Games at 7p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Brother Martin (7-0, 2-0) vs. Shaw (4-3, 0-2)
Place: Tad Gormley
Last week: Brother Martin beat Holy Cross 42-10; Shaw lost to Jesuit 49-14
Last year: Brother Martin won 28-21
The buzz: Crusaders, ranked No. 7 in 5A and No. 6 in the Large School Super 10, looking to improve to 3-0 in Catholic League play. A victory would keep Brother Martin at top of standings with Jesuit-Rummel winner. Crusaders led by Jared West, whose 1,071 yards is second in the New Orleans area. He and sophomore Bruce Jordan-Swilling have rushed for 13 touchdowns. Eagles led by junior running back Trey Ragas, who is third in the area in rushing with 1,057 yards. QB Matt Keller is closing in on 1,000 passing yards with 959 yards and 11 TDs.
West Jefferson (3-4, 2-0) at Chalmette (2-5, 1-1)
Last week: West Jefferson beat Higgins 16-13; Chlamette beat Cox 59-20
Last year: Chalmette won 30-27
The buzz: Buccaneers have found their groove, winning three straight after 0-4 start. Team is currently tied atop the District 8-5A standings with John Ehret. QB Coley Ransaw heads up the offense. Owls coming off a career-best game from running back Masen Mitchell, who went over 200 yards last week. Mitchell has rushed for 327 yards after moving from safety. Defensive lineman Jalin (56 tackles) wreaks havoc up front for the Owls.
John Ehret (6-1, 2-0) at Cox (1-6, 0-2)
Place: Hoss Memtsas
Last week: Ehret beat Bonnabel 55-12; Cox lost to Chalmette 59-20
Last year: John Ehret won 37-20
Patriots moved into the Large School Super 10 this week at No. 9 after yet another dominant defensive performance. Gave up just 95 yards last week (61 rushing, 34 passing) and recorded nine tackles for loss. Sophomore RB Byron James rushed for 254 yards and 2 TDs. Cox decimated by injuries on defense and will need a big game from versatile QB Dion Ray (1,313 passing yards, 406 rushing, 12 total TDs).
Higgins (2-5, 1-1) vs. Bonnabel (1-6, 0-2)
Place: Joe Yenni
Last week: Higgins lost to West Jefferson 16-13; Bonnabel lost to Ehret 55-12
Last year: Higgins won 35-26
Hurricanes were off to 2-0 start in district play before last week’s loss. Daniel White has thrown for 1,227 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Canes. Two of his main targets are Romalo Ford (416 yards, 4 TDs) and basketball standout Melvin Frazier (326 yards, 3 TDs). Semaj Franklin (490 rushing yards, 8 TDs) leads a Bruins team whose only win this season was a 21-14 Week 3 overtime win over East Jefferson.
East St. John (4-3, 3-1) at Thibodaux (6-1, 3-1)
Last week: East St. John lost to Hahnville 42-26. Thibodaux beat Terrebonne 40-7.
Last year: East St. John won 30-25.
The buzz: East St. John QB Xavier Lewis accounted for most of his team’s offense last week, rushing for 99 yards and passing for 153 yards and three touchdowns. Thibodaux dropped out of the Class 5A poll after one brief appearance. The Tigers are No. 8 in the unofficial power rankings. Thibodaux is hoping not just for a playoff spot, but a chance to host its first playoff game since 2009.
H.L. Bourgeois (1-6, 0-4) at Hahnville (4-3, 2-2)
Last week: H.L. Bourgeois lost to South Lafourche 35-14. Hahnville beat East St. John 42-26.
Last year: Hahnville won 48-6.
The buzz: Hahnville is ranked No. 8 in The Advocate’s Large Schools Super 10. Devonte Clark rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries last week. He also caught a touchdown pass. Bourgeois RB Ritney Coleman has 636 yards of total offense (343 rushing, 237 receiving, 56 passing) and has scored 11 touchdowns. The Braves have lost 34 consecutive district games, dating to the 2009 season.
South Lafourche (3-4, 3-1) at Destrehan (7-0, 4-0)
Last year: Destrehan won 49-24 but was later ordered to forfeit the victory.
Last week: Destrehan beat Central Lafourche 42-7. South Lafourche beat H.L. Bourgeois 35-14.
The buzz: Destrehan is ranked No. 2 in Class 5A and No. 2 in The Advocate’s Large Schools Super 10. RB Will Matthews rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns last week. South Lafourche QB Harvey Allen has passed for 756 yards and seven touchdowns and has rushed for 777 yards.
Covington (4-3, 3-1) at St. Paul’s (5-2, 3-1)
Last week: Covington beat Fontainebleau 27-21. St. Paul’s beat Northshore 55-14.
