Bogalusa (0-1) at West St. John (1-0)
Last week: Bogalusa lost to Kentwood 24-6. West St. John beat St. James 39-30.
Last year: West St. John won 46-6.
The buzz: West St. John is ranked No. 5 in Class 1A and No. 5 in The Advocate’s Super 10. West St. John has not lost its season opener to St. James since 2007, meaning Rams coach Robert Valdez has never lost. Bogalusa’s Dominique Tillman had two interceptions against the Kangaroos, but the offense had trouble moving the ball. Quarterback Reggie Roberts threw for 108 yards and one TD. West St. John rolled up a 29-point halftime lead against St. James before the Wildcats came back in the third quarter to take a 30-29 lead. A field goal and a touchdown in the fourth quarter, along with a pair of interceptions, sealed the win for the Rams.
Bonnabel (0-1) at Slidell (1-0)
Last week: Bonnabel lost to Fontainebleau 45-20. Slidell beat Chalmette 27-24.
Last year: Slidell won 35-0.
The buzz: Slidell had to fend off a nice rally by Chalmette to win the game last week. The Tigers converted four Chalmette fumbles into points, including one on the game’s opening kickoff. Senior running back Kain Mitchell scored three touchdowns for Slidell, but the Tigers rushed for only 102 yards. Bonnabel is coming off a 1-9 season, but 17 of 21 starters return this year.
Carver (1-0) at Belle Chasse (1-0)
Last week: Belle Chasse beat South Plaquemines 42-12. Carver beat Lake Area New Tech 20-18.
Last year: Belle Chasse won 49-28.
The buzz: Neither team is ranked. Carver went into the 2014 season with no senior players on its roster. Notable losses from last season were wide receiver Carlius Joseph and running back/wide receiver Romalus Walker who transferred to Landry-Walker, and linebacker Jerome Smith who went to St. Augustine. Stephen Meyers notched his first victory as Belle Chasse’s head coach last week. Meyers was the defensive coordinator the past two seasons.
Catholic (1-0) at Mandeville (0-1)
Last week: Catholic beat Parkview Baptist 55-25. Mandeville lost to Curtis 14-0.
Last year: Catholic won 16-13.
The buzz: Catholic is the No. 5 team in the Class 5A poll. Mandeville is unranked. Mandeville’s defense faced a tough task last week, trying to stop Curtis’ vaunted running attack. The Skippers did give up 308 yards, 161 of that to senior RB Dontae Jones. Mandeville couldn’t do much against the Patriots, rushing for 119 yards and passing for 57. There were two interceptions. Catholic RB Derrius Guice, an LSU commitment, rushed for 135 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries — all in the first half.
Central Catholic (1-0) at Lusher (1-0)
Last week: Central Catholic beat Loreauville 27-21. Lusher beat St. Martin’s 36-6.
Last year: Lusher won 34-26.
The buzz: Lusher rolled up 414 yards against outmanned St. Martin’s last week, holding the Saints to a total of 129. Quarterback Eli Poche passed for 206 yards and one touchdown, to Diego Griffin. Central Catholic rolled to a 20-0 halftime lead, then had to hold on for the win. Quarterback Blake Byrne was 13 of 30 for 132 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Clark (0-1) at Central Lafourche (1-0)
Last week: Clark lost to Northlake Christian 36-6. Central Lafourche beat Franklin 24-0.
Last year: Central Lafourche won 48-14.
The buzz: Central Lafourche outgained Franklin 302-77 last week. Central Lafourche running backs Da’Quan Gray and Thomas Wesley are receiving some college interest, as is place kicker Brader Dufrene. Clark is playing its first season under head coach Wesley Heath. The Bulldogs were 3-28 over the past three seasons.
Country Day (1-0) at Ben Franklin (1-0)
Time: 4 p.m.
Last week: Country Day beat Ecole Classique 35-0. Ben Franklin beat Ridgewood 27-0.
Last year: Country Day won 55-14.
The buzz: Country Day moved up from No. 9 to No. 8 in the Class 1A poll this week. The Cajuns are ranked No. 10 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Small Schools Super 10. Country Day’s victory over Ecole was shortened by lightning. The Cajuns had built up their 35-0 lead in the first half before the weather interrupted with 2:46 remaining in the half. Officials called the game before the third quarter began.
