Louisiana 3A 1st Rd. Playoff Predictions

Davante' Bourque

No. 24 Crowley makes the 20-mile trip west on Interstate 10 for the second time in a month to face No. 10 Jennings in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. Will Davante' Bourque and the Gents get revenge for the 21-0 regular season loss to Jennings? What surprises does the top half of the bracket hold? Can No. 32 East Feliciana stun No. 1 Farmerville?

(Last year's playoff predictions: 119-37)

CLASS 3A

  • No. 32 East Feliciana (5-4) at No. 1 Farmerville (9-1)

    Farmerville's reward for landing the No. 1 seed is...a date with an extremely athletic East Feliciana team led by junior QB Kendell Beckwith (pictured at bottom)? Farmerville appears ripe for the upset. The Farmers scraped past 2-7 Madison Parish last week by one point (21-20). J.T. Brown helps power Farmerville's patented running attack. East Feliciana suffered through a four-game losing streak during the middle of the season but has knocked off three consecutive opponents. DB Ellis Eubanks has an offer from North Texas.

    East Feliciana, 21-14

  • No. 17 Donaldsonville (5-5) at No. 16 Marksville (7-3)

    Marksville showed it can stop the run last week vs. Avoyelles. This week, the Tigers' secondary must be up to par against Donaldsonville QB Devon Breaux (2,672 yards, 24 TDs). A three-star prospect, Breaux is committed to Tulane as either a receiver or defensive back. Breaux also leads the team in rushing with 865 yards and 10 scores. WRs Jacquel Gant and Leondre James have combined for 1,911 yards receiving. Tre Brown helps out at both RB and DB. Marksville punctuated its five-game win streak last Friday by throttling previously undefeated Avoyelles, 63-6. Peyton Dunbar paces the run-happy Tigers with over 1,200 yards rushing. He had 142 vs. Avoyelles.

    Donaldsonville, 35-30

  • No. 24 Crowley (4-5) at No. 9 Jennings (8-2)

    These two district rivals squared off in week eight with Jennings blanking the Gents, 21-0. Crowley would be wise not to get overly fancy. If you have a RB like LSU commit Davante' Bourque, put the game in his hands. If Crowley feeds Bourque 30 times, they control the clock and pull off the upset. Jennings has one of the state's best tight end prospects in senior Khristopher Watkins.

    Crowley, 22-20

  • No. 25 Rayville (5-5) at No. 8 Eunice (8-2)

    Eunice must find a way to bounce back from last week's disappointing 42-7 loss to Church Point. QB Trenon Trosclair and RBs Jacob Juris and John Johnson are players to watch for the Bobcats. Marquon Hunter gained more than 100 yards with three touchdowns last week in Rayville's win over Carroll. The Hornets have had prognosticators shaking their heads. In week five, the Hornets beat 4A Bastrop, only to turn around and lose to 2-7 Madison Parish the following week. QB Deleyoung Miller does a nice job of running the Hornets' read-option offense.

    Eunice, 37-32

  • No. 28 North Desoto (4-6) at No. 5 Livonia (9-1)

    Livonia loves to feed RB Mark Lewis, who ran for 196 yards and three TDs last week vs. Port Barre, but if defenses load the box too tightly QB Mason Torres will take to the air. Torres threw for 104 yards and a TD vs. Port Barre. North DeSoto has dropped five of its last six, although the Griffins were stingy on D in last week's 14-13 setback at the hands of 9-1 Bossier.

    Livonia, 20-10

  • No. 21 McMain (7-3) at No. 12 Avoyelles (9-1)

    McMain, boosted by the legs of Joshua Rounds (1,500-plus yards), has blown away its last four opponents by a 189-26 margin. Avoyelles, on the other hand, was humbled last week by Marksville (63-6). This game should over be in a hurry, considering that both teams insist on a staunch running game. Johntrell White and Matthew McGee of Avoyelles have combined for nearly 3,000 yards rushing.

    Avoyelles 24, McMain 23

  • No. 20 Westlake (6-4) at No. 13 Richwood (7-3)

    Westlake RB Devin Eaglin is a tireless worker who has stepped off 1,518 yards with 22 TDs, including three in each of the past two weeks. Richwood has lost two of its last three to excellent competition (3A No. 1 Farmerville and 5A No. 10 Ouachita Parish). DB Tre Hunter has top-notch cover skills.

    Richwood, 20-19

  • No. 29 North Vermilion (5-5) at No. 4 Amite (8-1)

    Amite's only loss was to 5A playoff team Ponchatoula. The Warriors will run the majority of the time with QB Reginald Porter and speedy junior RB James Oden. LB Juwaan Rogers is the name to remember on defense for Amite. North Vermilion RB Jeremy James is an outstanding player. James, who impressed at the Lafayette National Underclassmen Combine, gained 119 yards last week in the Patriots' 12-7 loss to Kaplan.

    Amite, 28-0

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