Louisiana 3A Quarterfinal Predictions, Part 2

Redemptorist senior Nico Talbert (pictured) returned two punts for touchdowns in the No. 2 Wolves' shutout of Richwood last week, and he hopes to duplicate that success in this evening's quarterfinal showdown with No. 7 Patterson and four-star RB Kenny Hilliard. Will Redemptorist beat the Lumberjacks for the second time this year?

(Last week's Class 3A picks: 6-2; Overall, 97-22)

NO. 5 PARKVIEW BAPTIST (9-2) AT NO. 13 E.D. WHITE (9-3) -- Cold weather, potentially muddy conditions, and two blue-collar, option-style offenses.

An attractive matchup for fans of old-school football, and a rematch of last year's semifinal game, won by Parkview Baptist in convincing fashion (42-0).

E.D. White hopes to get revenge for that one-sided loss and the Cardinals return both of their offensive stalwarts from last year: FB Dylan Ledet (1,638 yards, 23 TDs) and QB Grant Chiasson (nearly 2,000 yards combined rushing and passing).

Parkview Baptist will respond with the brawn of fullback Brandon Johnson (752 yards, 7 TDs) and running back Garrett Banta (647 yards, 9 TDs). When the Eagles get close to the goal-line, they love to feed the ball to 240-pound Tom Bove, who scored twice last week.

The Eagles' non-district games vs. 5A powers Acadiana and Dutchtown should pay off here.

Parkview Baptist, 14-12

NO. 3 AMITE (10-2) AT NO. 11 WEST FELICIANA (8-4) -- West Feliciana, another option team, opened a lot of eyes with a 26-14 second-round victory over No. 6 Holy Cross.

To beat the Saints, you have to stop QB DeShawn Morrison, who ran for 224 yards last Friday. Dalvin White, Roberto Johnson, and Morrison have a collective 1,900 rushing yards between the three of them.

RB James Oden scored twice last week in Amite's 27-7 win over North DeSoto. Junior LB Juwaan Rogers, a three-star prospect, will get the chance to make an abundance of tackles against West Feliciana's running game. QB Reginald Porter calls the signals for the Warriors' offense.

Amite, 13-8


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NO. 7 PATTERSON (10-2) AT NO. 2 REDEMPTORIST (10-1) -- The Lumberjacks and Wolves met earlier in the year on national television, with Redemptorist emerging victorious by a score of 28-14.

Three future LSU Tigers will be on the field -- five-star offensive lineman Lael Collins and four-star running back Jeremy Hill of Redemptorist, and four-star running back Kenny Hilliard of Patterson.

Hill, the No. 10 RB in the nation, has 2,143 yards rushing with 34 TDs this fall. Hilliard, who is ranked No. 17 in the country at his position, has gained 8,298 yards during his career.

Redemptorist WR Nico Talbert missed a half-dozen games this season due to injury, but the senior showed no ill effects last week, returning two punts for TDs. The big play ability of WR/TE Denzeil Warner (22-608, 8 TDs) keeps defenses from loading the box vs. the Wolves.

Three-star cornerback Corey Trim anchors the Redemptorist secondary.

Redemptorist, 28-23


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