St. Augustine (4-4, 1-3) at Jesuit (7-2, 3-1), Tad Gormley
Last week: St. Aug beat Shaw 15-14; Jesuit beat Brother Martin 17-14
Last year: St. Augustine won 34-14 in regular season and 54-38 in playoffs
The buzz: Jesuit, ranked No. 4 in the Super 10 and No. 6 in Class 5A, can get a three-way share of the Catholic League title with a win and a Brother Martin win over Rummel. Purple Knights are led by QB Justice McCoy, who has throw for 1,942 yards and 13 TDs. Blue Jays counter with QB Trey Laforge (1,797 yards, 20 TDs) and a balanced offense led by RBs Chris Mills and Charles Jackson and WRs Kalija Lipscomb and TE Forster Moreau. It’s been the Blue Jays’ defense, led by Robert Lobrano (104 tackles) that has led the team the past two weeks.
Ehret (8-1, 4-0) at West Jefferson (4-5, 3-1), Hoss Memtsas
Last week: Ehret beat Higgins 57-12; West Jefferson beat Helen Cox 41-6
Last year: Ehret won 61-28
The buzz: John Ehret wins district championship for a second straight year with a win. Patriots defense has been rock solid all year, allowing just 10 point per game with three shutouts. QB Caron Baham leads the offense with 1,263 yards and 21 TDs. Ehret is ranked No. 9 in the Large School Super 10. Buccaneers have won four of its past five games after starting the season 0-4. Quarterback Coley Ransaw leads the Bucs.
Hahnville (6-3, 4-2) at South Lafourche (4-5, 3-3)
Last week: South Lafourche lost to Thibodaux 35-0; Hahnville beat Central Lafourche 38-13
Last year: Hahnville won 30-20
The buzz: Hahnville is No. 13 in the Class 5A power ratings. South Lafourche is at No. 29. The Tigers have won their last four games. Mike Neal, the Tigers’ season-starting quarterback, returned to action last week for the first time since breaking his collar bone against Landry-Walker. South Lafourche was held to 63 yards of total offense last week.
East St. John (5-4, 4-2) at Destrehan (9-0, 6-0)
Last week: Destrehan beat H.L. Bourgeois 44-20; East St. John beat Terrebonne 48-21
Last year: Destrehan won 38-14
The buzz: This is the 62nd meeting of these teams since 1946. Destrehan leads the series 32-29. East St. John has won four of the past five. Bourgeois’ 20 points were the most scored on Destrehan all season. Destrehan is ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 5A and No. 2 in The Advocate’s Large School’s Super 10. East St. John is at No. 16 in the Class 5A power ratings. Destrehan is the outright district champion with a win.
Mandeville (6-3, 5-1) at Covington (5-4, 4-2)
Last week: Covington beat Hammond 48-14; Mandeville beat Northshore 41-7
Last year: Mandeville won 28-14
The buzz: Mandeville is unranked in Class 5A but is No. 10 in The Advocate’s Large Schools Super 10. The Skippers were undefeated in October, winning all five games and allowing no more than seven points per game. Covington is at No. 20 in the power ratings.
St. Paul’s (6-3, 4-2) at Fontainebleau (4-5, 2-4)
Last week: St. Paul’s lost to Ponchatoula 52-16; Fontainebleau lost to Slidell 27-3
Last year: St. Paul’s won 56-27
The buzz: St. Paul’s had won eight of the last nine District 6-5A championships on the Northshore. The Wolves had not lost to Ponchatoula in 14 years. Fontainebleau was held to 92 yards last week. Their only points came from a 22-yard field goal by
Slidell (5-4, 2-4) at Northshore (3-6, 1-5)
Last week: Slidell beat Fontainebleau 27-3; Northshore lost to Mandeville 41-7
Last year: Slidell won 32-28
The buzz: Slidell amassed 340 yards of offense last week, 195 of that came from the running game. The defense held Fontainebleau to 92 yards, including 20 rushing yards on 18 carries. Northshore’s lone touchdown came from a 62-yard pass from Matt Benedict to K.J. Hopkins.
Karr (5-3, 2-1) at Warren Easton (8-1, 3-0) , Pan Am
Last week: Karr beat McDonogh 35 37-19; Warren Easton beat Landry-Walker 27-13
Last year: Karr won 47-26
The buzz: Easton is coming off one of biggest wins in recent history and is now looking to win the district title with a victory over perennial power Karr. QB Deshawn Capers-Smith has put up crazy numbers all year for the Eagles, including 2,657 passing yards and 32 TDs. Capers-Smith has plenty of weapons in Tyron Johnson, Clyde Chriss and Darrel Clark. The defense, led by Arthur McInnis and Kendall Franklin, is solid as well. The Cougars are led offensively by QB Aldon Clark ( 1,390 passing yards, 12 TDs) and RB Jurell Dunn (541 rushing yards). LSU commit Isaiah Washington leads the defense.
