at Denham Springs
7 p.m. at Denham Springs High
LAST WEEK: Broadmoor lost to Woodlawn, 14-0; Denham Springs beat West Feliciana 31-7.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: BROADMOOR: QB Joshua Rogers, RB Devante Thomas, LB-TE Brian Cook, DE-TE David Collins; DENHAM SPRINGS: OL Austin Loup, WR Brian Garrett, WR Dron Singleton, DB Reggie Williams, DB Justin Turner, DT Cody Diblascio.
NOTEWORTHY: Denham Springs won, 37-8, last season when the teams played a season opener. ? RBs Anthoney Bracey and Justin Martin combined for five TDs last week for Class 5A DSHS. ? Rogers will return from an injury suffered in last week’s jamboree to lead 4A Broadmoor. ? The game will be broadcast on radio on WSKR-AM, 1210.
Brusly at Plaquemine
7 p.m. at Canova Stadium
LAST WEEK: Brusly lost to University, 7-0; Plaquemine beat White Castle, 33-14.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: BRUSLY: QB Jay Christophe, C Ben Crockett, WB Dimario Jackson, LB Brendon Alexander, DE Jared Lee; PLAQUEMINE: QB Hakeem Deggs, RB Myron Jack, DE Davon Godchaux, DB LaRen Phillips.
NOTEWORTHY: Westside rivals open the season with a nondistrict game. ? Brusly coach Erik Willis is a former Plaquemine player and St. John-Plaquemine coach. ? Christophe led Class 3A Brusly to two goal-line scoring chances last week. ? Bob Howell begins his third year as head coach at Plaquemine with a lineup that includes 13 returning starters.
at St. Amant
7 p.m. at The Pit, St. Amant Middle School
LAST WEEK: Warren Easton lost to Mandeville, 13-12; St. Amant beat Dutchtown, 8-7, and tied Donaldsonville, 0-0.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: WARREN EASTON: RB Patrick Hill, RB Cornell Stewart, LB Ricardo Francis; ST. AMANT: QB Tyler Guillory, WR Ryan Cardinale, FB Grady Miles, LB Brandon Rogers, LB Brandon Brown, FS Jacob Morales.
NOTEWORTHY: Nondistrict opener against a New Orleans opponent for Class 5A SAHS. ? QB Guillory returns to the Gators this year after sitting out last season. ? Guillory’s two-point conversion pass to Tylor Gonzales gave St. Amant an 8-7 win over Ascension Parish rival Dutchtown last week. ? Hill and Stewart lead the Easton rushing attack.
Istrouma vs. Central
7 p.m. at Central Middle School
LAST WEEK: Istrouma beat Capitol, 22-0; Central beat East Feliciana, 7-2.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: ISTROUMA: RB Ron Clark, SS Javaris Washington, DE Thomas Singleton, WR-FS Trei Gibson; CENTRAL: QB Brett Courville, WR Gary Triplett, DB Logan Metcalfe, WR Hunter Cazes.
NOTEWORTHY: Another game that matches a local 4A team, Istrouma, against a 5A team, Central. ? Game is the regular-season debut for Istrouma coach Johnny Felders, a former St. Helena Central and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. ? Clark ran for 117 yards last week for Istrouma. Triplett caught a 73-yard TD pass for Central. ? The game will be broadcast on radio on WPFC-AM, 1550.
Live Oak at Livonia
7 p.m. at Livonia High
LAST WEEK: Live Oak lost to Port Allen, 27-7; Livonia beat Pointe Coupee Central, 29-8.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: LIVE OAK: QB Cole Leblanc, WR Beau Forest, OT Clay Landry, DT Chris Templeton, CB Ricky Fuller; LIVONIA: QB Mason Torres, RB-LB Mark Lewis, LB Russell Farris, CB-WR Darius Hammond.
NOTEWORTHY: A nondistrict game for Class 5A LOHS and 3A Livonia. ? Lewis is a dual threat on offense and defense and has already received scholarship offers from Memphis and Southern Illinois. ? Leblanc is a first-year starter who transferred from Central.
Lutcher at Dutchtown
7 p.m. at Dutchtown High
LAST WEEK: Lutcher lost to Destrehan, 14-6; Dutchtown lost to St. Amant, 8-7, and beat East Ascension, 7-0.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: LUTCHER: LB Blake Roussel, LB Londrez Johnson, DB Troy Favorite, RB Daniel Taylor, OL Eric Taylor; DUTCHTOWN: LB-RB Landon Collins, DL Davis Elias, LB Alex Thibodeaux, WR Shelby Christy, OL Jared Spriggs.
