A breakdown of Week 9 of the high school football season.
Leesville (6-2, 1-2) at Northwood (6-2)
Leesville will have its hands full as it travels to Shreveport to take on Northwood. The Falcons have a high-powered offense that averages 36.4 points per game.
Northwood is led by quarterback Luke Bogan, who has 20 touchdowns passes and just four picks this season. Terrence Cook leads the team with 625 rushing yards and averages six yards per carry. Detravion Brown has nine touchdown catches and 539 receiving yards.
The Falcons are currently ranked at No. 22 in the LHSAA Power Rankings.
The Wampus Cats broke a two-game losing streak with a win over Bolton last Friday.
Wide receiver Darius Sawyer tallied four touchdowns and 123 total yards, and D'Ante Gallashaw added 117 yards on 16 carries in the win.
Jennings (3-5, 1-2) at South Beauregard (2-6, 0-3)
South Beauregard has been plagued by injuries as of late but will try to slow down the run attack of Jennings.
The Bulldogs are led by sophomore running back Trevor Ettiene, who already has high-level Division I interest.
The Knights are coming off a 42-17 loss to St. Louis Catholic. Nick Uhlick was the team's leading rusher with 89 yards on seven carries and scored on a fumble return touchdown. Kyler Kibideaux threw for 129 yards in the loss.
Pickering (3-5, 0-3) at Kinder (4-4, 3-0)
Pickering fell to Rosepine last week 28-20 in a rivalry game. The Red Devils have to move forward this week against the district's top team.
Kinder had a stacked non-district schedule with Breaux Bridge, Iowa, Notre Dame and Welsh all on the slate.
Pickering will have to stop the the triple-option attack of the Yellowjackets led by running backs Skyler Leckelt and Kavon Freeman and quarterback Hayes Fawcett.
The Red Devils made a personnel change with quarterback Braden Lebato moving from quarterback to running back and running back Marlon Freeney to quarterback last week.
Rosepine (4-4, 2-1) at Oakdale (3-4, 0-3)
The Eagles did not have their best performance on offense against Pickering but have a chance to stay in district contention with a win over Oakdale.
The Oakdale defense has been solid this season, giving up just 16.6 points per game while the offense averages 20.6 points per contest.
The Warriors are riding a three-game losing streak with losses to DeQuincy, Kinder and Vinton but lost all three by a total of just 12 points.
Isiah Stinson has emerged as a playmaker for the Eagles on defense and special teams, while freshman running back Grant Ducote has been productive running the ball and a big weapon on two-point conversions.
Hamilton Christian (4-3, 2-3) at East Beauregard (3-5, 3-2)
After starting the district schedule 3-0, East Beauregard will try to get back to its winning ways against Hamilton Christian picked up wins over Grand Lake and Elton over the last two weeks after losing three straight games.
East Beauregard fell to No. 2 Oberlin last week 40-22, but the 22 points were the most points scored against Oberlin this season. Running back Jacob Gimnich led the Trojans with 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Merryville (2-6, 1-4) at Oberlin (8-0, 5-0)
The Panther offense got rolling last week against Basile but the defense could not get the Bears off the field.
Merryville fell 49-33, and Oberlin runs a similar offense to Basile. The Tigers are led by running backs Trevor Rider and Collin Chatman. Rider has 1,023 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, while Chatman has 804 yards and seven scores.
Chatman is also a force on defense with 82 tackles and 12 tackles for loss.
Merryville sophomore running back Cam'ron Williams had a big Week 8, rushing for 256 yards against Basile.