East Jefferson (5-4, 3-1) at Lakeshore (4-5, 2-2)
Last week: East Jefferson lost to Franklinton 35-19; Lakeshore beat Pearl River 49-13
Last year: East Jefferson won 48-0
The buzz: Defending Class 4A champ Warriors looking to bounce back after last week’s loss that pretty much gave Franklinton the district title. CB Deshawn Raymond, who committed to TCU last week, leads the Warriors on defense. Titans are sparked by RB David Ducre, who has committed to LSU.
Pearl River (0-9, 0-4) at Salmen (1-8, 1-3)
Last week: Pearl River lost to Lakeshore 49-13; Salmen lost 48-31 to Riverdale
Last year: Salmen won 53-13
The buzz: All of the Rebels’ losses have been by double digits. They had to forfeit their lone win on the field (against Pope John Paul II) because of an ineligible player. The Spartans enter the game No. 33 in the power rankings, just outside of the 32-team field, so a win could be huge.
Riverdale (5-4, 2-2) at Franklinton (8-1, 4-0)
Last week: Riverdale beat Salmen 48-31; Franklinton beat East Jefferson 35-19
Last year: Franklinton won 58-22
The buzz: Demons are ranked No. 7 in the Large School Super 10 and No. 6 in Class 4A. Riverdale led by speedster Donte Jackson and RB Darius Bovie. Bovie has rushed for 1365 yards and 13 TDs this season. The versatile Jackson, one of the state’s top recruits, has been chosen for the U.S. Army All-American Game in January. Renaz Wilson scored three touchdowns last week for the Demons.
De La Salle (6-3, 1-2) at Lusher (4-5, 0-3)
Last week: De La Salle lost 35-0 to John Curtis; Lusher lost 45-7 to St. Charles
Last year: De La Salle won 37-8
The buzz: Cavaliers are ranked No. 7 in the Small School Super 10 and10th in the LSWA Class 3A polls. Cole Lewis (1,092 rushing yards, 19 TDs) has carried the bulk of the load for the Cavaliers on the ground, while QB Victor Gaines has thrown for 836 yards and 7 TDs. Lusher is led by RB Joshua Barney, who is approaching the 1,000-yard mark with 987 yards this season.
Sophie B. Wright (2-7, 1-5) at Fisher (1-7, 1-5)
Last week: Sophie B. Wright lost to Riverside 49-6; Fisher lost to South Plaquemines 53-0
Last year: Fisher won 28-22.
The buzz: Fisher has been outscored 102-13 the past two weeks. The Gators have given up 50 or more points in five of their games. They’ve given up 60 or more in three. The Warriors lost starting QB Derek Robinson to an ankle injury last week, but backup Kevin Johnson stepped up. Johnson passed for 74 yards and ran for 33, including his team’s lone touchdown.
Newman (8-1, 5-1) at South Plaquemines (4-5, 4-2)
Last week: South Plaquemines beat Fisher 53-0; Newman beat Cohen 71-8
Last year: Newman won 48-0.
The buzz: Newman is ranked No. 7 in Class 2A and No. 4 in The Advocate’s Small Schools Super 10. The Greenies scored the second most points in school history last week. They scored 72 against Carver in 2012. South Plaquemines has scored more than 50 points in three of its games. The Hurricanes scored 60 against Sophie B. Wright.
Carver (3-5, 3-3) at Riverside
Last week: Carver lost to St. James 47-14; Riverside beat Sophie B. Wright 49-6
Last year: Riverside won 35-22
The buzz: Riverside is ranked No. 3 in Class 2A and No. 2 in The Advocate’s Small Schools Super 10. The Rebels are looking to close out their first undefeated regular season since 2000 when they went 14-1 and finished as Class 2A state runners-up. Carver is No. 20 in the power ratings; Sophie Wright is No. 35.
Cohen (0-9, 0-6) at St. James (5-4, 4-2)
Last week: Cohen lost to Newman 71-8; St. James beat Carver 47-14
Last year: St. James won 51-6
The buzz: Cohen looking to end season on a good note and avoid going winless for a third straight year. But it will be a tall task ahead against the Wildcats, ranked No. 6 in The New Orleans Advocate Small School Super 10. St. James has won three straight games. Wildcats led by dual threat quarterback Lowel Narcisse, who has thrown for 2,412 yards and 23 TDs this season.
Northlake Christian (7-2, 3-2) at Pope John Paul II (1-8, 0-5)
Last week: Northlake Christian lost to Pine 22-14; Pope John Paul II lost to Springfield 49-20
Last year: Northlake Christian won 41-3
The buzz: Wolverines RB Miguel Black is the area’s leading rusher with 1,426 yards and 18 TDs this season. Wolverines are ranked No. 10 in the Small School Super 10. Jags’ only win was a forfeit victory over Pearl River.
