petty.

A little further south, Catholic-BR (2-0) wants to exact revenge at St. Thomas More (2-0) after dropping two in a row to the Cougars. Catholic features three-star QB Zack Oliver, a Northwestern commit, DT Lance Callihan (Stanford commit), and LB/DE Grant Venable.

Two years ago, STM stretched defenses with WR Jordan James (now at Tulsa), but the Cougars are relying on a more traditional ground game these days, and Evan Tatford is one of best blocking tight ends that you'll find anywhere. DB Sam Scofield has scholarship offers in both football and baseball.

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