No. 1 John Curtis (9-1) vs. NO. 5 Brother Martin (10-2), Tad Gormley stadium
The buzz: Patriots are 34-1 all-time in semifinal games and have made it to a title game every year since 1996. They defeated Evangel 13-7 last week to advance, getting 137 yards from RB Devon Benn and a stellar outing from the defense. Brother Martin got a stop on a 2-point conversion to beat Catholic 25-23 last week. Jared West (1,618 yards, 20 TDs) and Bruce Jordan-Swilling (929 yards, 18 TDs) lead Brother Martin’s ground game, while QB Jake Broggi has thrown for 2,014 yards and 17 TDs. Winner plays Jesuit-Rummel winner in Dec. 6 championship game.
No. 3 St. Charles (9-2) at No. 7 Parkview Baptist (8-3)
The buzz: St. Charles defeated De La Salle 24-0 last week, while Parkview comes off a 49-20 victory over St. Michael. Comets have shut out their last two opponents, outscoring them 65-0. St. Charles QB Austin Weber likely will miss the game after a concussion in last week’s game. Winner plays Notre Dame-University winner in Dec. 6 championship game.
- o. 1 Catholic-New Iberia (11-0) at NO. 5 Newman (11-1)
The buzz: Greenies looking for first trip to the championship game. They will likely have to do so without RB Kendall Bussey, who missed last week’s 27-10 victory over Opelousas Catholic with a sprained knee. Jay Tyler, The New Orleans Advocate’s Small School Player of the Year in 2013, has thrown for 975 yards and rushed for 494 yards. Catholic is led by QB Jason Pellerin, who has committed to Ole Miss. Both teams can put up points in bunches. Newman is averaging 45.2 points, while Catholic is averaging 51.8 points. Winner plays Riverside-Calvary Baptist winner in Dec. 6 championship game.
NO. 3 Riverside (12-0) at no. 2 Calvary Baptist (11-1)
The buzz: Last week Riverside beat St. Thomas Aquinas 34-6; Calvary Baptist beat Dunham 59-21. Rebels, led by freshman QB Jordan Loving and WR Von Julien, averaging 49.8 points per game. They have been just as impressive on defense, holding eight opponents to one touchdown or less. Calvary held Dunham to just 11 rushing yards last week. Winner plays Catholic New Iberia-Newman winner in Dec. 6 championship game.
- o. 5 Hahnville (8-3) at no. 4 Destrehan (12-0)
The buzz: Rematch between District 7-4A rivals. Destrehan won 24-6 in second week of district play. Tigers led by receiver Brandon Singleton, a Georgia Tech commitment who has caught 38 passes for 660 yards. Destrehan is led by RB Will Matthews, who has rushed for over 1,500 yards and QB Marquise Darensbourg. Winner plays Byrd-West Monroe winner in semifinals.
- o. 15 Acadiana (8-4) at no. 10 Mandeville (9-3)
The buzz: Parker Pastorello’s 38-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Skippers to a 24-21 victory over Barbe last week. Acadiana, the defending Class 5A state champions, coming off a somewhat surprising 38-28 victory over No. 2 seed Ponchatoula. QB Kevin Moore leads the Acadiana offense. Skippers’ Parker Orgeron rushed for 166 yards and scored all three TDs last week. Winner plays Zachary-Scotlandville winner in semifinals.
- o. 6 Landry-Walker (8-2) at no. 3 Franklinton (11-1)
The buzz: Charging Bucs looking to get back to semifinals for second straight season. Landry-Walker sophomore QB Keytaon Thompson ran for three TDs and threw for two more last week in a 46-7 victory over LaGrange. Thompson platoons at QB with Li’ Jon Cordier. Franklinton beat Rayne 36-14 last week. Demons led by Michael Wilson, who has thrown for 1,541 yards and 11 TDs. Demons have won nine straight games after lone loss to Brother Martin. Winner plays Karr-Neville winner in semifinals.
- o. 5 Easton (10-2) at no. 4 Benton (10-2)
The buzz: The Eagles have had little trouble in the first two rounds of the playoffs, outscoring their opponents 119-32. Texas A&M commitment Deshawn Capers-Smith has thrown for 3,382 yards and 42 TDs and rushed for 1,005 yards and 17 TDs for Easton. His go-to man is Tyron Johnson, considered the nation’s top receiver by some. Benton, which beat East Jefferson 31-19 last week, led by freshman QB Garrett Hable. Winner plays Plaquemine-South Terrebonne winner in semifinals.
- o. 2 Neville (10-1) at no. 10 Karr (8-3)
The buzz: Two teams that split in a pair of title games in 2011 and 2012 meet again, with a trip to the semifinals at stake. Neville reached semis last season, when they lost to eventual champion East Jefferson. Karr reached semis as well and reached Superdome for a fourth straight year. QB Kavontae Turpin leads Neville. Turpin had five TDs in last week’s 56-14 victory over Breaux Bridge. QB Aldon Clark is finding his groove as Cougars QB. Defensively, Karr led by DL Isaiah Washington (LSU commitment) and Tyrin Ferguson (Oregon State). Winner plays Landry-Walker- Franklinton winner in semifinals.
- o. 1 Many (12-0) at no. 9 St. James (8-4)
The buzz: Versatile QB Lowell Narcisse has put up impressive numbers for St. James. Last week, he accounted for six touchdowns (3 passing, 3 rushing) in an easy 36-8 victory over Loreauville. Wildcats have won six straight games after starting the season 2-4. They are averaging 41.2 points in those six wins, while allowing an average of 10.7 points. Many beat Lake Arthur 41-6 last week, and Tigers have won two playoff games by a combined score of 114-6. Many’s closest game all season was a 15-point victory (32-17) over Bunkie. Winner plays Northeast-East Feliciana winner in semifinals.
- o. 6 Plain Dealing (9-2) at no. 3 West St. John (9-2)
The buzz: Rams showed no signs of being unfocused last week, throttling Varnado 51-0 just five days after the tragic murder of assistant coach Juan Joseph. It was the second shutout of the season and the Rams have held six of their last seven opponents to one touchdown or less. Junior QB Jermoine Green threw for 190 yards and 3 TDs last week. Bradley Borne led the rushing game with 15 carries for 155 yards and 2 TDs, including a 65-yard TD run. The Rams defense was also imressive, holding Varnado to minus 39 yards rushing and 8 yards passing. QB Logan Allen leads Plain Dealing, which beat Block 16-6 last week Winner plays East Beauregard-Haynesville winner in semifinals.