Covenant Christian (6-3, 4-1) at St. Martin’s (5-4, 3-2)
Last week: Covenant Christian defeated Ridgewood by forfeit; St. Martin’s beat Haynes Academy 27-13.
Last year: Covenant Christian won 54-22
The buzz: Covenant Christian won by forfeit last week because Ridgewood did not have enough healthy players to field a team. St. Martin’s QB Desmond McGovern was 21 of 35 for 287 yards and three touchdowns last week. McGovern also ran for 94 yards.
Crescent City (0-8, 0-5) at Ridgewood (1-7, 1-4)
Last week: Crescent City lost to Houma Christian 38-18; Ridgewood forfeited its game to Covenant Christian
Last year: Crescent City won 42-24.
The buzz: Ridgewood elected to forfeit last week’s game after a rash of injuries left the Eagles with only 14 healthy players. Center Scott Borstede suffered a season-ending ankle injury the previous week and QB Xavier Soto had an injured hand. Crescent City’s Osman Chavez and Micah Robertson rushed for 181 yards last week.
Houma Christian (5-4, 4-1) at Country Day (7-2, 5-0), 3 p.m.
Last week: Country Day lost to Central Catholic 34-21; Houma Christian beat Crescent City 38-18
Last year: Country Day won 44-14
The buzz: Houma Christian scored on the first play from scrimmage when Ja’Corie Ward recovered a fumble and returned it 40 yards for the TD. The Warriors led 38-0 at halftime. Country Day dropped from No. 7 to No. 10 following last week’s loss.
White Castle (7-2 3-1) at West St. John (7-2, 4-0)
Last week: West St. John beat St. John 30-6; White Castle lost to Ascension Catholic 34-20
Last year: West St. John won 57-22
The buzz: West St. John is ranked No. 5 in Class 1A and No. 5 in The Advocate’s Small Schools Super 10. The Rams are the outright district champions with a win. White Castle RB Dontrell Taylor scored on a 50-yard run in the first quarter and a 65-yard run in the second quarter last week. West St. John worked on its passing game last week. QB Jermoine Green was 16 of 28 for 123 yards.
Clark (2-7) at KIPP Renaissance (2-7), 3:30 p.m., Pan American
Last week: Clark beat Sci Academy 31-8; Kipp lost to Rain (Alabama) 41-6
Last year: KIPP won 32-0
The buzz: KIPP’s final game before mobbing into LHSAA district play in 2015. Clark looking to end season on a 2-game winning streak and surpass its in total from last season.
Grace King (4-5) at St. Charles (7-2)
Last week: Grace King beat Ben Franklin 50-21; St. Charles beat Lusher 45-7
Last year: St. Charles won 49-7
The buzz: Fighting Irish could finish at .500 in first season under coach Stuart Bott. Derrick Friloux leads Grace King’s rushing attack with 789 yards. St Charles, ranked No. 3 in the Super 10, is led by RB Erron Lewis. Comets are currently the No. 3 seed in the LHSAA power rankings for the Division II select playoffs.
Ben Franklin (2-7) at Haynes Academy (4-5), Joe Yenni
Last week: Ben Franklin lost to Grace King 50-21; Hayne Academy lost 27-13 to St. Martin’s
Last year: Ben Franklin won 20-6
The buzz: Falcons, who don’t compete for a district title, could close out season winning two of past three games with a victory. They also had a victory in the season opener. Yellow Jackets, who also don’t compete in a district, looking to end season on a high note as well and snap a three-game losing skid.
Miller-McCoy (4-5) at Lutcher (5-4)
Last week: Miller-McCoy beat Thomas Jefferson 20-19; Lutcher beat Belaire 43-16
Last year: Lutcher won 47-13
The buzz: Lutcher started the season 3-0 before losing three straight, then alternating two wins and a loss over the past three games. Miller-McCoy clinched district title last week and have assured itself a playoff berth for the second straight year. Miller-McCoy QB Melvin Johnson finished 8-of-18 for 106 yards and added 55 rushing yards last week.
Lake Area (2-4) vs. Landry-Walker (7-2), Behrman
Last week: Did not play; Landry-Walker lost to Warren Easton 27-13
Last year: Landry-Walker won 41-6
The buzz: Lake Area’s final game before moving into a district next season, likely District 9-4A. Charging Buccaneers are looking to bounce back after last week’s loss. QBs Keytaon Thompson and Li’Jon Cordier split duties for Landry-Walker, ranked No. 6 in Super 10 and also seeded sixth in the power rankings. Javon Connor and Tevin Bush lead Landry-Walker ground game.