Last year: Covington won 38-7.
The buzz: This is the 56th meeting of these teams.
Ponchatoula (7-0, 4-0) at Fontainebleau (4-3, 2-2)
Last week: Ponchatoula beat Slidell 26-7. Fontainebleau lost to Covington 27-21.
Last year: Ponchatoula won 69-51
The buzz: Ponchatoula is ranked No. 3 in Class 5A. The Greenies rushed for 296 yards last week, while the defense held Slidell to 125 yards. QB Christian Campbell rushed for 201 of those yards and scored all three of his team’s touchdowns. Fontainebleau, meanwhile, passed for 216 yards. But the Bulldogs were held to three first downs and 53 yards in the first half.
Hammond (1-6, 0-4) at Northshore (2-5, 0-4)
Last week: Northshore lost to St. Paul’s 55-14. Hammond lost to Mandeville 45-3.
Last year: Hammond won 29-15.
The buzz: Both are looking for their first district win. The only district win for either of these teams the past two seasons was last year when they played each other. Hammond has won the last three. Hammond senior Brett Sylve ran for 88 yards on 17 carries and caught eight passes for 101 yards in last week’s loss. Northshore has lost its past 11 district games.
Mandeville (4-3, 3-1) at Slidell (4-3, 1-3)
Last week: Mandeville beat Hammond 45-3. Slidell lost to Ponchatoula 26-7.
Last year: Mandeville won 56-7
The buzz: Mandeville has won the past eight meetings of these teams. Kain Mitchell has rushed for 754 yards. Slidell managed only 125 yards against Ponchatoula. The Tigers did not cross midfield until the final five minutes of the game. They scored with 2:01 remaining.
Belle Chasse (4-3, 0-2) vs. Karr (3-3, 0-1)
Last week: Belle Chasse lost to Landry-Walker 34-6; Karr beat Grace King 38-7
Last year: Karr won 35-14
The buzz: Cardinals looking to avoid 0-3 start in rugged District 9-4A after back-to-back losses to Warren Easton and Landry-Walker. QB Andrew Hicks leads the area in rushing with 1,176 yards and 16 touchdowns. Karr counters with QB Aldon Clark, who has thrown for 1,059 yards and 9 TDs. DL Isaiah Washington, an LSU commitment, heads up the Cougars’ defense.
East Jefferson (4-3, 2-0) at Salmen (1-6, 1-1)
Last week: East Jefferson beat Pearl River 55-0-; Salmen lost to Franklinton 44-10
Last year: East Jefferson won 44-0.
The buzz: Warriors have allowed just 14 points over the past two weeks. Trevor Diggs, who recently took over at quarterback, rushed for three TDs and ran for another last week. Former QB Tracey Bright, now playing receiver, caught the TD pass. EJ is tied with Franklinton atop the standings. Spartans have only scored more than 18 points once, and that was in a 41-21 comeback victory over Lakeshore two weeks ago.
Lakeshore (3-4, 1-1) at Franklinton (6-1, 2-0)
Last week: Lakeshore beat Riverdale 45-42; Franklinton beat Salmen 44-10
Last year: Franklinton won 55-17
The buzz: Titans sprinted out to a 42-14 second-quarter lead last week and held on for a victory. David Ducre , an LSU commitment, had 119 yards and four touchdowns last week. Demons are ranked No. 7 in The Large School Super 10 and No. 6 in Class 4A.
Lusher (4-3, 0-1) at Curtis (5-1, 1-0)
Time, place: 7 p.m. Muss Bertolino
Last week: Curtis was idle. Lusher lost to McMain 20-13.
Last year: Curtis won 67-8
The buzz: Curtis is ranked No. 2 in the Class 3A state poll and No. 1 in The Advocate’s Small Schools Super 10. The Patriots past two games have been decided by six points or less. Lusher had a two-game winning streak broken by McMain in last week’s district opener. The Lions already have secured a playoff spot in Division II because of the 12-team bracket.
St. Charles (5-2, 1-1) vs. McMain (5-2, 1-1)?Place: Pan American
Last week: St. Charles beat DeLaSalle 28-21; McMain beat Lusher 20-13
Last year: St. Charles won 41-0.
The buzz: Comets are ranked No. 4 in Class 3A and No. 3 in Small School Super 10. Mustangs are ranked No. 9 in Super 10. Mustangs QB Darnell Williams has thrown for 1,431 yards and 15 TDs this season. Comets QB Austin Weber threw and ran for a touchdown last week in win over De La Salle.
So. Plaquemines (3-4, 3-1) at Riverside (7-0, 4-0)
Last year: South Plaquemines won 12-6.
