Gerald Willis (pic by Chad Simmons)
Five-star Gerald Willis, the junior defensive end from Edna Karr, helped the Cougars stay perfect on Friday night. Get the gridiron details from around the state inside...
Edna Karr (9-0) is looking to make a third straight appearance in the Class 4A title game. The Cougars collected a 28-7 decision over West Bank rival O.P. Walker on Friday. "Gerald Willis had a truly dominating performance," Andrew Lopez of nola.com wrote on Twitter. Willis, the nation's second-ranked 2014 DE, registered two sacks, four tackles for loss, and intercepted a pass with an accompanying 38-yard return.
John Curtis Christian, the nation's second-ranked team, moved to 9-0 with a resounding 50-0 win over South Plaquemines in Port Sulphur. Four-star WR Malachi Dupre (pictured below), RB Sherman Badie, Tulane CB commit Richard Allen and QB Patrick Morton each reached the end zone. Curtis senior LB Eric Thomas committed to Tulane earlier this week. Thomas, Allen and Curtis offensive lineman Brandon Godfrey are all Green Wave pledges.
Hawaii hasn't recruited in Louisiana much, if ever, in the past but the Warriors offered two in-state juniors -- CB Daniel Lewis (NISH) and TE Jacory Washington (Westlake) -- over the past 10 days. Lewis and Washington each hope to have a big impact in the playoffs for their respective squads. FOXSportsNEXT.com has predicted the winner and exact score of every playoff game for the past two years; that will continue this year, albeit in an abbreviated format.
Sophomore RB Derrius Guice dashed for the winning score in Catholic-BR's upset of Dutchtown. The district title goes to the Bears, who have two outstanding backs in Guice and senior Khalil Thomas.
RB Elijah McGuire topped the 2,000-yard rushing mark for 9-1 Vandebilt Catholic, which should garner a lofty seed in the 4A bracket. The Terriers outscored Ellender Memorial, 64-36.
Westgate began the year 0-7, although the Tigers ran the table the past three weeks with a healthy Jamal Sam toting the football frequently. Four-star LSU commit Josh Boutte received his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey at a Friday afternoon pep rally.
LSU commit Michael Patterson of Winnfield celebrated his birthday in style with another district championship. The Tigers defeated Many in the regular season finale. Winnfield seeks a second straight trip to the 2A finals.
In the AcadianaPostgame.com "Game of the Week," Class A powers Vermilion Catholic and Central Catholic slugged it out. CCMC, which is led by QB Josh Singleton, WR Dontrell Brown, LB Lamar Grogan and LB Garret LeBlanc, sprinted to a 14-0 lead at the half, but Vermilion Catholic woke up with a flourish of second-half points to prevail, 35-14. VC has arguably the Lafayette area's best RB in junior Jacoby Davis (who has missed time due to injury).
North Texas has done excellent work in recruiting the Bayou State under CBs coach Justin Gaines. The latest Louisiana prospect to receive a North Texas offer is Acadiana OLB Claude George. While ULM is George's only other FBS offer to date, look for his recruitment to possibly pick up steam between now and February.
Speaking of potentially-undervalued players whose stock could rise, St. Paul's senior safety Jay Washington (McNeese St. commit) led the Wolves to a 6-0 mark in district. St. Paul's, 7-3 overall, lost to three great teams: John Curtis Christian, Tallahassee Lincoln and Salmen. The Wolves held eight opponents to 14-or-fewer points. Washington picked off passes against both Curtis and Lincoln, and he swiped two vs. Slidell.