District 5-5A, at a glance

Catholic High Bears

Coach: Dale K. Weiner (253-76 at Catholic, 288-103 overall)

2013: 8-3, 4-1

Last playoff appearance: 2013 (lost to Holy Cross in Division I select quarterfinals)

That was then: The Bears won a share of the 5-5A title and advanced to the select Division I quarterfinals.

This is now: Catholic is again one of the 5-5A favorites and will attract plenty of statewide attention with RB Derrius Guice.

Ask The Advocate: Avoiding injuries and getting elevated play from new starters could help the Bears meet lofty expectations.

Projected starters on offense (no-huddle spread)

WR Blair Bogan (5-8, 165, Jr.), WR Landon Flowers (6-0, 185, Sr.), WR Parker Sulik (5-9, 160, Jr.), WR Grayson Walsh (5-8, 160, Jr.), HB Nick Deranger (6-3, 220, Sr.), *TB Derrius Guice (6-0, 215, Sr.), RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, QB Ian Brian (5-11, 180, Jr.), *LT Aaron Wiltz (6-5, 280, Sr.), LG Harrison Terrell (6-0, 230, Sr.), C Brett Fontaine (5-11, 215, Jr.), RG Zach Minton (6-2, 260, Sr.), OT Lawerance Hamilton

Projected starters on defense (4-3)

DE Hunter Minton (6-1, 200), DE Joseph Glover (6-2, 215), NG K.J. Wilson (5-10, 230), *LB Cade Melancon (6-0, 215), LB Brandon Fairbanks (6-0, 195), *LB Uriah Alexander (5-9, 210), SS John Connolly (6-1, 190), FS Trevell Johnson (5-10, 195), SS Denver Dennison (5-10, 170), *CB Connor Bowen (5-10, 170), CB Brian Herry (5-10, 170), K/P Jack Gonsoulin (5-11, 175)

The schedule

Sept. 5 at Parkview

Sept. 12 at Mandeville

Sept. 19 at Denham Springs

Sept. 26 Rummel

Oct. 3 at Salmen

Oct. 10 St. Amant#

Oct. 17 at Dutchtown#

Oct. 24 at McKinley#

Oct. 31 Woodlawn#

Nov. 7 East Ascension#

Dutchtown Griffins

Coach: Benny Saia (91-37 at Dutchtown, 136-81 overall)

2013: 10-3, 4-1

Last playoff appearance: 2013 (lost to Destrehan Class 5A quarterfinals)

That was then: The Griffins won a series of close games en route to being the 5-5A co-champions.

This is now: DHS returns safties Alonzo Craighton, QB Brandt Fritsche and RB Kajuan Coleman and figures to be a force to be reckoned with again.

Ask The Advocate: Dutchtown and Catholic are favorites in a tight 5-5A race that the Griffins could use as a springboard to greater playoff success.

Projected starters on offense (spread)

*QB Brandt Fritsche (5-10, 167, Sr.), *RB Kajuan Coleman (5-8, 180, Sr.), RB Fitell Bolding (5-8, 180, Jr.), SE Cornelius Washington (6-0, 175, Jr.), *SE Jonathan Hodoh (6-0, 200, Sr.), TE Chris Falgoust (5-11, 210, Jr.), C Brett Broussard (5-10, 250, Sr.), *OT Hunter Austin (6-2, 295, Sr.), OT Lloyd Cushenberry (6-5, 315, Jr.), OG Mylik McWilliams (5-10, 247, Jr.), OG Josh Toepfer (6-0, 225, Sr.)

Projected starters on defense (4-3)

*DB Justin Reid (6-0, 205, Sr.), *DB Coney Durr (5-10, 175, Jr.), DB Rickey Thomas (5-8, 155, Jr.), *DB Alonzo Craighton (6-2, 195, Sr.), DB DeAnthony James (5-9, 165, Sr.), *DB Javad Ben (5-9, 215, Sr.), DB Sean Pruet (5-8, 180, Jr.), *DB Hunter Hill (6-0, 205, Sr.), DB Michael Tadda (6-1, 210, Sr.), *DB Travis Goodman (6-0, 215, Sr.), DB Ryan Trahan (6-2, 196, Jr.)

