Class A 2nd Round Playoff Predictions, Part I

No. 4 South Plaquemines will encounter a familiar face -- the No. 13 Oak Grove Tigers -- in the second-round of the Class A playoffs this week in Port Sulphur. Will the Hurricanes and Louisiana Tech commit Beau Fitte get past Oak Grove? We have the answer here.

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

Riccie Gray
NO. 16 DELHI CHARTER (8-3) AT NO. 1 WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (11-0) -- The top-seeded Crusaders got off to an emphatic start in last week's 42-0 shutout of No. 32 Ascension Episcopal, as Tim Redd returned the opening kickoff 99 yards a touchdown (Redd also added the PAT).

Thomas Kemp, the leading rusher this fall for WCA, made the most of limited touches (5 carries, 85 yards, 2 TDs), and James Martinez ran for 48 yards on 4 attempts with a touchdown.

Delhi Charter's 6-foot-1, 210-pound RB, senior Riccie Gray, was a constant thorn in the side of Hamilton Christian last week, running for 149 yards on 22 carries with 3 TDs.

The underdog Gators, who were knocked out of the 2009 quarterfinals by eventual state champ Haynesville, appear primed to get the upset with Gray eating up the yardage.

Delhi Charter, 22-20

NO. 9 OUACHITA CHRISTIAN (8-3) AT NO. 8 HAYNESVILLE (9-2) -- According to reports, Haynesville head coach David Franklin benched several of his starters for the Tors' first-round game with Crescent City Christian after they participated in a "senior skip day" earlier in the week.

Nevertheless, Kevondrick Banks and DeMarcus Jackson scored two touchdowns apiece as the defending state champs put Crescent City away in the second half.

Ouachita Christian rocked Vermilion Catholic, 56-0, with Josh Greer reaching the end zone on two touchdown runs (from 14 and 26 yards), a 56-yard reception, and a 96-yard interception return.

WR Mark Laird (2-58) surpassed the 1,300-yard receiving mark for the season and added a 96-yard kickoff return for a TD to open the second half.

QB Paul Michael Garner completed 7-of-12 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown (to Greer).

OCS seems to be peaking at the right time; the Eagles have scored a minimum of 41 points in each of the past six weeks, and their only losses came to 2A playoff clubs, including 10-1 Calvary Baptist.

Ouachita Christian, 29-28.

NO. 12 SOUTHERN LAB (7-4) AT NO. 5 ST. MARY'S (11-0) -- A week after losing to Kentwood in the regular-season finale, Southern Lab turned the tables on the Kangaroos last Friday, taking the rematch by a score of 18-13.

Michael Roach
RB Thomas Davis was extremely effective for the Kittens, carrying 14 times for 167 yards and a touchdown. QB Michael Roach added a one-yard dive for another six points.

St. Mary's, in its first-round game, also faced a team it had played earlier in the year. The Tigers knocked off Cedar Creek, 14-7, with QB William Breland tossing touchdown passes of 65 and 35 yards, respectively.

Did St. Mary's overlook Cedar Creek last week, or are the Tigers slumping at the wrong time?

Southern Lab is much better than its record indicates, seeing as how the Kittens' four losses came to 5A Scotlandville, 3A Redemptorist, undefeated 2A East Feliciana, and Kentwood.

The key matchup to watch will be St. Mary's offensive line vs. Lab's front seven, which includes 275-pound defensive tackle Ezekiel Alsander and 230-pound inside linebacker Charles Butler.

Southern Lab, 22-16

NO. 13 OAK GROVE (7-4) AT NO. 4 SOUTH PLAQUEMINES (8-3) -- Two perennial Class A heavyweights step into the ring in this game Friday night.

Bradley Sylve
Oak Grove features one of the most underrated players in the state: 6-foot-3 senior wide receiver De'La Mayers, who missed some games due to injury this year.

Last week, Mayers scored on both a reception and an interception return, and he gives the primarily run-oriented Tigers an option down the field with his size and 4.47 speed.

RB Erving Craft ran for 132 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns for Oak Grove, which blanked St. Martin's in the first-round, 28-0.

South Plaquemines, which ousted Oak Grove in the 2009 semis, is taking advantage of Bradley Sylve's athletic ability, lining up the Alabama commit at various positions.

In last week's 51-6 romp over False River, Sylve gained 220 yards on only 8 carries with 3 TDs. RB Manuel Black added 176 yards on 11 carries with 3 TDs.

Three-star outside linebacker Beau Fitte, who is committed to Louisiana Tech, stripped the ball and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown in a recent game vs. Country Day.

South Plaquemines, 43-21

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