NO. 16 UNIVERSITY LAB (7-4) AT NO. 1 JOHN CURTIS CHRISTIAN (9-1) -- The top-seeded Patriots sputtered early in last week's first-round matchup with No. 32 Many, but not for long. Curtis broke apart an early 7-6 game to advance, 54-6.
Hanberry, who won both the long jump and the 100 meter dash in the state track meet this spring, also brought back a punt 55 yards to paydirt.
University toppled Lake Arthur in a first-round game last Friday in Baton Rouge. That marked the second time this season that the Cubs defeated the Tigers. Dual-threat QB Tristan Cooper, son of an LSU assistant coach, threw for 122 yards and ran for 48 yards for the Cubs, who prevailed by a 28-6 margin.
Curtis is still seething after losing to Evangel Christian in the Superdome last year, and the Patriots should move on to the quarters.
NO. 8 RIVERSIDE ACADEMY (9-2) AT NO. 24 POPE JOHN PAUL (8-3) -- Pope John Paul shocked most of the state last week, cooling off a red-hot Ferriday squad which was coming off an impressive road win at Farmerville.
A 45-yard field goal by Teddy Macke provided the winning points for the Jaguars, who edged the Trojans, 17-14. Pope John Paul converted on a couple of fake punts and QB Clyde Perkins capitalized with a pair of scoring runs.
Michael Waller's interception set up Macke's heroics.
Last week, Riverside pounced on Mangham, 49-14, as senior QB Darnell Rachal continued to shine.
Rachal accounted for 339 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Rebels, and running back Thomas Crouch added a 24-yard TD run. For the year, Crouch has over 1,000 yards combined rushing and receiving.
A few weeks ago, Riverside dropped back-to-back district games to John Curtis and St. Charles Catholic, and the Rebels should earn a rematch against Curtis in next week's quarterfinals. Pope John Paul played extremely well last week, but the Jaguars will be hard-pressed to pull off another upset here.
NO. 12 DONALDSONVILLE (9-2) AT NO. 5 CALVARY BAPTIST (10-1) -- Last week, we lamented the fact that Calvary Baptist was missing the services of junior RB Brandon Wilson, but lo and behold, Wilson made a magnificent return from an early-season injury in the Cavaliers' 57-7 romp over DeQuincy.
Wilson averaged 32 yards per carry (6-194) and dashed for four touchdowns vs. DeQuincy. This was the first action the junior has seen since suffering an injury in the season-opener, a 42-30 victory vs. Farmerville.
His presence will open things up even further for the passing of QB Nik McCarthy, who has thrown for 2,433 yards and 30 TDs with 10 INT. WRs Cody Bordelon and Spencer Rolland have combined for 94 receptions.
Don't punt to Calvary's Ira Jewitt. He's averaging almost 24 yards per return.
Brown ran for 169 yards for Donaldsonville, which has only lost to Episcopal and undefeated East Feliciana. Breaux has totaled approximately 2,700 yards of total offense this fall with 30 TDs, while Brown has racked up close to 1,300 yards rushing with 12 TDs.
Both teams have some legitimate speedsters, but the healty return of Wilson makes quite a difference here.
Calvary Baptist, 40-28
NO. 13 NEWMAN (8-3) AT NO. 4 EAST FELICIANA (10-0) -- There's a buzz around the state about a potential upset in this second-rounder, and Newman does have a player -- four-star wide receiver Odell Beckham -- who can get it done against anyone.
QB Ryan Brenner (25-for-31, 255 yards, 3 TDs) was on fire for Newman.
Unfortunately for the Greenies, Port Barre exposed a chink in their armor. The Red Devils, led by John Sylvester's 156 yards, were able to grind out 285 yards rushing.
East Feliciana, if it can hang onto the football (four fumbles last week), should be able to move the chains on the ground with RB Joseph Robinson. Last week, Robinson ran for 152 yards and 3 TDs as the Tigers zoomed past Sterlington, 42-13.
East Feliciana, 35-29