Covington (1-0) at Franklinton (1-0)
Last week: Covington beat Holy Cross 24-21. Franklinton beat Tylertown, Miss., 20-14.
Last year: Covington won 34-12.
The buzz: Franklinton is ranked No. 4 in the Class 4A poll. Covington is not ranked. Covington built up a 24-0 lead by the third quarter before Holy Cross rallied late. The Lions escaped with a stout defense and a missed Holy Cross 44-yard field goal. Covington has won the past three games in the series. Franklinton QB Michael Wilson was 14-of-18 for 250 yards and a touchdown.
De La Salle (1-0) at St. Michael (1-0)
Last week: De LaSalle beat Grace King 50-12; Beat Walker 30-6.
Last year: St. Michael’s won 21-14.
The buzz: QB Victor Gaines and RB Cole Lewis gave Cavaliers a solid 1-2 punch in season-opening rout of Grace King.
Denham Springs (0-1) at Salmen (0-1)
Last week: Denham Springs lost to Woodlawn 28-0. Salmen lost to Hahnville 35-14.
Last year: Denham Springs won 21-12.
The buzz: Salmen certainly aired it out last week, passing for 228 yards while rushing for only 20. But the Spartans could not stop Hahnville’s triple-option veer, which rushed for 292 yards. Denham Springs switched its offense from the run-first I-formation to the spread this season and put the team in the hands of junior quarterback Torez Kinchen. Kinchen started the past five games of last season because of a slew of team injuries.
East Jefferson (1-0) at St. Charles (1-0)
Last week: East Jefferson beat Higgins 34-14. St. Charles beat Southern Lab 31-12.
Last year: St. Charles won 42-14.
The buzz: St. Charles is ranked No. 4 in Class 3A. East Jefferson, the 2014 defending Class 4A state champion, is unranked this season. The Comets are No. 4 in The Advocate’s Small Schools Super 10. East Jefferson is No. 7 in the Large Schools Super 10. Last week’s victory was the 16th consecutive win for the Warriors, who were undefeated last season. The Comets were led by QB Austin Mitchell, who was 11 of 15 for 98 yards and a touchdown.
East St. John (0-1) at Scotlandville (1-0)
Last week: East St. John lost to Rummel 39-0. Scotlandville beat McKinley 19-3.
Last year: Rummel won 14-0.
The buzz: Rummel is ranked No. 2 in the Class 5A poll and is No. 2 in The Advocate’s Large Schools Super 10. East St. John is not ranked in the state poll and dropped five spots to No. 9 in the Super 10. East St. John standout Xavier Lewis, an LSU commitment, was held to minus-10 yards rushing on 11 carries and passed for 58 yards on four completions. The Wildcats face another stiff defense this week. Scotlandville stopped McKinley five times on fourth down and allowed just 29 yards rushing on 22 carries.
Fontainebleau (1-0) at Lakeshore (1-0)
Last week: Fontainebleau beat Bonnabel 42-20. Lakeshore beat Miller-McCoy 31-20.
Last year: Lakeshore won 31-16.
The buzz: Lakeshore QB David Ducre, an LSU commitment, rushed for almost 300 yards and three touchdowns, including an 82-yarder, last week. Lakeshore starting quarterback Dylan Fields did not play in last week’s game following a one-game suspension for violating team rules. He is expected to play this week.
Grace King (0-1) at Hannan (0-1)
Last week: Grace King lost to De La Salle 50-12. Hannan lost to Riverdale 41-0.
Last year: Hannan won 45-8.
The buzz: Both teams are looking to get back on track after rough season-openers. Grace King used two quarterbacks in last week’s game. Ricardo Courtney was 7 of 11 for 81 yards with two interceptions. Tyran Nash was 2 of 9 for 31 yards. The Irish were held to 86 yards on offense. Hannan quarterback Daniel Hollander completed four passes for 43 yards and running back Ryan Hensarling ran for 20 yards on seven carries.
Helen Cox (0-1) at Destrehan (1-0)
Last week: Cox lost to Northshore 23-13. Destrehan beat West Jefferson 47-7.
Last year: Destrehan won 55-12.
The buzz: Destrehan is ranked No. 3 in Class 5A and No. 4 in The Advocate’s Large Schools Super 10. Helen Cox is unranked. In a bit of a twist for the Wildcats, Destrehan relied on its running game in last week’s victory. The team rushed for 336 yards and passed for a mere 58. Perhaps the coaches are giving first-year starter Marquise Darensbourg a chance to get his bearings. Will Matthews powered Destrehan, scoring the first three touchdowns. He finished with 160 yards.
