Class A 2nd Round Playoff Predictions, Part 2

No. 15 White Castle and LSU commit Ronald Martin pay a visit to Block High School tonight for a second-round playoff game against the No. 2 Bears. Two-time all-state DE/TE Trey Vault knows that his squad -- in order to advance -- will have to play better than it did last week in a 29-26 squeaker over No. 31 Delhi. Will Block pick up the pace tonight? We have the answer here.

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

Cedric Skinner
NO. 3 OBERLIN (11-0) AT NO. 19 ELTON (8-3) -- Oberlin senior RB Cedric Skinner will likely pass the 3,000-yard rushing mark for the season tonight when the Tigers make the short trip to the southeast to do battle with Elton for the second time this year.

Last month, Oberlin defeated Elton, 35-22.

The homestanding Indians feature a punishing running attack that includes Micah Lavan and Landon Carmon.

Oberlin, 34-14

NO. 11 CENTRAL CATHOLIC (10-1) AT NO. 6 LOGANSPORT (9-2) -- Logansport's do-it-all quarterback, DaKendrick Wilson, had a hand in six touchdowns (three running, three passing) last week as the Tigers trampled Varnado, 54-12.

Logansport hasn't scored less than 33 points since losing to Haynesville (28-14) six weeks ago.

Central Catholic nipped Basile in the first-round by one point (15-14), as Blaze Watson dashed for 76 yards and a touchdown on three rushes.

The Tigers should find a way to get it done with Wilson creating plays and working his magic.

Logansport, 24-19

NO. 10 COUNTRY DAY (9-2) AT NO. 7 ST. EDMUND (8-2) -- Country Day, which utilizes the split-back veer offense, scored a minimum of 30 points in five games this year. QB Matt LeCorgne has thrown for 570 yards and run for 384. RBs Fritz Kern and Scotty Zimmerman are also players to watch for the Cajuns.

St. Edmund RB Adam Wimberly has gained 577 yards this fall on 95 carries with 10 touchdowns. At 235 pounds, Wimberly is much larger than your typical Class A back. He ran for 118 yards and three touchdown's in St. Ed's first-round win over Delcambre.

This should be a hard-nosed contest that's won in the trenches.

St. Edmund, 13-8

NO. 15 WHITE CASTLE (8-3) AT NO. 2 BLOCK (9-2) -- This promises to be one of the most interesting games among all classes, as White Castle rides into rural Catahoula Parish with a couple of primetime players: QB/FS Ronald Martin (LSU commit) and RB Tyree Bracken.

Block narrowly avoided what would have been a shocking upset last week, edging No. 31 Delhi by three points (29-26).

The Bears' offensive philosophy is no secret; head coach Benny Vault relies heavily on a trio of runners: RBs Preston Bowman and Vashawn Davis and QB Antoine Bowie.

Tyree Bracken
Trey Vault, son of the head coach, is a senior who will play college football next year. He has an offer from Southern and a penchant for sacking the quarterback.

White Castle blanked district rival West St. John last week, 12-0, and the Bulldogs have star quality in Martin and Bracken.

Bracken scored on runs of 30 and 5 yards, respectively, in the Bulldogs' first-round game.

Both teams have played steep competition: Block's losses came to Class 4A Bastrop and undefeated Class A St. Mary's, and three of White Castle's setbacks were to Donaldsonville (alive in Class 2A playoffs), Riverside Academy (alive in Class 2A playoffs), and Redemptorist (alive in Class 3A playoffs).

Home-field advantage? Check

Block, 15-14

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