The schedule

Sept. 5 Lutcher

Sept. 12 Donaldsonville

Sept. 19 at Destrehan

Sept. 26 Captain Shreve

Oct. 3 Rummel

Oct. 10 at Woodlawn#

Oct. 17 Catholic#

Oct. 24 at East Ascension#

Oct. 31 McKinley#

Nov. 7 St. Amant#

East Ascension Spartans

Coach: Paul Bourgeois (20-13 at EAHS)

2013: 9-3, 3-2

Last playoff appearance: 2013 (lost to Covington in the 5A regional round)

That was then: The Spartans started strong and enjoyed their best season in recent years.

This is now: Only one starter returns to the offensive backfield and only two are back on defense.

Ask The Advocate: Veterans stepping into starting roles for the first time must excel to give EAHS a chance at reaching its 2013 heights.

Projected starters on offense (spread)

WR Ira Washington (5-11, 170, So.), *TE Kade Waguespack (6-1, 210, Sr.), *OT Sam Hargrave (6-2, 275, Sr.), *OG Ryan Keller (6-1, 315, Sr.), C David Janis (5-11, 215, Sr.), OG Milton Pichardo (6-0, 260, Sr.), OT Gus Gutierrez (6-1, 250, Jr.), Coley Hatter (6-0, 255, Sr.), *WR Josh Andrews (5-11, 175, Sr.), QB Kyran Irvin (6-1, 205, Jr.), *RB Josh Walker (5-9, 190, Sr.), RB Bates Joshua (5-10, 185, Jr.), K Patrick McGinn (5-11, 175, Sr.)

Projected starters on defense (4-3)

DL Justin Sims (6-0, 200, Sr.), DL Devon Sherman (6-1, 260, Jr.), DL Brandon Samanei (6-2, 195, Sr.), *DL Carlton Vallot (6-0, 220, Sr.), LB Josh Dennis (6-1, 190, Jr.), *LB Donovan Julien (5-9, 230, Sr.), LB Maurshaud Melancon (5-9, 180, Jr.), DB Johnny Baker (6-0, 170, Jr.), DB Jacquel Jacobs (5-10, 175, Jr.), DB Cameron Simon (5-8, 160, So.), DB Na’Quan Coleman (5-6, 170, Jr.), P-KO: Cale Kernan. (5-10, 185, Jr.)

The schedule

Sept. 5 at Plaquemine

Sept. 12 Patterson

Sept. 19 at St. Charles Catholic

Sept. 26 Brother Martin

Oct. 3 Lutcher

Oct. 10 at McKinley#

Oct. 17 Woodlawn#

Oct. 24 Dutchtown#

Oct. 31 at St. Amant#

Nov. 7 at Catholic#

McKinley Panthers

Coach: Robert Signater (72-61 overall)

2014: 3-8, 1-4

Last playoff appearance: 2013 (lost to East Ascension in the 5A first round)

That was then: The Panthers lost some close ones last year, including late-season games with Dutchtown and East Ascension.

This is now: McKinley has all the ingredients needed, including 25 seniors, to be a breakout team.

Ask The Advocate: Look for the Panthers to have their best 5A season to date and surprise plenty of people.

Projected starters on offense

QB Travion Alexander (5-10, 165, Sr.), QB Christian Smith (6-1, 175, Jr.), RB Larry Moore (5-11, 190, Sr.), RB Liljohn Lewis (5-9, 150, So.), RB Marcus Hill (5-8, 150, So.), FB Charles Vaughn (5-11, 240, Sr.), FB Keithon Henderson (5-10, 230, Jr.), WR Jaylon Johnson (6-3, 185, Sr.), WR Jawun Ruffin (5-10, 155, Jr.), WR Dalon Coleman (5-11, 180, Jr.), WR Najee Berry (6-0, 180, Sr.), WR Liljohn Lewis (5-9, 150, So.), WR Caleb Quiett (5-9, 150, So.), TE Kevin Terry (6-4, 210, Sr.), TE Josh Quiett (6-4, 210, Fr.), OL Brady Monroe (6-0, 260, Sr.), OL Kevin Dotson (5-10, 275, Sr.), OL Keeyon Smart (6-5, 310, Sr.), OL Jarvis Bingham (5-10, 240, Sr.), OL Tyler Smith (6-0, 305, Jr.)