Last week: South Plaquemines lost to St. James 20-12. Riverside beat Newman 55-14.
Last year: Riverside is ranked No. 2 in Class 2A and No. 2 in The Advocate’s Small Schools Super 10. Rebels QB Jordan Loving was 17 of 25 for 272 yards and four touchdowns last week. He is seventh in the state in passing with 1,300 yards 22 touchdowns. Wade Bartholomew scored both of his team’s touchdowns last week.
Sophie B. Wright (2-5, 1-3) at St. James (3-4, 2-2)
Last week: Sophie B. Wright lost to Carver 39-21. St. James beat South Plaquemines 20-12.
Last year: St. James won 43-0
The buzz: St. James QB Lowell Narcisse is second in the state in passing with 2,029 yards and 17 touchdowns. Sophie B. Wright’s Daijon Landry has caught 22 passes for 456 yards and six touchdowns.
Newman (6-1, 3-1) at Fisher (1-5, 1-3)
Last week: Newman lost to Riverside 55-14. Fisher beat Cohen 30-8.
Last year: Newman won 41-7
The buzz: Newman’s Kendall Bussey has rushed for 863 yards and 19 touchdowns. QB Miles Lapeyre is 77 of 106 for 1,142 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Northlake Christn (6-1, 2-1) at Hannan (1-6, 1-3)
Last week: Northlake lost to St. Thomas Aquinas 42-21; Hannan lost to St. Helana 41-6
Last year: Northlake Christian won 20-7
District battle between north shore rivals. Wolverines had won 17 consecutive regular-season games before last week’s loss. Miguel Black has been the go-to guy for the Wolverines, rushing for 1,049 yards and 13 TDs this season. Jonathan Ryan (208 rushing yards, 764 passing) leads Hannan, whose only win was 17-14 victory over Pope John Paul II. All the losses have been by double digits.
St. Martin’s (3-4, 2-2) at Ecole Classiq. (0-5, 0-5)
Last week: St. Martin’s beat Ridgewood 35-6; Ecole Classique lost to Crescent City 51-0
Last year: St. Martin’s won 33-7
St. Martin’s has won four of past five games after an 0-2 start. Defense has been solid, giving up 6 points or less in three games, including a pair of shutouts. QB Dez McGovern has thrown for 1,029 yards and 9 TDs while rushing for another 213 yards and 2 TDs. Jack Brown is one of his favorite targets. Brock Ruben has rushed for 246 yards for an Ecole offense that has had trouble scoring all season.
Country Day (6-1, 4-0) vs. Coven. Chrstn (5-2, 3-0)
Place: Nicholls State
Last week: Country Day beat Haynes 52-15; Covenant Christian beat Houma Christian 21-14
Last year: Country Day won 31-14
The buzz: This one likely decides winner of District 9-1A. Jase Griffin has 778 yards rushing yards and 16 TDs, but Cajuns more than just a running team. Morgan Farrell has thrown for 679 yards, most of them to Trey Harrell (484 receiving yards). Lions giving up just 9 points per game in last three weeks. Cajuns have given up just 57 points all season, best in the area.
Ascens. Catholic (6-1, 2-0) at West St. John (5-2, 2-0)
Last week: Ascension Catholic beat Ascension Christian 62-7. West St. John beat East Iberville 80-8.
Last year: West St. John won 54-33.
The buzz: West St. John has outscored its past three opponents 187-16. Last week these two teams combined for 142 points. Lamore Boudoin rushed for a 115 yards and two TDs on just three carries last week. Bradley Borne rushed for 77 yards and two TDs on four carries. Da’Jon Taylor had two interceptions, returning one for a 67-yard TD.
Ben Franklin (1-6) at Crescent City (1-5)
Time: 3:30 p.m. Pan American
Last week: Ben Franklin lost 39-12 to Lake Area; Crescent City beat Ecole Classique 51-0
Last year: Ben Franklin won 35-7
The buzz: Falcons have lost six straight since season-opening victory over Ridgewood Prep. Falcons have scored just 27 points during the losing streak, including four games scoring three points or less and are allowing 33.6 points. Pioneers got their first win of the season by blanking winless Ecole last week.
Varnado (3-4) vs. Haynes Academy (4-3)
Place: Jefferson Playground
Last week: Varnado beat Christian Life 42-22; Haynes Academy
Last year: Varnado won 28-14
The buzz: Yellow Jackets led on offense by Mailk Bailey, who has rushed for 456 yards and nine TDs this season. Defense has two shutouts and has given up just 27 points in its four victories. Wildcats looking for first back-to-back wins of the season.