Neville will play Warren Easton for the state title.
Kavontae Turpin led the Tigers 127 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries and caught five passes for 87 yards and another TD in Neville’s 32-8 win on Friday night.
Quarterback J.T. Jackson completed 9 of 13 passes for 134 yards and one TD for Neville (12-1).
For Franklinton (12-2), Renaz Wilson carried the ball 22 times for 89 yards and quarterback Mike Wilson completed 9 of 14 passes for 73 yards and ran in one TD.
LIVONIA 23, WEST FELICIANA 15: Livonia’s 15 second-quarter points and defensive stand lifted the Wildcats to a title-game berth.
“It will be exciting for all of us, coaches and players,” Livonia coach Guy Mistretta said. “I wish everyone could get to experience this.”
Malcolm Dedrick led Livonia (13-0) with a two total TDs and a two-point conversion run in the second-quarter. Dedrick finished with 154 yards and two TDs on 22 carries.
“The mission was not just to get there,” Dedrick said, “but to win it all. We want a ring.”
Livonia’s defense only allowed eight points after the game’s opening possession.
Deonte Bridgewater ran in Livonia’s other TD from 15 yards out. Desmond Wilson scored both of West Feliciana’s TDs after 48 yards on seven attempts. West Feliciana finishes at 11-3.
The Saints (10-3) struck early for a 7-0 lead, using quarterback Ryan Reed’s 46-yard connection with LSU commitment Jazz Ferguson to set up Desmond Wilson for a 5-yard touchdown run. But the Livonia defense buckled down, keeping West Feliciana scoreless for the next two quarters.
ACADIANA 9, ZACHARY 3: In Scott, if you’re Acadiana High, there’s nothing more secure than playing a football playoff game in Bill Dotson Stadium.
Acadiana kept its home postseason winning streak alive on Friday night as the Rams won their 21st straight at Bill Dotson, this time, paving the way to their sixth Class 5A championship appearance since 2005.
This time it was the Rams’ defense, which intercepted three passes — all in the fourth quarter — helping Acadiana to a Class 5A semifinal playoff victory over Zachary.
Acadiana’s Kevin Moore, Ronald Broussard and Da’narius Williams all had interceptions for the Rams, who limited Zachary to 73 yards passing and 13 completions.
The Rams (10-4), seeded 15th, will meet the winner of the West Monroe-Destrehan game. The win also marked the fourth time since 2010 that Acadiana eliminated a Zachary team in the state playoffs.
Zachary (12-2) was seeded No. 3. The Broncos ended the season winning 12 of the last 13 games.
Broncos head coach David Brewerton said he wasn’t surprised that both high-scoring offenses were dominated by the defenses.
“We expected Acadiana’s defense to be good. When you return nine off a team that won the state championship the previous year, they are going to be good,” Brewerton said.
He said he also was pleased with the Broncos’ defense which held the Rams to only one touchdown.
“Our guys gave a great effort. We held a great offensive team to their only touchdown on their first possession.
“I thought our defensive staff did a good job. We sold out on the inside dive (of Acadiana). That’s their bread-and-butter play. I thought we forced them to do a few things they did not want to do (offensively),” Brewerton said.
MANY 35, NORTHEAST 12: In Many, coach Jess Curtis was well aware of Northeast’s prowess on the defensive side of the ball.
But he was also aware of how many players they had playing both ways.
And Many took advantage of that.
The top-ranked Tigers (14-0) racked up 384 yards, all but 41 of it on the ground, as they dismissed the No. 5 Vikings in the Class 2A semifinals Friday night at MHS Tigers Stadium.
“We knew they had a great defense and great size to match us up front,” Curtis said. “But our mindset was to keep them on the field and just pound it at them. We got four quarters of their best football, but I think we wore them down.”
Next on the docket for the Tigers is a much-anticipated rematch against No. 2 Kinder, who dispatched of Sterlington in the other semifinal, setting up a rematch of last year’s title game, one which Kinder was victorious.
“Our mindset since last December was to get back to New Orleans and win it,” Curtis said. “We are back in the finals and now our goal is to win it.”
But it didn’t come easy for Many.
The Tigers had just one first down and 11 total yards if offense through the opening quarter, yet still owned a 7-6 advantage thanks to a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown by Xavier Dias.
Northeast was able to answer the defensive score with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Marqueon Minor to Dailon Traylor, but failed on the two-point conversion.
After an exchange of punts, Many put a little distance between it and Northeast with a 92-yard scoring drive, taking four minutes off the clock in the process.
A 41-yard pass from Dias to Isaiah Smith set up the Tigers in Northeast territory and James Carhee finished it off with a 19-yard scamper for the touchdown. Kentrell Maxie converted on the two-point attempt, giving Many a 15-6 lead, which would be the score at the break.
The Tigers began to put the nail in the proverbial coffin with their opening drive of the second half. Taking over seven minutes off the clock, Many got an 11-yard touchdown run by freshman A.J. Carter with 4:09 remaining in the third period, pushing the Tigers to a 21-6 lead.
Northeast was forced to punt on its next possession and Many pounded the ball down the field for another near 8-minute drive. Carhee finished off the drive with a 3-yard TD run.
Many added the two-point conversion by using some trickery as Carter caught a pass from Alan Warfield after a pitch from holder Tabarius Garner.
Northeast (10-3) answered quickly with a 55-yard TD pass from Minor to Jarman Bradford, cutting into the deficit.
But the Tigers got a late touchdown from Carter on a 54-yard gallop, sealing the win.
Northeast head coach David Masterson was very proud of his team despite the loss.
“Not too shabby, getting to the semifinals,” he said. “We knew Many’s strength was their offensive line and it showed tonight. But I am very proud of these young men.”
Carhee led the Tigers with 121 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, while Carter added 79 yards on five totes with two scores.
Maxie had 65 yards on 15 carries, while Kelvin Gosey finished with 48 yards on 11 carries.
Minor paced the Vikings with 99 yards passing and two touchdowns with two interceptions, while also rushing for 76 yards on 11 carries.