Zachary and Plaquemine have two of the most explosive offenses among local-area teams still remaining in the high school football playoffs.
The two schools have combined for 12 games of 40 or more points with Zachary reaching that mark seven times.
Denham Springs and Lutcher proved they could hold these two teams below their scoring averages in previous competitive losses. Zachary rallied for a 28-24 victory over Denham in a game that decided the District 4-5A title. Plaquemine defeated Lutcher 28-14 on the way to the District 6-4A title.
The two rematches highlight Friday’s nonselect regional playoff action.
No. 19 Denham Springs (7-4) entertains No. 3 Zachary (10-1) in Class 5A. Top-seeded Plaquemine (10-1) travels to No. 17 Lutcher (7-4) in Class 4A.
Zachary coach David Brewerton said the availability of junior quarterback Lindsey Scott will be a game-time decision. Scott, the Broncos’ leading rusher and passer, suffered a high ankle sprain in the first quarter of last week’s 53-27 win over Airline.
“Lindsey has been rehabbing all week,” Brewerton said. “Shyron White, our starting receiver, stepped in last week and did a good job at QB. We feel good with him in there as well.”
Brewerton said his team prepared for the expected crowd noise at Denham, which won its first football playoff game last week in 25 years.
“This is a great matchup for a second-round playoff game,” Brewerton said. “It should be a lot of fun.
“I think our guys possibly took Denham Springs a little light the last time we played. We had a much more focused week of practice this time.”
Freshman running back Tyre Golmond leads DSHS with 1,237 rushing yards and 15 TDs.
“(Golmond) is a tremendous runner and can go to the house on any play,” Brewerton said. “He reads his blockers very well up front.”
Lutcher and Plaquemine were tied at 14 at halftime in the first meeting.
“Plaquemine made plays in the second half,” Lutcher coach Tim Detillier said. “Plaquemine has a huge offensive line and was the best team in our district this season. The bad news is one of us will be eliminated.”
No. 6 Thibodaux (10-1) plays at No. 22 Scotlandville (8-3) in Class 5A.
In Class 3A, No. 16 Mansfield (6-5) is at No. 1 Livonia (10-0), No. 5 West Feliciana (9-2) is at No. 21 Donaldsonville (6-5), No. 14 Port Allen (7-4) is at No. 3 Amite (9-2) and No. 10 Loranger (7-4) is at No. 7 Patterson (8-3).
WFHS coach Robb Odom said Donaldsonville is a fast and athletic team.
“They’re a good running and passing team,” Odom said. “We know we’ll need to play well to win. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”
In Class 2A, No. 12 Pickering (8-3) is at No. 5 Northeast (8-2), No. 13 Oakdale (6-5) is at No. 4 East Feliciana (7-3) and No. 23 South Plaquemines (5-6) is at No. 7 Springfield (8-2).
Northeast senior running back Darryl Adams is expected to make his return from leg injury.
East Feliciana has scored 30 or more points in six of its past seven games.
“We’re finally coming together as a team,” EFHS coach Cedric Anderson said. “A lot of kids are stepping up and making plays. We’ll have our hands full with Oakdale.”
Quarterback Kavon Moore and offensive linemen Darius Davis and Tra’vontae Booker lead the EFHS offense.
In Class 1A, No. 9 Elton (7-4) is at No. 8 White Castle (8-3) and No. 14 Varnado (5-6) is at No. 3 West St. John (8-2).
“I like how much we improved throughout the season,” said White Castle coach Lamar Thomas. “We’re a very young team but a confident group.”
WCHS running back Dontrell Taylor has rushed for over 1,600 yards.
“Elton is a spread offense team with a good running back,” Thomas said. “We’ll need to cover the whole field. Keeping turnovers to a minimum is another key.”