Class A Playoff Predictions, Part II

The most interesting Class A first-rounder could very well be the No. 18 West St. John at No. 15 White Castle matchup. Three weeks ago, White Castle and LSU commit Ronald Martin toppled the Rams in a 12-6 defensive struggle. Who will win the rematch? We have the answers here.

NO. 30 CATHOLIC-POINTE COUPEE (5-5) AT NO. 3 OBERLIN (10-0) -- Oberlin's Cedric Skinner is the number one rusher in the state, having gashed defenses for 2,580 yards and 37 TDs. The Tigers primarily run out of the Wing-T with two tight ends. The visiting Hornets, on the other hand, like to throw the football. QB Tyler Chustz has 2,025 yards passing with 19 TDs (but 13 INT).

Oberlin, 40-0

NO. 19 ELTON (7-3) AT NO. 14 ARCADIA (7-3) -- Landon Carmon has averaged eight yards per carry for Elton, while Micah Lavan has more than a dozen touchdowns. Junior quarterback Nyunda Hampton directs the Arcadia offense. Hampton can scramble, as evidenced by his 120 yards rushing last week against Haynesville. Senior WR Anthony Roberson caught two TD passes in that game. Arcadia has faced 3A Jena and 4A Bastrop, and those games against larger schools should reap benefits here.

Arcadia, 28-22

NO. 22 BASILE (7-3) AT NO. 11 CENTRAL CATHOLIC (9-1) -- Basile QB Matt Pruitt threw for 195 yards in a recent game vs. Merryville, and Jake Fournerat totaled 191 rushing yards that same night (a 40-0 win for the Bearcats). Junior Lloyd Grogan scored twice on punt returns last week in Central Catholic's 49-7 win over Ascension Episcopal. 6-foot-3 junior WR Dontrell Brown is averaging 18.85 yards per catch.

Central Catholic, 21-18

NO. 27 VARNADO (3-7) AT NO. 6 LOGANSPORT (8-2) -- Junior Varnado QB Laterrius Crumedy may be only 5-foot-7, but his game is tall. Crumedy has close to 2,700 combined yards rushing and passing. Another Crumedy, Keith, leads the team in tackles. Logansport only dresses 24 players, but they do have four-year starter DaKendrick Wilson at QB. Wilson is the school's career rushing leader and is third on the all-time passing list. Defensive end Jedereak Rugley has 10 sacks.

Logansport, 42-29

NO. 26 DELCAMBRE (5-5) AT NO. 7 ST. EDMUND (7-2) -- Jace Dore' has gained 1,065 yards on the ground to go along with 13 scores for the Panthers, winners of five of their last six games. St. Edmund had a four-game winning streak snapped by Westminster last week. Hunter Arnaud racked up 74 receiving yards in the 44-14 loss. QB Doug Zaunbrecher and RB Adam Wimberly have starred for the Blue Jays this fall.

St. Edmund, 16-14


Herman Fitch
NO. 23 ST. JOHN-PLAQUEMINE (5-5) AT NO. 10 COUNTRY DAY (8-2) -- The visiting Eagles were penciled in as a potential state championship team, but that was before a rash of injuries claimed the season of several starters, including Louisiana Tech commit Warren Bates.

TE/LB/DE Herman Fitch missed some time after being banged up, but he's back. Devante Williams has helped fill the void left by Bates, rushing for 1,449 yards and 13 TDs.

WR Nick Hansel is a deep threat for Country Day, which also has a pair of productive running backs in Scotty Zimmerman and Teddy Benjamin.

St. John, 21-20

NO. 18 WEST ST. JOHN (5-5) AT NO. 15 WHITE CASTLE (7-3) -- These two District 8-1A programs clashed last month, with White Castle claiming a 12-6 victory. The Bulldogs have a dynamic duo in QB/S Ronald Martin (LSU commit) and RB Tyree Bracken. The pair has combined for 45 touchdowns this fall.

Bracken, with 1,801 yards, is the state's seventh-leading rusher. Martin returned a fumble for six points in the earlier meeting between these two teams. Eighth-grader Jeremy Jackson gained 111 yards that evening for West St. John but fumbled three times, including the one brought back for a touchdown. LB Darzil Washington, a transfer from Hahnville, is an excellent defender for the Rams.

White Castle, 30-15


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NO. 31 DELHI (4-5) AT NO. 2 BLOCK (8-2) -- Block's only losses have been to 4A Bastrop and undefeated St. Mary's. DE/OLB/TE Trey Vault has an offer from Southern. Preston Bowman and Vashawn Davis have combined for more than 1,900 yards rushing with 20 TDs. Delhi QB Desmond McDowell tossed three scoring strikes in the Bears' win over St. Frederick last month.

Block, 37-0


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