Projected starters on defense

DE Nick Wiggins (6-3, 210, Jr.), DE Timothy Dubose (5-11, 190, Sr.), DE Hasan Muhammad (5-11, 190, Sr.), DT Daniel James (6-2, 260, Sr.), DT Charles Vaughn (5-11, 240, Sr.), DT Keithon Henderson (5-10, 230, Jr.), LB Kirkland Louis (6-2, 230, Sr.), LB Jermaine Terrance (5-11, 210, Sr.), LB Anthony Raby (5-11, 210, So.), DB Jaylon Johnson (6-3, 185, Sr.),DB Dalon Coleman (5-11, 180, Jr.), DB Montrell Harris (6-1, 170, Sr.), DB Daveon Collins (6-3, 190, Sr.)

The schedule

Sept. 5 Scotlandville at Memorial

Sept. 12 at Capitol

Sept. 19 Opelousas

Sept. 26 at Central

Oct. 3 at Landry-Walker

Oct. 10 East Ascension#

Oct. 17 at St. Amant#

Oct. 24 Catholic#

Oct. 31 at Dutchtown#

Nov. 6 at Woodlawn#

St. Amant Gators

Coach: David Oliver

2013: 6-5, 2-3

Last time in playoffs: 2013 (lost to East St. John in 5A first round)

That was then: The Gators had a solid season but lost several tight games that left their coaches wondering what could have been.

This is now: Few starters return, but QB Tyler Dixon and WR Marquise Hampton provide excellent building blocks.

Ask The Advocate: St. Amant has 32 seniors, many of whom were reserves last year. If those players perform well, so will the Gators.

Projected starters on offense (spread)

WR/TE Trevor Hampel Sr. or Luke Bignar Sr., *WR Marquise Hampton Sr., *WR Justin Duhon Sr., OG Nathaniel Pierce Sr. or Jacob Delaune So., *OT Wyatt Walker Jr,, *C Ian Watts Sr., OG Phillip Tassin Sr. or Zack Hebert Jr., OT Josh Banks Jr., QB Tyler Dixon Sr., RB Richard Williams Sr., WR Ethan Babin, Sr.

Projected starters on defense (3-4)

DT Dylan Matherne Sr., NG D’Andre Sims Sr., DT Elliott Turner Jr., LB Desmond Allen Sr., LB Dylan Stephens Sr., LB Jordan LeBourgeois Sr., LB Caffre Jackson Sr., CB Alex Templet Sr. or Jamal Vessel Sr., SS Glen Keating Sr., *FS Alex Derouselle Sr., *CB Christian Schmitt Sr.

The schedule

Sept. 5 Warren Easton

Sept. 12 Higgins

Sept. 19 H.L. Bourgeois

Sept. 26 at Lutcher

Oct. 3 Ehret

Oct. 10 at Catholic#

Oct. 17 McKinley#

Oct. 24 at Woodlawn#

Oct. 31 East Ascension#

Nov. 7 Dutchtown#

Woodlawn Panthers

Coach: Brett Beard (4-7 at Woodlawn)

2013: 4-7, 1-4

Last time in playoffs: 2013 (lost to Dutchtown in 5A first round)

That was then: Woodlawn made great strides in Beard’s first season and nearly posted some notable wins.

This is now: Look for the Panthers, armed with a new offense, to hammer out a signature win at some point.

Ask The Advocate: Like McKinley, Woodlawn could be one of the area’s surprise teams, making 5-5A even tougher.

Projected starters on offense (spread)

*QB Charles Brooks, RB Ashton Johnson, WR Jonathan Scott, WR Troy Domino, WR Taj Sullivan, *TE Courtlen Walker, OL Dillion Roy, OL Cade Callaway, OL T.J. Coleman, OL David May, OL Cole Perkins

Projected starters on defense (4-3)

NG Isaac Brury, DE Jordan Anderson, *DE Jeremy Jackson, LB Ed Williams, LB Andre Dixon, LB Ken Harris, LB Dillan Whitehall, CB Jontrell London, Cb Shawn White, *S Eltorrian Glidersleeve, S Ryan Williams

The schedule

Sept. 5 at Denham Springs

Sept. 12 Madison Prep

Sept. 19 Plaquemine

Sept. 26 Warren Easton

Oct. 3 at Assumption

Oct. 10 Dutchtown#

Oct. 17 at East Ascension#

Oct. 24 St. Amant#

Oct. 31 at Catholic#

Nov. 6 McKinley#

# — district game; * — returning starter