GeauxPreps/LSWA Top 10 Rankings listed. Games and times are subject to change.
Lafayette Christian (7-2) at St. Thomas More (8-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., Friday, Cougar Stadium, 450 E Farrel Rd, Lafayette
Last week: LCA beat North Vermilion, 34-0; St. Thomas More beat Westgate, 42-34
Last meeting: First meeting
Facts: The first meeting between these two programs could be the biggest in terms of playoff positioning and district titles. St. Thomas More holds on to first place in District 4-4A but a Lafayette Christian win could throw the teams into a three-way tie with Teurlings Catholic.
Other Top Area Games: Church Point at Iota; Franklin at Ascension Episcopal; Hanson Memorial at Vermilion Catholic; Sam Houston at Southside; Welsh at Notre Dame
Catholic-BR (8-1) at Zachary (7-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., Thursday; Bronco Stadium, 4100 School St, Zachary
Last week: Catholic-BR beat Scotlandville, 38-0; Zachary beat Liberty, 62-12
Last meeting: Catholic-BR beat Zachary, 31-30 (2018)
Facts: Thursday’s matchup can decide a ton of factors heading into the postseason. A Catholic victory would assure the Bears one of the top seeds in its division while a win for Zachary would help secure a first-round bye for the Broncos. With the District 4-5A title on the line, both teams are sure to be up for the challenge in the first meeting in the series in four seasons.
Other Top Area Games: East Ascension at Dutchtown; University Lab at Parkview Baptist; West Feliciana at Plaquemine
West Ouachita (5-4) at Alexandria (4-5)
When, where: 7 p.m., Friday, ASH Trojan Stadium, 800 Ola St., Alexandria
Last week: West Ouachita beat Pineville, 41-7; Alexandria lost to West Monroe, 24-13
Last meeting: Alexandria beat West Ouachita, 50-13
Facts: West Ouachita is fighting for postseason life this Friday as they make the trip to CENLA for a regular season finale with Alexandria. Although the Trojans do not possess a winning record, it’s not because they have struggled. ASH has losses against Carencro, St. Thomas More, Ruston, Ouachita Parish and West Monroe, a combined opponent’s record of (35-10). West Ouachita has its work cut out if it wants to remain in contention for a playoff spot. Projections show the Chiefs sitting at 24 out of 28 teams. However, a victory could help them breathe a bit easier on Saturday morning.
Other Top Area Games: Caldwell Parish at Bolton; West Ouachita at Alexandria; Winnfield at Jonesboro-Hodge
Greater New Orleans & Northshore
Edna Karr (5-3) vs. John Curtis (8-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., Friday, Yulman Stadium, 2900 Ben Weiner Dr, New Orleans
Last week: Edna Karr beat Rummel, 35-14; John Curtis beat Brother Martin, 23-14
Last meeting: Edna Karr beat John Curtis, 33-19 (2021)
Facts: It’s a classic in the making as Edna Karr and John Curtis collide for the coveted “Catholic League” title on Friday. Karr is undefeated on the field for the season despite a trio of early season forfeits and has made its presence known since joining District 9-5A defeating league foes by an average score of 42-10. With a victory over Curtis, the Cougars could improve its positioning in the final power rankings by earning a first-round bye. The Patriots look to maintain their position among the top four teams in Select Division I and extend their win streak to eight consecutive games. If there is anyone who knows how to win in monumental situations, it’s J.T. Curtis!
Other Top Area Games: Belle Chasse at L.B. Landry; B.T. Washington at De La Salle; Brother Martin vs. St. Augustine; Helen Cox at Shaw; Jesuit at Rummel; Northshore at Slidell; St. Charles at Newman; Warren Easton vs. McDonogh #35
West Monroe (7-1) at Ruston (8-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., Friday, “Hoss” Garrett Stadium, 900 Bearcat Dr, Ruston
Last week: West Monroe beat Alexandria, 24-13; Ruston beat Ouachita Parish, 47-13
Last meeting: West Monroe beat Ruston, 42-14 (2021)
Facts: In one of the most anticipated matchups of the season, Ruston’s hopes of ending a 32-year losing streak to West Monroe ends on Friday night. That’s right, the last time the Bearcats secured a victory against its district rival, The Simpsons aired on Fox for the first time and GeauxPreps.com owner Hunter Bower was just a few months old. This rivalry means everything to residents of the two communities. There were hopes that last year was Ruston’s year but West Monroe put those ideas to bed with a 42-14 smash over the Bearcats. The two met again in this year’s jamboree with Ruston taking the “win” in the preseason gathering. Don’t expect anything less than the best from players on each squad. A win for Ruston all but secures the top seed in Non-Select Division I. A loss for West Monroe ends a 32-year reign as northeast Louisiana’s king of high school football. Intrigued? You should be!
