2A 2nd Round Playoff Predictions, Part I

Two of the best juniors in the state -- Calvary Baptist RB Brandon Wilson (pictured) and Donaldsonville QB Devon Breaux -- will attempt to guide their respective teams to a berth in the quarterfinals when the Cavaliers and Tigers hook up in the second-round of the Class 2A playoffs. Who will emerge from this clash of high-powered offenses? We have the answer here.

(Last week's 2A picks: 14-2; Overall, 66-13)

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.

Marcel Andry
Senior RB Torrey Pierce had 5 carries for 70 yards with a TD, and senior QB Brandon Bourgeois completed 6-of-13 passes for 113 yards with 3 touchdowns. Pierce, senior WR Josh Hanberry (offer from Army), and three-star junior TE Dillon Gordon each hauled in a scoring strike.

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.

Three-star junior DT Marcel Andry recorded eight tackles with two sacks, and sophomore linebacker Duke Riley collected nine stops for the Patriots.

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.

Curtis, 33-12

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.

Darnell Rachal
After Ferriday easily marched down the field on its first two drives, the Jaguars tightened up and held them scoreless the rest of the way.

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.

Riverside, 35-21

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.

Tre' Brown
Donaldsonville was sluggish last week, trailing No. 21 Kinder for much of the second half before three-star junior QB Devon Breaux hit another junior -- running back Tre' Brown -- with a short touchdown pass to lift the Tigers to a 36-29 win.

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.

Odell Beckham
Last week, the Greenies shook off an early 7-0 deficit as -- who else? -- Beckham caught three TD passes in Newman's 35-27 first-round win over Port Barre. Beckham simply could not be stopped by the Red Devils, ending the night with 13 receptions for 120 yards.

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

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