While the longtime favorites for Kendell Beckwith squared off last week and had opposite outcomes…
NO. 14 ACADIANA (8-2) AT NO. 3 WEST MONROE (9-2) -- Acadiana toppled West Monroe two years ago for all the marbles in 5A. The Rams won that game, 21-14. OLB Claude George has been a consistent standout at Acadiana for three years. George, then a sophomore, made big plays last time the Rams and Rebels got after it. West Monroe captured the 2011 5A crown. LB Dylan Burdeaux had 20 tackles in one 2012 game, according to blue-chip teammate Cameron Robinson (pictured below). Burdeaux will play baseball for Southern Miss next year. Acadiana's veer option offense can strike with blinding quickness. Rams QB DeEdward Cormier and RB Edward Cormier - brothers (not twins) and both 2014 prospects - are players to watch. NO. 1 NEVILLE (11-0) AT NO. 17 BREAUX BRIDGE (8-3) -- This is a rematch of last year's Class 4A semifinal game that took place in front of an overflow crowd at Breaux Bridge. After knocking off BBHS, Neville took state the following week with a defeat of Edna Karr. John Diarse (LSU commit) is Neville's starting quarterback. Diarse also does extremely well when he takes snaps at safety and on special teams. Neville has five-star 2014 DB Laurence Jones (6-2, 210), a relentless cover corner who is projected as a future safety. Breaux Bridge QB Lane Landry and versatile all-purpose performer Demarkus Daughdrill have helped prevent the BBHS faithful from overly lamenting the loss of Lamar Louis, Travin Dural and Kavahra Holmes (all at LSU) and Tyren Alexander (Ragin' Cajuns) from last year's team. NO. 1 JOHN CURTIS CHRISTIAN (10-0) AT NO. 17 NORTH WEBSTER (7-4) -- Curtis has been ranked second in the nation for several weeks. The Patriots zoomed to that spot after trouncing touted Florida large school Tampa Plant in week two. The Patriots have approximately 30 prospects on the roster that have been identified as surefire college material. North Webster answers with 6-3, 200-pound freshman RB/LB Devin White. The early word is that White is may be even better in basketball than football. He's also a great student. Curtis is the defending Class 2A state champ. The Patriots have won 24 straight games, as well as 24 state championships. NO. 10 ST. AUGUSTINE (8-3) AT NO. 7 ST. THOMAS MORE (8-3) -- St. Aug and STM currently reside in 4A but the two met in a 2010 5A quarterfinal game won by STM. The visiting Purple Knights are paced by five-star junior RB Leonard Fournette (32 TDs). STM QB Brandon Bergeron has been on fire throughout the entire season. One of Bergeron's favorite targets is WR Jake Juneau, a dangerous down-field weapon with legit wheels and sticky hands. NO. 14 LOREAUVILLE (9-2) AT NO. 3 UNIVERSITY LAB (10-1) -- Loreauville is deceptively seeded. Jermaine Antoine (District Offensive MVP) and the Tigers have several top-caliber athletes although almost all play virtually every down. Watch Loreauville 2014 QB/DB Raymond Bonnette and his brother, 2015 WR/DB Rhashid Bonnette. Both have been under the weather recently. U-High, the preseason No. 2 in 2A, features DE Tim Williams (4-Star), OL Garrett Brumfield (4-Star) and 2015 RB Nicholas Brossette. NO. 2 NOTRE DAME (9-1) AT NO. 18 ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC (8-2) -- Two 3A elites hook up tonight in LaPlace. St. Charles won state last year with a perfect 15-0 record. The Comets and Tulane LB commit Luke Jackson battled No. 15 Westlake to the wire in the first round (27-26 final score). Notre Dame has numerous state championship trophies on display at its campus. The Pioneers are proud to have legendary head coach Lewis Cook calling the shots. Cook's staff is second to none. For several years, the Pios have won big with very few marquee recruits. NO. 22 EAST FELICIANA (7-3) AT NO. 6 RAYNE (9-2) -- East Feliciana QB/DE Kendell Beckwith is the state's top-rated senior prospect. The four-star (pictured below) is projected to play either end or linebacker on the next level. Rayne RB Jalen Williams needs only 39 yards to hit the 1,500-yard mark. He's a top 2013 sleeper. Rayne reached the 3A quarters last year where the Wolves were ousted by St. Charles Catholic. NO. 7 CATHOLIC-NEW IBERIA (8-2) AT NO. 23 CARVER (7-3) -- This has the makings of a potential shootout. Catholic, a 2A quarterfinals team in 2011, rolls behind the right arm of QB Joe Lissard (2,624 yards, 29 TDs). WRs Gabe Fuselier, Andre Bellefontaine and Jason Pellerin - all underclassmen - have combined for approximately 2,200 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. Carver upset district rival No. 10 South Plaquemines last week and the Rams did it easily (36-12 final). WR Raheem Falkins is committed to Alabama, while RB Eugene Brazley is pledged to Ole Miss. Both Carver seniors are rated three-stars.
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