Higgins (0-1) at St. Amant (0-1)
Last week: Higgins lost to East Jefferson 34-14. St. Amant lost to Warren Easton 40-32.
Last year: St. Amant won 34-0.
The buzz: St. Amant gave Class 4A’s No. 1 team a scare last week. Gators running back Nathan Taylor was stopped short of a first down inside the 1-yard line, enabling the Eagles to escape with the win. St. Amant quarterback Tyler Dixon was 17 of 38 for 386 yards and four touchdowns.
Jesuit (0-1) at St. Paul’s (1-0)
Last week: Jesuit lost to Ponchatoula 24-21. St. Paul’s beat Karr 26-25.
Last year: St. Paul’s won 24-21
The buzz: Jesuit dropped from the No. 6 spot in the Class 5A poll to No. 9 following last week’s loss. The Blue Jays are No. 8 in The Advocate’s Large Schools Super 10. St. Paul’s is ranked No. 6 in the Super 10 but is unranked in the Class 5A poll. A win tonight would likely propel the Wolves into the Top 10. St. Paul’s pulled off the upset last week when QB Kenny Sears threw a 4-yard completion to Matt Meyers with 12 seconds remaining. The Blue Jays are looking for their first win under new/old head coach Mark Songy. Songy coached the Blue Jays from 1992-1996 before moving to Brother Martin.
Landry-Walker (1-0) at Miller-McCoy (0-1), Tad Gormley
Last week: Landry-Walker beat S. Lafourche 54-15; Miller-McCoy lost to Lakeshore 31-20.
Last year: Landry-Walker won 66-14.
The buzz: Tevin Bush scored four touchdowns and had 124 yards last week for the Charging Bucs, ranked No. 3 in The New Orleans Advocate Large School Super 10. Melvon Johnson leads the Lions offense. Lions defense showing some improvement after giving up 40-plus points on seven different occasions last season.
Loranger (1-0) at Riverside (1-0)
Last week: Loranger beat Aquinas 44-26; Riverside beat Evangel Christian 36-30.
Last year: Riverside won 31-0.
The buzz: Rebels seem to be in good shape with freshman QB Jordan Loving, who was sharp last week after having to replace Deuce Wallace who moved to Tennessee. Riverside rallied from double digit second half deficit to top one of the state’s most successful programs. WRs Herb McGee and Von Julien also proved to be big for Rebels, ranked No. 3 in small school rankings.
Lutcher (1-0) at McDonogh 35 (0-1)
Last week: Lutcher beat Dutchtown 19-14; McDonogh 35 lost to St. Augustine 32-22.
Last year: Lutcher won by forfeit.
The buzz: Roneagles beat Lutcher 24-0 last year, but forfeited win because of an ineligible player. QB Sidney Wilson, RB Darius May and WR Darius Williams make Roneagles tough on offense. Team had St. Augustine on the ropes for a half last week, but two second half interceptions proved to be costly. Sophomore quarterback Jontre Kirklin leads Lutcher.
McMain (0-1) at Independence (1-0)
Last week: McMain lost to Newman 47-14, Independence beat Capitol 32-6.
Last year: McMain won 50-37.
The buzz: Mustangs WR James Howard looks to be formidable threat after accounting for 111 yards and 2 TDs last week.
Northshore (1-0) at Chalmette (0-1)
Last week: Northshore beat Helen Cox 23-13; Chalmette lost to Slidell 27-24.
Last year: Northshore won 38-0.
The buzz: Dominic Curole leads an Owl team plagued by turnovers (four) in last week’s loss to Slidell; Northsore snapped a seven-game losing streak last week and looking to get off to a 2-0 start. WR Kevin Hopkins is a big-play threat for the Panthers.
Pope John Paul II (0-1) at Pearl River (0-1)
Last week: Pope John Paul II lost to St. Patrick (Miss.) 24-6; Pearl River lost to Pine 42-7.
Last year: Pope John Paul II won 27-7.
The buzz: PJP II coach Daryl Thomas seeking his first win in inaugural season in charge of Jags; Rebels looking to snap a 6-game losing skid. Their coach, Paul Beeb, also in his inaugural season and also seeking his first coaching victory. Zach Vicknair and Deven Penton lead the Pearl River backfield.
