Because of the span of time that’s passed — two decades to be exact — Cecilia coach Terry Martin’s not certain how much the name Karr resonates with his players.
One thing for sure, though, Martin knows his football-savvy community remembers some of the memorable playoff matchups between the two schools, including the Bulldogs’ 13-10 victory for the Class 3A state title in 1995.
“The people here know their reputation,” Martin said. “To the kids it doesn’t matter who we play. They don’t realize the history.”
The two playoffs path of No. 3 Cecilia (10-1) and No. 14 Karr (6-4) intersect once again at 7 p.m. Friday when the Bulldogs host the Cougars to highlight nonselect regional action in the Acadiana area.
Class 5A’s two-time reigning state champion Acadiana (8-2) travels to Bossier City to face No. 6 Parkway (10-1) in a matchup between two programs that last met in a memorable Class 5A state title game the Rams won 77-41 in 2013.
“It’s an interesting matchup for us,” Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said. “Right now they’re playing better defense than they did at that time.”
In 3A action, No. 2 Eunice (10-1) hosts No. 15 St. James (8-3), No. 4 Patterson (9-2) entertains No. 13 West Feliciana (7-4) and No. 7 Northwest (9-2) hosts No. 10 Marksville (8-3) .
Several other teams have road dates, with No. 16 Carencro (8-3) visiting No. 1 Neville (10-0) and No. 2 Crowley (11-0) at No. 18 Livonia (8-3) in 4A competition with No. 7 Loreauville (9-2) traveling to Clinton to meet No. 10 East Feliciana (7-4) in 2A.
“We feel we’re playing our best ball right now,” Loreauville coach Trent Delahoussaye said. “This game will be the first time we have all 22 starters healthy.”
KARR AT CECILIA: Running back Raymond Calais Jr. may be Cecilia’s biggest offensive threat, having rushed 213 times for 2,038 yards and 24 TDs, but the Bulldogs have complemented him with a productive passing game.
Quarterback Landon Roberts has completed 65 of 118 passes for 1,427 yards and 20 TDs. Kenya Dartez leads the way with 35 catches for 952 yards and 11 TDs.
“We really have our work cut out for us,” Martin said. “We’ll have to play really well to win.”
ACADIANA AT PARKWAY: Acadiana still features the same veer attack that produced 637 yards on the ground in its last meeting with Parkway.
Running back Jayrin Wilson tops the Rams with 97 carries for 853 yards and 11 TDs. Others who factor in the running game are Ziggy Francis (105-720, nine TDs) and quarterback Myles Hutchinson (69-334, seven TDs).
Parkway’s offense, which has scored 40-plus points seven times this season, is led by 6-foot-5, Louisiana Tech QB commitment Keondre Wudtee, who has completed 126 of 204 passes for 2,176 yards and 23 TDs.
“They’ve got a lot of weapons, and he can stand back there and throw it,” Davidson said. “He’s a tall kid where if you can get pressure he can throw over the top of you. They’re good.”
LOREAUVILLE AT EAST FELICIANA: Delahoussaye said he welcomed back the services last week of running back Shea Lee for the first time this season. The Tigers will also have wide receiver Bryson Broussard back from an injury.
Loreauville quarterback Jared Henry has accounted for more than 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns with 1,286 passing and 823 rushing. Brennan Williams adds 78 carries for 536 yards and eight TDs for the Tigers.
Loreauville carries a three-game win streak and has won five of its past six games, including last week’s 43-12 win over Vinton, while East Feliciana has reeled off five consecutive wins after an 0-3 start in district play.
“They’ve gone from a spread to a tight end-based offense,” Delahoussaye said. “They just hand off to their multiple talented backs and run behind their big offensive line and take some deep shots every now and then.”