Top 10 high school football games to watch in greater New Orleans in Week 2
It is a banner week for top matchups involving area teams in the Greater New Orleans area.
Even in week two, that is more and more the case annually with teams scheduling very tough pre-district games to ensure power points for the playoffs.
The top game has to be the matchup of current state champions with Karr batting Landry-Walker. Then, there is the first-ever game at Yulman Stadium as De La Salle battles St. Augustine. Of course, there is perhaps the most heated rivalry in the battle of St. James Parish as St. James hosts Lutcher. The matchup of potential ‘Dome teams is at Hoss Memtsas with John Ehret hosting Hahnville. Then, there is a River Parish gem with St. Charles Catholic playing host to Destrehan.
Others of great interest include Barbe at Riverside, Covington at Holy Cross, Jesuit at St. Paul’s, Rummel at Escambia, FL and Lakeshore at East Jefferson.
Here are the top 10 week two matchups involving metro area teams:
1) Karr vs. Landry-Walker—It is the battle of Algiers. It is a battle of defending state champions. It is a tremendous neighborhood rivalry. Arrive early! Landry-Walker is coming off of a tough loss to John Curtis in which it played two quarterbacks. Still, the Chargin’ Bucs still have a terrific wide receiver in Devonta Jason, along with a fast defense. The Cougars won a tough road game at St. Paul’s and did it with brilliant defense, forcing turnovers. Devin Bush is the real deal. He had two interceptions including one returned for a score in the win at St. Paul’s. New quarterback Skylar Perry played quite well. Karr can run the football quite well. It figures to be electric and it figures to be competitive.
2) De La Salle vs. St. Augustine—Start with the fact that it is the first high school game ever played at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium and it is special enough. Then, take a look at the players (and coaches) on the field and it is even more special. The Cavaliers of Ryan Manale looked very good in an easy win at South Lafourche. It is a team that has outstanding talent up front on both sides of the ball and a playmaker in Julien Gums. The Purple Knights have a big-time defense, which had eight sacks in a shutout win over very gifted McDonogh 35. Tulane commit Juan Monjarres gets to play on the field he will play on in college.
3) Lutcher at St. James—It is no longer a district game with the two teams now in different classifications. In fact, the Bulldogs have moved to a Baton Rouge area district while the Wildcats are still in a New Orleans area district. This one can be seen live at CrescentCitySports.com Friday night. Speaking of arriving early……you might want to try the day before! The Wildcats rallied in wild fashion to beat West St. John while Lutcher was shocked by East Ascension. Dontaz Sterling caught three touchdown passes and ran for one for the Wildcats against the Rams while the Bulldogs have an excellent receiver in Gregory Clayton.
4) Hahnville at John Ehret—The Tigers are improved and have a shot to beat Destrehan this year in district play and make a deep run in the playoffs. That is largely thanks to a veteran squad and perhaps the fastest player in the state in Anthony “Pooka” Williams. John Ehret took an assignment that very few would take in going to West Monroe last week. While they lost 47-32, it was largely due to special teams breakdowns. From scrimmage, the Patriots were the virtual equal of the Rebels, led by junior quarterback Travis Mumphrey. Both of these teams have a realistic shot of playing in December in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
5) Destrehan at St. Charles Catholic—The Wildcats of Steve Robicheaux are always solid and this year is no exception. They handled Slidell in week one and may have the best running back in Louisiana in junior John Emery. The Comets are as well coached as any team in the state but in consecutive weeks, they have lost their best defensive player (Dellary Oubre) and best offensive player (Lloyd Nash), which really puts a damper on what looked like a terrific matchup. Robicheaux returns to St. Charles, where he went to school and where his daughters attended school. It should still be a good one featuring two of the best coaches and programs in Louisiana.
6) Barbe at Riverside—Playing at Sulphur, Barbe unveiled what looks like an outstanding team in an impressive 56-13 victory over always solid Ponchatoula last Friday night. Luke Richard was brilliant at quarterback, with a huge evening. As for Riverside, no one was more impressive in week one. The Rebels crushed a very talented (though troubled) Southern Lab squad 54-0 in a matchup of defending state champions. They did it without star running Jeremy Gibson. Quarterback Jordan Loving was terrific. He may be the best at his position in Louisiana as a four-year starter. We should find out much about Barbe as Riverside is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as state champs in Division III.
7) Rummel at Escambia, FL—The Raider put their new spread offense on display against Gulfport, MS last Saturday night in a 31-0 victory and it was impressive with Chandler Fields throwing to Florida commit Ja’Marr Chase and a talented receiving corps. Just as impressive was the play of the fast Raider defense, which forced four turnovers. Escambia is very athletic and has a Florida commit of its own in Jacob Coleman. The Gators shutout Shaw 34-0 and looked good doing so and they are at home. Keep an eye on Hurricane Irma and any potential impact on this one.
8) Lakeshore at East Jefferson—The Titans put on a show with senior quarterback Chris Penton throwing a school record seven touchdown passes in a 49-10 rout of Fontainebleau on an emotional night in which assistant football coach and head baseball coach Greg Battistella was honored. Battistella is recovering from a stroke. The Warriors of Frank Allelo won by forfeit and will be at a disadvantage for not having played a game but they are much improved over last year and huge up front, averaging over 280 pounds per offensive lineman. Who imposes its will on the other will win this one.
9) Covington at Holy Cross (Tad Gormley)—The Lions have been building to this year, with an experienced, veteran team that has talent. Senior running back Devin Brumfield is superb, a Texas Tech commit. The all-time leading rusher in Lions history, Brumfield tied the all-time school record for touchdown runs with 56. He will surely break it. The Tigers won by forfeit and will be at a disadvantage. Kym Wimberly is an outstanding receiver who is committed to Harvard. If the Tigers are better up front, as they have worked hard to be, this will be a very good game.
10) Jesuit at St. Paul’s—Both teams are smarting from tough losses to really good teams. The Blue Jays were humbled by Warren Easton 40-14 but still have an excellent defensive front. They need consistent play from senior quarterback Alex Watermeier. The Wolves competed well but saw defending 4A state champ Karr pull away in the fourth quarter for a 42-23 victory. Johntae McDowell must recover from a five interception performance against the Cougars but he is fully capable of doing so.
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