Louisiana 4A Quarterfinal Predictions, Part 2

Ask around and you'll quickly learn that while Haughton is undefeated and seeded No. 3, the Buccaneers - according to the vast majority of football fans around the state - are decided underdogs to No. 6 Franklinton. Will Haughton and stud QB Dak Prescott move to 13-0 on the year, or will the Demons advance to the semifinals?

(Last week's Class 4A picks: 6-2; Overall, 97-22)

While it may be unfair to put so much pressure on the shoulders of one young man, this is the quarterfinals -- not for the faint of heart or those with weak stomachs.

That being said, Haughton is going to require a monster game from one of its seniors this Friday, in order for the Buccaneers to prevail against Franklinton.

Marlon Seets
No, we're not talking about Haughton QB Dak Prescott, the highly-talented Mississippi State commit who has ice in his veins and a rocket arm. Rather, the Bucs desperately need a shot in the arm on defense this week against the high-powered Demons, who have an arsenal of weapons that includes QB Terrance Magee, RB Josh Robinson, WR Chris Briggs, RB Reggie Wilson, and WR Vincent Wilson.

Which brings us to Haughton senior LB/RB Marlon Seets, who is the best player on the Bucs' defense and an integral part of their offense as well.

A 5-foot-10, 210-pounder with 4.6 speed, it was Seets who returned an interception for a touchdown to clinch Haughton's first-round shootout win over St. Michael.

The burden falls on Seets to corral Magee, an LSU commit, and Robinson, a Mississippi State commit, and that's easier said than done. Magee will play running back on the next level, but he's an accurate left-handed passer for Franklinton, and he has a dangerous duo at receiver in Briggs and Vincent Wilson. At 6-foot-4, Briggs has uncanny speed with a 4.47 40-yard dash.

Terrance Magee
Robinson, a future college teammate of Prescott, is super-strong and he also has good speed. Robinson's numbers this fall have been unreal: 66 carries, 878 yards (an astonishing 13.3 ypc), 11 TDs, and he's not even the leading rusher.

Magee, in fact, leads the Demons on the ground with 971 yards on 93 carries and 18 touchdowns.

"Haughton is going to have to find a way to stop Magee and Robinson," said Salmen senior cornerback Chrishawn Dupuy, whose team faced Franklinton three times over the past two years. "They're both solid and you have to wrap them up when you tackle them.

"Magee is a really humble player and you can't take anything away from what Franklinton has done."

If you thought Magee's rushing numbers look good, then check out his passing statistics: 121-for-189, 2112 yards, 30 TDs, 1 INT).

That lone interception came all the way back in the season-opener, a 35-20 road loss to defending Texas Class 5A Division II state champion Abilene.

Jordan Craft
Dak Prescott, however, is the best pure quarterback in Louisiana, and he's been amazing all year long, including eight touchdown passes in the playoffs.

Last week, Prescott tore apart Woodlawn-BR's secondary, completing 20-of-37 passes for 478 yards and four TDs. He has a group of skilled receivers in WRs Jordan Craft, Damon Gladney, and Trent Jacobs.

"I think that Dak Prescott will throw the ball all over Franklinton's secondary," said Dupuy. "If Haughton doesn't have many players go both ways, then that will help them. That was the problem with us (Salmen). We had several players going both ways and Franklinton wore us out at the end of the game."

Seets (1,305 yards rushing on 144 carries) does pull double-duty at both RB and LB, and he'll have to play lights out for Haughton to win.

Haughton, 50-49

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