Shaw faces Karr Thursday night (on statewide TV) in a must-win game for the Eagles. Since Shaw toils in arguably the toughest district in the state, the Catholic League, the Eagles need as many wins as possible under their belt before the start of district play next month vs. St. Augustine.
RB Lawrence Breaud has the ability to control games on the ground and he was able to do that in Week Two vs. Fontainebleau. In that game, an easy Shaw win, Breaud rushed for 191 yards on 28 carries with two TDs. The best blocker for the Eagles is 290-pound Chet Hebert, who has scholarship offers from Louisiana Tech, ULM, and Southeastern.
Karr counters with one of the best junior prospects in the nation in 6-foot-6, 320-pound lineman Derek Edinburgh. Linebacker Matt Bailey, who is projected as a safety in college, was an initial Virginia commit but switched his pledge to Tulane in late summer.
Karr's (2-1) only loss this year came to undefeated St. Paul's in Week One. In that game, the Cougars held the lead before SMU commit Jermaine Sams, four-star DT Mickey Johnson, and the rest of the Wolves rallied to win. The past two weeks, the Cougars have handled 5A Higgins and 5A Destrehan.
In Shreveport, one of the hottest teams in the state right now - 5A St. Thomas More - will invade Evangel Christian and attempt to unseat the defending 2A state champs.
STM (3-0) shocked most of the state last week with a 56-23 rout of then-No. 2 ranked 5A Catholic-BR. The Cougars, aided by RB Joe Oliver LaPrairie's 215 yards rushing, did everything correctly vs. the Bears.
TE Evan Tatford has several scholarship offers and tremendous size at 6-foot-6, 235 pounds. Safety Sam Scofield is tall (6-foot-2), athletic and will also play college football next year, if he so desires. Scofield has the opportunity to play both baseball and football on the next level.
There aren't many players in the country ranked higher than five-star Evangel DE Jermauria Rasco (6-foot-4, 250 pounds). SS/RB Dionte McDuffy specializes in coming up from the secondary and stuffing the run.
Evangel is 1-1 on the year after losing a shootout to Union (Ok.) in Week One.
In the northeast region, two teams near the top of the rankings in their respective classifications - 4A Bastrop and Class A Block - put unblemished records on the line.
Block, which loves the running game, is led by RB Preston Bowman (averaging 146 yards per game) on offense and two-time all-state selection DE/OLB Trey Vault (35 sacks since his sophomore year) on defense.
In St. Martin Parish, neither Breaux Bridge (2-1) nor Cecilia (1-2) wants to lose the District 6-4A opener, and both teams have exciting playmakers, including junior WR Travin Dural for Breaux Bridge and Montrel Carter for Cecilia.
Each team has a big-time prospect on defense as well, with BBHS defensive tackle Quentin Thomas having returned to the field last week after serving a two-game suspension. Cecilia junior inside linebacker Jeremy Doucette is emerging as a force for the Bulldogs.
Back again in the New Orleans metro area, Hahnville seeks to avoid its second consecutive loss to a 4A program.
The Chargers have arguably the state's No. 1 prospect in five-star DT Anthony Johnson. On offense, OPW likes to feed the ball to RB Robert Kelley, a Tulane commit. Kelley ran for four TDs earlier this season vs. J.S. Clark.
On September 10th, Williams caught six passes for 244 yards and five TDs vs. Istrouma.