West Monroe (1-0) was asleep at the wheel early Friday night versus 4A Leesville (0-1), falling behind, 21-7, at home before a house full of shocked Rebel fans. Nevertheless, head coach Don Shows' squad rebounded nicely behind the running of senior Tyler Cain (8-140, four TDs) to win going away, 68-28.
This week, the Rebels will cross the Ouachita River and venture a couple miles east for a bout with 2009 state champion Neville (0-1), which lost by seven points to Ouachita last Friday. Each team has an athletic and creative playmaker at QB: West Monroe with senior Paul Turner (LSU commit) and Neville with sophomore John Diarse. Each team also features a blue-chip defensive tackle (Neville with DeMarcus Hodge, an Arkansas commit; West Monroe with uncommitted Chuck Hunter).
In 3A action, there will be a trio of LSU commits on the field when Patterson (0-1) and Redemptorist (1-0) collide on national TV. Fans of the ground game will be in for a treat, thanks to four-star RBs Kenny Hilliard and Jeremy Hill. Five-star OT Lael Collins is a one-man gang on the interior for Redemptorist.
Back to the northeast region, Rayville seeks to bounce back from a shootout loss to Class A Oak Grove, but the Hornets will have to knock off 5A Ouachita (1-0) to accomplish that task. While the Hornets have a couple of big-time prospects in DT Gerrand Johnson and versatile Quenton Griffin, they had no answer for Oak Grove's offense last week. Junior OPHS QB Quentin Wheeler is dangerous with the football in his hands.
In Shreveport, 2A Calvary Baptist (1-0) - coming off a big win over Farmerville - looks to knock off 5A Airline (0-1). However, the Cavaliers will be without explosive junior RB Brandon Wilson, who suffered an injury in the opener. Airline, which fell victim to Haughton and QB Dak Prescott last week, is determined to even up its record.
An intriguing 5A matchup looms at Dutchtown, where the Griffins (1-0) host West Jefferson (1-0). Dutchtown, buoyed by a valiant effort from RB Effrem Reed, moved past Lutcher last week. On Saturday, West Jefferson hung 59 points on St. Augustine, which was considered to be one of the frontrunners in Class 5A.
Carencro (1-0) and Barbe (1-0) will battle it out in a matchup that has seen an outpouring of offensive production over the years. A few seasons ago, then-Carencro QB Lucas Taylor had a career night running the football for the Bears. The current standout in the backfield at the Lafayette Parish school is junior Alex Johnson.
In 2009, 3A Parkview Baptist (1-0) managed a relatively one-sided win at 5A Acadiana (1-0), but this year, the Rams are looking as strong as anyone in the state. Last week, Acadiana breezed past a good Northside team, 41-14. The Rams have a tremendous offensive line, led by UL commit Nick Smith.
Bragging rights for the City of Slidell will be on the line when Slidell High (1-0) locks horns with Salmen (1-0). Slidell, boosted by the herculean effort of RB Jonathan Miles (226 yards rushing, 65-yard TD reception), outlasted 3A Holy Cross last week. Salmen, a senior-laden squad that's bursting at the seams with talent (CB Chrishawn Dupuy, DT Malcolm Pichon, QB Matt Lipham, QB Daniel Sams), could be the best team in the state in any class. Slidell hopes to get a boost from twins Stephon Smith and Stephen Smith, who both transferred from St. Paul's.
Something has to give when neighborhood rivals McDonogh #35 (0-1) and St. Augustine (0-1) go at it. Each team suffered a narrow defeat in week one, with the Roneagles losing a triple OT thriller at Thibodaux. McDonogh #35 WR Charles Henderson (Utah) could have a field day if the secondary of the Purple Knights doesn't play better than last week (59-56 loss to West Jeff). St. Aug WR Marc Edwards (Tulane commit) is out with a broken jaw. Offensive lineman Trai Turner (LSU commit) is also sidelined due to injury.