The second week of high school football playoffs features two interesting local rematches and the return to action of high-seeded teams who drew byes in Catholic High, St. Michael the Archangel and University High.
Fourth-seeded Catholic (9-1) hosts No. 5 Brother Martin (9-2) in select Division I quarterfinal action at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium. Catholic has won six straight games. Brother Martin routed Shaw 63-21 Friday to snap a two-game losing skid.
“Brother Martin was unstoppable on offense,” Catholic coach Dale Weiner said. “That was a real solid victory for them.”
Led by senior running back Derrius Guice and his 28 touchdowns, Weiner said his CHS team has played at a high level this season.
“The bye was good for us,” Weiner said. “We had a great week of practice, and worked on getting fundamentally better. We were able to analyze our team.”
In select Division II, No. 1 University (10-0) hosts St. Louis, and No. 2 St. Michael (9-1) hosts No. 7 Parkview (7-3) at 7 p.m. Friday at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium.
“Parkview is a very storied and successful program,” St. Michael coach Paul Varnado said. “We know we’ll have to stop their triple option attack. Our defense has been playing very well. We were able to work on some fundamentals last week to get ready.”
Intriguing rematches include No. 3 Zachary (10-1) at No. 19 Denham Springs (7-4) in Class 5A, and No. 1 Plaquemine (10-1) at No. 17 Lutcher (7-4) in Class 4A.
Denham Springs defeated Woodlawn 34-7 to win its first playoff game in 25 years.
Denham led Zachary 14-6 at the half, but Zachary rallied for a 28-24 victory in the earlier District 4-5A battle.
“It was good to take that next step after making the playoffs seven years in a row,” Denham Springs coach Dru Nettles said. “It was a good victory for our school. It was one of our best defensive games of the season.”
Freshman running back Tyre Golmond leads Denham Springs with 1,237 rushing yards and 15 TDs. Zachary junior quarterback Lindsey Scott was injured in his team’s 53-27 win over Airline. Braylon Jones scored three TDs for the Broncos.
“It’ll take a great effort to beat Zachary,” Nettles said. “We’re excited about being at home. We’ll be ready.”
Plaquemine defeated Lutcher 28-14 in the first District 6-4A game. The game was tied at 14 at halftime.
“Plaquemine made plays in the second half,” Lutcher coach Tim Detillier said. “Both teams played hard. We’re healthier now and Friday was our best performance of the year. The kids were sharp.”
Lutcher defeated DeRidder 41-14 on the road. It was Detillier’s 252nd career win.
In Class 5A, No. 16 East Ascension (6-5) is at No. 1 C.E. Byrd (11-0), and No. 6 Thibodaux (10-1) is at No. 22 Scotlandville (8-3).
In Class 3A, No. 21 Donaldsonville (6-5) will host No. 5 West Feliciana (9-2), No. 14 Port Allen (7-4) is at No. 3 Amite, No. 16 Mansfield is at No. Livonia (10-0), and No. 10 Loranger (7-4) is at No. 7 Patterson (8-3). WFHS wide receiver/defensive back Jazz Ferguson and DHS wide receiver/defensive end Stephen Sullivan are both LSU football commitments.
In Class 2A, No. 13 Oakdale (6-5) is at No. 4 East Feliciana (7-3), No. 12 Pickering (8-3) is at No. 5 Northeast (8-2), and No. 7 Springfield (8-2) is at No. 23 South Plaquemines (5-6). In Class 1A, No. 8 White Castle (8-2) hosts No. 9 Elton (7-4), and No. 14 Varnado (5-6) is at No. 3 West St. John (8-2).
In select Division III, No. 10 Dunham (7-4), winners of six straight games, travels to No. 2 Calvary Baptist (9-1).
In select Division IV, No. 5 Southern Lab (6-5) travels to No. 13 Ascension Episcopal (8-3), and No. 9 Madison Prep (7-4) hosts No. 1 Vermilion Catholic (10-1) Friday at Glen Oaks High. Madison Prep defeated Ascension Catholic 36-18 for its first playoff victory in school history.