3A 1rst Round Playoff Predictions, Part II

No. 6 Holy Cross and hard-hitting safety Brenton Bowman host No. 27 North Vermilion in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. Can the visiting Patriots and RB Zach Bourque pull off the upset? We have the answers here.

NO. 30 CATHOLIC-NEW IBERIA (4-6) AT NO. 3 AMITE (8-2) -- Catholic, in its first year under head coach Keith Menard, made it to the postseason despite the absence of all-state WR Devin Boutte (Tulane commit), who tore his ACL in a preseason scrimmage. QB Joe Lissard has 1,822 yards passing and 11 TDs. Amite head coach Alden Foster, the mastermind behind St. Helena's rags-to-riches success a few years back, doesn't get as much credit as he deserves. Dual-threat QB Reggie Porter tossed a touchdown and ran for another in Amite's win over Independence.

Amite, 30-0

NO. 19 BUNKIE (7-3) AT NO. 14 NORTH DESOTO (6-4) -- Senior QB Hudson Bain threw for 298 yards as Bunkie whipped Bolton, 47-20, in Week 9. Quinshay Adams caught six of those passes for 154 yards. Senor RB Lamichael Smith dashed for four touchdowns and 226 yards in North DeSoto's win over Green Oaks last month. The Griffins are averaging more than 31 points per game, but they were held scoreless last week by Loyola.

North DeSoto, 21-19

NO. 22 MCMAIN (7-3) AT NO. 11 WEST FELICIANA (6-4) -- Running back Joshua Rounds has 1,013 yards for McMain, which has won six straight. West Feliciana has dropped three of its last five, but that was against a murderers' row which included 5A Jesuit and 3A powers Parkview Baptist and Redemptorist. In fact, the Saints held a 20-7 lead over Redemptorist before the Wolves stormed back to win, 28-20. QB Deshawn Morrison has more than 1,500 all-purpose yards for West Feliciana.

West Feliciana, 37-7

Zach Bourque
NO. 27 NORTH VERMILION (4-6) AT NO. 6 HOLY CROSS (8-2) -- Zach Bourque rushed for 190 yards and two TDs last week in North Vermilion's 42-20 win over Erath. First-year NVHS head coach Tommy Byler spent the previous 15 seasons as assistant at Erath under his father, Jacob Byler. Holy Cross will test the Patriots' secondary with WR Darryl Watson (37-739, 10 TDs). Brenton Bowman doles out the licks from his safety position.

Holy Cross, 34-12

NO. 26 ABBEVILLE (4-6) AT NO. 7 PATTERSON (8-2) -- Four-star RB Kenny Hilliard, an LSU commit, is the breadwinner for Patterson. WR/DB Dexter Aucoin is committed to Tulsa. Abbeville, which is coached by a former Acadiana High assistant, runs the split-back veer and RB Gerald Minnick (797 yards, 10 TDs) should get plenty of carries.

Patterson, 56-6

NO. 23 EUNICE (5-5) AT NO. 10 KAPLAN (8-2) -- The lower-seeded Bobcats, coached by Paul Trosclair, are always a formidable opponent. John Johnson ran for 90 yards and sophomore kicker Taylor Aguillard booted three field goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as Eunice knocked off Church Point last week. Kaplan RB Jalen Baker rushed for 376 yards on only 14 attempts earlier this year for the Pirates.

Kaplan, 18-17

NO. 18 RICHWOOD (5-5) AT NO. 15 JEWEL SUMNER (7-3) -- The Rams, similar to Eunice, are never a welcome sight on the opposite side of the field, no matter their record. Last week, Richwood upset Carroll, 22-14, with Rob Emerson gaining 112 yards on the ground. WR Ladarius Gardner has been a consistent playmaker for the Cowboys, who have lost three of their last four.

Richwood, 20-17

Corey Trim
NO. 31 NORTHEAST (3-7) AT NO. 2 REDEMPTORIST (8-1) -- The Wolves are focused after getting edged by Parkview Baptist last week. Jeremy Hill, a four-star RB who is ranked No. 10 in the nation at his position, is an LSU commit, as is five-star offensive lineman Lael Collins. Three-star safety Corey Trim and WR/TE Denzeil Warner are also senior leaders for Redemptorist, which slammed Northeast, 49-6, a couple of weeks ago. QB Jarvis Houston averaged 260 yards of total offense each of the past three weeks for the Vikings.

Redemptorist, 43-0

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