Belaire vs. Tara
7 p.m. at Olympia Stadium
RECORDS: Beaire 2-3; Tara 2-3
LAST WEEK: Belaire beat East Iberville 56-0; Tara lost to Madison Prep 36-0
PLAYERS TO WATCH: BELAIRE: RB Fred Ramsey, DB Pertrell Palmer, QB Tyler Woods, DE Alex Brown; TARA: RB Michael Washington, WR James Gray, DB Isaiah Pointer.
NOTEWORTHY: District 6-4A opener for both. ... Belaire snapped a three-game losing streak with its win over East Iberville. ... BHS QB Woods is a three-year starter. ... Tara has alternated wins and losses each week during the season. ... THS won 24-6 last season.
Denham Springs at Central
7 p.m. at Central High Stadium
RECORDS: Denham Springs 3-2, 2-0 in District 4-5A; Central 2-3, 0-1
LAST WEEK: Denham Springs beat Broadmoor 35-12; Central lost to Scotlandville 22-10
PLAYERS TO WATCH: DENHAM SPRINGS: DB Zach Stuart, Db Elton Knight, OL Ross Olinde, WR Kyandre Brooks; CENTRAL: WR Daelon Richardson, WR James Schoppe, DE Kaleb Moore, CB Jeremiah Ward.
NOTEWORTHY: One of the area’s longest running rivalries. ... Central posted a 40-6 victory a year ago. ... DSHS’ freshman RB Tyre Golmond has rushed for 550 yards and 7 TDs and has three 100-yard rushing games. ... Central has lost three straight since a 2-0 start.
Dutchtown at Woodlawn
7 p.m. at Woodlawn High
RECORDS: Dutchtown 2-3; Woodlawn 4-1
LAST WEEK: Dutchtown lost to Rummel 37-6; Woodlawn beat Assumption 51-0
PLAYERS TO WATCH: DUTCHTOWN: DB Coney Durr, QB Brandt Fritsche, WR Jonathan Hodnoh; WOODLAWN: RB Ashton Johnson, WR Dominique Jackson, LB Andre Dixon.
NOTEWORTHY: DHS coach Benny Saia was head coach at Woodlawn before helping Dutchtown start its program. ... Fritsche, who has 593 passing yards through five games, connected with Hodnoh on some big plays last week. ... Charles Brooks has 789 passing yards and 404 rushing yards to help pace Woodlawn going into this 5-5A opener. ... Dutchtown won 49-23 in 2013.
East Ascension at McKinley
7 p.m. at McKinley High
RECORDS: East Ascension 3-2; McKinley 3-2
LAST WEEK: East Ascension beat Lutcher 48-21; McKinley lost to Landry-Walker 21-20
PLAYERS TO WATCH: EAST ASCENSION: QB Kyran Irvin, LB Josh Dennis; MCKINLEY: QB Christian Smith, WR Dalon Coleman, DL Darren Jackson, DB Montrell Harris.
NOTEWORTHY: EAHS has won three straight going into this 5-5A opener. ... McKinley’s 2013 season ended with a playoff loss to the Spartans. ... EAHS won 41-28 in the regular season. ... Kyran Irvin has 861 passing yards for the Spartans. ... Larry Moore has 426 rushing yards and 4 TDs to help lead the McKinley offense.
Lutcher vs. St. Michael
7 p.m. at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium
RECORDS: Lutcher 3-2; St. Michael 5-0
LAST WEEK: Lutcher lost to East Ascension 48-21; St. Michael beat Jewel Sumner 18-7
PLAYERS TO WATCH: LUTCHER: WR Gavin Englade, WR Destin Porter, DL Sully Laiche, LB Ricky Ross; ST. MICHAEL: QB Jeffrey Vaccaro, LB Jordan Dudley, RB Matthew Butler, DL Christian Nguyen.
NOTEWORTHY: A District 6-4A opener. ... Lutcher QB Jontre Kirklin has 1,117 passing yards through five games. ... St. Michael’s Matthew Butler has 443 rushing yards. ... Lutcher shut out the Warriors 42-0 a year ago.
Plaquemine at Zachary
7 p.m. at ZHS’ Bronco Stadium
RECORDS: Plaquemine 5-0; Zachary 4-1
LAST WEEK: Plaquemine beat Southern Lab 27-20 in OT; Zachary beat Live Oak 39-21
PLAYERS TO WATCH: PLAQUEMINE: LB Jalen, OL/DL Kevin Dotson, DL/RB Steve Conerly; ZACHARY: RB Terry Sullivan, WR Shyron White, LB Tywan Beardon, LB Timmy Carr.
NOTEWORTHY: Nondistrict game for No. 5 Plaquemine of Class 4A and 5A Zachary of District 4-5A. ... The Broncos beat Plaquemine 34-21 a year ago. ... The Green Devils’ D’Morea Wicks returned from an injury last week and now has 487 yards rushing. ... QB Lindsey Scott Jr. has 934 passing yards and 413 rushing yards for Zachary.
St. Amant at Catholic
7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium
RECORDS: St. Amant 3-2; Catholic 4-1
LAST WEEK: St. Amant lost to John Ehret 19-17; Catholic beat Salmen 42-14
PLAYERS TO WATCH: ST. AMANT: OLB Desmond Allen, CB Christian Schmitt, OL Wyatt Walker, WR/PK Briggs Bourgeois; CATHOLIC: RB Derrius Guice, PK Jack Gonsoulin, LB Uriah Alexander.
NOTEWORTHY: Another District 5-5A opener. ... St. Amant upended the Bears, now ranked fifth in 5A, 41-14 last season. ... LSU commitment Derrius Guice has 571 rushing yards and 326 receiving yards for Catholic. ... St. Amant QB Tyler Dixon ranks among the state leaders with 1,255 yards and 10 TDs.
Walker at Scotlandville
7 p.m. at Scotlandville High
RECORDS: Walker 0-5, 0-1 in District 4-5A; Scotlandville 3-2, 1-1
LAST WEEK: Walker lost to Loranger 45-20; Scotlandville beat Central 22-10
PL AYERS TO WATCH: WALKER: QB Terry Bozeman, DL Brett Ross, DB Ladrian Talbert, OL Martin Brooks; SCOTLANDVILLE: RB Delmas Holmes, DL DeAndre Williams, LB Caleb Carter, DB Tyrell Henderson.
NOTEWORTHY: Walker’s Terry Bozeman ranks second among state passers with 1,474 yards and 17 TDs. ... Scotlandville beat the Wildcats 61-14 when the two 4-5A teams met in 2013. ... Holmes ran for 194 yards in their win over Central last week.