(each school's previous ranking indicated in parentheses)
1. JOHN CURTIS CHRISTIAN (1) - (10-0) - The Patriots, seeded No. 1 in Class 2A, breezed to a first round playoff win (64-0) vs. No. 32 Pope John Paul II. The Curtis defense has pitched shutouts in six of the last seven games. Senior QB Patrick Morton has tossed 13 TDs with no interceptions.
The Patriots have four Tulane commits on the roster, including RB Sherman Badie, the team's leading rusher with 574 yards. Badie carried twice last week for 115 yards and two TDs (64, 51 yards). His backfield mate, ULM commit Tevin Horton, is averaging just shy of 11 yards per rush and is second on the team with 471 yards.
A group of Curtis prospects have been familiar faces at LSU home games. Four-star junior WR Malachi Dupre, three-star junior LB Kenny Young and three-star senior LB Duke Riley have attended multiple games in Baton Rouge. All three were present on Saturday for LSU/Mississippi State.
2014 CB Terrence Alexander (pictured below) got a new offer this month from Cincinnati. SS/RB Brandon Porter is committed to San Diego State. Eric Thomas (MLB), Richard Allen (CB/KR) and Brandon Godfrey (OL) are all committed to Tulane.
THIS WEEK: Curtis makes the six-to-seven hour drive north to Springhill near the Arkansas border to face North Webster.
2. EDNA KARR (2) - (10-0) - Karr mauled Peabody last Thursday, 50-6. Four-star junior Devante Noil had a hand in five TDs. Noil, who plays both QB and WR, threw for three scores, ran for another, and also caught a touchdown pass.
The Cougars defense has stymied every opponent. The most points yielded by Karr came in a week two 41-13 rout of Hahnville (which is still alive in the 5A bracket). Five-star defensive end Gerald Willis (pictured below) and defensive tackle Titus Charles are immovable objects along the line of scrimmage. There are two more four-star prospects on the roster in CB Noel Ellis (Texas A&M commit) and TE Standish Dobard (Miami commit).
Keep an eye on juniors Donnie Alexander (LB) and Anthony Jones (TE). Jones is listed at 6-6 and 240 pounds.
THIS WEEK: Karr crosses the state in the second round. The Cougars are at Northwood-Shreveport (9-2).
TIE 3. NEVILLE (3) - (11-0) - Sophomore Kavontae Turpin scored three touchdowns in the first half as defending 4A state champ Neville skated to a 40-10 victory over No. 32 St. Louis Catholic. Turpin returned punts from 70 and 82 yards, respectively, for TDs. He also caught a 28-yard scoring strike from QB John Diarse, a four-star LSU DB/WR commit. Five-star junior DB Laurence Jones recently received a written offer from Ohio State.
THIS WEEK: The Tigers travel to Breaux Bridge for a second straight postseason meeting with the No. 17 Tigers. Diarse and Jones frustrated Breaux Bridge in a 2011 semifinal that was a defensive struggle. Neville won, 16-7.
3. ARCHBISHOP RUMMEL (3) - (10-0) - Head coach Jay Roth's Raiders are seeded first in the Class 5A bracket. Rummel slammed No. 32 Lafayette in the first round by a 49-7 margin. The smothering Raiders 2012 defense limited six of ten foes to single-digit scoring. Brother Martin managed 21 points in week ten (a 35-point Rummel win). QB Damian Williams and RB Keith Fulton have been highly-productive. Williams is a dual-threat with a fullback's mentality (and frame). No. 16 Dutchtown (Miss. St. commit Shelby Christy, ULM commit David Elias) challenges the top-seeded Raiders on the East Bank tonight.
5. PARKVIEW BAPTIST (5) - (10-0) - The Eagles are at home in a 3A second rounder vs. Brusly, another Baton Rouge-area school. RB Hezekiah Randolph has 1,000-plus yards rushing and 17 TDs for top-seeded Parkview, which won state in 2010. PBS quarterback Brennan Bozeman has approximately 1,700 all-purpose yards, according to William Weathers with the Advocate. The Eagles are averaging almost 45 points per game.
6. WEST MONROE (7) - (9-2) - QB Michael Mims could hold the key to the Rebels repeating as 5A champs. Always a savvy runner, Mims struggled throwing the football during his last three games (seven picks). Mims gained 273 yards on the ground with three scores vs. Madison Central of Mississippi. He averaged 17.06 yards per carry in that game, a 56-28 victory for the Rebels. The offensive line boasts five-star junior Cameron Robinson. The third-seeded Rebels renew a playoff rivalry with 14th seed Acadiana tonight.
7. SALMEN (8) - (9-1) - The Spartans continue to surge after an early 20-0 loss to Edna Karr. Head coach Jerry Leonard's group performed well in a 4A first-rounder vs. the Northside Vikings. The fifth-seeded Spartans cruised to a 31-10 decision over Northside with RB Henry Glover shining brightly. Glover, who accounted for all four Salmen TDs, picked up the slack (and then some) after backfield mate Christopher Thomas departed in the first half with an injury. Next up is No. 21 McDonogh #35.
8. BARBE (7) - (10-1) - The Bucs weren't their usual selves on offense last week vs. No. 31 Terrebonne. The second seed in 5A, Barbe scored an average of 51 points in each of its final four regular season contests but only produced 24 against Terrebonne. Fortunately, Barbe's defense came through with a clutch effort (held Terrebonne to seven points).
9. ACADIANA (9) - (8-2) - Ted Davidson's Rams went wild in the first round vs. Zachary, hanging 63 points on the board while holding off the resilient Broncos (scored 42 themselves). Four Rams -- QB DeEdward Cormier and RBs Cardaye Spencer, Shane Francis and Edward Cormier -- topped the 100-yard rushing mark vs. Zachary. OLB Claude George is Acadiana's leader on defense. George, who holds offers from ULM and North Texas, got great news this week (24 on ACT).
10. CENTRAL (NR) - (10-1) - Central makes its first appearance in the 2012 overall rankings. The Wildcats are seeded fourth in 5A. Sid Edwards is a very successful veteran head coach who knows how to win. 2014 lightning bolt Gary Triplett can take it the distance on any touch. Central made history last year as the first No. 32 seed to ever upset a Louisiana 5A No. 1.