NO. 15 WHITE CASTLE (11-3) VS. NO. 9 OUACHITA CHRISTIAN (11-3) -- Both of these squads went on the road last week and knocked off tough competition to advance to the state championship game.
White Castle shutout previously-undefeated Oberlin, 20-0, as junior running back Tyree Bracken continued his amazing season by gaining 276 yards on the ground and scoring all three of the Bulldogs' touchdowns.
That performance elevated Bracken's total for the year to 2,873 yards. In the process, Bracken outshined Oberlin senior RB Cedric Skinner - the state's leading rusher - who was limited to 86 yards. Skinner came into the semis averaging in the neighborhood of 250 yards per game.
Martin hasn't seen action on defense the past two weeks, but he's been able to play some quarterback. Issac Obear will call signals when and if Martin isn't under center. LB Jonathan Roberts is another standout for the Bulldogs.
Ouachita Christian made the tenuous journey to Port Sulphur last Friday, and the Eagles departed with a 27-13 upset win over 2009 state runner-up South Plaquemines.
OCS head coach Steven Fitzhugh knows how to find a seam in an opposing defense.
BOTTOM LINE: Ouachita Christian faces an arduous task in containing Bracken, but the Eagles showed last week that they can play defense against top talent -- beating South Plaquemines and four-star WR/QB Bradley Sylve.
It appears to be OCS' year. The Eagles made a statement in the second-round by hanging 55 points on defending state champion Haynesville -- on the Golden Tors' home field, no less.
White Castle can stop the run. The Bulldogs proved that last week versus Oberlin and Cedric Skinner. The Bulldogs face a more difficult challenge this afternoon, however, as Ouachita Christian can pass and run with equal skill.
Ouachita Christian, 27-20