NO. 14 FARMERVILLE (9-2) AT NO. 3 ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC (10-1) -- St. Charles Catholic smashed Jeanerette last week, 51-6, and the Comets were aggressive on defense, forcing Jeanerette to go three-and-out on its first five possessions.
Comets quarterback Donnie Savoie was 6-of-7 for 133 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to WR Jeffrey Hall, and RBs Marcus Hall and Lazedrick Thompson each crossed the goal-line on scoring jaunts.
Farmerville was similarly stingy on defense in its first-rounder vs. Northlake Christian, keeping the No. 19 Wolverines off the scoreboard in a 23-0 whitewash.
D'Mardrei Richardson led the Farmers with 112 yards on 19 rushes. For the year, Richardson and backfield mate J.T. Brown have combined for 2,501 yards on the ground with 37 TDs. WR Carl Pearson often goes both ways, excelling as a pass rusher on defense.
In 2009, these two programs met in the quarterfinals, with St. Charles Catholic prevailing 21-12, and the Comets appear to be playing the better brand of football at the moment.
St. Charles Catholic, 17-13
NO. 6 EPISCOPAL (10-1) AT NO. 22 WINNFIELD (7-4) -- Winnfield is flying high after playing spoiler at previously-unbeaten South Beauregard last week.
In that game, QB Stephen Duncan fired an 85-yard TD pass to Alonzo Moore to give the Tigers the lead for good and the Winnfield defense definitely did its part, limiting South Beauregard to 227 yards, a season-low for the Golden Knights.
Episcopal dodged the upset bullet in its playoff-opener, edging Rosepine, 24-21.
Jake Capel's 27-yard field goal as time expired provided the winning points for the Knights. RB Jared Rogers has run for approximately 1,300 yards this season for Episcopal.
The Knights' defense had issues with the power running game of Rosepine, allowing three Eagles to gain more than 100 yards rushing.
Can Winnfield make it two upsets in a row?
Jacob Mathews ran for 113 yards last week as Menard squeaked past Homer, 17-16, and Logan Hilton booted a 28-yard field goal.
Loreauville's two 1,000-yard rushers, B.J. Greene and Nick Julien, are both banged-up, but both are expected to play tomorrow night. Julien, the healthier of the two, had 140 yards rushing on 25 attempts with a TD in the Tigers' 21-14 first-round win over Mansfield.
Sophomore WR Jermaine Antoine, who caught a 36-yard TD pass last week, is one of the best underclassmen in the state.
Loreauville will need a big night from Greene or Julien - preferably both - in order to advance.
NO. 15 CAPITOL (6-5) AT NO. 2 EVANGEL CHRISTIAN (8-2) -- This is yet another 2009 playoff rematch.
Last year, Capitol just missed out on a trip to the finals, dropping a 21-20 heartbreaker to the eventual state champion Eagles in Shreveport.
Don't feel sorry for the Lions, though, because sophomore signal-caller Tre'van Jones has picked right up where Broadway left off, throwing for more than 2,000 yards with 21 TDs. He gets great protection from LSU commit Corey White on the offensive line.
WR Devin Stampley is the top producer among a quartet of talented wideouts. Stampley has close to 700 yards receiving with six TDs.
RB Brenton Terrance is closing in on the 1,000-yard rushing plateau, and he enjoyed a whale of game (9-110) last week as Capitol unleashed a 63-0 spanking on Ville Platte.
When you think about the 2010 Evangel team, two words immediately come to mind: Jermauria Rasco.
A five-star hybrid DE/OLB, Rasco first cracked the Eagles' starting lineup in the eighth grade, a feat that's unheard of at the private school powerhouse.
WR Judah Jones had a huge night last week in ECA's first-round win over Lusher Charter, catching 5 passes for 118 yards with 3 TDs. QB David Dee Duron was 12-of-20 for 220 yards.
Capitol is surging at the moment, having gotten all of its roster eligible again after some players were forced to serve suspensions following a post-game fight earlier during the season.
By the same token, Evangel has been operating at an optimum level after losses to Tulsa Union and Class 5A No. 2 St. Thomas More early in the year.