Louisiana 2A Playoff Predictions

Garrett Thomas

The No. 21 Many Tigers lost a heartbreaker to No. 12 Holy Savior Menard when the two central Louisiana teams met during district. Can Many and sophomore offensive lineman Garrett Thomas (6-6, 290), who is getting early looks from LSU, Alabama and Georgia Tech, upset the Eagles tomorrow night in Alexandria?

NO. 32 POPE JOHN PAUL II (3-6) AT NO. 1 JOHN CURTIS CHRISTIAN (9-0) Curtis, the nation's second-ranked team, has blanked five of its last six opponents. Six Patriots are committed to FBS schools: Brandon Porter (San Diego State), Tevin Horton (ULM), Brandon Godfrey (Tulane), Richard Allen (Tulane), Sherman Badie (Tulane) and Eric Thomas (Tulane). Duke Riley is a three-star senior LB, while Kenny Young (pictured below) is a three-star junior LB. Malachi Dupre is a four-star WR. Curtis junior CB Terrence Alexander, who holds six offers, says Pope John Paul likes to throw the ball often. The Jaguars scored 73 on St. Helena Central...

Curtis, 45-0

NO. 17 NORTH WEBSTER (6-4) AT NO. 16 KINDER (8-2) Kinder RB Marshall Harmon is among the state's leading rushers. If he was at a bigger school, Harmon would have several FBS scholarship offers. Harmon was impressive at NUC events this spring. The Yellow Jackets have outscored their last two opponents, 76-0. North Webster has one of the state's best backs, too, and he's only a freshman: 6-3, 200-pound Devin White. Last week, White went for 224 yards rushing with two TDs. Head coach John Ware's team has lost to four high-quality opponents: Haynesville, 4A playoff team Northwood, Calvary Baptist and Evangel Christian...

North Webster, 24-21

NO. 24 BOOKER T. WASHINGTON (5-5) AT NO. 9 EPISCOPAL (7-2) Booker T. Washington has been in more than its share of close contests: five of the Lions' games were settled by eight-or-fewer points, including a one-point loss last week to North Webster. Episcopal has a better record and the higher seed, but BTW played the tougher schedule...Booker T. Washington, 29-24

NO. 25 RIVERSIDE ACADEMY (4-5) AT NO. 8 HOMER (8-2) Homer DE Demeatre Casey is among the state's best secrets. He accounted for a pair of two-point conversions last week, while Derrick Banks and Leondre Williams each scored touchdowns. Homer hopes to expand on a five-game winning streak that has seen the Pelicans score a minimum of 36 points in each game. Riverside rallied from an 0-4 start and has won its last two. The Rebels have shown a propensity to score points in bunches (156 points over the past three weeks) Riverside QB Deuce Wallace could surpass the 2,000-yard passing mark this week...Homer, 40-23

NO. 28 DUNHAM (5-5) AT NO. 5 WINNFIELD (9-1) Dunham senior running back Harrison Domingue scored eight touchdowns (and a two-point conversion) earlier this year vs. Redemptorist. He'll be facing a Winnfield defense that has four shutouts to its credit. Winnfield defensive end Michael Patterson, a three-star prospect, is committed to LSU. Patterson and the Tigers are trying to reach the state finals for the second straight year...Winnfield, 44-14

NO. 21 MANY (6-4) AT NO. 12 MENARD (7-3) Menard defeated Many in week six, 30-27. Many senior running back Cortez Sweet has almost 1,200 yards rushing with 23 touchdowns. Sweet had three TDs with 128 yards in the loss to Menard. He rolled up a season-high 301 yards vs. Logansport behind the blocking of offensive linemen Garrett Thomas, Ivy Jackson and Hunter Dubois...Many, 34-32

NO. 20 NORTHLAKE CHRISTIAN (5-4) AT NO. 13 WELSH (8-2) Northlake Christian QB Josh O'Rear has thrown for almost 1,300 yards with 12 touchdowns. O'Rear completed 12-of-21 for 181 yards in a district loss to No. 4 Springfield. Stefon McElveen and Riley DiMaggio are two of O'Rear's favorite targets. Welsh had issues with its secondary last year in the playoffs. Catholic-New Iberia QB Joe Lissard fired seven touchdown passes in a 50-6 second-round rout of Welsh in 2011...Welsh, 28-14

