All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Brother Martin (6-0) vs. Holy Cross (4-2), 7:30 p.m., Tad Gormley
Last week: Brother Martin beat St. Augustine 41-29; Holy Cross lost to Jesuit 56-14.
Last year: Holy Cross won 28-21.
The Buzz: The Crusaders, off to their best start since 2008, are ranked No. 8 in Class 5A and No. 6 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Super 10. RBs Jared West (895 yards, 11 TDs) and Bruce Jordan-Swilling (519 yards, 11 TD) lead the Crusaders on offense. The Tigers are led by junior RB Tre Turner (509 yards), who committed to Mississippi State on Monday and WR Michael Chigbu.
Ehret (5-1) vs. Bonnabel (1-5), Yenni
Last week: Ehret beat Chalmette 13-10; Bonnabel lost to West Jefferson 38-27.
Last year: Ehret won 48-0.
The Buzz: The Patriots looking to improve to 2-0 in District 8-5A. Patriots defense has played lights out, giving up just 151 yards per game and forcing 18 turnovers through six games. The Bruins, whose lone win was against East Jefferson, are looking to snap a three-game losing skid.
West Jefferson (2-4) vs. Higgins (2-4), Hoss Memtsas
Last week: West Jefferson beat Bonnabel 38-27; Higgins beat Helen Cox 27-20.
Last year: West Jefferson won 27-7.
The Buzz: The Buccaneers and Hurricanes are both on two-game winning streaks after starting the season 0-4. Winner of this one moves to 2-0 in 8-5A play. West Jeff QB Coley Ransaw has thrown for more than 1,000 yards this season.
Hahnville (3-3, 1-2) at East St. John (4-2, 3-0)
Last week: East St. John beat H.L. Bourgeois 49-28. Hahnville beat Terrebonne 59-35.
Last year: East St. John won 28-12.
The Buzz: Neither team is ranked in the Class 5A state poll, but both are listed in The Advocate’s Large Schools Super 10: East St. John is No. 9. and Hahnville No. 10. Changing their offense from the triple option to more of a spread, the Tigers amassed 519 yards to stop a two-game losing streak. Together, Nigel Anderson and Xavier Lewis rushed for 270 yards and four touchdowns for the Wildcats last week. East St. John has won three of the past four meetings.
Destrehan (6-0, 3-0) at Central Lafourche (3-3, 1-2)
Last week: Central Lafourche lost to South Lafourche 44-27. Destrehan beat Thibodaux 21-14.
Last year: Destrehan won 37-3.
The Buzz: Austin Dickerson’s interception at the 1-yard line as time expired preserved the Wildcats’ victory last week. Destrehan scored the go-ahead touchdown, a 19-yard run by Will Matthews, with 34 seconds remaining to break a 14-14 tie. Central Lafourche QB Austin Aucoin was 8 of 21 for 151 yards and three TDs last week.
Mandeville (3-3, 2-1) at Hammond (1-5, 0-3)
Last week: Hammond lost to Slidell 34-16. Mandeville beat St. Paul’s 14-7.
Last year: Mandeville won 19-6.
The Buzz: Mandeville RB Parker Orgeron scored both of the Skippers’ touchdowns last week, a 2-yard run and an 11-yard run. The Skippers finished with 191 yards rushing. The defense held Slidell to 134 yards of offense. Hammond allowed Slidell to rush for 422 yards.
Northshore (2-4, 3-0) at St. Paul’s (4-2, 2-1)
Last week: St. Paul’s lost to Mandeville 14-7; Northshore lost to Fontainebleau 48-13.
Last year: St. Paul’s won 20-17.
The Buzz: Northshore passed for 247 yards but was held to 41 yards on the ground. The Panthers were outscored 21-0 in the fourth quarter. St. Paul’s was held to 134 yards of total offense by Mandeville. The Wolves gained just 53 yards in the second half.
Ponchatoula (6-0, 3-0) at Slidell (4-2, 1-2)
Last week: Slidell beat Hammond 34-16. Ponchatoula beat Covington 59-28.
Last year: Ponchatoula won 33-14.
The Buzz: Ponchatoula is ranked No. 4 in Class 5A. Slidell is unranked. Ponchatoula RB Christian Campbell, a Georgia Tech commitment, rushed for 181 yards and three TDs on 13 carries last week. Slidell’s Kain Mitchell rushed for 201 yards and two TDs. Kyron Smith added 180 yards and three TDs on 15 carries. The Tigers finished with 422 yards rushing.
Covington (3-3, 2-1) at Fontainebleau (4-2, 2-1)
Last week: Covington lost to Ponchatoula 59-28; Fontainebleau beat Northshore 48-13.
Last year: Covington won 27-0.
The Buzz: Neither team is ranked. Fontainebleau amassed 499 yards on offense last week. Hunter Bastion had eight catches for 112 yards and one TD and rushed two times for 59 yards and another score. Covington rushed for 274 yards. Devin Brumfield scored a pair of TDs for the Lions.
Belle Chasse (4-2) at Landry-Walker (5-1), Behrman
Last week: Belle Chasse lost to Warren Easton 38-17; Landry-Walker beat Karr 27-7.
Last year: Landry-Walker won 38-36.
The Buzz: Landry-Walker, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A and No. 4 in The Advocate’s Super 10, is coming off a dominating performance against Algiers rival Karr. QB combo of Keytaon Thompson and Li’Jon Cordier makes the Charging Bucs offense click. The Cardinals counter with a run-heavy attack led by QB Andrew Hicks, whose 1,159 yards lead all local rushers. It’s the second of a rugged three-game slate for Belle Chasse, which plays Karr next.
