Louisiana 4A Quarterfinal Predictions, Part 3

No. 7 Bastrop and center Earl Ross Downs (pictured) are averaging 56 points per game in the playoffs, and the Rams travel south Saturday to visit No. 15 O.P. Walker in the Class 4A quarterfinals. Will Bastrop continue its high-scoring ways, or will the Chargers and five-star defensive tackle Anthony Johnson record a second straight upset?

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

NO. 7 BASTROP (11-1) AT NO. 15 O.P. WALKER (8-3) -- Bastrop quarterback Darren Anderson has put up some mind-boggling numbers this year, throwing for 3,147 yards with 42 TDs and only 5 INT.

RB Rodriguez Moore is the primary threat on the ground (997 yards), but he can also catch the ball out of the backfield (456 receiving yards). Moore has 21 touchdowns this fall.

DeAndre Sellers
Approximately 2,500 of Anderson's passing yards have gone to the trio of Jatavious Wilson, Jevante Watson, and DeAndre Sellers.

Center Earl Ross Downs, who has multiple scholarship offers, is the best offensive lineman, and LB/DE Denzel Devall is the most consistent defender (81 tackles, 18 TFL).

"We are going to have to be able to hold up - upfront to have a chance to win," said Downs yesterday. "In the films we've been watching, their defensive line is just so fast and physical that they disrupt plays before they even start. We have to give Darren time to find his receivers."

Robert Kelley
When the 4A brackets were released, most analysts immediately penciled in No. 2 Salmen and No. 6 Franklinton to meet in the semifinals, but O.P. Walker upset Salmen last week, 24-21.

Chargers QB Devin Powell had a huge night vs. the Spartans, completing 17-of-26 passes for 250 yards and RB Robert Kelley, a Tulane commit, ran for a four-yard touchdown.

There should be some interesting battles along the line of scrimmage in this game between Downs and defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, a five-star LSU commit who is ranked No. 4 in the nation at his position. DB Cortez Johnson, a Southern Miss commit, is the big name in the Chargers' secondary.

Cortez Johnson
"O.P. Walker is a good, physical team with a lot of size that is going to come to play," said Salmen cornerback Chrishawn Dupuy. "Sometimes, they'll bring Anthony Johnson over to the offensive line and let him block for Robert Kelley.

"Also, Kelley will line up in the slot at times. We didn't get any pressure on their quarterback and that's something that Bastrop will need to do."

Although the Chargers have a plethora of athletes on defense, Bastrop offensive coordinator Thomas Bachman knows how to spread out a defense and pick it apart.

Bastrop, 34-27

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