No. 10 Franklinton (9-3) at No. 2 Crowley (12-0)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Crowley’s offense kept rolling in last week’s game against Livonia, topping the 40-point mark for the fourth straight game — and it needed to. Livonia put up 35 points against the Gents, the most by any team against Crowley outside of Cecilia this season. The Gents could use another high-flying performance by their offensive stars this week, as Franklinton comes into the game averaging 41.7 points per game in wins this season. Crowley running back Ty’Von Griffin turned in his best game of what’s been a stellar senior season last week, rushing for 256 yards and three scores, pushing his season total to 33 touchdowns. He’s not going to be the only highly productive offensive player on the field, though. Franklinton’s Tahj and Azende Magee, brothers of former LSU star Terrence, have combined to total 23 touchdowns and more than 2,000 yards on rushing, and Tahj has also added 17 scores and 1,128 yards passing.

No. 1 Lutcher (11-1) at No. 9 Kaplan (9-3)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Kaplan’s defense has come alive lately, limiting Brusly and Winnfield to seven points apiece in the first two rounds of the playoffs. That’s six straight games the Pirates have held their opponents to 13 or fewer points. This week will be an entirely different challenge, however, with No. 1 Lutcher coming to town with a trip to the semifinals on the line. Lutcher has reeled off nine straight wins and its only loss came by one point to a St. Amant team that went 8-2 in the regular season. Lutcher quarterback Jontre Kirklin has thrown 30 touchdowns, including four in last week’s 44-6 win against Wossman.

No. 15 St. James (9-3) at No. 7 Northwest (10-2)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: The Raiders won in stunning fashion for the second straight week. After scoring 20 unanswered points in the final 15 minutes to steal a 20-18 win against Peabody in the opening round of the playoffs, Northwest scored a touchdown with 28 seconds remaining last week against Marksville, then went for and converted on a two-point conversion to win a 22-21 thriller. This week, Northwest welcomes a St. James team that knocked off No. 2 seed Eunice on the road last week. As usual, the Raiders will likely rely on stellar running back Chris Lee for a chance to advance to the state semifinals. Lee did it all last week. He scored the game-winning two-point conversion, ran for 272 yards and also added two touchdown passes. In two playoff games, Lee has accumulated almost 600 yards rushing.

No. 6 Teurlings (9-3) at No. 2 S.T. More (10-2)

Last year: Teurlings Catholic won 42-28 (2015)

The buzz: Has there ever been a more monumental football game played in the Acadiana area? Two prominent programs and bitter district rivals are playing each other for the opportunity to play for the state title game, and neither of these prominent schools have ever won a state title. Teurlings Catholic got to this point on the strength of four Cole Kelley touchdown passes last week, most of which came after he suffered a sprained ankle in the second quarter of the Rebels’ 36-14 win against De La Salle last week. St. Thomas More had a first-round bye, but easily dispatched E.D. White 49-7 last week. This series has been decidedly in favor of St. Thomas More historically, but Teurlings has won the past two meetings. Buckle in and enjoy the ride, everyone.

No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) at No. 2 S. T. Aquinas (12-0)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: This is the only matchup in the state featuring two undefeated teams, and the one who stays undefeated gets a chance to play for a state title. Notre Dame has pummeled just about everyone on its schedule, winning eight of its past nine games by 35 points or more. The reason it has done that is because nobody has mustered much offensively against them. The Pios held two-time defending champion Calvary Baptist to seven points last week, marking their 11th game they’ve held opponents to a touchdown or less. St. Thomas Aquinas hasn’t been quite as dominant, but has probably faced better overall competition.

No. 4 St. Mary (12-0)

at No. 1 Ascn. Episc. (11-1)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Ascension Episcopal is one win away from competing for the state title for the first time in the young program’s history after it blanked Cedar Creek 42-0 in Ruston last week. Running back Ja’Ceiry Linzer has been a force as the season has reached its latter stages. Outside of the Blue Gators’ lone blemish, a 46-22 loss to Central Catholic in the season finale, the defense has been strong. This week presents an interesting challenge for the top seed in the Division I bracket, though. Somehow, an undefeated St. Mary team that has beaten opponents by an average score of 43-7 this season is a No. 4 seed in this bracket.

No. 6 Southern Lab (8-3) at No. 2 Vermilion Cath. (10-2)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Vermilion Catholic is hoping to punch its second ticket to the Superdome in the past three seasons, and if it does so, it will likely be on the arm of quarterback Hunter Frith. In his past six games, all VC wins, Frith has thrown 21 touchdowns against just two interceptions to go along with 1,554 passing yards. He’s also completing 63.7 percent of his passes during that stretch (65-of-102). In that span, the Eagles have averaged 48 points. He’ll need to be in peak form against Southern Lab, which limited a Central Catholic team that was even hotter than VC offensively to 16 points last week.