(Class 3A picks through three rounds: 22-5; Overall, 107-32)
NO. 11 WEST FELICIANA (9-4) AT NO. 7 PATTERSON (11-2) -- Patterson avenged one of its two regular-season losses by nipping No. 2 Redemptorist, 34-32, in the quarterfinals last week.
Four-star running back Kenny Hilliard, an LSU commit, ran for 124 yards on 29 carries. He also did yeoman's work on the defensive side of the ball (at LB) vs. his future teammate, Redemptorist RB Jeremy Hill.
Patterson QB Justice Jones wasn't particularly accurate (18-of-38), but many of his completions went for nice yardage. Jones threw for 270 yards, including a 30-yard scoring strike to Mark Jones that gave the Lumberjacks an early 7-0 lead.
The Jacks proved their defensive mettle, warding off a late Redemptorist drive that stalled near the PHS goal-line in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter.
Junior Tre'Von Stewart, a three-star prospect, and senior Tulsa commit Dexter Aucoin do a tremendous job in the secondary for Patterson.
West Feliciana provided one of the most shocking outcomes of the postseason in last week's 52-12 romp over No. 3 Amite.
The Saints' option offense, guided by QB DeShawn Morrison (1,828 combined yards passing and rushing, 27 TDs), was clicking on all cylinders vs. the Warriors.
WFHS' stifling defense kept Amite at bay, as the Warriors managed only 114 yards of total offense. The Saints also picked off three passes and returned two of those for touchdowns.
WR David Haile is Morrison's number one target. RBs Roberto Johnson and Dalwin White have combined for more 1,000 yards on the ground for West Feliciana, which has two dozen seniors on its roster.
Both of these clubs are peaking at an opportune time. The Saints, after losing three games (to Redemptorist, Parkview Baptist, and Jesuit) in October, have turned it on in the playoffs.
Patterson, by the same token, is also executing at a high level. The Lumberbacks lost their first two games; the opener to 5A East St. John, as well as a nationally-televised bout with Redemptorist the following week.
When you think of Patterson, Kenny Hilliard automatically comes to mind, but the Jacks can do a lot of different things on offense, as evidenced by Jones' 2,000-plus passing yards.
The Lumberjacks are determined to send Hilliard, their senior leader, to the college ranks with a state championship ring from this season.