4A 1rst Round Playoff Predictions, Part I

4A 1rst Round Playoff Predictions, Part I

Defending state champion No. 21 Neville has a long drive to southwest Louisiana for a first round matchup with No. 12 Jennings. Will the Tigers and inside linebacker Ricky Wyatt (pictured, left) escape with a road victory over the higher seed? We have the answers and predictions here.

NO. 32 WOSSMAN (5-5) AT NO. 1 KARR (9-1) -- Wossman quarterback Kimarcus Jones, who ran for 118 yards vs. Bastrop earlier in the season, is a playmaker. The Wildcats have lost three straight. Karr's only setback was to undefeated 5A St. Paul's. LB/S Matt Bailey is a Tulane commit. Offensive lineman Derek Edinburgh is one of the best junior prospects in the state.

Karr 34, Wossman 14

NO. 17 MCDONOGH #35 (6-4) AT NO. 16 EAST JEFFERSON (7-3) -- After dropping its first four games on the field, McDonogh #35 won five of six down the stretch, and one of those early defeats (to Acadiana) was wiped out due to forfeit.

The Roneagles have had to do it without the services of injured QB Theltus Cobbins, a Kentucky commit. WR Charles Henderson (Utah commit) has averaged nearly 20 yards per catch. East Jefferson has five backs with over 330 yards rushing, including freshman Eugene Wells.

McDonogh #35 33, East Jefferson 20

NO. 24 FRANKLIN PARISH (6-4) AT NO. 9 PARKWAY (9-1) -- Parkway must quickly forget about last week's disappointing loss to district rival Haughton. QB Kolby Copeland threw for 448 yards and 4 TDs against Northwood in September. Kicker Alex Crist makes almost every trip into the red zone count for at least three points. He's on automatic pilot from 40 yards in. After a quick start, Franklin Parish has cooled as of late, losing four of its last five. RBs Ken Hoard and Noble Johnson are players to watch for the Patriots.

Parkway 28, Franklin Parish 12

NO. 25 BREAUX BRIDGE (6-4) AT NO. 8 NORTHSIDE (9-1) -- This is a District 6-4A rematch from Week 7. In that game, Northside triumphed, 26-13. Defensive tackle Tyler Porter, who has also spent significant time on the offensive line, has stepped up his game as the season progressed. RB Terrell Alfred had 101 yards rushing last week vs. St. Martinville.

Breaux Bridge wants to get WR/KR Travin Dural as many touches as possible. In the first Northside/Breaux Bridge game, Dural break off two long kick returns for TDs. RB Darian Thomas rushed for 219 yards last week vs. Beau Chene.

Northside 27, Breaux Bridge 14

NO. 28 CECILIA (5-5) AT NO. 5 ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC (9-1) -- These two south Louisiana programs squared off back in Week 2, with St. Louis escaping by a 17-7 margin. The only loss for the Saints came against undefeated defending 3A state champion Notre Dame. RB Dillon Berlin rushed for 241 yards vs. Opelousas last week. Punter Kris Albarado recently committed to USC.

Cecilia has a special player in RB/KR Montrel Carter, who has 4.39 speed and over 1,000 yards on the ground. Inside linebacker Jeremy Doucette owns the school-record in the bench press and also plays some fullback.

Cecilia 22, St. Louis 21

NO. 21 NEVILLE (5-5) AT NO. 12 JENNINGS (8-2) -- Neville, the defending state champion, limped to an 0-4 start, but the Tigers are peaking at the right time. Two weeks ago, Neville handed district rival Bastrop its only loss of the season in a 56-44 shootout.


Demarcus Hodge
Sophomore sensation QB John Diarse scorched Bastrop's defense for 315 yards rushing that night. Inside linebacker Ricky Wyatt is a mean and aggressive run-stuffer who also gets the occasional call as a short-yardage fullback (four TDs). DT DeMarcus Hodge, a three-star prospect, is committed to Arkansas.

Jennings QB Bryson Abraham heads up an offense that is scoring more than 40 points per game. The Bulldogs have captured three consecutive wins after dropping two in a row during the middle of the season (vs. Sam Houston and St. Louis).

Although Jennings prefers to run with Abraham and RBs Davondrick Phillips and Michael Wilridge, they can put it in the air with success. A couple of weeks ago, Abraham completed 6-of-8 passes for 137 yards and a TD in a 34-14 win over DeRidder.

Neville 42, Jennings 28

NO. 20 TEURLINGS CATHOLIC (7-3) AT NO. 13 SAM HOUSTON (7-3) -- Teurlings has a terrific junior dual-threat QB in Dshaie Landor, but the Rebels have been hampered by an inconsistent defense. Last week, Landor threw for 121 yards and ran for 91 more in a 35-20 victory over Cecilia.

Sam Houston, winners of four of its last five, edged DeRidder last week, 27-23. The only other losses for the Broncos were to 5A schools Barbe and LaGrange. RB Osha Jackson has over 1,400 yards rushing, including 96 vs. DeRidder. QB Evan Powell tossed a TD pass to Donovan Landry in that game.

Sam Houston 18, Teurlings Catholic 15

NO. 29 HUNTINGTON (5-5) AT NO. 4 LUTCHER (9-1) -- Lutcher has two of the most explosive offensive players in Louisiana: four-star WR Jarvis Landry (LSU commit) and junior RB Daniel Taylor.


Daniel Taylor
Landry has 42 catches for 589 yards and 11 TDs. He's also averaging nearly 11 yards per carry (17-180, 4 TDs). Taylor, not to be outdone, makes the most out of every touch (89 carries, 930 yards, 10 TDs; 18 receptions, 251 yards, 3 TDs).

Huntington, with QB Elliot Jones, airs it out as much as anybody. Jones, the leading passer in the state, has approximately 3,300 yards through the air. Last week, Jones enjoyed his third 400-yard passing game of the season. He's averaging more than 41 attempts per game.

The Raiders have been suspect on defense, yielding 84 points to Haughton recently.

This is a rematch of the 2009 quarterfinals, won by Lutcher (48-20).

Lutcher 50, Huntington 21

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