3A 1rst Round Playoff Predictions, Part I

No. 25 Crowley and Davante' Bourque may be underdogs on paper entering tonight's game in Shreveport versus No. 8 seed Loyola College Prep, but many prep football pundits expect the Gents and their stud junior RB to depart with a victory. Will that happen? Find out here.

NO. 32 PLAQUEMINE (5-5) AT NO. 1 NOTRE DAME (10-0) -- The reigning state champion Pioneers are 38-1 over the past three years. RB Stu Cook (90-614, 12 TDs) is a slasher with deceptive quickness. WR Zach D'Aquin (20-489, 4 TDs) keeps defenses honest. Plaquemine QB Darvin Butler has drawn rave reviews for his ability to move the football. RB Troy Jones has 806 yards and 8 touchdowns. The Green Devils are scoring almost 40 points per game, while Notre Dame is allowing only 9.7.

Notre Dame, 33-15

NO. 17 INDEPENDENCE (6-4) HAS A BYE -- The Tigers get a week to rest up after No. 16 Rayville was forced to bow out of the playoffs after self-reporting an ineligible player. Independence tailback Marshall Bellazen has been a warrior this fall, carrying 223 times for 1,462 yards and 14 TDs.

Devin Payne
NO. 24 PORT ALLEN (5-4) AT NO. 9 CARROLL (8-2) -- Carroll quarterback Jamond Collins was ejected from last week's game vs. Richwood, but he's eligible tonight and will get the starting nod. Tyree Hollins ran for 158 yards and three scores in the Bulldogs' win vs. Rayville two weeks ago.

Port Allen wants to pound the football with RB Devin Payne (130 yards vs. Plaquemine). Which Carroll team will show up? The one that beat Neville, or the one that lost to Richwood last week?

Carroll, 19-18

NO. 25 CROWLEY (6-4) AT NO. 8 LOYOLA COLLEGE PREP (9-1) -- Running back Davante' Bourque (1,817 yards) is the sixth-leading rusher in the state, and the junior Gent has scored 32 touchdowns. Crowley is averaging 43 points per game, including a 63-point explosion last week.

Loyola, to the contrary, is a defensive-minded team that has blanked its last three foes. QB Matt Norton and RB Austin Mathias are names to watch when the Flyers have the ball. Four weeks ago, Loyola faltered in the second half against Rayville, and Crowley's offense is potent.

Crowley, 36-31

NO. 28 BOGALUSA (4-6) AT NO. 5 PARKVIEW BAPTIST (7-2) -- The visiting Lumberjacks have lost four of their last five, and they get the dubious distinction of taking on perhaps the hottest team in 3A. Bogalusa QB Chas Roberts has hooked up with WR Rondarious Morris for touchdowns on quite a few occasions.

PBS is fresh off the heels of a 9-7 win over Redemptorist last Thursday. 220-pound fullback Brandon Johnson scored the sole touchdown for the Eagles in that game, and Jacob Perkins forced a Jeremy Hill fumble (which was recovered by Cole Wilson) to clinch the victory.

Parkview Baptist, 42-0

Alonzo Lewis
NO. 21 ST. JAMES (4-6) AT NO. 12 LORANGER (7-3) -- Don't count St. James out in this one, as the Wildcats have made a living of making deep runs in the playoffs despite average showings in the regular season.

Indeed, the Wildcats have sprung to life over the second-half of the season, winning four of their last five after an 0-5 start. LSU commit Alonzo Lewis is a physical specimen at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, and a game-changer on either side of the ball (WR/S). Lewis is averaging just under 26 yards per catch.

Sophomore Jeryl Brazil has seen action at several positions for Loranger, and running back Nate Robinson picked up 152 yards and scored twice when the Wolves overwhelmed Pearl River, 40-0, several weeks ago.

St. James, 29-16

NO. 20 WESTLAKE (5-5) AT NO. 13 E.D. WHITE (7-3) -- Westlake, having won its last five games, is fired up and the Rams are running wild with an offense that averages 237 yards per game on the ground. Junior Devin Eaglin (215-1,361) has 19 touchdowns. The Cardinals take a similar approach with a rushing attack that relies on bullish fullback Dylan Ledet and athletic QB Grant Chiasson.

E.D. White, 28-7

NO. 29 BUCKEYE (5-5) AT NO. 4 MARKSVILLE (9-1) -- Continuing the theme of conservative ball-control offenses, Marksville's Peyton Dunbar, son of the head coach, is just shy of 1,000 yards rushing for the year. These two schools just met last week, with Marksville cruising to a 70-7 win. Buckeye's Colton King has run for 1,012 yards.

Marksville, 56-12

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