4A 1rst Round Playoff Predictions, Part II

Haughton and quarterback Dak Prescott put the finishing touches on a 10-0 regular season last week, and now the No. 3 Buccaneers shift into playoff mode tonight vs. No. 30 St. Michael. Get the prediction on that game, as well as the other seven contests on the bottom half of the Class 4A bracket.

NO. 30 ST. MICHAEL (7-3) AT NO. 3 HAUGHTON (10-0) -- Dak Prescott (Mississippi State commit), more so than any other quarterback in Louisiana, has been brilliant this fall, passing for 1,816 yards with 26 TDs (and only 2 interceptions). 10 of those touchdowns have gone to junior WR Damon Gladney, who has 48 catches for 753 yards.RB Marlon Seets, a 5-foot-10, 210-pounder who mauls would-be tacklers, has an offer from Grambling State. St. Michael junior QB Dash Duncan is second in the state with 2,748 yards, but he's been picked off 16 times along the way. Austin Fry (74-1,214) is the recipient of most of Duncan's aerials.

Haughton, 47-17

NO. 19 RUSTON (6-4) AT NO. 14 WOODLAWN-BR (8-2) -- Ruston running back Jaren Johnson ran roughshod over Wossman two weeks ago, picking up 322 yards as the Bearcats coasted, 41-19. Junior safety Cyril Noland (6-1, 200) was timed at 4.56 over the summer at the FCA Combine.

Woodlawn RB Kenneth Collins has 1,032 yards rushing and 15 TDs. Defensive end Trayvion Coates leads the team with eight sacks, and he had a season-high nine tackles last week vs. Istrouma. Although the Panthers have won seven consecutive games, it's difficult to ignore the fact that they were crushed by 2A St. Charles Catholic in the opener, 48-10.

Ruston, 35-30


Levander Liggins
NO. 22 DERIDDER (6-4) AT NO. 11 LEESVILLE (8-2) -- Leesville, after an 0-2 start, has been unstoppable. The Wampus Cats are blowing up the scoreboard, having racked up a minimum of 49 points in each of the past five weeks. QB Zack Squyres (2,520 yards) is the fifth-leading passer in the state, and WR Levander Liggins (1,165 yards) is fourth in receiving. Back in Week 5, Leesville left DeRidder with a a 24-17 win and the Hooper Trophy, which is on the line each year when the two southwest Louisiana schools square off.

Dragons S/RB DeShazor Everett is a three-star prospect with several scholarship offers. He'll get a workout tonight trying to keep up with Liggins. Inside linebacker Harrison Lewis always seems to be in the right place at the right time. He's a senior with good instincts.

Leesville, 28-21

NO. 27 HELEN COX (5-5) AT NO. 6 FRANKLINTON (9-1) -- If you polled prep football fans around the state, the majority would assert that Franklinton is the team to beat in Class 4A. The Demons, a state runner-up squad in 2009, have a wicked offensive quartet consisting of QB Terrance Magee (LSU commit), RB Josh Robinson (Mississippi State commit), WR Chris Briggs, and WR Vincent Wilson. Helen Cox safety Ellis Carey has the interest of several colleges.

FRANKLINTON, 48-8

NO. 26 ALEXANDRIA SENIOR HIGH (6-4) AT NO. 7 BASTROP (9-1) -- Bastrop is ringing up 49.8 points per game and has only lost to Neville. Center Earl Ross Downs is a man amongst boys up front and his quarterback, Darren Anderson, is averaging 270 yards of total offense each week. Rodriguez Moore is an underrated back who gets over nine yards per carry. Cameron Firnberg (QB) and Michael Petty (S) are standouts for ASH.

Bastrop, 53-21

NO. 23 MCKINLEY (7-3) AT NO. 10 VANDEBILT CATHOLIC (7-2) -- McKinley has a well-deserved reputation as a team that plays stifling defense. The Panthers have shutout their last two opponents, and CB John Keller usually blankets the opposing team's No. 1 receiver. Vandebilt Catholic RB Elijah McGuire, only a freshman, has made quite a name for himself (128 yards, 2 TDs vs. Belle Chasse). The Terriers lost three-star cornerback Daren Kitchen during the season after he transferred to Terrebonne.

McKinley, 14-13

NO. 18 MINDEN (7-3) AT NO. 15 O.P. WALKER (6-3) -- Anthony Johnson, a five-star DT who is committed to LSU, plugs the middle for the homestanding Chargers. Tulane commit Robert Kelley chews up both the clock and the yardage at running back. Minden quarterback Hunter Leppert looks to get the ball downfield to 6-foot-6 WR Jared Johnson.

O.P. Walker, 28-7


Chrishawn Dupuy
NO. 31 BENTON (5-5) AT NO. 2 SALMEN (8-1) -- Salmen has come up on the short end of the stick three times over the past two years to district rival Franklinton, and the Spartans are motivated for a chance to get one more shot at the Demons later in the playoffs. CB Chrishawn Dupuy is the inspirational leader of the team, in addition to being a superb coverage and return man. QB Daniel Sams, a Kansas State commit, also lines up at RB, WR, and S.

The "other" quarterback for Salmen, senior Matt Lipham, added an offer from Miami (Ohio) this week. Three-star defensive tackle Malcolm Pichon is a man-mountain at the nose, and defensive end T.J. Price (Louisiana Tech offer) returned a fumble for a touchdown in the Spartans' emotional win over John Curtis early this fall.

Benton, despite missing three-star safety T.K. Fleming (out for the year due to off-the-field issues), has been nasty on defense, holding Fair Park to 37 total yards and two first downs last week. RB Zach Pierson scored on a 14-yard run in that game.

Salmen, 48-0


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