Landry-Walker (10-2) at Mandeville (9-3)
Last week: Landry-Walker beat Byrd 47-41; Mandeville beat Scotlandville, 42-21
The buzz: Landry-Walker is the No. 13 seed. Mandeville is the No. 12 seed. Landry-Walker has extended its win streak to eight in a row and has scored 32 points or more seven times in that span. The Charging Buccaneers have advanced to the state quarterfinals every year since L.B. Landry and O. Perry Walker merged before the 2013 season. Mandeville has advanced to the quarterfinals four times in the past five years. The winner will face the winner of No. 9 Ehret and No. 17 Ponchatoula in the semifinals.
Parkway (11-1) at Destrehan (11-0)
Last week: Parkway beat Acadiana, 55-28; Destrehan beat Barbe 52-27
The buzz: Parkway is the No. 6 seed. Destrehan is the No. 3 seed. Parkway has won eight consecutive games and has scored 40 or more points six times in that span. The Panthers are seeking their first trip to the state semifinals since 2013, when Brandon Harris was their quarterback. Destrehan has scored 50 or more points three times in the past four games. The Wildcats are seeking their third consecutive trip to the state semifinals. The winner will face the winner of No. 2 Zachary and No. 7 Hahnville in the semifinals.
Hahnville (9-3) at Zachary (11-1)
Last week: Hahnville beat St. Amant 55-33; Zachary beat Dutchtown, 35-14
The buzz: Hahnville is the No. 7 seed. Zachary is the No. 2 seed. Hahnville is playing in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year under coach Nick Saltaformaggio. The Tigers have scored 40 or more points six times during their current seven-game win streak. Zachary has won eight in a row. The Broncos have reached the quarterfinals three consecutive years and aim to advance to the semifinals a second straight year. The winner will face the winner of No. 3 Destrehan and No. 6 Zachary in the semifinals.
Ponchatoula (9-3) at John Ehret (10-2)
Last week: Ponchatoula beat West Monroe, 28-21; Ehret beat Live Oak, 25-2
The buzz: Ponchatoula is the No. 17 seed. Ehret is the No. 9 seed. This marks the first time Ponchatoula has advanced to the state quarterfinals under coach Hank Tierney, who is in his fifth year at the school. Tierney is returning to “Hoss” Memtsas Stadium for the first time since 2007. He coached at Shaw and West Jefferson from 1997-2007. Ehret has won six games in a row and has allowed a combined 37 points in that span. The Patriots are in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2007. The winner will play the winner of No. 12 Mandeville and No. 13 Landry-Walker in the semifinals.
Warren Easton (11-1) vs. McDonogh 35 (10-2)
Last week: Easton beat Plaquemine 37-20; McDonogh 35 beat Benton 48-0
The buzz: Easton is the No. 5 seed. McDonogh 35 is the No. 13 seed. Easton beat McDonogh (35) 31-7 in a District 9-4A game Oct. 17. The Eagles have won 10 consecutive games. During that span, no opponent has scored more than 20 points. McDonogh 35’s 48-0 shutout of Benton marked the team’s third shutout of the season and the program’s first in the playoffs since 2006 in a 35-0 win against Scotlandville. The winner will play the winner of No. 1 Neville and No. 9 North DeSoto in the semifinals.
Franklinton (9-3) at Crowley (12-0)
Last week: Franklinton beat Minden 35-34; Crowley beat Livonia 41-35
The buzz: Franklinton is the No. 10 seed. Crowley is the No. 2 seed. Franklinton has advanced to the quarterfinals three consecutive years. The Demons seek to advance to the semifinals a second straight year. Crowley has scored 40 or more points four consecutive games, and 50 or more points twice in that span. The winner will face the winner of No. 14 Karr and No. 11 Bastrop in the semifinals.
Karr (7-4) at Bastrop (10-2)
Last week: Karr beat Cecilia 47-28; Bastrop beat Assumption 28-13
The buzz: Karr is the No. 14 seed. Bastrop is the No. 11 seed. Karr is the lowest seed left in the 4A bracket. The Cougars have advanced to the quarterfinals every year since 2009. Crowley has won six games in a row. During that span, the defense had held opponents to fewer than 7.0 points per game, including two shutouts. The winner will face the winner of No. 2 Crowley and No. 10 Franklinton in the semifinals.
Northwest (10-2) at St. James (9-3)
Last week: Northwest beat Marksville, 22-21; St. James beat Eunice, 30-19
The buzz: Northwest in the No. 7 seed. St. James is the No. 15 seed. Northwest’s 22-21 victory against Marksville gave the team its 10th win of the season, a school record. This is St. James’ second consecutive trip to the quarterfinals. The Wildcats are seeking their first trip to the semifinals since 2008. St. James has scored 30 or more points during its four-game win streak. The winner will face the winner of No. 11 Amite and No. 19 Bogalusa in the semifinals.
Mangham (8-4) at West St. John (5-7)
Last week: Mangham beat South Plaquemines 33-8; West St. John beat Many 34-30
The buzz: Mangham is the No. 8 seed. West St. John is the No. 17 seed. Mangham has held opponents to a combined eight points in two playoff wins after allowing 124 points over the final three games of the regular season. West St. John is the lowest seed left in the 2A bracket. The Rams are 9-0 at home in the postseason since 2011. The winner will face the winner of No. 5 Pickering and No. 4 Rayville in the semifinals.
Rummel (10-1) vs. John Curtis (8-2)
Last week: Rummel beat Jesuit 44-14; Curtis beat St. Paul’s 37-30
The buzz: Rummel is the No. 1 seed. Curtis is the No. 5 seed. Rummel has yet to lose against a Louisiana team this season. Rummel beat Curtis 21-14 in a District 9-5A game Oct. 31. The Raiders have won seven consecutive games and have allowed more than 14 points once in that span. Curtis is seeking its 36th appearance and 20th straight trip in a state championship game. Both are state records. The winner will face the winner of No. Evangel and No. 6 Catholic in the Division I state championship game.
Riverside (10-1) at St. Charles (10-2)
Last week: Riverside beat Newman, 38-15; St. Charles beat Madison Prep, 13-12
The buzz: Riverside is the No. 1 seed. St. Charles is the No. 5 seed. Riverside has won 10 consecutive games, including a 35-3 victory at St. Charles on Oct. 23. The Rebels are playing in the semifinals a second consecutive year. Riverside is seeking its fourth appearance in a state championship game. Riverside and St. Charles lost in the semifinals in 2014. St. Charles is seeking to return to the state championship game for the first time since 2011, when it won the Class 3A title. The winner will face the winner of No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas and No. 3 Notre Dame in the Division III state championship game.