Other Top Area Games: Carroll at Union Parish; Cedar Creek at St. Frederick; North Caddo at D’Arbonne Woods; Wossman at Sterlington
Northwood-SH (7-2) at North DeSoto (9-0)
When, where: 7 p.m., Friday, Griffin Stadium, 2571 US-171, Stonewall
Last week: Northwood beat Woodlawn-SH, 48-0; North DeSoto beat Bossier, 56-16
Last meeting: Northwood beat North DeSoto, 19-9 (2021 playoffs)
Facts: North DeSoto has waited a year for this game. It’s a rematch of last year’s district title game and second-round playoff matchup with Northwood of Shreveport. The Falcons took both meetings last season and have won five of the last six in the overall series. In its best start in school history, North DeSoto hopes to cap off the regular season with a perfect mark when it takes on Northwood at home in what is expected to be a capacity crowd. A victory also gives the Griffins the No. 1 seed in the Non-Select Division II while Northwood continues to battle for a first-round bye in the Select Division I bracket. Expect an all-out aerial warfare with the Griffins averaging nearly 50 points per game. The Falcons have limited its last three opponents to 20 total points in preparation for the biggest showdown in northwest Louisiana this week.
Other Top Area Games: Benton at Parkway; Calvary Baptist at Loyola Prep; Homer at Haynesville
St. James (8-1) at E.D. White (8-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., Friday, Harvey Peltier Stadium, 555 Cardinal Dr, Thibodaux
Last week: St. James beat Berwick, 61-47; E.D. White beat Sam Houston, 21-14
Last meeting: E.D. White beat St. James, 28-19 (2021)
Facts: E.D. White has enjoyed a successful season just one year removed from a state championship appearance. The Cardinals would love to begin their march back to the title game but before that, they must get by one more regular season hurdle as a determined St. James squad rolls into town with revenge on its mind. The Wildcats fell to E.D. White in last year’s meeting and has been ranked lower than the Cardinals in virtually every poll. However, the visitors hope to lay the debate to rest as to who the best team is in District 8-3A but it won’t come easy. E.D. White has secured several convincing victories this season including a 21-14 win over Class 5A Sam Houston last week. St. James has seen its share of tough matchups along the way including a 30-27 win over Woodlawn-BR. I guess what we are trying to say is… throw out the record books and the stats. These two teams will have plenty of grievances to air out on the gridiron when they lock up Friday night!.
Other Top Area Games: Ellender at Lutcher; Holy Cross at East St. John
St. Louis (7-2) at Jennings (3-6)
When, where: 7 p.m., Thursday, Jennings Stadium, 2310 N Sherman St, Jennings
Last week: St. Louis lost to Iowa, 29-21; Jennings beat Lake Charles Prep. 27-23
Last meeting: Iowa beat St. Louis Catholic, 47-21 (2021)
Facts: Just a few days removed from announcing his retirement at the end of the 2022 season, Jennings head coach Rusty Phelps watched as his Bulldogs pulled off an upset victory over Lake Charles Prep. This week, Jennings looks to extend Coach Phelps’ farewell tour a week longer in a must-win showdown against St. Louis Catholic. Despite having just three wins on the season, a victory this week could prove to be the only win needed as projections show the Bulldogs advancing to the postseason should they take down the favorited Saints from Lake Charles. On the flip side. St. Louis is hoping to lock up a first-round bye and will need this win plus some help to do so. The Saints hope to bounce back from a 29-21 loss to Iowa last week which decided the district title. There is more than just a win at stake here Thursday night as one team hopes to keep its coach on the sidelines for at least one more game while the other looks to continue making its case as one of the teams to watch in its march towards a title.
Other Top Area Games: Acadiana at Barbe; Cecilia at Iowa; Grand Lake at DeQuincy; Lake Charles Prep at Kinder; Oakdale at Rosepine; St. Louis at Jennings