Louisiana Commitments in Action
La’el Collins and Jeremy Hill
Offensive Tackle, Running Back
Northeast @ Redemptorist
Losing a squeaker at Parkview Baptist wasn’t the way Redemptorist (9-1) wanted to finish out in the final chapter of one of the Red Stick’s best rivalries. Now, Hill and Collins turn their focus to another familiar foe in District 7-3A rival Northeast (3-7). On the season the tandem have created one of the best running attacks in Louisiana. Hill, who sits just shy of the 2,000 yard mark on the season, has totaled 33 touchdowns en route to eclipsing the 5,000-yard mark for his career.
Abbeville @ Patterson
Patterson, the No. 7 seed in Class 3A, is considered the favorite this Friday when they host Abbeville. For Hilliard, the first-round game gives him an opportunity to crack the state’s all-time rushing record, currently held by Germaine Williams, who finished his career with 8,048 yards at Ascension Catholic in Donaldsonville.
Minden @ O.P. Walker
In last week’s game against McDonough 35, O.P. Walker’s Anthony Johnson went over 100 tackles on the year. More memorable was his one sack, which gave ‘The Freak’ 60 sacks in his four years of action – the new career record in Louisiana. If he eclipses 70 sacks during O.P. Walker’s playoff, Johnson will hold the national record.
Huntington @ Lutcher
Lutcher ended Huntington’s playoff run in 2009, that time in the quarterfinals after Huntington had managed upset wins over Ruston and Haughton. Now, the pair meets in the first round this Friday – and once again Lutcher is the heavy favorite.
On the year Landry has 42 catches for 589 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is also averaging nearly 11 yards per carry (17-180) with four touchdowns on the year.
St. James @ Loranger
While St. James finished the year at 4-6, they captured the District 8-3A title and enter the 3A playoffs as a No. 21 seed. Operating out of the Wing-T offense, production at wide receiver for Lewis has been limited (18 catches, 460 yards, four touchdowns). On defense, Lewis played safety and totaled 26 stops and an interception.
Helen Cox @ Franklinton
Franklinton, 9-1 and the top-ranked team in the Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association state poll, landed the No. 6 seed and will play host to No. 27 Helen Cox. It has been a marquee year for Magee, who lined up at quarterback and hit on 103-of-156 passes for 1,881 yards and 26 touchdowns. He’s also got it done on the ground, rushing for 684 yards and 13 touchdowns.
West St. John @ White Castle
White Castle, who earned the No. 15 seed in the Class 1A playoffs, plays host to No. 18 West St. John. Martin, who has lined up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, safety and cornerback, has rushed for 703 yards and 12 touchdowns, completed 31-of-56 passes for 718 yards and 8 touchdowns, caught five passes for 204 yards and a touchdown, recorded 78 tackles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Breaux Bridge @ Northside
District 6-4A rivals Breaux Bridge and Northside face off in one of four games that features teams from the Acadiana area. While Breaux Bridge finished the year at 6-4, they did so without the services of Thomas, who was ruled ineligible prior to the start of the season.
Chalmette @ West Monroe
The two teams have never met. In other words, tough break for Chalmette, who draws defending Class 5A state champion West Monroe in the first round. The teams will clash in West Monroe on Friday night at 7 p.m., where quarterback Paul Turner will lead the 10-0 and nationally-ranked Rebels into the 2010 postseason. Though committed to LSU as a wide receiver, Turner lines up exclusively under center for West Monroe, where he has thrown for 817 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 426 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Catholic @ St. Augustine
Though he was sidelined with a separated shoulder for a couple of weeks at the start of the season, Trai Turner bounced back to full-health to help St. Augustine to a 7-2 finish and a share of the district title. Seeded No. 10, the Purple Knights welcome No. 23 Catholic (6-4) in a bout set for Saturday night. The Catholic defense has been suspect at times, meaning that sensational freshman Leonard Fournette – who holds an LSU offer – could have a big night behind the blocking of Turner and Houston commitment Jonah Austin.
Ville Platte @ Capitol
Capitol stumbled to a 5-5 finish, in large part due to a week three fight against McKinley that left several players suspended and Capitol without its full roster until week nine. Matched against No. 18 Ville Platte (8-2), White and Capitol hope to rebound after a 2009 playoff run that ended with a 21-20 loss to Evangel in the semifinals.
Out of State Commitments in Action
Moorpark College vs. Los Angeles Harbor
Punter commitment Dalton Botts and his No. 12-ranked Raiders (6-3, 3-1) visit No. 11 Los Angeles Harbor (7-2, 4-0) in Wilmington, California in what is being pegged as a Western Conference title game. Botts lines up at both quarterback and punter for Moorpark.
Clinton @ Olive Branch
The lone LSU commitment taking part in the Mississippi playoffs is Jalen Collins, whose Olive Branch squad will host Clinton in a clash of Class 6A teams that are running hot. Clinton (8-3) has won six straight, while Olive Branch (7-4) is riding a five-game win streak. Clinton was the No. 2 seed from 2-6A; Olive Branch was No. 3 from 1-6A. Collins, in his first year at Olive Branch, has lined up on both sides of the ball, where he has totaled 37 tackles, three interceptions and eight pass breakups on defense and three touchdowns on offense.
- Season Complete -
Jenkins and the Hebron Hawks closed their season at 6-4 with a 22-21 loss at home to Marcus, officially knocking them out of playoff contention. Jenkins closed the year with four interceptions and 11 pass breakups.
Clear Springs @ Fort Bend Hightower
The bout between Clear Springs and Fort Bend Hightower - a pair of 8-2 teams – might the marquee game to see in the Houston area on Friday night. The two explosive offenses are led by Texas A&M commitment Howard Matthews for Clear Springs and quarterback Bralon Addison for Hightower. Randle, charged with the task of slowing Addison, hopes to tack on to a regular season that saw the LSU linebacker commitment record 108 tackles.
Athens @ Russellville
Stephen Rivers, LSU’s lone quarterback commitment, travels to Russellville to meet the Golden Tigers for the second time this season. In the first game between the Class 5A, Region 8 rivals, Russellville held off a pair of Athens rallies to get the 35-27 win. Rivers has thrown for 10 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards this season. He’s also rushed for nine touchdowns.