New Orleans football capsules

Ridgewood at Ben Franklin

When: 4 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: Ben Franklin, playing an independent schedule, is looking to improve on back-to-back 2-7 seasons. Ridgewood, meanwhile, seeks to recover from winless season in 2012.

Bergen (N.J.) Catholic vs. John Curtis

Where: Joe Yenni Stadium. When: 6 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: Interstate battle between two of the premier programs in the nation. WR Malachi Dupre gets a lot of ink for Curtis, but a stable of backs makes Patriots go. Athlete Kyle Querio, committed to Northwestern, leads the Crusaders.

Bonnabel at Fontainebleau

When: 7 p.m.. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: Bonnabel begins a string of four opponents for Fontainebleau who combined to go 8-29 last year. The Bruins had 26 yards and one first down in their 29-0 jamboree loss to Karr last week.

Helen Cox at Northshore

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Northshore won 21-20.

The buzz: Northshore looked poised in a 17-0 jamboree win against Lakeshore. Quarterback Dalvin Populist ran for two, 1-yard touchdowns in the game. Dion Ray ran for one touchdown and threw for another in Cox’s 17-5 jamboree victory against Thomas Jefferson.

Karr at St. Paul’s

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Karr coming to the Northshore ranked No. 1 in the New Orleans Advocate large school rankings. St. Paul’s is ranked fifth. Their game last season was canceled because of Hurricane Isaac.

Houston (Texas) DeKaney at Mandeville

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: The Skippers played to a 14-14 tie with Franklinton in the Covington Jamboree. Quarterback Glen Cuiellette, a Tulane signee, leads the way for Mandeville. This games was to be part of a doubleheader with John Curtis and Berger (N.J.) Catholic but that game was moved to Joe Yenni for TV purposes.

Holy Cross at Covington

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: The Lions look to be stout on defense this year with highly regarded defensive tackle Garrald McDowell getting pressure on the offense. Covington is ranked fourth in the large school poll with Holy Cross entering in the ninth position. The Tigers lost to Warren Easton 19-17 in its jamboree.

Ponchatoula vs. Jesuit

When: 7 p.m. Where: Tad Gormley. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: Blue Jays have to replace QB Tanner Lee and much of its offensive line, so defense will be key early on. QB Christian Campbell (600 rushing yards last year) leads the Green Wave.

Slidell at Chalmette

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: Slidell sophomore Bradley Bozant was inserted in the waning seconds of their jamboree because of an injury to starting quarterback Ryan Rucker. Bozant threw a touchdown on his first varsity snap. Chalmette’s Tommy Alphonso ran for two touchdowns in his team’s 20-13 jamboree victory against Riverdale.

South Pike (Miss.) at Hammond

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Malter Scobel, who spent previous five seasons as coach at Covington, takes over the Tors this season. South Pike is 1-1 after 40-12 loss to Tylertown (Miss.) last week.

Shaw at Thibodaux

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: QB Quentin Gibson gives the Eagles a playmaker behind center as they look to improve on 4-6 mark in 2012. But slowing down Thibodaux RB Donta Johnson will be a must.

Hahnville at Salmen

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: Salmen starts its season at home, after losing to John Curtis 40-6 in the Covington Jamboree. Hahnville defeated St. James 37-13 in its jamboree.

Landry-Walker at South Lafourche

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: Charging Buccaneers make their debut after merger of West Bank high schools Walker and Landry. Walker-Landry OL Alex Anderson, an Arizona State commitment, is one of area’s top linemen.

West Jefferson at Destrehan

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Destrehan won 22-12.

The buzz: Carver transfer Niguel Veal-Franklin’s kickoff return for a TD in last week’s jamboree showed his big-play ability. Utah commit Donovan Isom (QB) is the spark for Destrehan, No. 8 in large school rankings.

East Jefferson vs. Higgins

Where: Hoss Memtsas, Harvey. When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: After a slow first half against Slidell, EJHS rallied to take the lead late in the jamboree featuring the two teams. Time ran out on the Warriors, though their offense looked strong after halftime.

Miller-McCoy at Lakeshore

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Lakeshore won 56-20.

The buzz: Lakeshore was without standout running back David Ducre III in a 17-0 jamboree loss to Northshore. The Titans were forced to pass often in his absence.

Pine at Pearl River

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: Both teams are young. Pearl River will start strong against the first of three consecutive Class 2A opponents.

Riverdale at Hannan

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: Hannan quarterback Korey Zeigler brings a wealth of game experience. Riverdale brought in new coach Brett Bonnaffons to help get the Rebels back to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Tylertown (Miss.) at Franklinton

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: Demons return 15 starters form last season’s team that finished 6-4, but must slow down the Chiefs (1-1), who are averaging 38 points per game.

Belle Chasse at South Plaquemines

When: 7 p.m. Last year: did not play.

The buzz: Hurricanes are ranked fifth in The Advocate’s small school rankings. Belle Chasse WR Terren Encalade has committed to Tulane and is a big-play weapon.

Warren Easton at St. Amant

Where: 7 p.m. Last year: did not play.

The buzz: Tyron Billy-Johnson (13 TDs last season) and QB Deshawn Capers-Smith gives the Eagles a dangerous 1-2 punch in what should be an explosive offense.

Clark at Northlake Christian

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: Experience on both offense and defense, not to mention the strong arm of quarterback Josh O’Rear, makes Northlake a tough foe in 2013.

Thomas Jefferson at Albany

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: The Jaguars, who played as an independent last season, are seeking their first playoff berth in school history this season. QB Tyler Butler keys Jefferson.

Lusher at St. Martin’s

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: Lions should be solid on offense with 10 returning starters, including coach’s son Louis Landrum III. The Saints, meanwhile, lost 10 starters on defense.

McMain at Newman

When: 7 p.m. Last year: McMain won 42-33.

The buzz: Newman, ranked No. 3 in small school rankings, led by Tulane commit Kendall Bussey. QB Omari Jones, who had a TD pass in last week’s jamboree against McDonogh 35 is the Mustangs’ trigger man.

Southern Lab at St. Charles

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: The Comets, ranked second in small-school rankings, are led by junior QB Austin Weber. Kittens WR Curlan Williams is one of best in Baton Rouge area.

Pope John Paul II at Biloxi (Miss.) St. Patrick

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: The Jaguars lost quite a few playmakers from last season’s squad, but return 18 seniors.

McDonogh vs. Sophie Wright

Where: Pan American. When: 7 p.m.

The buzz: Trojans seek a win after a winless 2012 season. Warriors begin first season competing for a district crown after playing an independent schedule in 2012.

Evangel at Riverside

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: Rebels, loaded with sophomore and juniors, host an Evangel team that put up more than 44 points per game last season.

Sci Academy at Fisher

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play .

The buzz: Gators lost 17 seniors from last year’s team that finished 2-7. Sci Academy gives Gators a chance to start season off on a winning note.

St. James at West St. John

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Did not play.

The buzz: Wildcats haven’t won a game in two seasons and will rely on freshman QB Lowell Narcisse to change that. RB Jeremy Jackson and the Rams appear to be a title contender. 
Country Day at Ecole Classique

When: 7 p.m. Last year: Country Day won 47-0.

The buzz: This is a District 9-A game. The teams agreed to play on the first playing date because Country Day needed an opening opponent and Ecole is playing only a six-game schedule, all against district foes. RB Andrew Kern is back for the Cajuns, who went undefeated in district play last season. Spartans, who won just one game last season, return just two starters on offense.