Easton-Karr above the rest of top 10 New Orleans area games of final week of regular season
The final week of the regular season has arrived.
Teams are after district championships and more importantly, jockeying for higher position in the upcoming state playoffs.
While there are some compelling games in week 10, there is one game that stands well above the rest. It is perhaps a preview of a state semifinal or state championship game.
When Warren Easton hosts Karr Thursday night at Tad Gormley Stadium, it could well be the game of the year locally, if not the game of the year thus far in the state.
The Eagles are ranked third in our CrescentCitySports.com 4A state rankings, are No. 1 in the Louisiana Sportswriters rankings and are second in the most newest power ratings released by the LHSAA.
The Cougars are the defending state champions and are our top-ranked team in the CrescentCitySports.com Top 10 and are third in the Louisiana Sportswriters poll. The Cougars are third in the 4A power ratings.
Both teams have just one loss, with each team losing to perhaps the only two teams with a slight edge on them locally. Warren Easton lost 27-21 to John Curtis while Karr lost 28-26 to De La Salle.
Junior Lance Legendre has been superb for Warren Easton at quarterback while Skylar Perry has been solid for the Cougars. The Eagles have posted two shutouts and have held five opponents to nine points or less while scoring 40 or more points four times, including in their last three games. The Cougars have held four opponents to 10 points or less and have scored 40 or more points twice.
The Cougars have won three of the last four meetings.
A year ago, Karr crushed Warren Easton 61-13. Easton won 40-14 in 2015 while Karr won 34-33 in 2014. Karr won 47-26 in 2013. Many favor Warren Easton but you must prove it by beating the best. This one could go either way.
You can watch it live at CrescentCitySports.com.
Here are the rest of our Top 10 matchups in the area:
2. Lakeshore at Salmen—7 p.m. Friday
Prior to the start of the season, it was widely believed that this could be the year for the Titans to overcome Franklinton and Salmen. The first part has been accomplished. Now, it is time for Lakeshore to prove it against a solid, resilient Salmen squad.
The Spartans have won eight of nine games, losing only to 5A Northshore. They have been a tough team, winning three games by one point. TCU commit Eddie Smith is a star in all aspects for the Spartans while LJ Leonard has been solid at quarterback. The Spartans defeated Franklinton twice, including 28-8 a week ago.
Lakeshore has scored 40 or more points in seven of its nine wins, proving unstoppable. Quarterback Chris Penton leads the way while Jacob Bernard has been outstanding as well and Penton has a host of solid receivers.
The edge would appear to go with the Titans but the Spartans are at home. Lakeshore won easily by a 30-7 count last year and won 35-14 a year ago. The last victory for Salmen over Lakeshore was 41-21 in 2014.
3. Landry-Walker at Chalmette—7 p.m. Friday
The Chargin’ Bucs are charging into the playoffs, having won six straight games after losing their first three to superb opposition. Corione Harris and Devonta Jason are absolute stars for the Bucs. Chad Alexander is an excellent runner for Landry-Walker.
The Owls are a good football team. They have a quality win over Holy Cross and nearly took down John Ehret. Jason Roper has done an excellent job at quarterback while Michaund Blaise is getting it done in the running and passing game. Joshua Taylor is solid as well.
The Chargin’ Bucs won 40-10 last year but the last time Landry-Walker played at Bobby Nuss Stadium, the Owls prevailed 17-12 in 2015. Landry-Walker is the outright District 8-5A champion with a win while Chalmette could force a three-way tie for the title, bringing Ehret back into the picture, with a win.
4. St. James at St. Charles Catholic—7 p.m. Friday
Both teams got a bitter taste of De La Salle most recently.
That said, both are very good teams, just not at the level of the Cavaliers. The Wildcats bounced back from a 63-7 trouncing at the hands of De La Salle with a 24-6 win over Lusher. Glen Brown returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score while quarterback Shamar Smith rushed for 88 yards on 13 carries. Keathon Hogan returned an interception 34 yards for a score.
St. Charles Catholic lost 28-0 to the Cavaliers a week ago. The Comets await the return of star quarterback Lloyd Nash from a broken collarbone while Narquez Jones is a playmaker. The Comets defense has posted four shutouts. St. Charles is third in the Division II power ratings while St. James is third in the 3A power ratings.
5. St. Augustine vs. Rummel—7 p.m. Friday at The Shrine on Airline
Both teams are coming off of consecutive losses. The Purple Knights have lost two straight while the Raiders have dropped three in a row with both teams losing to John Curtis and Holy Cross.
