Mandeville (10-3) at Ehret (11-2)
Last week: Mandeville beat Landry-Walker, 31-14; Ehret beat Ponchatoula, 34-7
The buzz: Mandeville is the No. 12 seed. Ehret is the No. 9 seed. This is the first meeting between these teams since the bidistrict round of the 2013 Class 5A playoffs, which Ehret won 21-14. The Skippers are in the semifinals for the first time since 2012 when they lost to Rummel, 17-14. Last week, Mandeville quarterback Cody Orgeron threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns — both to brother Parker, who finished with 105 receiving yards. Ehret has won seven games in a row and has allowed a combined 44 points in that span. The Patriots are in the semifinals for the first time since 2007. Last week, four Ehret defensive backs — Jarrius Wallace, Travis Jordan, Darius Campbell and Terrell Bailey — had interceptions. The winner will face the winner of No. 2 Zachary and No. 6 Parkway in the Class 5A championship game.
Easton (12-1) at Neville (12-0)
Last week: Easton beat McDonogh (35) 27-26; Neville beat North DeSoto 42-14
The buzz: Easton is the No. 5 seed. Neville is the No. 1 seed. Neville edged Easton 28-27 in the 2014 Class 4A championship game. The Eagles have won 11 consecutive games and 12 of 13 since last year’s title game. Last year’s semifinals appearance was the school’s first since 1958. Easton quarterback Tyriek Starks threw for 179 yards and one touchdown, and rushed for 49 yards and two touchdowns last week against McDonogh 35. Neville has outscored its opponents 137-26 in the playoffs. Quarterback Jaiden Cole left last week’s game against North DeSoto with an injury. The winner will play the winner of No. 10 Franklinton and No. 14 Karr in the Class 4A championship game.
Karr (8-4) at Franklinton (10-3)
Last week: Karr beat Bastrop 48-36; Franklinton beat Crowley 56-14
The buzz: Karr is the No. 14 seed. Franklinton is the No. 10 seed. Karr and Franklinton are the two lowest seeds left in the 4A bracket. These two teams last met in 2013 when Karr topped Franklinton 26-0 to advance to the 2013 4A title game. They also met in the 2010 4A championship game that Franklinton won 34-28. This is Karr’s fourth semifinals appearance since 2011. Last week, Karr quarterback Aldon Clark threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth. The Demons are in the semifinals for the second consecutive year. Last week, Franklinton back Re’Naz Wilson rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns as the team amassed 320 yards on the ground. The winner will face the winner of No. 1 Neville and No. 5 Easton in the Class 4A championship game.
Amite (8-5) vs. St. James (10-3)
Last week: Amite beat Bogalusa 56-20; St. James beat Northwest 28-14
The buzz: Game pending on outcome of court battle after LHSAA removed Amite from playoffs because of fight in last week’s game. Amite is the No. 11 seed. St. James is the No. 15 seed. Amite has scored 45 points or more in three playoff games. Amite is in the semifinals for the third consecutive season and fourth time since 2011. Amite quarterback Elijah Walker threw for more than 300 yards and six touchdowns — two to Georgia commitment Devonta Smith — against Bogalusa. This is St. James’ first trip to the semifinals since 2008. Last week in his third game back from an ACL tear, Wildcats quarterback and Auburn commitment Lowell Narcisse scored three touchdowns to increase his postseason total to nine. The winner will face the winner of No. 1 Lutcher and No. 13 West Feliciana in the Class 3A state championship.