NOTEWORTHY: Dutchtown beat Lutcher last year. ? DHS is ranked third in Class 5A, while Lutcher is rated fourth among Class 4A schools. ? Nickens tossed a 33-yard TD pass to Christy last week in the Griffins’ jamboree loss to St. Amant. ? Taylor is Lutcher’s all-time leading scorer and begins his fifth season as a starter for the Bulldogs.
St. Michael at Walker
7 p.m. at Walker High
LAST WEEK: St. Michael lost to St. John, 16-12; Walker beat Pine, 28-6.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: ST. MICHAEL: QB Dash Duncan, WR Sonny Adams, DL Stephen Scardina, DB Brandon Davenport; WALKER: RB Carlton Perkins, RB Shaun Lowe, LB Jacob Thurman, LB Kyron Scott, LB Jimmy LeBlanc.
NOTEWORTHY: Class 5A Walker hosts 4A St. Michael in what will be the regular-season debut for first-year coach Dwayne Severio. ? Duncan passed for more than 3,000 yards for St. Michael a year ago as a first-year starter. ? Walker’s Perkins was a 1,000-yard rusher.
7 p.m. at Redemptorist
LAST WEEK: Scotlandville beat Southern Lab, 38-6; Redemptorist lost to Catholic, 22-15.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: SCOTLANDVILLE: QB Kimani Smith, RB Kandre Domino, C Jeremy Wade, LB Henry Taylor, OT Blaine Poydras; REDEMPTORIST: WR Donald Gage, QB Josh Courtney, DT Bronson Pete, DB Avery English, DE Bryce Robertson.
NOTEWORTHY: Class 5A Scotlandville comes to 2A Redemptorist in a nondistrict season opener that is the regular-season debut for RHS coach Aaron Vice. ? Smith tossed a 69-yard TD pass to Larry Clark for Scotlandville. ? English returned an interception for a TD last week for Redemptorist.
Tara at East Ascension
7 p.m. at Gonzales Primary School
LAST WEEK: Tara beat McKinley, 7-0; East Ascension tied Donaldsonville, 14-14; lost to Dutchtown, 7-0.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: TARA: QB John Washington, WR Aaron Wright, RB Josh Blanks, DB Jared Bryant; EAST ASCENSION: QB Adam Miller, RB Sione Palelei, DE Tex Templet, DT David Garcia.
NOTEWORTHY: Class 4A Tara travels to Gonzales to take on 5A EAHS in nondistrict action. ? The game is the regular-season debut of EAHS coach Paul Bourgeois, previously the head coach at Sulphur. ? Washington threw a 21-yard TD pass to Wright last week. ? Miller had a 47-yard TD pass to Palelei last week.
Woodlawn at Lafayette
7 p.m. at Lafayette High
LAST WEEK: Woodlawn beat Broadmoor, 14-0; Lafayette lost to Teurlings Catholic, 16-10.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: WOODLAWN: QB Kendall Barnes, RB Emmanuel Stewart, TE DeAndre Cosby, DB Devante Davis, DB Daven Woodard; LAFAYETTE: RB Ray Thompson, DB Devin Benjamin, DL Jarvis Mason.
NOTEWORTHY: The game marks the return of WHS coach Don Jones to the Lafayette area. ? Jones was an assistant coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and head coach at Crowley. ? The game is also the regular-season debut for LHS coach Jay Domengeaux. ? Barnes passed for 45 yards last week and Stewart had 29 rushing yards for Woodlawn. ? Thompson and Benjamin are among five returning starters in Lafayette’s new veer attack.
Zachary vs. Catholic
7 p.m. at Olympia Stadium
LAST WEEK: Zachary beat Baker, 21-0; Catholic beat Redemptorist, 22-15.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: ZACHARY: QB Mason Pace, WR Aaron Simon, RB Ron Pennington, WR David Deloach, LB Brant Hernandez; CATHOLIC: QB Ben Braymer, RB Khalil Thomas, LB John Morgan Morain, S Chris Morgan.
NOTEWORTHY: Game is a rematch of the 2010 regular-season finale won by Zachary, 41-27. ? Simon, who missed all last season with an injury, had 68 yards receiving last week for Zachary. ? ZHS coach Neil Weiner is a former Catholic player and the son of Catholic coach Dale Weiner. ? ZHS defensive coordinator Gerry Garidel was a long time assistant at Catholic. ? Thomas had an 84-yard TD run for Catholic last week. ? The game will be broadcast on WNXX?FM, 104.5.