NO. 3 ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC (11-1) AT WINNFIELD (8-4) -- The excitement has reached a fever pitch in Winnfield after the Tigers eliminated previously-undefeated No. 11 South Beauregard and No. 6 Episcopal in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Winnfield ran over, through, and around Episcopal's defense last Friday, with Trey Gilbert and Alonzo Moore combining for more than 340 yards rushing. QB Stephen Duncan scored on a one-yard sneak for the Tigers.
St. Charles Catholic, which hasn't lost to any team other than John Curtis over the past two years, overcame an 11-point fourth quarter deficit last week vs. Farmerville.
A two-yard TD pass from QB Donnie Savoie to TE Harley Scioneaux with less than a minute remaining provided the winning points for the Comets. Junior RB Marcus Hall added a touchdown reception on a 34-yard screen pass.
St. Charles Catholic head coach Frank Monica is one of the best in the business and he'll have the Comets ready this week. Winnfield stands a good shot of establishing the run, seeing as how SCC is not a team with a lot of size along the line of scrimmage. However, the Tigers will need a savvy gameplan to stop the Comets' complex offense, which is often predicated on a variety of screens and misdirection plays.
Does the clock strike midnight for the Cinderella Tigers?
St. Charles Catholic, 24-21
Criticism and doubt seemed to mount after Evangel dropped early-season games to Tulsa Union and St. Thomas More, but not many schools in the country could beat either Union (11-1) or STM (12-0) this year.
Last week in Shreveport, Evangel fell behind Capitol after the Lions' Brenton Terrance returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, but the Eagles -- led by five-star defensive end Jermauria Rasco -- kept the visitors out of the end zone for the remainder of the game as ECA rolled, 38-8.
Dionte McDuffy ran for 96 yards and two TDs for the Eagles, and QB David Dee Duron threw two scoring passes, both going to junior WR Trey Taylor.
Loreauville exploded for 27 points in the second half last Friday to edge Menard, 34-31. Prolific running backs B.J. Greene and Nick Julien -- both 1,000-plus yard rushers on the year -- combined for almost 250 yards on the ground for the Tigers.
Linebacker Harley Mitchell had a huge pick-six last week for Loreauville, which trailed by two touchdowns early in the game vs. Menard.
"I think Loreauville has a chance to win the coin toss," quipped Aymond. "No doubt, they have three great athletes in Greene, Julien, and (sophomore WR) Jermaine Antoine, but they don't have anybody who can block Rasco one-on-one.
"It will be interesting with the game at Loreauville because ECA is accustomed to playing in a big-time environment, and Loreauville is the opposite of that. The stands are right there on top of the field and it's definitely a different atmosphere."
As Aymond noted, Greene, Julien, and Antoine could play for any team in the state, but Loreauville will be hard-pressed to open holes vs. Rasco and the large ECA defensive front.
Evangel Christian, 35-12