Prep football nonselect state final matchups _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER Warren Easton's Tyron Johnson is brought down by Plaquemine's Austin Mitchell in the first quarter of Friday's game at Pan American Stadium in New Orleans.

Class 5A

Destrehan (14-0) vs. Acadiana (10-4)

7 p.m. Saturday

LAST WEEK: No. 15 Acadiana beat No. 3 Zachary 9-3; No. 4 Destrehan beat No. 3 West Monroe 27-22

ACADIANA’S ROAD TO THE DOME: Acadiana also beat Mandeville 28-14 in the quarterfinals, Ponchatoula 38-28 in the second round and St. Amant 37-0 in the first round.

DESTREHAN’S ROAD TO THE DOME: Destrehan also beat No. 12 Hahnville 24-12 in the quarterfinals, East St. John 68-14 in the regional round and Pineville 54-0 in the bidistrict round.

ABOUT ACADIANA: The Wreckin’ Rams of coach Ted Davidson are in the 5A final for the sixth time since 2005 and have won four titles including last season.

ABOUT DESTREHAN: The Wildcats are in the 5A championship game for the first time since winning it in 2008.

ALSO NOTABLE: Destrehan beat Acadiana 41-21 to win the first of back-to-back titles in 2007-08.

Class 4A

Warren Easton (12-2) vs. Neville (12-1)

3:30 p.m. Saturday

LAST WEEK: No. 5 Easton beat No. 1 Plaquemine 43-36; No. 2 Neville beat No. 3 Franklinton 32-8

EASTON’S ROAD TO THE DOME: Easton also beat Benton 55-7 in the quarterfinals, Peabody 57-20 in the second round and Woodlawn-Shreveport 62-12 in the first round.

NEVILLE’S ROAD TO THE DOME: Neville also beat Karr 34-7 in the quarterfinals, Breaux Bridge 56-30 in the regional round and Riverdale 57-7 in the bidistrict round

ABOUT EASTON: The Eagles are playing in the state championship game for the first time since 1958.

ABOUT NEVILLE: The Tigers are making their third trip in four years to the championship game, having beaten Karr for the title in 2011.

ALSO NOTABLE: Easton QB Deshawn Capers-Smith was named Louisiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year on Thursday.

Class 3A

Amite (12-2) vs. Livonia (13-0)

Noon Saturday

LAST WEEK: No. 3 Amite beat No. 15 North Webster 27-13; No. 1 Livonia beat No. 5 West Feliciana 23-15

AMITE’S ROAD TO THE DOME: Amite beat No. 11 Jennings 31-7 in the quarterfinals, No. 14 Port Allen 33-13 in the second round and No. 30 B.T. Washington 40-18 in the first round.

LIVONIA’S ROAD TO THE DOME: Livonia also beat No. 9 Rayville 26-22 in the quarterfinals, No. 16 Mansfield 27-0 in the second round and No. 32 Baker 28-14 in the first round.

ABOUT LIVONIA: The Wildcats are 27-1 on the field over the past two seasons but had to forfeit the 2013 state runner-up trophy and seven games because of a player ruled ineligible by the LHSAA.

ABOUT AMITE: The Warriors were the 3A runner-up to St. Charles Catholic in 2011. St. Charles won that game 9-8.

ALSO NOTABLE: The two teams could have played each other in the 2011 playoffs, but McMain upset the Wildcats.

Class 2A

Kinder (13-0) vs. Many (14-0)

4:30 p.m. Friday

LAST WEEK: No. 2 Kinder beat No. 3 Sterlington 35-14; No. 1 Many beat No. 5 Northeast 35-12

KINDER’S ROAD TO THE DOME: The Yellow Jackets also beat No. 7 Springfield 42-14 in the quarterfinals, No. 15 Pine 37-6 in the second round and No. 31 North Caddo 42-0 in the first round.

MANY’S ROAD TO THE DOME: The Tigers also beat No. 9 St. James 28-14 in the quarterfinals, No. 16 Lake Arthur 41-6 in the second round and No. 32 Homer 73-0 in the first round.

ABOUT KINDER: The Yellow Jackets won Class 2A football and baseball state titles in 2013-14.

ABOUT MANY: Offensive lineman Garrett Thomas is one of the Tigers’ top players and also a Texas commitment.

ALSO NOTABLE: This game is a rematch of last year’s final won by Kinder 34-20.

Class 1A

Haynesville (12-1) vs. Mangham (13-0)

8 p.m. Friday

LAST WEEK: No. 2 Haynesville beat No. 3 West St. John 26-13; No. 1 Mangham beat No. 4 Kentwood 42-27

HAYNESVILLE’S ROAD TO THE DOME: The Golden Tornadoes also beat No. 7 East Beauregard 14-0 in the quarterfinals, No. 15 Delhi 55-18 in the second round and had a first-round bye.

MANGHAM’S ROAD TO THE DOME: The Dragons also beat No. 17 Montgomery 54-20 in the quarterfinals, No. 8 White Castle 49-14 in the second round and had a first-round bye.

ABOUT HAYNESVILLE: The Golden Tornadoes have won 13 state titles, 11 with former coach Alton “Red” Franklin and two with his son, current coach David Franklin.

ABOUT MANGHAM: The Dragons’ last state football title came in Class B in 1956.

ALSO NOTABLE: Another rematch from 2013; Haynesville won 42-21 last year.