In one of the top matchups of Friday night’s playoffs, Brother Martin visits Catholic High in a Division I select football playoff game.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Brother Martin (9-2) is coming off a record-setting 63-21 win over Shaw in the first round, while Catholic (9-1) had a first-round bye.
While Brother Martin will be seeking its first state semifinal appearance since the late 1980s, the Crusaders had little trouble with Shaw last week, scoring a school-record 63 points.
“Brother Martin jumped out in front and accelerated from there,” Catholic coach Dale Weiner said. “This should be a big challenge for our team.”
Junior quarterback Jake Broggi leads the Crusaders after passing for 1,890 yards this season. Broggi, who passed for four touchdowns and connected on his first 13 passes last week, has completed 116 of 180 passes this season.
“Brother Martin was unstoppable on offense,” Weiner said. “That was a real solid victory for them.”
For the second straight season, Catholic is back in the quarterfinals after a bye. The Bears fell 27-13 to Catholic League foe Holy Cross a year ago.
“I think we learned a lot,” Catholic coach Dale Weiner said of that defeat. “I think how we structured the practices were different. There was a lot of game tempo last week. It was just very intense, and the practices were crisp. It was a totally different feel than last year’s practices.”
LSU commitment Derrius Guice put together a career-best year with 134 carries for 1,261 yards and 20 touchdowns. On Thursday, Guice was named one of 16 national finalists for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl’s U.S. Army Player Of The Year.
Bears junior quarterback Ian Brian has 1,492 yards passing and 21 touchdowns this season.
The winner plays the winner of Friday’s game between No. 1 John Curtis and No. 8 Evangel Christian.