All games are at 7 p.m. Friday, unless otherwise noted.
Division I select
No. 8 Evangel Christian (8-3) at No. 1 John Curtis (8-1), Hoss Memtsas
Two teams that have combined to win 39 state titles (26 by Curtis, 13 by Evangel) meet in the postseason for the eighth consecutive year. Evangel beat St. Paul’s 43-42 in overtime last week to advance. Eagles have one of state’s top recruits in OL/DL Jerry Tillery, who has committed to Notre Dame. Curtis is led on offense by potent ground game led by QB Myles Washington (764 yards, 13 TDs) and RBs Dontae Jones (850 yards, 7 TDs) and Devon Benn (967 yards, 9 TDs). Bo Wallace and Hunter Dale lead the defense. Winner plays Brother Martin-Catholic winner in semifinals.
No. 5 Brother Martin (9-2) at No. 4 Catholic (9-1)
The Crusaders are coming off a stellar effort in the first round when they trounced Shaw 63-21, scoring the most points in school history. QB Jake Broggi, The New Orleans Advocate’s Player of the Week, threw for 245 yards and four TDs last week and has thrown for 1,900 yards and seven TDs this season. Jared West (1,248 yards, 17 TDs) and Bruce Jordan-Swilling (705 yards, 14 TDs) head up the ground game. The Bears, who had a bye week last week, are led by one of the state’s most highly recruited players in RB Derrius Guice. The winner plays the Evangel-Curtis winner in semifinals.
No. 6 Jesuit (9-2) at No. 3 St. Thomas More (9-1)
The Blue Jays coming in off a convincing 42-14 victory over St. Augustine in the opening round. Trey Laforge leads the offense, having thrown for 2,052 yards and 25 touchdowns. Kalija Lipscomb and Foster Moreau are his main targets, while Chris Mills and Charles Jackson give the Jays a solid running game to mix with the pass. The Cougars, led by quarterback William Bellamy, are averaging almost 50 points per game (46.9)
Winner plays Rummel-Teurlings Catholic winner in semifinals.
Division II select
No. 6 De La Salle (8-3) at No. 3 St. Charles (8-2)
Rematch of regular-season matchup that the Comets won 28-21. St. Charles ended De La Salle’s season last year, winning 56-13 in the first round. The Comets have outscored their last two opponents 86-7. Cole Lewis (1,382 yards) leads the Caveliers, while the Comets counter with RB Erron Lewis. Winner plays Parkview Baptist- St. Michael winner in semifinals.
Division III select
No. 6 St. Thomas Aquinas (10-1) at No. 3 Riverside Academy (11-0)
The Rebels are one of just three undefeated teams left in the area and have been dominant all season. Their last 10 wins have all been by at least 23 points, and they have held seven opponents to one touchdown or less. Freshman QB Jordan Loving leads the offense and has big-play WRs like Von Julien. Joe Anderson anchors the defensive front. St. Thomas Aquinas has won 10 straight after a season-opening loss to Loranger. STA has outscored its last three opponents 117-19. Winner plays Calvary Baptist-Dunham winner in semifinals.
No. 9 Northlake Christian (9-2) at No. 1 Catholic-New Iberia (10-0)
The Wolverines, who went on the road and beat No. 8 seed Episcopal 27-21 last week, must now travel to face the top-seeded team in Division II. Catholic ended Northlake’s season in 2013 with a 60-26 victory in the quarterfinals. Northlake RB Miguel Black has rushed for 1,698 yards and 22 touchdowns. Catholic, led by QB Jason Pellerin (an Ole Miss commitment) is one of state’s most explosive teams, averaging 51.4 points. Winner plays Newman-Opelousas Catholic winner in semifinals.
No. 5 Newman (10-1) at No. 4 Opelousas Catholic (10-1)
The Greenies got over the first-round hurdle and now looks to beat the team that ended its season last year. Opelousas Catholic beat the Greenies 28-26 in the first round last season. Newman may have to go without star RB Kendall Bussey, who was injured last week and is questionable. Bussey has rushed for 1,240 yards and 28 TDs this season, but Jay Tyler (598 rushing and passing yards) and QB Miles Lapeyre (1,459 passing yards and 19 TDs) will have to pick up the slack. Winner plays Northlake Christian-Catholic New Iberia winner in the semifinals.
Class 5A nonselect
No. 9 West Monroe (9-2) at No. 25 Covington (6-5)
The Lions were impressive last week, going on the road to beat No. 8 seed Carencro 34-0. It was the first shutout of the season for the Covington, led defensively by Levi Friend and Isaiah Carter with 89 tackles each. The offense is led by freshman RB Devin Brumfield (1,267 yards, 14 TDs) and senior Josh Bickham (892 yards). West Monroe beat Sam Houston 49-21 in the opening round. RB Devonte Williams leads the Rebels. Winner plays Byrd-East Ascension winner in the quarterfinals.
No. 4 Destrehan (11-0) at No. 20 East St. John (6-5)
Rematch between District 7-5A teams, with Destrehan winning the first meeting 28-14 three weeks ago. Destrehan beat Pineville 54-0 last week in the opening round. It was the second shutout of the season and seventh game this season it has allowed one touchdown or less. RB Will Matthews makes the offense go. East St. John counters with playmaker Xavier Lewis, an LSU commitment. ESJ upset No. 13 seed Ehret 28-18 last week. Winner plays Hahnville-Haughton winner in the quarterfinals.
