Plaquemine vs. Belaire
7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium
RECORDS: Plaquemine 5-3, 4-0 in District 6-4A; Belaire 2-5, 1-3.
LAST WEEK: Plaquemine beat St. Michael, 62-20; Belaire lost to Lutcher, 49-12.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: PLAQUEMINE: RB Julius Maracalin, RB Hakeem Deggs, QB Ricky Aro, P Joseph Jordan; BELAIRE: QB Jarvis York, WR-RB Gerome Springer, RB Philip Stephens, OL-DL Nicholas Lathan, OL-DL Jonathan Mattews.
NOTEWORTHY: A Plaquemine win would set up a showdown for the 6-4A title with Lutcher in Week 10. ... PHS has won four straight. ... Maracalin ran for 214 yards and three TDs as Plaquemine rolled up 511 yards of total offense. Maracalin has 762 rushing yards for the season. ... Belaire picked up a win this week when Northeast was forced to forfeit its win over the Bengals because of an academically ineligible player. ... York scored both TDs for Belaire last week.
at The Dunham School
7 p.m. at Dunham’s Stadium-Siegen Lane
RECORDS: Redemptorist 3-5, 2-1 in District 7-2A; Dunham 4-4, 2-1.
LAST WEEK: Redemptorist beat Capitol, 40-13; Dunham lost to University, 52-28.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: REDEMPTORIST: WR Donald Gage, RB Deno Mullens, LB-RB Jestin Kelly, LB-RB Brice Hooper; DUNHAM: QB Grant Messer, RB-DB Harrison Domingue, WR Austin Miller, RB Russ Viguerie, CB Andrew Langston.
NOTEWORTHY: Dunham coach Guy Mistretta faces his former team for the first time. ... Mistretta is an 1987 RHS grad and spent 18 years as a coach there, including the last seven as head football coach. ... Josh Courtney has passed for 1,636 yards for Redemptorist, while Grant Messer has 1,180 passing yards for Dunham. ... RB Jordan Lange has rushed for 662 yards for Dunham. ... RHS’ Donald Gage has 601 receiving yards.
St. John at West St. John
7 p.m. at West St. John-Edgard
RECORDS: St. John 6-2, 3-0 in District 9-1A; West St. John 6-2, 3-0.
LAST WEEK: St. John beat East Iberville, 62-0; West St. John beat White Castle, 51-8.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: ST. JOHN: LB Jared Naquin, OL Curtis Jones, OL-DL Nathan Voisin, RB Davante Williams, RB Christian Primeaux; WEST ST. JOHN: DL Ronnie Feist, DB-WR-KR Jairus Moll, WR Lawrence Williams, RB Kylum Favorite.
NOTEWORTHY: Game will be the LHSAA-New Orleans Saints Game of the Week and will be broadcast by Cox. ... It will be the fifth Thursday game for St. John and will decide the District 9-1A title. ... WSJ’s Feist is an LSU commitment. ... WSJ coach Robert Valdez is a former Southern University player and previously coached at McKinley. ... Primeaux (1,143) and Williams (1,054) each have more than 1,000 yards rushing for a St. John team that averages 390 rushing yards per game and ran for 432 yards last week.
Tara vs. St. Michael
7 p.m. at Olympia Stadium
RECORDS: Tara 3-5, 1-3 in District 6-4A; St. Michael 6-2, 2-2.
LAST WEEK: Tara beat Istrouma, 28-22; St. Michael lost to Plaquemine, 62-20.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: TARA: QB John Washington, WR Kaelon Stevenson, WR Darrel Bowie, DE Lionel Russell, OL-DL Khairi Henderson, DB Jared Bryant; ST. MICHAEL: QB Brandon Fields, LB Brandon Davenport, RB-DB Peyton Drago, OL Donnie Berg, WR Bo Aucoin, WR Christian Frey, DE Patrick O’Friel, DT Matt Hartman.
NOTEWORTHY: St. Michael has lost two straight after starting the season 6-0. ... The Warriors beat Tara, 43-0, last season. ... It will be the first start for SMHS QB Fields, who replaces Dash Duncan (broken collarbone). ... St. Michael head coach Eric Held and Tara assistant Dean Buckland were teammates at Nicholls State. ... The Warriors are 9-2 since 2008 at Olympia. ... Washington has 1,250 passing yards for Tara. ... Tara will play without top rusher Tyrick Nelson, who is still sidelined by an injury.
vs. Southern Lab
7 p.m. at Southern’s A.W. Mumford Stadium
RECORDS: Varnado 4-4, 1-2 in District 9-1A; Southern Lab 6-2, 2-1.
LAST WEEK: Varnado beat Archbishop Hannan, 36-14; Southern Lab lost to Christian Life, 36-6.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: VARNADO: QB-RB-WR-LB Laterrius Crumedy, LB-RB Marcus Powell, WR-DB Tyler Nichols, SB-DB Markus Mark; SOUTHERN LAB: LB-RB Jarrot Thomas, QB Deonte Shorts, WR Juan Smith, OL-DL Chris Bowman, RB-DB Naquille Snowden.
NOTEWORTHY: Southern Lab needs a win to improve its power ranking and to keep up with 9-1A leaders Kentwood and Christian Life. VHS also looks to improve its playoff stock. ... Varnado picked up a win this week when Northeast was forced to forfeit its win over the VHS because of an academically ineligible player. ... Thomas scored the lone TD for Southern Lab last week.