NO. 29 NORTHEAST (4-5) AT NO. 4 SPRINGFIELD (8-1) QB Shaquille Smith leads Springfield, which also boasts a promising young two-way lineman (Tank Carter). Kimanea Claiborne ran for 58 yards on six carries with a touchdown and two-point conversion in Springfield's 30-12 win over Northlake Christian...Springfield, 28-8

NO. 30 JONESBORO-HODGE (4-6) AT NO. 3 UNIVERSITY LAB (9-1) U-High was ranked No. 2 in the preseason. The Cubs have a star-studded roster headed up by four-star defensive end Tim Williams, four-star offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield and sophomore sensation Nicholas Brossette. U-High, which has topped its last two foes by a combined 99-0 margin, will move up to Class 3A next year. J-Hodge lost its first four and gave up 82 points to Avoyelles...U-High, 49-0

NO. 19 VILLE PLATTE (7-3) AT NO. 14 LOREAUVILLE (8-2) Jermaine Antoine and the Loreauville Tigers are looking for payback after losing to Ville Platte in district two years ago. Antoine (pictured below) has rushed for over 1,000 yards with more than 500 receiving yards. WR Rhashid Bonnette, a sophomore, teams up with older brother Raymond (2014 QB) to form a prolific tandem in the vertical passing game. RB Spencer Mitchell, DB Austin Antoine, WR John Reed and TE Charles Francois are additional Loreauville standouts. Ville Platte has reeled off six straight wins following a 1-3 start...Loreauville, 38-23

NO. 22 STERLINGTON (5-5) AT NO. 11 ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (5-4) Hammond-based St. Thomas Aquinas deserves major props after losing two senior running backs to transfer (Loranger). STA came close to pulling off an upset of No. 4 Springfield last week. Sterlington appears to be on the path to re-establishing itself as a formidable 2A program. The Panthers were an elite program half a dozen years ago with players like WR Ahmad Paige. Three current Sterlington players have racked up 600-plus yards rushing. The Panthers began the year 0-4, then won five straight before dropping last week's game to Homer...

St. Thomas Aquinas, 24-16

NO. 27 NEWMAN (5-4) AT NO. 6 CALVARY BAPTIST (7-3) Calvary can beat anyone when the Cavaliers are playing good football, as evidenced by a win over defending 5A champ West Monroe. The Cavs have been inconsistent at times, however (week nine loss to Mansfield where CBA only managed to put seven points on the board). QB Daniel Fitzwater has thrown for 29 TDs with only six picks. Three of those interceptions came against Mansfield. Newman QB Jabiari Tyler is close to breaking a couple of school records set by Peyton Manning...CBA, 50-22

NO. 26 MANSFIELD (5-5) AT NO. 7 CATHOLIC-NEW IBERIA (7-2) Catholic QB Joe Lissard (2,376 yards, 26 TDs) is having a fantastic senior season. He has two terrific receivers in Gabe Fuselier and Andre Bellefontaine. Catholic faces an obstacle after losing defensive stalwart Joe Dworaczyk to injury. Mansfield made headlines with a week nine upset of No. 6 Calvary Baptist...Catholic, 30-15

NO. 23 CARVER (6-3) AT NO. 10 SOUTH PLAQUEMINES (7-2) These two district rivals met a couple of weeks ago with South Plaquemines nudging the Rams, 36-34. South Plaquemines backs Joseph Gibson and Andrew Barthelemy combined to rush for 300-plus yards. Carver counters with Alabama commit Raheem Falkins at WR and Ole Miss commit Eugene Brazley at RB...Carver, 40-37

NO. 18 LAKE ARTHUR (8-2) AT NO. 15 ROSEPINE (7-3) Lake Arthur is home to eighth-grader Trey Hargrave, the team's leading ballcarrier (1,049 yards). Rosepine beat Lake Arthur in week four, 13-12. The Rosepine defense held Hargrave to only 38 yards, his second-lowest output of the season, and the unit has shutout three of its last four foes...Rosepine, 21-16

NO. 31 CAPITOL (3-6) AT NO. 2 EVANGEL CHRISTIAN (8-2) Capitol took Evangel to overtime a few years ago in the playoffs, but the Lions had Terrance Broadway and Frankie Jackson on that team. Evangel QB Dakota Duron threw for 509 yards vs. 5A Barbe in September. Three-star offensive lineman Josh Thomas (6-7, 325) is committed to Houston...Evangel, 56-6

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