NO. 1 KARR (10-1) AT NO. 17 MCDONOGH #35 (7-4) -- Karr shook off stubborn No. 32 Wossman's upset bid last week, 22-14, as quarterback Tollette George scooted for three TD runs and a two-point conversion. A 61-yard bomb from George to Jerrell Bennett set up one of the scores, and running backs Johnathan Hill and Aquanius Freeman combined for 217 yards.
Last week, McDonogh #35 had its way with East Jefferson, routing the Warriors by a 35-14 margin. Quarterback Jyron Jase-Walters threw for 182 yards and three touchdowns and Antoine Adams ran for two.
Karr is the only program to beat McDonogh #35 in the past seven games, and the top-seeded Cougars should repeat that feat again this week.
NO. 9 PARKWAY (10-1) AT NO. 8 NORTHSIDE (10-1) -- This shapes up to be one of the better matchups among all classifications this week. Parkway's only setback was to unbeaten No. 3 Haughton, and Northside's only loss was early in the season against 5A playoff club Westgate. The Vikings dropped the opener to 5A Acadiana, but that result was overturned due to a forfeit.
At any rate, Parkway's offense seeks to rise to the occasion against the stifling defense of the Vikings on Friday night. Last week, the Panthers blew out Franklin Parish, 48-20, with QB Kolby Copeland finding Trevor Lowery and Thomas Moore for TD passes.
Copeland, with more than 2,500 yards, is among the statewide passing leaders. In turn, Lowery is closing in on the 1,000-yard receiving mark.
Parkway usually forces its opponents to drive 80 yards following a kickoff, as Alex Crist rarely fails to send his kicks into the end zone.
RB Terrell Alfred, hampered by injury at the beginning of the year, is showing no ill effects at crunch time (i.e., the postseason). Against Breaux Bridge, Alfred bolted for 147 yards and a TD on 21 carries.
First-year starting QB Jasper Turner, who endured some growing pains early in the regular season, has found his stride (10-for-15, 197 yards, 3 TDs last week). WRs Dwayne Benjamin and Malcolm Glaze are his most frequent targets.
Defensive tackle Tyler Porter, who has an offer from Louisiana, is the Student Body President and the leader of his team.
NO. 5 ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC (10-1) AT NO. 21 NEVILLE (6-5) -- St. Louis trailed Cecilia, 13-6, in the second half last Friday, but the Saints didn't panic.
Berlin, who scored all five of the Saints' touchdowns, totaled 258 yards on 33 carries.
Defending state champion Neville scraped by No. 12 Jennings last week, 49-43. Do-it-all sophomore QB/DB John Diarse halted a potential game-winning drive by the Bulldogs with a stop near the Neville goal-line late in the fourth quarter.
St. Louis and Berlin were able to control the clock and keep the ball away from Cecilia last week, but Neville's defense - despite yielding a lot of points to Jennings - is a step up from what the Saints encountered in the first-round.
NO. 4 LUTCHER (10-1) AT NO. 20 TEURLINGS CATHOLIC (8-3) -- You'll get more than your money's worth if you decide to attend this game. In particular, you'll receive the opportunity to watch the fantastic trio of four-star Lutcher WR Jarvis Landry (LSU commit), junior Bulldogs RB Daniel Taylor, and Teurlings Catholic junior QB Dshaie Landor.
Last week, Taylor destroyed Huntington by rushing for 189 yards on only 9 carries with four TDs. Landry is the No. 7 WR prospect in the nation.
Teurlings gave up 415 yards of total offense to No. 13 Sam Houston in the first-round, but the Rebels also came up with the necessary stops, forcing turnovers that led to 17 points.
Landor squelched a late rally attempt by the Broncos with a 47-yard scoring pass to Chase Garrett. The TCHS signal-caller was 18-of-25 on the night for 259 yards and he added 49 yards rushing.
If the 6-foot-0 junior was three inches taller, he would already have more than his share of college scholarship offers. He can play.