Louisiana 1A Quarterfinal Predictions, Part 2

Last month, No. 9 Ouachita Christian topped Delhi Charter in Monroe and now the Eagles - at home again tonight - go for a sweep against the No. 16 Gators and senior running back Riccie Gray (pictured). Will the Eagles fly to the semis, or will the Gators chomp their way to victory?

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

NO. 16 DELHI CHARTER (9-3) AT OUACHITA CHRISTIAN (9-3) -- These district rivals are both coming off impressive second-round wins; Ouachita Christian went on the road and routed defending state champion Haynesville, 55-26, while Delhi Charter trekked to Opelousas and upset previously-undefeated and No. 1 ranked Westminster Christian, 30-20.

Delhi Charter RB Riccie Gray ran for 143 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns last week. He's a stout inside runner who is tough to bring down.

Ouachita Christian, which beat DCS last month (41-27), shocked the home crowd at Haynesville last Friday by exploding for 42 first-half points. QB Paul Michael Garner threw for four TDs and RB Josh Greer had over 100 yards rushing. WR Mark Laird, only a junior, has rewritten the Eagles' record book for receivers.

If the playing surface is wet tonight, that would favor the Gators' conservative offense, but nothing - not even sleet, wind, and frigid conditions - seems likely to slow down the OCS machine.

Ouachita Christian, 24-20

NO. 11 CENTRAL CATHOLIC (11-1) AT NO. 3 OBERLIN (12-0) -- This matchup essentially boils down to one question; can Central Catholic contain the Cedric Skinner Express?

The senior Oberlin back leads the state in rushing and he'll carry the Tigers as far as his legs will take them.

The Eagles counter with their own productive running game, featuring Lloyd Grogan and Blaze Watson. QB Josh Singleton threw a TD pass last week to Dontrell Brown in CCMC's 36-29 road win over Logansport.

No. 19 Elton almost pulled off the upset last week over Oberlin, losing by two points (24-22).

CCMC proved last week that it can play pass defense, having picked off three Logansport passes. Can the Eagles sufficiently slow Skinner?

Central Catholic, 27-26


Ronald Martin
NO. 15 WHITE CASTLE (9-3) AT NO. 7 ST. EDMUND (9-2) -- White Castle, regardless of the seeding here, is the definitive favorite. The Bulldogs have feasted on Class A competition after a rugged non-district slate that included Redemptorist.

Junior running back Tyree Bracken, whose older brother Tim played at the University of Michigan, should run wild tonight against the Blue Jays, who haven't seen that much speed this year.

LSU commit Ronald Martin plays a variety of positions for White Castle, including quarterback and safety.

St. Edmund has the ability to pound the football with burly RB Adam Wimberly, who checks in around 230 pounds.

White Castle, 34-13


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