Prep playoffs in full swing for SMU prospects

Last week, we brought you the details on the senior seasons of several SMU commitments and we continue to update their progress today. St. Paul's and WR Jermaine Sams are 11-0 and seeded No. 3 in the Louisiana Class 5A bracket. Which program attempts to upset Sams and the Wolves this Friday? Find out here.

SMU commit Jermaine Sams caught a touchdown pass last week as undefeated No. 3 seed St. Paul's (11-0) had little problem with No. 30 Natchitoches-Central, winning by a comfortable 42-13 margin.

This Friday, Sams and the Wolves are at home again against No. 14 New Iberia Senior High, which brings a 9-2 record and a high-flying passing game into Covington.

St. Paul's is expected to advance without too much of a struggle, setting up a potential quarterfinal matchup on the road with No. 27 Acadiana. Don't be misled by Acadiana's low seed and 6-5 record, though. The Rams are 10-1 on the field, but were forced to forfeit four wins after an ineligible transfer backup saw action in four blowout wins.

Last Friday, Acadiana decimated No. 6 East St. John, 56-6, which is no easy task. East St. John features three-star DB Floyd Raven and highly-regarded junior DT Gerron Borne.

If the St. Paul's/Acadiana game comes to fruition, Sams will duel against two of the best defensive backs in Louisiana, Micah Eugene and Bakari Hollier.

Cinco Ranch and RB K.C. Nlemchi showed no ill effects from their blowout loss to Katy one week before, emerging from a tough first-round playoff game vs. Houston Lamar with a 27-23 victory in hand.

Lamar's defense was determined not to let Nlemchi beat them and their focus on the SMU commit largely paid off, as the senior RB was held well under his average of 113 yards per game. Nlemchi gained 41 yards on 14 carries with a TD in the playoff opener last Saturday.

This week, Cinco Ranch meets 8-3 Cypress Creek at Tully Stadium in western Houston for a 1:00 P.M. kickoff on Saturday.

In the first-round, Cypress Creek broke open a 21-21 halftime tie with Alief Hastings to win, 49-28. RB Devan Demas went for 200 yards on 19 carries for the Cougars.

Serra and quarterback Conner Preston open their postseason this week against 6-4 Beverly Hills. Preston will attempt to evade the pass rush of five-star defensive end Greg Townsend, who is ranked No. 5 in the nation at his position.

Last week, Serra hammered Cathedral, 53-0. Preston completed 9-of-14 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns as the Cavaliers pushed their record to 10-0.

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