2A 1rst Round Playoff Predictions, Part II

Newman and four-star WR Odell Beckham are seeded No. 13 in the Class 2A playoffs, and the 7-3 Greenies have a home game tonight vs. No. 20 Port Barre, which has an identical record. Will Beckham be able to lift his team to the second round of the playoffs? We have the answer here.

NO. 32 MANY (4-6) AT NO. 1 JOHN CURTIS CHRISTIAN (8-1) -- Many WR Rod Davis, a 6-foot-3 jumping jack with an offer from Mississippi State, has 1,021 yards on 51 receptions with 12 TDs. Offensive lineman Jonathan Lewis is a sleeper prospect who is being courted by a few of the in-state FCS programs. The Patriots are pleased with the return of Torrey Pierce (injured earlier in the year) to the field. LBs Seth Jones and Duke Riley roam sideline-to-sideline. Junior defensive tackle Marcel Andry is basically an immovable object.

Curtis, 45-13

NO. 17 LAKE ARTHUR (8-2) AT NO. 16 UNIVERSITY LAB (6-4) -- Lake Arthur hopes to turn the tables on University after losing to the Cubs last month, 26-22. QB Trevor Bertrand has 388 yards and eight touchdowns rushing, and 422 yards with five scores passing for the Tigers. University, which was handled by Capitol (48-21) last week, is paced by QB Tristan Cooper. The Cubs have already managed to win more games than last year, even without the skills of WR Nyle Johnson, who transferred to Dunham.

University, 24-23

Devante Scott
NO. 24 POPE JOHN PAUL II (7-3) AT NO. 9 FERRIDAY (7-3) -- Ferriday has been on a tear since the Trojans got Mississippi State commit Devante Scott back in the fold. With Scott hobbled by an injury early in the year, Ferriday lost three of its first four. Regardless, the Trojans are peaking at the right time, as demonstrated last week in a 32-22 road win at Farmerville. QB Clyde Perkins ran for 140 yards last week for PJP II, which has a winning streak of its own, having taken the last three.

Ferriday, 41-14

NO. 25 MANGHAM (6-4) AT NO. 8 RIVERSIDE ACADEMY (8-2) -- The visiting Dragons have been streaky, winning four, losing four, and then prevailing in the last two games. It's no coincidence that Mangham was bitten by the injury bug during their losing streak. RB Shaquille Ausberry, a 5-foot-10, 205-pounder, lit up Ouachita Christian early in the year for 223 yards. Riverside quarteback Darnell Rachal can throw and run with equal aplomb. He has 1,411 yards rushing with 22 TDs and another 1,163 yards passing.

Riverside, 37-27

NO. 28 DEQUINCY (6-4) AT NO. 5 CALVARY BAPTIST (9-1) -- Sophomore QB Jaleel Bridges has had a breakout year for DeQuincy, but he'll be without the helping hands of fleet-footed WR C.J. Carter, who is out with a leg injury. Calvary, which has only lost to Evangel Christian, is getting 230 yards passing each game from QB Nik McCarty. The Cavaliers, nonetheless, are still smarting from the loss of junior Brandon Wilson to an early-season injury.

Calvary Baptist, 40-0

Devon Breaux
NO. 21 KINDER (8-2) AT NO. 12 DONALDSONVILLE (8-2) -- Donaldsonville junior Devon Breaux (242 yards of total offense per game) can take over a contest at any time. He's joined in the backfield by another underclassman, RB Tre Brown. Kinder QB Blake Trahan has committed to play baseball (shortstop) for UL. The Yellow Jackets have won five straight.

Donaldsonville, 29-8

NO. 20 PORT BARRE (7-3) AT NO. 13 NEWMAN (7-3) -- John Sylvester and Jeremy Rose each scampered for a touchdown in Port Barre's 13-7 victory over Opelousas Catholic last week. Odell Beckham, the four-star WR from Newman, had four touches that went for three TDs in one half earlier this season vs. Thomas Jefferson. Beckham often beats double coverage and specializes in making the difficult, acrobatic catch.

Newman, 38-24

NO. 29 STERLINGTON (5-5) AT NO. 4 EAST FELICIANA (9-0) -- Sterlington fullback Grant Bardin (6-1, 205) has 12 touchdowns and 931 yards rushing, while sophomore QB Taylor Lockwood has 717 yards passing with 10 TDs (and 9 INT). East Feliciana QB Kendall Beckwith has a combined 1,700-plus yards, and RB Joseph Robinson ripped off 114 yards on 14 carries last week vs. Episcopal.

East Feliciana, 35-14

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