John Ehret (9-2) at Live Oak (7-4)
Last week: Ehret beat East Ascension 30-7; Live Oak beat Ouachita Parish 33-28
The buzz: Ehret is the No. 9 seed. Live Oak is the No. 25 seed. Ehret has won five games in a row and has held opponents to eight points or fewer in those games. Live Oak was one of three lower-seeded teams to pull off an upset in the first round of the 5A playoffs. The winner will play the winner of No. 1 West Monroe and No. 17 Ponchatoula in the quarterfinals.
Mandeville (8-3) at Scotlandville (10-1)
Last week: Mandeville beat Thibodaux 41-24; Scotlandville beat Sam Houston 40-14
The buzz: Mandeville in the No. 12 seed. Scotlandville is the No. 5 seed. Mandeville is seeking its fourth quarterfinals appearance in the past five years. Scotlandville has won five in a row and has held its opponents to 15 points or less in that span. The winner will face the winner of No. 4 Byrd and No. 13 Landry-Walker in the quarterfinals.
Landry-Walker (9-2) at Byrd (10-1)
Last week: Landry-Walker beat Chalmette, 34-13; Byrd beat Fontainebleau, 45-9
The buzz: Landry-Walker is the No. 13 seed. Byrd is the No. 4 seed. Landry-Walker has won seven consecutive games and scored 32 points or more six times in that span. Landry-Walker has advanced to the Class 4A quarterfinals every year since L.B. Landry and O. Perry Walker merged before the 2013 season. Byrd has won six straight with an average margin of victory of 23.3 points. The winner plays the winner of No. 12 Mandeville and No. 5 Scotlandville in the quarterfinals.
Barbe (7-3) at Destrehan (10-0)
Last week: Barbe beat Haughton 33-27; Destrehan beat Denham Springs 44-23
The buzz: Barbe is the No. 14 seed. Destrehan is the No. 3 seed. Barbe is seeking its fourth quarterfinals appearance in the past five years. Destrehan is 10-0 for the second consecutive year and has advanced to the quarterfinals the past two seasons. The winner will play the winner of No. 6 Parkway and No. 11 Acadiana in the quarterfinals.
St. Amant (9-2) at Hahnville (8-3)
Last week: St. Amant beat Covington, 36-21; Hahnville beat Aleandria, 49-12
The buzz: St. Amant is the No. 10 seed. Hahnville is the No. 7 seed. St. Amant’s victory over Covington marked the school’s first playoff win since 2001. The Gators have scored 36 or more points in each of the past three games. Hahnville is seeking its second consecutive quarterfinals appearance under second-year coach Nick Saltaformaggio. The winner will play the winner of No. 2 Zachary and No. 18 Dutchtown in the quarterfinals.
Plaquemine (8-3) at Easton (10-1)
At Joe Brown
Last week: Plaquemine beat Carver, 36-21; Easton beat Belle Chasse, 56-14
The buzz: Plaquemine is the No. 12 seed. Easton is the No. 5 seed. This game is a rematch of the 2014 4A semifinals that Easton won 43-36. Plaquemine has won seven consecutive games and has scored 30 points or more in 10 of its 11 games. Easton has won nine in a row since Sept. 12 by an aggregate score of 439-88. Last week, the Eagles defense made five interceptions. This winner will play the winner of No. 4 Benton and No. 13 McDonogh 35 in the quarterfinals.
McDonogh 35 (9-2) at Benton (10-1)
Last week: McDonogh 35 beat Woodlawn-Shreveport 26-8; Benton beat Fair Park 17-14
The buzz: McDonogh 35 is the No. 13 seed. Benton is the No. 4 seed. McDonogh 35 sack leader Sci Martin is expected to player after a partial tear in his MCL and LCL kept him out of the first round. Without Martin, McDonogh 35 limited Woodlawn-Shreveport to a season-low eight points. Benton has won nine consecutive games, but scored a season-low 17 points last week against Fair Park. The winner will play the winner of No. 5 Easton and No. 12 Plaquemine in the quarterfinals.
Karr (6-4) at Cecilia (10-1)
Last week: Karr beat DeRidder, 56-20; Cecilia beat Northwood, 49-20
The buzz: Karr is the No. 14 seed. Cecilia is the No. 3 seed. Karr is 1-1 all-time against Cecilia. Karr scored a season-high 53 points last week at DeRidder. Cecilia has won eight games in a row by an aggregate score of 338-95. Cecilia has scored 40 or more points six of its past eight games. The winner will face the winner of No. 6 Assumption and No. 11 Bastrop in the quarterfinals.
Franklinton (8-3) at Minden (9-2)
Last week: Franklinton beat Breaux Bridge 39-17; Minden beat Tioga 49-21
The buzz: Franklinton is the No. 10 seed. Minden is the No. 7 seed. Franklinton is seeking its third consecutive trip to the quarterfinals. The Demons have scored 39 points or more in seven of their eight wins. Minden has won five in a row and held its opponents to two touchdowns are less three times in that span. The winner will play the winner of No. 2 Crowley and No. 18 Livonia in the quarterfinals.