The Purple Knights depend on the play of Josh White. While he is valuable as a receiver and runner, White is most effective at quarterback. Garland LaFrance is a solid running back while Dante Carter and Chris Confident have been good on defense.
The Raiders lost a 42-34 shootout to Curtis. Rummel has lost a host of key players on offense but remains potent, led by Chandler Fields, Ja’Marr Chase and Keirell Jackson. The problem for Rummel is its defense, normally a staple but ineffective at key times in the losing streak.
The winner will most certainly get a first round home game in the Division I playoffs.
6. Donaldsonville vs. De La Salle—7 p.m. Thursday at Pan American Stadium
There is little doubt that the Cavaliers will win, despite the fact that the Tigers are 7-2.
Julien Gums is perhaps the most valuable player on perhaps the best team in the entire area. Kendall Collins is a terrific runner. Jamiran James is a force.
Donaldsonville is potent, having scored 40 or more points five times. The Tigers have lost only to St. James and St. Charles Catholic. Jaylin Williams and Ladarius Jackson are an excellent passing combination while Lamont Pleasant is an outstanding running back.
Still, it does not appear that Donaldsonville can stop the De La Salle express in their quest for an unbeaten season and top-seed in the Division II playoffs.
7. Destrehan at Terrebonne—7 p.m. Friday
The Wildcats are hot, having won five straight since losing to Hahnville. Quarterback J.R. Blood is playing better of late. Kyle Edwards has stepped up with injuries at running back to provide pop. He rushed for 116 yards in the second half in last week’s 27-10 win over Jesuit. Quincy Brown is an excellent receiver.
The Tigers can score, having scored 28 or more points in all nine games. Sophomore Ja’khi Douglas has passed for 12 touchdowns and rushed for five scores. Junior Keshawn James is the star, rushing for 1,044 yards and 14 touchdowns and he has 30 catches for 294 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Brennon Guidry has 18 catches for 270 yards and four touchdowns.
Destrehan is ninth in the latest power ratings while Terrebonne is 17th and fighting for a home game in the first round of the playoffs.
8. Mandeville at Covington—7 p.m. Friday
The Skippers have hit their stride, winning four of their last five games after an 0-3 start in a turbulent situation under a new head coach. Give Josh Buelle a lot of credit for keeping his team together and getting better.
Senior Taron Jones scored three touchdowns in a huge 28-14 win over St. Paul’s a week ago. Darren Steele has improved at quarterback. Benn Bonner and Devin Seiber had big interceptions for the Skippers with Seiber coming up with a pair of picks. Mandeville is 32nd, the final spot to get into the playoffs in the power ratings and should get in, even with a loss, facing an unbeaten team.
The Lions are going for an unbeaten season behind record setting quarterback Joshua Alfaro and record setting running back Devin Brumfield. Kejohn Batiste has 40 catches, including nine touchdown receptions. Covington is currently third in the power ratings.
9. Slidell at Northshore—7 p.m. Friday
It is the battle of Slidell and it is important for both teams.
Slidell is 20th while Northshore is 26th in the power ratings. Neither teams figures to get a first-round home game but both will make the playoffs.
Junior Jacob Guidry is has passed for 10 touchdowns with just one interception and rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the Tigers. Tito Simmons has accounted for over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns. Senior Tirrell Silvas is another fine receiver for Slidell.
Senior quarterback Walter Harris leads the Panthers attack, accounting for 15 touchdowns and 1,301 total yards. Juniors Dwayne Jones, Jr. and Branyan Bounds are other key runners. Senior Ethan Swann is the top receiver.
Slidell won 22-14 a year ago while Northshore won at home 20-14 two years ago. It figures to be close.
10. Carver vs. Riverdale—11 a.m. Saturday at Joe Yenni Stadium
The Rams are 21st in the 4A power ratings while the Rebels are fighting to try to make the playoffs in the 35th spot, despite a 5-4 record.
Pookie Joseph rushed for three touchdowns in a 38-14 win over KIPP Renaissance last Saturday. Christopher Butler is a threat running the football for the Rebels. “Dootie” Sandifer returned a punt 65 yards for a score.
Carver beat Lake Area New Tech 42-24 to improve to 4-3. Senior Izea Hurst leads the way at quarterback while senior Jimmie Cooley is the top running back for the Rams. Freshman Lynaris Elphaege, Jr. is the top receiver.
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