Last year, Parkview outscored the Wolves, 44-27, but Redemptorist appears to have the most experienced and talented squad this time around. Five-star offensive tackle Lael Collins is among the best in the nation at any position; ditto for four-star RB Jeremy Hill. Both are LSU commits. WR Denzeil Warner is averaging more than 30 yards per catch, while three-star CB Corey Trim holds it down in the secondary.
The Eagles, whose only losses have come at the hands of formidable 5A schools Acadiana and Dutchtown, shouldn't be underestimated. Parkview has a big, physical defense that serves as the perfect complement to its running game. Fullback Brandon Johnson (6-1, 220) has found the end zone often. Brennan Bozeman and Brandon Burt have also made several numerous plays on offense.
In another 3A clash, Kaplan (8-1) tries to upset the defending state champion Notre Dame Pioneers (9-0) on the road. The Pirates have one of the leading rushers in the state in Jalen Baker, who has close to 1,500 yards (including a 14-carry, 376-yard, 4 TD effort vs. West St. Mary). WR/DB Justin Broussard has provided a timely spark on several occasions with receptions and interceptions.
Notre Dame has been able to pound the football with RBs Stu Cook and Logan Venable plowing behind offensive lineman Pete Petitjean. WR Zach D'Aquin has been averaging nearly 40 yards per catch. First-year starting QB Waylon Young has done a tremendous job.
Thibodaux (4-5) has won three of its last four games, but the Tigers will have their hands full with surging St. Augustine, winners of three in a row. Thibodaux's offensive line is anchored by blue-chip Greg Robinson, and the defense has two fabulous players in junior LB Trey Granier and senior CB Cartel Murray.
Jesuit, despite a lack of big-name prospects, has simply won (and won big) in the Catholic League this fall. The Blue Jays are 8-1 (only loss to 4A Karr), but they have to get past a hungry Brother Martin (6-3, 1-2) team this weekend.
RB Dylan Richard is averaging 144 yards per game on the ground for Jesuit. Brother Martin boasts one of the top backs in the state in Dante' Butler, who has close to 1,900 yards rushing. Offensive linemen Elbert Fulgham and Jordan Greene open plenty of holes for Butler.
In Baton Rouge, East Feliciana (8-0) visits Episcopal (9-0) in a duel of District 7-2A unbeatens. RBs Joseph Robinson (EFHS) and Jared Rogers (Episcopal) should each get an ample amount of touches in this one.
Another interesting 2A tilt will take place in north Louisiana, as 6-3 Ferriday makes the trip to 8-1 Farmerville. Ferriday was without stud Mississippi State commit Davante Scott for part of the season (due to injury), but everything is fine and dandy for the Trojans at this point.
Ferriday has won five in a row and hasn't scored less than 32 points during that torrid streak. Farmerville hasn't lost since the opener versus Calvary Baptist. The Farmers love to get the ball into the hands of tall WR Carl Pearson.
The top passer in the state will go head-to-head with one of the top receivers in the state when Huntington (5-4) makes the trip down U.S. 171 for a non-district encounter with 7-2 Leesville.
Huntington QB Elliot Jones has thrown for approximately 3,000 yards - easily the best total in the state. Leesville's Levander Liggins holds several records for the Wampus Cats, including all-time leading receiver in terms of catches (105), yards (2,070), and touchdowns (28). Liggins has 50 career TDs.
In another grudge match, Haughton (9-0) is at Parkway (9-0). QB Dak Prescott, the amazing Haughton QB, left last week's game vs. Bossier early after incurring an injury. The Buccaneers hope that their leader, a Mississippi State commit, will be able to return with no lingering effects against the Panthers. In Prescott's absence, senior RB Marlon Seets stepped up, rushing for nearly 250 yards. Seets is a bruiser at 210-220 pounds.
Parkway, which knocked off Haughton in the preseason jamboree, has a star QB of its own in Kolby Copeland. Kicker Alex Crist, who booted a 46-yard field goal against Woodlawn, is another weapon for the Panthers.