Reed & No. 1 Dutchtown look to stay perfect

The Dutchtown Griffins and star RB Effrem Reed are seeded No. 1 in Class 5A, and they look to advance to the quarterfinals this week. However, No. 17 Brother Martin -- which has home-field advantage -- sits squarely in the path of the 11-0 Griffins. Click here to get an update on Reed and Dutchtown.

Dutchtown might be the top-seed in the Class 5A playoffs, but somebody forgot to notify No. 32 Covington last week.

The 11-0 Griffins moved on to the second-round, where they'll face No. 17 Brother Martin, but they'll need to pick up the pace in order to advance again.

Effrem Reed continued his spectacular senior campaign in the playoff-opener, a 35-27 win over Covington, amassing 231 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He'll go head-to-head with another of Louisiana's best backs - Brother Martin's Dante' Butler - this Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans (the game was originally slated for Yenni Stadium in Metairie).

"We have a lot more focus (after Friday night), but we didn't overlook or underestimate Covington," said Reed. "They're not a bad team at all and they came out to play. They had a lot of athletes.

"Brother Martin has a heckuva running back in Dante' Butler, and their offensive line is 6-foot-3 to 6-foot-4 across the board. We just have to go play good football.

"Our offense needs to score on every possession possible, and our defense will need to make stops on them."

For the season, Reed has gained more than 1,700 yards rushing with 32 touchdowns combined rushing and receiving, and college recruiters are taking notice.

"I've had a couple of offers come in and I expect another this week," he said.

Among the schools showing interest are Louisiana Tech, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and Northern Illinois.

In typical Reed fashion, he declined to mention on the record which programs have offered. The low-key senior prefers to talk about his teammates and their goal of a state championship, which would be the first in the relatively new school's history.

Other key Griffins include LB Cole Harp, DB Johnathan Darville, DB Shaquille Lewis, QB Leon Blouin (Tulane commit), and S Landon Collins.

Brother Martin has a pair of terrific offensive linemen in Elbert Fulgham and Jordan Greene (Southern Miss commit).

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