All games begin at 7 p.m.
NO. 15 Acadiana (8-4) at no. 10 Mandeville (9-3)
Last Week: Acadiana defeated Ponchatoula 38-28. Mandeville defeated Barbe 24-21.
The buzz: Something special happens every year when Acadiana reaches the postseason. It’s no different this year as the Rams, the defending Class 5A champion, meet Mandeville. Acadiana has been more consistent offensively since the final week of the regular season after installing middle linebacker Kevin Moore as the quarterback. Moore has used running backs Donovan Solomon and Eric Duhon as the key factors in the Rams’ Veer. Mandeville’s Parker Orgeron gained 166 yards last week.
Up next: The winner plays either Zachary or Scotlandville.
o. 7 Patterson (9-3) at no. 15 North Webster (9-3)
Last week: Patterson defeated Loranger 21-6. North Webster defeated Church Point 21-16.
The buzz: Patterson continued its playoff tradition with its defeat of Loranger. North Webster is one of the lower seeds remaining in the playoffs, but the Knights have prospered behind a strong running game featuring 235-pound Devin White (179 yards last week) and Lyntravious Gipson (97 yards last week). Both teams have had no trouble scoring. North Webster has outscored opponents 70-34 in two playoff games. The Lumberjacks, who started the year 0-3, have scored 76 in two playoff games.
Up next: The winner plays either Amite or Jennings.
o. 3 Amite (10-2) at no. 11 Jennings (9-3)
Last week: Amite defeated Port Allen 33-13. Jennings defeated North Vermilion 21-18.
The Buzz: Both are playoff-tested the past several years. Jennings, a senior-dominated team that reached the 3A semifinals last season, had a tough game last week at North Vermilion. Jennings has allowed 30 points in both playoff games. Amite has scored 74 in its two postseason contests.
Up next: The winner plays either Patterson or North Webster.
o. 5 Basile (10-1) at no. 4 Kentwood (9-1)
Last week: Basile defeated LaSalle 38-13. Kentwood defeated Oberlin 46-16.
The buzz: Basile and Kentwood started the playoffs with bye weeks. Each of these teams didn’t require much research for this matchup. Basile and Kentwood have met in the playoffs the past three years. Kentwood is 3-0 against Basile during that time. Basile will have to stop Kentwood’s Shyheim Carter, an Alabama commitment. The Kangaroos have to contend with Basile running back Kendrick Ceasar (3,500 yards in two seasons).
Up next: The winner plays either Mangham or White Castle.
o. 4 Notre Dame (9-3) at no. 1 University (11-0)
Last week: Notre Dame beat E.D. White 41-7. University defeated St. Louis 61-21.
The buzz: Notre Dame is once again in a state semifinal. The Pioneers defense, which was an inexperienced component at the start of the season, will be tested by high-scoring University High.
Up next: The winner plays either St. Charles or Parkview Baptist for the division championship.
o. 1 Catholic-New Iberia (11-0) at no. 5 Newman (11-1)
Last week: Catholic-NI defeated Northlake Christian 55-14. Newman defeated Opelousas Catholic 27-10.
The Buzz: After a bye week, Catholic-NI came flying out the playoff chute with an offensive performance against Northlake that mirrored what the Panthers have done all year. CHSNI has averaged about 40 points per game, while allowing opponents less than two touchdowns. Newman, without running back and Nebraska commitment Kendall Bussey, Jr., won in Opelousas behind a strong performance from quarterback Jay Tyler. If Bussey is unavailable again, look for Newman to throw to wide outs Elbert Thomas and Tyler Addison.
Up next: The winner plays either Riverside or Calvary Baptist for the state title.