Friday Night Lights: Semifinals

Some of the state's best prospect are one win away from playing in the state championship game. With six divisions down to the semifinals, TSD breaks down the LSU commits and targets that will play tonight for a chance to reach the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

We're one week away from the LHSAA Prep Classic, but we still have six of the nine divisions left to decide who heads to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Below I'll break down the semifinal games involving LSU targets.

Class 5A

No. 2 Parkway at No. 14 Covington

This is one of the more anticipated games as a pair of senior LSU prospects will square off against each other. QB commit Brandon Harris has his team one win away from the state championship despite having to play every playoff game on the road because of LHSAA sanctions. But DT Garrald McDowell will try his best to shut down the four-star QB and get his No. 14 Lions to the state title. LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is expected to be in attendance and he's bringing along injured LSU QB Zach Mettenberger to support Harris, the possible QB of the future.

No. 4 Destrehan at No. 1 Acadiana

This game will feature some of the state's top underclassmen. There isn't a hotter trio in Louisiana right now than Destrehan's WR Kirk Merritt, WR Alfred Smith and DL Glen Logan. Florida, Nebraska and Mississippi State are three schools that recently offered them this week. LSU hasn't yet, but the coaches are keeping a close eye on them. Acadiana also has some promising 2015 prospects, including three-star TE Bry'Kiethon Mouton and Malik Eugene, younger brother of LSU DB Micah Eugene.

Class 4A

No. 1 Neville at No. 4 East Jefferson – Joe Yenni Stadium

Neville will seek its fourth state championship appearance in five years against a surprisingly strong East Jefferson team. This game will also feature two of the state's better DBs in Neville's Laurence Jones — who committed to Alabama this week — and East Jefferson's Deshawn Raymond, younger brother of LSU CB Derrick Raymond. The younger Raymond camped at LSU this summer, and he's on the Tigers' radar.

No. 3 Landry/Walker at No. 2 Edna Karr – Tad Gormley Stadium

The Edna Karr sideline will be loaded with D-1 talent, including three of LSU's top prospects for the 2014 class. Before they head to Baton Rouge for official visits, Devante Noil, Gerald Willis and Donnie Alexander will try to move one step closer to defending its state title. Also keep an eye on 2015 DL Isaiah Washington, who's picked up attention from LSU, as well as some other D1-bound prospects like Juwan Offray, Joyan Williams and Glenn Irons.

Class 2A

No. 1 Many at No. 5 Loreauville

Each one of these small 2A schools have a prospect worthy of some D-1 attention. Many's three-star OT Garrett Thomas has offers from schools like Auburn and Michigan. Thomas camped at LSU this summer, and he's definitely on the coaches' radar for a potential offer. Loreauville ATH Rhashid Bonnette currently has offers from schools like Houston and Louisiana Tech. The speedy prospect worked out at LSU's camp as both a WR and a CB, so keep an eye on him as well.


Here's the rundown of the other semifinal games happening in the state tonight:

Class 2A

No. 2 Winnfield at No. 3 Kinder

Class 3A

No. 5 Jennings at No. 1 Livonia

No. 10 Amite at No. 3 Union Parish

Class 1A

No. 1 Haynesville at No. 5 Kentwood

No. 3 West St. John at No. 2 Mangham – Lobrano Field

Division IV

No. 4 Cedar Creek at No. 1 Vermilion Catholic

No. 7 Southern Lab at No. 6 St. Frederick


Six teams have already clinched their spot in the Prep Classic. Here are the three games already set for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome:

Division I: No. 5 Archbishop Rummel at No. 2 C.E. Byrd – 12/12 8:30 p.m.

Division II: No. 2 University Lab at No. 1 John Curtis – 12/12 4:30 p.m.

Division III: No. 4 Archbishop Hannan at No. 2 Calvary Baptist – 12/12 12:30 p.m.


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