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FOUR DOWNS

1. THIRD WEEK: This is the third week of the high school football playoffs. The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals for a chance to advance to the state championship games set for Dec. 8-10 at the Caesars Superdome. All eight state-title games will be played inside the Dome.

2. FAMILIAR DIGS: No. 13 Brother Martin will play a third consecutive playoff game at Tad Gormley Stadium. Because the Crusaders were the visiting team when they won against No. 4 St. Augustine last week, they get to host the select Division I quarterfinal against No. 5 Northwood-Shreveport, which won at home last week.

3. THEY MEET AGAIN: No. 3 John Curtis will face No. 6 C.E. Byrd for a second time in three years after Byrd won 14-13 in a semifinal in 2020. No. 1 Warren Easton will face No. 8 Carencro at Pan American Stadium after the teams met there in 2019. Easton won 34-22 on the way to a state runner-up finish.

4. ON THE ROAD: No. 7 Shaw travels to face No. 2 Teurlings Catholic in a Division II select quarterfinal as the Eagles try to extend their deepest postseason run since a state runner-up finish in 2008. In Division III, reigning state champion St. Charles, seeded second, visits No. 10 Parkview Baptist.

3 GAMES TO WATCH

EDNA KARR vs. CATHOLIC-BATON ROUGE

7 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Baton Rouge

Seventh-seeded Karr has reached the state final in 10 of the past 12 seasons and won five times in that span. No. 2 Catholic, a state champion last season, has been to the state final five years in a row. Karr won the most recent meeting between these teams, 34-31, in 2020.

UNIVERSITY at NEWMAN

7 p.m., Michael Lupin Field

Top-seeded Newman played a beefed-up schedule in the regular season so it could be ready for matchups like this one against a school that won the Division II select championship last season. U-High advanced last week by defeating Country Day 43-0. For comparison, Newman beat Country Day in October 31-14.

LAFAYETTE CHRISTIAN vs. DE LA SALLE

7 p.m., Memtsas Stadium

Sixth-seeded Lafayette Christian won four consecutive state titles before it lost in the state final last season against St. Charles in Division III. No. 3 De La Salle reached the Division II final on three occasions in a span of four seasons before it lost to U-High in a quarterfinal last season.

3 PLAYERS TO WATCH

A.J. SAMUEL

QB, Edna Karr

The senior, who did not start last week because of an injured shoulder, looked quite healthy when he came off the bench to lead several scoring drives in a comeback win against Scotlandville. How far Karr advances this season could quite literally rest on that shoulder.

DAGAN BRUNO

QB, John Curtis

The 6-foot, 175-pound junior is dangerous at running and throwing the football. He showed that last week with two touchdowns rushing and two more passing in the second round against Jesuit. Third-seeded Curtis will need more of the same against No. 6 C.E. Byrd.

SHANE LEE

RB, Destrehan

The junior rushed 11 times for 147 yards and scored three touchdowns — all in the first half — the first time Destrehan faced East St. John for a 48-7 victory in a District 7-5A game Oct. 28 at East St. John. They’ll play a second time in a nonselect Division I quarterfinal.



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