PONCHATOULA — Ponchatoula pulled the upset.
On Friday night, the 17th-seeded Green Wave withstood a wild rally by West Monroe, then took advantage of a fourth-quarter fumble to notch the game-winning touchdown in a 28-21 upset of the top-seeded and previously undefeated Rebels.
West Monroe (11-1) trailed 21-0 at halftime but scored three second-half touchdowns to tie the score.
But the Green Wave (9-3) recovered a West Monroe fumble at the Rebels’ 43-yard line, then pulled ahead on Juan Gross’ 1-yard run with 1:28 to play.
West Monroe had tied the score with 7:42 remaining in regulation on a DeMichael Shelbon touchdown run.
Ponchatoula quarterback Jeb Kraft threw for 128 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 94 yards.
The Green Wave will face No. 9 John Ehret in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
LUTCHER 44, WOSSMAN 6: In Monroe, Al’dontre Davis scored four touchdowns and Jontre Kirklin threw for 151 yards as top-seeded Lutcher breezed to a victory over 16th-seeded Wossman in the regional round of the Class 3A playoffs.
Davis scored on three touchdown receptions, and his 91-yard kickoff return put the Bulldogs ahead 28-6 in the second quarter. He finished with 77 receiving yards.
Kirklin completed 16 of 23 passes and added 56 rushing yards for Lutcher (11-1), which will face No. 9 Kaplan (9-3) in the quarterfinal round.
The Bulldogs led 44-6 at halftime, and neither team scored after halftime.
AMITE 45, NORTH WEBSTER 42: In Springhill, Cameron Henderson caught a touchdown pass from Elijah Walker with 40 seconds remaining, and the 11th-seeded Warriors survived a thriller in the Class 3A playoffs.
Wide receiver Devonta Smith caught eight passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns, and Walker threw for six scores in another playoff meeting between these teams.
Amite eliminated North Webster 27-13 in the semifinals last season.
The Warriors (7-5) will face No. 19 Bogalusa (7-5) in the 3A quarterfinals.
WEST ST. JOHN 34, MANY 30: In Edgard, the No. 17-seeded Rams climbed out of a deep hole and notched a stunning upset of top-seeded Many in the Class 2A playoffs.
West St. John (5-7) gave up touchdowns on each of Many’s first three possessions but methodically worked itself back into the game.
The Rams scored on the first possession of the second half on a 14-yard pass from Jemoine Green to Jamal Walters, cutting their deficit to one point, 28-27.
Many later pulled ahead 30-27 after a safety.
Lamore Boudoin scored the game-winning touchdown from 1 yard out.
Boudoin finished with 165 rushing yards and two touchdowns.