St. James (8-3) at Eunice (10-1)
Last week: St. James beat Green Oaks 34-21; Eunice beat McMain 22-18
The buzz: St. James is the No. 15 seed. Eunice is the No. 2 seed. St. James junior quarterback Lowell Narcisse returned to play in last week’s win. Narcisse tore his ACL during St. James’ spring game in May, but was cleared to return by doctors last week. Eunice has won seven in a row by an aggregate score of 252-62. The winner will play the winner of No. 7 Northeast and No. 10 Marksville in the quarterfinals.
Many (10-1) at West St. John (4-7)
Last week: Many beat Mentorship Academy 57-0; West St. John beat Ferriday 21-20
The buzz: Many is the No. 1 seed. West St. John is the No. 17 seed. Many has won eight consecutive games and posted a season-high 57 points last week against Mentorship Academy. West St. John is 3-2 in games decided by 10 points or fewer this season. The Rams are a 8-0 at home in the playoffs since 2011. The winner will play the winner of No. 8 Mangham and No. 9 South Plaquemines in the quarterfinals.
Jesuit (5-6) vs. Rummel (9-1)
At Joe Yenni
Last week: Jesuit beat Shaw 35-21; Rummel did not play (bye)
The buzz: Jesuit is the No. 8 seed. Rummel is the No. 1 seed. This game is a rematch of the 2014 Division I state semifinals in which Jesuit upset Rummel, 28-14. Rummel beat Jesuit 28-14 on Oct. 17, and has won nine consecutive games against Louisiana teams since that loss to Jesuit. The Raiders lead the all-time series over the Blue Jays 29-23. The winner will play the winner of No. 4 St. Paul’s and John Curtis in the semifinals.
John Curtis (7-2) at St. Paul’s (9-1)
Last week: Curtis and St. Paul’s had byes
The buzz: Curtis is the No. 5 seed. St. Paul’s is the No. 4 seed. Curtis is 5-0 all-time against the Wolves, including 4-0 in the postseason. Curtis has advanced to the playoffs 41 consecutive seasons and 43 times overall. The Patriots have advanced to the state championship 19 years in a row. St. Paul’s seek its first playoff victory since 2010 when it advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals. The winner will play the winner of No. 1 Rummel and No. 8 Jesuit in the semifinals.Catholic-BR (7-3) at Brother Martin (8-2)
At Tad Gormley
Last week: Catholic didn’t play (bye); Brother Martin didn’t play (bye)
The buzz: Catholic is the No. 6 seed. Brother Martin is the No. 3 seed. This game is a rematch of a 2014 semifinal that the Crusaders won 25-23. Brother Martin has won four of its past five games and scored 40 points or more in nine of its 10 games. Catholic’s defense has held opponents to 17 points or less in seven of its past eight games. The winner will play the winner of No. 2 Evangel and No. 7 Holy Cross in the semifinals.
Holy Cross (7-4) at Evangel (8-2)
Last week: Holy Cross beat St. Augustine 13-6; Evangel did not play (bye)
The buzz: Holy Cross is the No. 7 seed. Evangel is the No. 2 seed. Holy Cross has won three in a row and has allowed a combined 14 points in its past two games. Evangel has won eight of its past nine games and scored 34 points or more in each of those victories. The winner will play the winner of No. 3 Brother Martin and No. 6 Catholic in the semifinals.
Teurlings Catholic (8-3) at De La Salle (9-1)
At Pan American
Last week: Teurlings Catholic beat St. Michael 49-14; De La Salle did not play (bye)
The buzz: Teurlings Catholic is the No. 6 seed. De La Salle is the No. 3 seed. Teurlings Catholic has averaged 42.7 points per game in its past six games in which the Rebels are 5-1. Last year, Teurlings advanced to the Division I quarterfinals. De La Salle is coming off its first loss of the season to Lutcher after the first 9-0 start in program history. Last season, the Cavaliers earned their first playoff win in 45 years. The winner will play the winner of No. 2 St. Thomas More and No. 7 E.D. White in the semifinals.
Riverside (9-1) at Newman (8-2)
Last week: Riverside beat Northlake Christian, 55-8; Newman beat Episcopal, 42-21
The buzz: Riverside is the No. 1 seed. Newman is the No. 9 seed. Riverside beat Newman 41-14 on Oct. 9. The Rebels have won four in a row and five of the past six in this series. Riverside scored a season-high 55 points against Northlake Christian and has won nine in a row by an aggregate score of 335-87. Newman has won four in a row and scored 40 or more points a six times this season. The winner will play the winner of No. 5 St. Charles and No. 4 Madison Prep in the semifinals.
St. Charles (9-2) at Madison Prep (11-0)
Last week: St. Charles beat Opelousas Catholic, 14-0; Madison Prep beat Hannan, 59-10
The buzz: St. Charles is the No. 5 seed. Madison Prep is the No. 4 seed. St. Charles’ 14-0 win over Opelousas Catholic was the team’s fourth shutout of the season. Madison Prep scored 59 points against Hannan, its second-highest scoring output of the season. Madison Prep’ average margin of victory in its 11 wins is 27.4 points. The winner will play the winner of No. 1 Riverside and No. 9 Newman in the semifinals.