Salmen (1-5) at Franklinton (5-1)
Last week: Salmen beat Lakeshore 41-21; Franklinton beat Pearl River 62-0.
Last year: Franklinton won 27-6.
The Buzz: Franklinton is ranked No. 6 in 4A and No. 7 in The Advocate’s Large School Super 10. Winner of this one goes to 2-0 in District 8-4A. Spartans bounced back last week from a 21-7 third-quarter deficit to win its first game of the season. Demons’ only loss this season came against Class 5A Brother Martin. They have shut out two of their last three opponents.
St. Charles (4-2) at De La Salle (5-1), Pan Am
Last week: St. Charles lost to John Curtis 27-21; De La Salle beat McMain 35-7.
Last year: St. Charles won 30-2 in regular season and 38-6 in the playoffs.
The Buzz: St. Charles ranked No. 4 in 3A and No. 4 in Small School Super 10. De La Salle ranked No. 10 in 3A and 7 in Small School Super 10. It’s a Lewis vs. Lewis encounter as Cole Lewis has rushed for 841 yards and 15 TDs to lead the Cavaliers, while the Comets counter with RB Erron Lewis.
Riverside (6-0) at Newman (6-0)
Last week: Riverside beat Fisher 64-0; Newman beat St. James 31-30.
Last year: Riverside won 35-28.
The Buzz: Highly anticipated District 8-2A showdown between highly ranked unbeatens. Riverside is ranked third in 2A and No. 3 in The Advocate’s Small School Super 10. Greenies are ranked sixth in 2A and No. 2 in Super 10. Newman offense is centered around RB Kendall Bussey, a Nebraska commit who has rushed for 782 yards and scored 21 TDs. QB Miles Lapeyre is coming off a career game and has thrown for 926 yards. Rebels counter with freshman QB Jordan Loving, who has thrown for 1,024 yards and 18 TDs.
St. James (2-4) at South Plaquemines (2-4)
Last week: St. James lost to Newman 31-30; South Plaquemines beat Carver 30-14.
Last year: St. James won 35-0.
The Buzz: Wildcats QB Lowell Narcisse is one of area’s biggest dual-threat QBs. Narcisse has thrown for 1679 yards (15 TDs) and rushed for 740 yards (seven TDs). Hurricanes have won two of last three after an 0-3 start.
Carver (2-4) vs. Sophie B. Wright (3-3), 7:30 p.m., Muss Bertolino
Last week: Carver lost to South Plaquemines 30-14; Sophie B. Wright beat Cohen 59-14.
Last year: Carver won 50-26.
The Buzz: Rams quarterback Quinton Matthews has thrown for 958 yards and eight TDs this season on a team with no senior class. Warriors get tough games against St. James and Riverside next.
Hannan (1-5, 1-2) at Springfield (4-1, 1-1)
Last week: Springfield was idle; Hannan lost to St. Thomas Aquinas 47-27.
Last year: Hannan won 45-21.
The Buzz: This is only the second meeting between these two schools. Hannan gave up 22 points in the fourth quarter to St. Thomas Aquinas. Daniel Hollander has 28 receptions for 291 yards for the Hawks. Springfield senior Josh Taylor has rushed for 867 yards and seven TDs. He has gained at least 134 yards in all five games.
St. Thomas Aquinas (5-1, 3-0) at Northlake Christian (6-0, 2-0)
Last week: Northlake Christian beat St. Helena Central 31-14; St. Thomas Aquinas beat Hannan 47-27.
Last year: Northlake Christian won 14-13.
The Buzz: Northlake Christian is ranked No. 7 in Class 2A and No. 5 in The Advocate’s Small Schools Super 10. St. Thomas Aquinas is ranked No. 9 in Class 2A. Miguel Black rushed for 158 yards and a pair of TDs for the Wolverines last week. NLC has won 17 regular season games in a row. STA scored 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter last week.
Pope John Paul II (1-5, 0-3) at St. Helena Central (0-6, 0-2)
Last week: St. Helena Central lost to Northlake Christian 31-14. Pope John Paul II lost to Pine 26-3.
Last year: Pope John Paul II won 24-14.
The Buzz: Pope John Paul II could not stop Florida commitment Derrick Dillon of Pine last week. Dillon ran for two touchdowns and passed for another. The Jaguars have won the last five meetings between these teams.
Crescent City (0-5) at Ecole Classique (0-4)
Last week: Crescent City lost to Covenant Christian 49-7; Ecole Classique lost to Ridgewood 40-21.
Last year: Crescent City won 40-6.
The Buzz: Winner of this one climbs out of 9-1A cellar. Both teams have struggled scoring this season. Crescent City has scored just 21 points and Ecole Classique just 39.
East Iberville (0-6, 0-1) at West St. John (4-2, 1-0)
Last week: West St. John beat Ascension Christian 60-0. East Iberville
Last year: West St. John won 48-0.
The Buzz: West St. John has outscored its last two opponents 107-8. The Rams’ Lamore Boudoin rushed for 110 yards on only three carries last week. Bradley Borne rushed seven times for 120 yards. West St. John rushed for 263 yards while QBs Jermoine Green and Juwan Boudoin passed for 220 yards.
Haynes (4-2) at Country Day (5-1), 4 p.m.
Last week: Haynes beat Houma Christian 28-7; Country Day beat St. Martin’s 45-13.
Last year: Country Day won 41-10.
The Buzz: The Cajuns are ranked No. 6 in Class 1A and No. 8 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Small School Super 10. The Yellow Jackets have given up just 27 total points in their four wins, including two shutouts. The Cajuns defense is just as stout, giving up just seven points per game. WR Trey Harrell coming off monster game when he had 265 receiving yards.