Zachary at Acadiana
Class 5A semifinal
7 p.m. at Acadiana High-Scott
RECORDS: No. 3 Zachary 12-1; No. 15 Acadiana 9-4
LAST WEEK: Zachary beat Scotlandville 41-26; Acadiana beat Mandeville 28-14
PLAYERS TO WATCH: ZACHARY: DB P.J. Cannon, LB Donovan Perkins, WR Doug Coleman, QB Lindsey Scott; ACADIANA: RB Malik Eugene, Kevin Moore, Donavin Soloman.
NOTEWORTHY: This game marks the first time Zachary has been to the state semifinals since 1982 … It’s the Broncos’ first time in the state semifinals as a 5A team … This is Zachary first road game in the 2014 playoffs … Last week Lindsey Scott Jr. completed 11 of 18 passes for 156 yards and four touchdowns for the Broncos … Zachary played Acadiana for three straight seasons from 2010-12 in the early rounds of the playoffs and Acadiana outscored the Broncos 187-70 ... Last week, Acadiana outgained Mandeville 363-161 ... Eugene rushed 132 yards on 11 carries for Acadiana last week.
Plaquemine at Warren Easton
Class 4A semifinal
7 p.m. at Pan American Stadium-New Orleans
RECORDS: No. 1 Plaquemine 12-1; No. 5 Warren Easton 11-2
LAST WEEK: Plaquemine beat South Terrebonne 33-22; Warren Easton beat Benton 55-7
PLAYERS TO WATCH: PLAQUEMINE: OL/DL Kevin Dotson, QB D’Morea Wicks. TE/ LB Joe Keller, FS Brian Jordan; WARREN EASTON: WR Tyron Johnson, QB Deshawn Capers-Smith.
NOTEWORTHY: This is the first meeting between the two teams … Wicks and Preston Russ have rushed for more than 1,000 yards … Easton’s Johnson has been touted as one of the best receivers in the country … Capers-Smith is a Texas A&M commit who completed 19 of 32 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns last week.
West Feliciana at Livonia
Class 3A semifinal
7 p.m. at Livonia
RECORDS: No. 5 West Feliciana 11-2; No. 1 Livonia 12-0
LAST WEEK: West Feliciana beat Union Parish 48-21; Livonia beat Rayville 26-22
PLAYERS TO WATCH: WEST FELICIANA: Ryan Reed, Jazz Ferguson, Desmond Wilson, R.C. Carmenia; LIVONIA: WR Kendrick Paul, OT James Todd
RB Malcolm Dedrick, SS Lionel Johnson, FS DeQuincy Victorian
NOTEWORTHY: The only semifinal to be played in the Baton Rouge area … The game is heralded as a defensive showdown … The schools are only 30 minutes apart … West Feliciana has scored 98 points in its last two playoff wins … Reed scored three first half TDs last week including a 78-yard rush … Dedrick rushed 34 times for 209 yards and three touchdowns last week … Livonia overcame a 12-point deficit against Rayville to advance.
North Webster at Amite
Class 3A semifinal
7 p.m. at Amite
RECORDS: No. 15 North Webster 10-3; No. 3 Amite 11-2
LAST WEEK: North Webster beat Patterson 51-47; Amite beat Jennings 31-7
PLAYERS TO WATCH: NORTH WEBSTER: RB Devin White, RB Jalen Smith, DB Lyntravious Gipson, DB Jekyren Miles, QB Kolby Cooper, OL Dallas Lay; AMITE: QB Devarious Henderson, DL Brad Porter, RB Kenner Harrell Jr., DB Joshua Perry.
NOTEWORTHY: The two teams met in the 2013 quarterfinals where Amite won 34-19 … Two high-powered offenses ... Amite hasn’t played in a close game this playoffs ... North Webster’s White has nearly 2,200 rushing yards with 30 TDs … North Webster is the only double-digit seed left in the Class 3A playoffs.
Northeast at Many
Class 2A semifinal
7 p.m. at Many High
RECORDS: No. 1 Many 13-0; No. 5 Northeast 10-2
LAST WEEK: Many beat St. James 28-14; Northeast beat East Feliciana 14-12
PLAYERS TO WATCH: NORTHEAST: RB Marvin Minor, RB Dominick Yates, QB Marqueon Minor, DL Leroy Roddy, DL Jonathan Chatman, DB/WR Darryl Adams; MANY OT Garrett Thomas, QB/DB Xavier Dias, LB Pepi Kennedy, RB Kentrell Maxie, RB Kelvin Gosey.
NOTEWORTHY: This is the first meeting between the two schools … Northeast makes its first semifinal appearance since 2004 … Both teams’ quarterbacks double as defensive backs … Northeast’s Marqueon Minor finished with 130 all-purpose yards and one interception last week … Many’s Dias has picked up five interceptions this season ... MHS’ Thomas is a Texas commitment.
Kentwood at Mangham
Class 1A semifinal
7 p.m. at Mangham
RECORDS: No. 4 Kentwood 9-2; No. 1 Mangham 12-0
LAST WEEK: Kentwood beat Basile 40-18; Mangham beat White Castle 49-14
PLAYERS TO WATCH: KENTWOOD: QB/ATH Shyheim Carter, Jaleel Panton, Darriyn McKnight, Kevante Venible; MANGHAM: Abdullah Rhone, Kyle Barefield, Ridge Heisler.
NOTEWORTHY: Mangham has outscored its two playoff opponents 103-34 … Two experienced playoff caliber teams … Kentwood’s third straight semifinals … Mangham was the Class 1A runner-up last season.