Riverdale (1-0) at Newman (1-0)
Last week: Riverdale beat Hannan 41-0; Newman beat McMain 47-14
Last year: Newman won 54-13
The buzz: Riverdale’s do-it-all Donte Jackson is one of state’s most explosive players and is being recruited by schools all across the country; Greenies, ranked No. 2 in The New Orleans’ Advocate’s Small School rankings, led by QB Jay Tyler and RB Kendall Bussey (Nebraska commit) . Tyler threw for 225 yards last week and Newman rushed for 148 yards.
Rummel (1-0) at Hahnville (1-0)
Last week: Rummel beat East St. John 39-0; Hahnville beat Salmen 35-14
Last year: Rummel won 7-5
The buzz: Super 10 showdown between No. 2 Raiders and No. 5 Tigers; Raiders riding a 7-game win streak; Devin Hutton and Maurice Bailey were stellar on the ground last week for the Raider; Tigers looking to go to 2-0 under first-year coach Nick Saltaformaggio and will rely heavily on its triple option attack and its physical offensive line.
Shaw (0-1) at Fisher (0-0)
Last week: Shaw lost to Thibodaux 35-30; Fisher was open.
Last year: Shaw won 39-14.
The buzz: Eagles RB Trey Ragas (20 carries, 108 yards last week) and Matt Keller (245 passing yards last week) lead balanced attack; Gators won just one game in 2013 and looking to pull off what would be a huge upset. QB Dallas Verette expected to be key for Gators to be successful this season.
St. James (0-1) at E.D. White (1-0)
Last week: St. James lost to West St. John 39-30; E.D. White beat Vandebilt Catholic 21-17.
Last year: E.D. White won 28-14.
The buzz: Wildcats hope to bounce back after losing opener in new stadium in game they rallied from a 29-0 deficit before falling short.
Sophie B. Wright (1-0) at Haynes (1-0), Joe Yenni
Last week: Sophie Wright beat East Iberville 34-12; Haynes beat Crescent City 22-0.
Last year: Haynes won 19-8.
The buzz: Malik Bailey (101 yards, 1 TD) sparked Haynes last week as Jackets snapped a 5-game skid dating back to last season; QB Derek Robinson leads the Warriors, looking to get out to a 2-0 start with tough back-to-back games against Lusher and newman looming.
South Plaquemines (0-1) at South Lafourche (0-1)
Last week: South Plaquemines lost to Belle Chasse 42-12; South Lafourche lost to Landry-Walker 54-15.
Last year: South Lafourche won 27-0.
The buzz: RB Wade Barthelemy leads the Hurricanes,who start the season with three of first four games on the road; This might be best shot for a win in first four games for Tarpons, who play Shaw and East St. John next.
Sulphur (0-1) vs. Holy Cross (0-1), 7:30 p.m., Pan American
Last week: Sulphur lost 43-26 to St. Thomas More; Holy Cross lost to Covington 24-21.
Last year: Holy Cross won 38-13.
The buzz: Holy Cross RB Tre Turner (163 yards last week) is one of state’s top juniors and has help in WR Michael Chigbu, a Georgia commit. Tigers lost a heartbreaker last week and looking to give first-year coach Eric Rebaudo his first victory.
Thomas Jefferson (1-0) at St. Martin’s (0-1)
Last week: Thomas Jefferson beat Albany 21-20; St. Martin’s lost to Lusher 35-6.
Last year: Thomas Jefferson won 28-21.
The buzz: Former Tulane QB Lester Ricard looking for his victory with the Saints, who have lost three straight dating back to last season; Rb Donte Sincere and Jaguars got off to a good start last week in opener.
West Jefferson (0-1) vs. Warren Easton (1-0), 3:30 p.m. at Pan Am
Last week: West Jefferson lost to Destrehan 47-7; Warren Easton beat St. Amant 40-32.
Last year: Warren Easton won 55-35.
The buzz: Eagles, ranked No. 1 in The Super 10 and in the LSWA’s 4A rankings, racked up 619 yards of offense last week; Buccaneers looking to pull off upset and hand first-year coach Kevin Fox his first win. Texas A& M commit Deshawn Capers-Smith and WR Tyron Johnson posted big numbers for Eagles last week. Capers-Smith threw for 386 yards, including 190 yards to Johnson, considered the nation’s top receiver by some recruiting services.