No. 12 Hahnville (8-3) at No. 5 Haughton (9-2)
After a rugged schedule and a 2-3 start, Hahnville has now won six straight games, including last week’s one-sided 62-14 victory over Natchitoches Central. Tigers’ last four games have been won by a combined score of 200-48. Hahnville has a slew of RBs like Devante Cravin and Drew Dunn, but also have a big-play WR in Brandon Singleton, a Georgia Tech commit. Dual-threat QB Will Haines leads Haughton, which beat Ouachita Parish 34-19 last week. Winner plays Destrehan-East St. John winner in the quarterfinals.
No. 10 Mandeville (8-3) at No. 7 Barbe (9-2)
The Skippers beat Slidell 14-7 last week and has now held their last seven opponents to seven points or less. The defense is led by Matthew Scanlon, who has been credited with 133 tackles this season. Cody Nye has rushed for 850 yards to lead the Mandeville ground game. Barbe defeated Dutchtown 14-10 last week. RB Kirkland Banks and QB gavin Nettles leads Barbe’s balanced attack. Winner plays Ponchatoula-Acadiana winner in the quarterfinals.
Class 4A nonselect
No. 4 Benton (9-2) at No. 20 East Jefferson (7-4), Yenni
The Warriors beat Crowley 38-19 last week, extending their postseason winning streak to six games dating to last season when they claimed the Class 4A state title. QB Trevor Diggs leads the Warriors offense, while CB Deshawn Raymond, a TCU commitment, heads up the defense. Benton beat Belle Chasse 23-15 last week. Winner plays Warren Easton-Peabody winner in the quarterfinals.
No. 14 Rayne (9-2) at No. 3 Franklinton (10-1)
The Demons got their third shutout of the season last week, blanking Washington-Marion 34-0 in the opening round. Team has won eight straight after only loss to Brother Martin. Demons’ QB Michael Wilson has thrown for over 1,400 yards to lead a team that can beat you on the ground or in the air. QB Jaylon Reed leads Rayne, which beat Leesville 36-22 last week. Winner plays LaGrange-Landry-Walker winner in the quarterfinals.
No. 11 LaGrange (7-4) at No. 6 Landry-Walker (9-2), Behrman
Rematch of playoff game from a season ago when Charging Bucs rolled to a 34-7 victory in the regional round. RB Markell Hawthorne and QB Jeremiah West leads LaGrange, which beat Fair Park 50-20 last week. It was the seventh straight win after an 0-4 start to the season. The Charging Bucs are led on offense by sophomore QB Keytaon Thompson and senior QB Li’ Jon Cordier. DE Tirell Gilmore anchors Landry-Walker up front. Winner plays Rayne-Franklinton winner in the quarterfinals.
No. 5 Warren Easton (9-2) at No. 21 Peabody (8-3)
The Eagles had little trouble in the opening round, rolling Woodlawn-Shreveport 62-12 in the opening round. QB Deshawn Capers-Smith continues to put up big numbers. The Texas A&M commitment has completed 161 of 257 passes for 3,184 yards and 37 touchdowns. Easton 5-star WR Tyron Johnson has caught 69 passes for 1,296 yards and 16 TDs this season. Peabody, which upset No. 12 Minden 24-6 last week, is led by QB Sadrick Kirklin. Winner plays East Jefferson-Benton winner in the quarterfinals. East Jefferson eliminated Easton last season in the quarterfinals.
10 Karr (7-3) at 7 North DeSoto (9-2)
The Cougars are looking to move a step closer to a fifth straight trip to the Dome after beating Wossman 31-12 in the opening round. The Griffins beat Northside 17-13 last week. Running back Dennis Hall leads the Griffins’ run-heavy offense, but will have to get past a Karr defense anchored by LSU commitment Isaiah Washington and Tyrin Ferguson. QB Aldon Clark leads the Karr offense. Winner plays Breaux Bridge-Neville winner in the quarterfinals.
Class 2A nonselect
No. 7 Springfield (8-2) at No. 23 South Plaquemines (5-6)
South Plaquemines is lone local team with a sub-.500 record still alive in the playoffs after beating No. 10 Oak Grove 34-14 in bidistrict round. The Hurricanes started the season 0-3 and have won just two of their past five games, but are hoping to pull off second straight upset. Springfield beat General Trass 25-22 in the opening round. Winner plays Pine-Kinder winner in the quarterfinals.
No. 9 St. James (7-4) at No. 8 Loreauville (7-4)
The Wildcats are riding a five-game winning streak, including last week’s 26-18 victory over Carver in the opening round. St. James QB Lowell Narcisse can hurt you with his arms or his legs. He has thrown for over 2,500 yards. The Tigers beat Jonesboro-Hodge 40-0 last week and have defeated their last two opponents 100-8. Winner plays Many- Lake Arthur winner in the quarterfinals.
No. 15 Pine (6-4) at No. 2 Kinder (11-0)
Pine is seeking just its second two-game winning streak of the season, with the other coming in the first two weeks of the season. Pine, which beat St. Helena 28-20 last week, is led by Florida commitment Derrick Dillon. Kinder, the defending Class 2A state champion, beat North Caddo 42-0 in the bidistrict round. Kinder’s closest game this season was a 37-20 win over DeQuincy. Winner plays Springfield-South Plaquemines winner in the quarterfinals.
Class 1A nonselect
No. 14 Varnado (5-6) at No. 3 West St. John (9-2)
The Rams had a bye last week, but have spent this week dealing with death of assistant coach Juan Joseph, who was shot and killed Sunday morning. Varnado beat Ringold 44-8 in bi-district round after ending the regular season on a two-game losing streak. Winner plays Plain Dealing-Block winner in the quarterfinals.