Almost all of Ouachita's leaders - QB Quentin Wheeler, WR Justin Ginyard, LB Terron Bell, RB Ricky McCarthy, and CB Rashaun Davis, to name a few - return from the 2009 team and the 5-0 Lions are bent on getting revenge this year.
West Monroe has a potent one-two offensive punch with QB Paul Turner (LSU commit) and RB Tyler Cain. A couple of weeks ago, Cain rushed for 267 yards versus Captain Shreve. On defense, the Rebels are stacked with DT Chuck Hunter, DE Terrell Lathan, DT James McFarland, and CB Michael Hunter.
Moving to south Louisiana, St. Thomas More (5-0) has been the biggest story in the state over the past three weeks, knocking off Catholic-BR, Evangel Christian, and Acadiana. Nevertheless, the Cougars can't rest on their laurels this Friday vs. upstart Cecilia (3-2), which has a proven weapon in RB/KR Montrel Carter.
Early in the season, Carter scored six touchdowns in one game and more recently, he amassed 265 yards rushing against a Breaux Bridge team that's known for solid defense.
STM RB Joe Oliver LaPrairie has gone from relative obscurity outside of south Lafayette - to one of the most productive backs in Louisiana. Last week, LaPrairie ran for two TDs in the Cougars' surprisingly easy 42-17 win over Acadiana, which entered the game unbeaten and nationally-ranked.
In the southwest region, two 4-1 programs -- St. Louis Catholic and DeRidder -- square off in District 5-4A action. St. Louis has one of the top punters in the country in Kris Albarado, while DeRidder middle linebacker Harrison Lewis has been proficient against both the run and pass. Lewis has multiple interceptions and is averaging double-digit tackles.
In the Baton Rouge area, 5-0 Episcopal and RB Jared Rogers put their perfect record on the line versus the angry Capitol Lions. Last week, Capitol (2-3) gave up 48 points to East Feliciana in a district loss. The Lions have an outstanding offensive lineman in LSU commit Corey White.
Speaking of East Feliciana, the Tigers (4-0) are averaging close to 40 points per game and they have a marquee matchup this week against 5-0 Donaldsonville and QB Devon Breaux. For the season, Breaux has accounted for almost 1,000 yards through the air and on the ground. RB Tre Brown is averaging 114 rushing yards per game.
Back in the northeast region, 5-0 Franklin Parish and 5-0 Bastrop tangle in Class 4A competition. Bastrop has feasted on smaller-classification opponents thus far, but there's no denying the amount of talent on the Rams' roster. Center Earl Ross Downs and WR DeAndre Sellers are players to watch for Bastrop.
In southeast Louisiana, 4-1 East Ascension hosts 3-1 Hahnville. Last week, Hahnville had an open date after its game with Vandebilt Catholic was canceled due to a tragic accident that claimed the lives of four students at VCHS. The Tigers are favored over East Ascension in the district opener for each team, thanks to players such as QB Brian Ensminger, WR Derek Howard (Memphis commit), LB/S Lindzell Rhodes, and DE/LB JonTrell Lockett.
Two high-scoring offenses clash when Loreauville (5-0) and Ville Platte (5-0) meet. Loreauville RB B.J. Greene has run virtually unchecked all season, averaging nearly 20 yards per carry.
Riverside Academy (5-0) goes for the upset vs. powerful John Curtis Christian (4-1). QB Darnell Rachal has been extremely efficient this year for Riverside, while Curtis relies on a stifling defense featuring LB Seth Jones and DT Marcel Andry.
There's two huge showdowns on tap Saturday in the Catholic League: Jesuit (4-1) vs. St. Augustine (3-1) and Brother Martin (4-1) vs. Archbishop Rummel (3-2). RBs Dante' Butler (Brother Martin) and Leonard Fournette (St. Aug) have each enjoyed 200-plus yard rushing games this season. Butler is a senior with several scholarship offers, while Fournette is only a freshman.
There's a heated battle brewing in the Florida Parishes, as 5-0 St. Paul's takes on 3-2 Slidell. The underlying story here involves Slidell's "Smith twins" - RB/WR Stephon Smith and CB Stephen Smith. The brothers played for St. Paul's until this year.
In north Lafayette, 4-1 Teurlings Catholic goes against 3-2 Northside. Teurlings junior QB Dshaie Landor is putting together a remarkable season, but he'll have to avoid the pass rush of Northside DT Tyler Porter.