Evangel Christian vs.
Noon Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome
RECORDS: Evangel Christian 12-2; John
LAST WEEK: Evangel by University, 52-45; Curtis beat Springfield, 55-0.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: EVANGEL: QB Dakota Duron, RB/KR Javin Webb, WR/KR Trent Taylor, LB X’Zavier Preston, OL Josh Thomas, WR Jared Cornelius; CURTIS: RB Sherman Badie, QB Patrick Morton, WR Malachi Dupre, LB Duke Riley, LB Eric Thomas.
NOTEWORTHY: Top-seeded Curtis and No. 2 Evangel renew their title-game rivalry that includes two recent title-game wins by ECA in 2009 and 2010. ... Curtis seeks its 25th state title. ... Duron passed for 2,968 yards and 31 TDs in the regular season. ... Duron’s brother, ex-ECA quarterback Dez, was on the singing competition show “The Voice” until this week. ... Curtis coach J.T, Curtis has 519 career wins and is Louisiana’s all-time winningest coach and ranks second national ... Badie is a Tulane commitment who has 723 yards and is averaging 11.5 yards per carry for Curtis’ potent offense. ... Morton has passed for 1,468 yards and 19 TDs for the Patriots.
Notre Dame vs.
4 p.m. Saturday Mercedes-Benz Superdome
RECORDS: Notre Dame 12-1; Parkview Baptist 12-0.
LAST WEEK: Notre Dame beat East Feliciana, 16-14; Parkview beat Livonia, 49-6.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: NOTRE DAME: RB Luke Broussard, RB Austin Thibodeaux, QB, Brad Stoma, LB Kipp Credeur, LB Hunter Stelly, C Andrew Valdetero, WR Nick Benoit; PARKVIEW BAPTIST: RB Hezekiah Randolph, RB Conner Hodgeson, QB Brennan Bozeman, C Luke Gomez, DL Victor Gutierrez, LB Hunter Brian, DB/WR Austin Suits.
NOTEWORTHY: Teams meet for the fourth straight year in the playoffs. ... PBS is the No. 1 seed and Notre Dame is seeded second, the reverse of their roles when Notre Dame took a 14-7 win over PBS in the 2009 title game. ... PBS has won the last two games, including a 28-13 win in the second round a year ago. ... Randolph was the title-game MVP when PBS won its last title in 2010 and leads the Eagles with 1,268 rushing yards. ... Broussard has 1,507 rushing yards for Crowley-based NDHS. ... PBS’ Bozeman has 1,099 passing yards and 16 TDs to go along with 755 rushing yards and 9 TDs, along with a 10.1 yards per carry average. ... PBS has won state titles in 2001, 2007 and 2010. The game will be broadcast in Baton Rouge on 104.5 FM.
Barbe vs. Rummel
8 p.m. Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome
RECORDS: Barbe 13-1; Rummel 13-0.
LAST WEEK: Barbe beat West Monroe,
49-48; Rummel beat Mandeville 17-14.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: BARBE: QB Kennon Fontenot, WR Trey Quinn, TE Desean Smith, OL Tanner Hooper, RB Courtney Galentine, DB Callen Smith; RUMMEL: QB Damian Williams, RB Keith Fulton, LB Michael Kennedy, DL Matthew Kennedy, OL Nathan Breaud.
NOTEWORTHY: Rummel is the No. 1 seed and Barbe, the No. 2 seed, is making its first finals appearance since 1980, the year before the Prep Classic started. ... BHS coach Mike Cutrera played for the Bucs’ finals team in 1980. ... Rummel was the 2009 runner-up and seeks the first title in the 49-year history of its football program. ... Rummel’s Williams will get the start in the title game for the second time in his career and has passed for 1,708 yards so far this season. ... Barbe TE Smith is an LSU commitment.