3A 2nd Round Playoff Predictions, Part II

No. 18 Richwood is shooting for a massive upset tonight when No. 2 Redemptorist and WR/TE Denzeil Warner travel a couple miles south of Monroe to face the Rams. Can Richwood surprise the heavily-favored Wolves? We have the answer here.

(Last week's 3A picks: 14-1; Overall, 66-13)

NO. 14 NORTH DESOTO (7-4) AT NO. 3 AMITE (9-2) -- There's a proliferation of run-oriented teams in the playoffs, and that's a perfect way to describe North DeSoto, which primarily operates out of the Wing-T.

The Griffins, however, took to the friendly skies in last week's 14-0 win over Bunkie in response to the Panthers stacking the box 10 deep.

QB Micah Arbuckle completed his first five passes of that game, and Lamichael James ran for 119 yards, including a 5-yard TD, on 24 carries.

Reggie Porter rushed for a 51-yard TD and also returned a fumble 50 yards for a score in Amite's first-round victory over Catholic-New Iberia. Three-star junior LB/RB Juwaan Rogers added a one-yard TD plunge.

The Warriors pride themselves on halting the run, so this should create an interesting matchup this evening.

Amite, 20-7

NO. 11 WEST FELICIANA (7-4) AT NO. 6 HOLY CROSS (9-2) -- Holy Cross has outscored its past eight opponents, 363-15, and the Tigers eased past North Vermilion last week, 28-6.

Senior linebacker/safety Brenton Bowman, who picked off a pass and recovered a fumble last week, has multiple scholarship offers.

West Feliciana's David Hale reached the end zone in a variety of ways in the Saints' first-round game, returning both a punt and a kickoff for six points apiece and catching a TD pass.

Holy Cross, 26-15


Kenny Hilliard
NO. 10 KAPLAN AT NO. 7 PATTERSON (9-2) -- Here we go; two more teams that have achieved great success on the ground.

Kaplan and first-year head coach Tank Lotief are another Wing-T program, while Patterson dishes most of its handoffs to LSU commit Kenny Hilliard.

RB Jalen Baker (179-1580, 14 TDs) and FB Joshua Greene (106-649, 14 TDs) get the bulk of the touches for the Pirates, who held off Eunice last week by seven points (21-14).

Patterson dropped its first two games of the season (to East St. John and Redemptorist), but the Lumberjacks are perfect since then. Hilliard has run for over 8,000 yards in his career, and he scored four TDs last week.

Patterson, 34-7

NO. 2 REDEMPTORIST (9-1) AT NO. 18 RICHWOOD (6-5) -- To beat Redemptorist, you have to contend with two of the most-coveted players in the nation, four-star RB Jeremy Hill and five-star lineman Lael Collins. Both are LSU commits.


Jeremy Hill
Hill, the No. 10 ranked running back in the country, has over 2,000 yards rushing on the season.

Fellow senior Denzeil Warner does it all for the Wolves: wide receiver, tight end, running back; you name it, Warner can handle it.

Richwood hopes to get another stellar outing tonight from RB Rob Emerson, who waltzed through Jewel Sumner's defense last week to the tune of 174 yards and 3 TDs on 12 carries.

The Rams aren't one-dimensional, though. QB Andrick Mitchell was on the money in the first-round, completing 9-of-11 passes for 138 yards and 2 TDs - both going to Martez Carter.

Redemptorist, 42-14


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