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Newman quarterback Martin Butcher (12) hands the ball off to James Poche (4) in the second quarter against St Thomas Aquinas at Newman, New Orleans LA on November 17, 2017.

And then there were 12.

A dozen area high school football teams won on Friday, keeping alive their chances of making it to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the state finals.

The select schools are one win from reaching the Dome, while the non-select schools are two wins away.

It all makes for what should be an interesting Black Friday.

Instead of listing the top five games this week, we'll instead rank all 11 games (from most intriguing to least) involving area teams.

1. Covington at Hahnville

Ok, that was easy. And no, not just because it's the only game featuring two local teams.

This one also features two of the state's top two running backs in Hahnville's Anthony "Pooka" Williams and Covington's Devin Brumfield. And if that's not enough, Hahnville eliminated Covington 31-17 in the first round a season ago.

2. Neville at Lakeshore

Something will have to give: Neville's run of success getting to the Dome, or Lakeshore's undefeated season. The visitors from Monroe have made it to the championship game in six of the past eight seasons. But now they must get past Chris Penton and the undefeated Titans' high-powered offense.

3. Catholic-New Iberia at Newman

Catholic has been a thorn in the Greenies' side, eliminating them in 2014 and 2016. Neither game was really close. Newman gets another shot at the Panthers and can make the short trip from Uptown to the Dome with a win.

4. St. Charles at U-High

This is a No. 2 vs. 3 matchup. The Comets earned a No. 3 seed despite playing most of the season without Lloyd Nash. Now that Nash is back, the Comets very well could make a second straight trip to the title game.

5. Riverside at Notre Dame

The Rebels have averaged 52 points in their two playoff games. Jordan Loving is coming off a 358-yard, six-touchdown outing against Dunham. Another performance like that, and it'll be a third straight trip from Reserve to New Orleans.

6. Scotlandville at Curtis

The Catholic League hasn't won a state title since Jesuit in 2014. Even more surprising is that Curtis hasn't played for a state title since that same year, when it fell to the Blue Jays. This looks like the Patriots' best chance to get back.

7. Warren Easton at Woodlawn-Shreveport

The long trip to Shreveport is never easy. But the Eagles have been as impressive as anyone in the postseason. Since losing their regular season finale to Karr, they have won their two playoffs games by a combined score of 102-0. Win this one and they likely get another shot at Karr.

8. St. Thomas More at De La Salle

Yes, this game, which will be played at Tulane's Yulman Stadium, maybe should be ranked higher. But the way the Cavaliers have manhandled everyone this season, it's hard to. Will St. Thomas More be able to do what only one team (Karr) has been able to do and keep this one close?

9. Kaplan at St. James

The Wildcats have made their runs in the playoffs in recent years, getting to the Dome two seasons ago. They are two wins away from returning after winning their two playoff games by a combined score of 89-0.

10. Jonesboro Hodge at West St. John

The same thing I wrote about De La Salle above can also be applied to the Rams. They haven't been tested in a while. They are on a seven-game winning streak and have won those games by an average margin of 49 points.

11. Northwood at Karr

As crazy as it may sound, Karr almost wasn't even around for this round of the playoffs. They avoided what would have been the biggest upset in the state last week when they survived with a 40-35 victory over Carver.

Brice Brown said afterward that the close game would help his team "hit the reset button." That could be scary for Northwood.


Follow Rod Walker on Twitter, @rwalkeradvocate.