Five for Friday

Shea Dixon gives you five things to watch for in the prep ranks this weekend.

Battle of unbeatens
Zachary (3-0) at Dutchtown (3-0)
Louisiana Class 5A football is alive and well, and this weekend Zachary and Dutchtown will put their perfect records on the line in one of the state's marquee matchups. For Dutchtown keep a watch on Landon Collins, the state's No. 1 overall prospect. A college safety prospect, Collins will also play running back on Friday night. For Zachary, the difference-maker could be Dillon Beard, an athletic, 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior who provides a big mismatch at tight end.    

Note: Dutchtown is No. 3 and Zachary is No. 5 in the 5A state rankings compiled by Mike Coppage

Battle for the city
St. Paul's (3-0) at Covington (3-0)
Some think Dutchtown is the state's top 5A team, while others might vote for Carencro. Then there's St. Paul's, one of the top teams in the New Orleans metro area and a good bet to end up in the Superdome next December. Facing undefeated, cross-town rival Covington, the Wolves should be in good shape behind their run game.    

Note: Dylan Long and Kris Brumfield combined for 263 yards rushing in St. Paul's 34-16 win over McDonogh 35 last week.

Future SEC defensive backs square off
Belle Chase (3-0) at East Jefferson (2-1)
Both teams are on the bubble to break into's Top 10 in Class 4A, so there's no doubt that this one has the potential to be one of the best games of the week. Another reason to tune in: East Jefferson has LSU cornerback commitment Derrick Raymond and Belle Chase has Mississippi State safety commitment Quadry Antoine.

Note: Raymond is playing his first season of football since scrap duty as a freshman at Lee High.

Talent on both sides of the ball
Denham Springs (3-0) at Rummel (2-0)
Rummel and Denham Springs face off in another battle of unbeatens, and this one features two big talents on each side of the ball. Rummel 2013 quarterback Damian Williams is already drawing attention from college coaches, as is Denham Springs running back Kaleb Blanchard. Whichever playmaker has the bigger game could decide the outcome of this one.   

Note: Blanchard, a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, rushed for 1,800 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore last fall.

Bouncing back in district play
Westgate (0-3) at Terrebonne (1-2)
Westgate opens up District 7-5A play at Terrebonne, a good chance for the Tigers to bounce back after a 28-12 loss to St. Thomas More last week. Terrebonne has been without wide receiver Justin Williams the past two weekends as a result of baseball obligations and an ejection, which was appealed and overturned by the LHSAA. The return of Williams, one of the state's top junior wide receivers, should add a big spark to the THS offense.

Note: In a 20-17 loss to E.D. White last weekend, Terrebonne's offense was on the field for 12 plays in the second half.

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