Evangel Christian is hungry to defend the Class 2A crown, and the Eagles get things started tomorrow night in Shreveport vs. Lusher Charter of New Orleans. Five-star DE/OLB Jermauria Rasco poses a big problem for any offense looking to move the chains vs. Evangel. Get the prediction on that game, as well as the other seven contests on the bottom-half of the bracket.
NO. 30 JEANERETTE (5-5) AT NO. 3 ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC (9-1) --
Jeanerette has talent on its roster, beginning with workhorse RB Anthony Williams (2,024 yards, 21 TDs). What the Tigers don't have is numbers, and that could prove fatal against the Comets, whose only loss was to No. 1 John Curtis Christian. Marcus Hall rushed for 214 yards last month in SCC's 41-23 win over Newman. The Comets have only lost three times (all to John Curtis) in the past two years.
St. Charles Catholic, 47-14
NO. 19 NORTHLAKE CHRISTIAN (8-2) AT NO. 14 FARMERVILLE (8-2) --
The visiting Wolverines from Covington are a budding new private school power. LB Shawn Burst
, who is being recruited by Arkansas
, averages a dozen tackles per game. Farmerville, which moves up to 3A next season, was surprised last week by Ferriday (32-22 loss). WR Carl Pearson
doesn't get a lot of passes thrown his way, but he does damage when given the chance (27.25 yards per catch).
NO. 22 WINNFIELD (6-4) AT NO. 11 SOUTH BEAUREGARD (10-0) -- Trey Gilbert has 1,161 yards and 12 TDs for Winnfield, while Alonzo Moore is averaging a healthy 20-plus yards per catch. South Beauregard, despite its perfect record, is a modest No. 11 seed. That's because the Knights have only faced two teams with winning records. WR Kain Hungerford (37-444, 5 TDs) and RB Dylan Fowler (1,021 yards, 21 TDs) are stalwarts for South Beauregard.
South Beauregard, 36-35
NO. 27 ROSEPINE (6-4) AT NO. 6 EPISCOPAL (9-1) -- Episcopal running back Jared Rogers shoulders the load for the Knights, whose only loss came last week to highly-touted East Feliciana. Rogers has carried 207 times for 1,211 yards with 17 TDs. Rosepine, similar to Episcopal, favors the running game and the Eagles hand the ball off frequently to seniors Klint White, Gary Suydam, and Kameron Suire.
NO. 26 HOMER (5-5) AT NO. 7 MENARD (9-1) -- The visiting Pelicans are reportedly without their starting quarterback, who evidently suffered a recent hand injury. Trevor McGee and BoChristopher Williams both had touchdown runs in the Pelicans' win over Haynesville back in September. Menard's John Gutierrez amassed 124 yards on the ground last week in a 32-24 win at Many, and Mason Deville returned an interception for six points. Last month, Menard beat Homer, 28-20.
NO. 23 MANSFIELD (6-4) AT NO. 10 LOREAUVILLE (9-1) --
Mansfield senior quarterback Demetris Belton connected for four TD passes a few weeks ago against Many. He's also averaging nearly nine yards per carry. Loreauville spreads out defenses with a wide-open attack that includes senior RB B.J. Greene
(1,512 yards, 24 TDs) and gifted underclassmen Nick Julien
and Jermaine Antoine
NO. 18 VILLE PLATTE (8-2) AT NO. 15 CAPITOL (5-5) -- This is an intriguing matchup, as Ville Platte is the only program that has topped Loreauville, and Capitol has a big-time win under its belt against 5A Central. Junior QB Cody Jones completed three TD passes in the Loreauville game. Capitol has a 5A-sized offensive line that is anchored by LSU commit Corey White. RB Brenton Terrance has 4.4 speed for the Lions, who were knocked out of the playoffs by Evangel Christian in the 2009 semis.
NO. 31 LUSHER CHARTER (4-6) AT NO. 2 EVANGEL CHRISTIAN (7-2) --
After beginning the year 1-2, defending state champion Evangel has won six in a row. Five-star DE/OLB Jermauria Rasco
, who notched four sacks recently vs. Calvary Baptist, is one of the most-coveted prospects in the nation. QB David Dee Duron has thrown for 26 touchdowns and almost 2,000 yards, including a 369-yard effort in a season-opening loss to Tulsa Union. Lusher's Michael Shargois returned a kickoff for a 98-yard TD vs. Riverside Academy. QB Michael Evans completed a scoring strike to Andre Lagarde in that game.
Evangel Christian, 56-0