NO. 6 AIRLINE (10-2) AT NO. 3 WEST MONROE (10-2) -- The Vikings and Rebels aren't strangers, having occupied the same district in the past - and having met deep in the 5A playoffs in recent years.
In 2006, Airline and West Monroe were in the same district with the Rebels winning head-to-head, 21-14. West Monroe went 10-0 that year only to get upset by Sulphur in the playoff opener.
West Monroe also defeated Airline in 2007-through-2010. The Vikings moved to a new district last year.
Back in 2004, West Monroe edged Airline in district (13-10) and in a quarterfinal rematch (12-10).
The Rebels were tenacious on defense last week vs. Acadiana. Senior DB/KR Xavier Woods has been a consistent source of impact plays for head coach Don Shows, who could be in his last year at West Monroe. Shows had to leave last week's game early due to health precautions.
Key Rebels include RB Steven Jones (5-9, 190, JR), DB Cade Stone (5-9, 175, SR), DL and McNeese St. commit Anthony Yruegas (6-2, 260, SR), DL John Washington (6-2, 300, SOPH), DL Marklyn England (6-1, 285, SR) and five-star 2014 OT Cameron Robinson (pictured below).
Airline's last three games have been decided by a grand total of 14 points. In the second round head coach Bo Meeks' team took down the Jesuit Blue Jays, 10-7. Airline's two losses were to 4A top-seed Neville and district rival C.E. Byrd in week ten (31-30 final).
Kicker Matt Hanisee's 34-yard field goal provided the winning margin vs. Jesuit, according to Brent Shirley with the Shreveport Times. 2013 QB Hayden Hildebrand was all-state in basketball as a junior. Hildebrand's 46-yard completion to Chris Stinnett set up Hanisee's field goal.
NO. 9 NORTH DESOTO (9-3) AT NO. 1 PARKVIEW BAPTIST (10-0) -- Parkview was preseason Class 3A No. 1, in addition to landing the top seed. However, the Eagles were almost grounded in the second-round by Brusly.
PBS scratched and clawed its way back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to dispatch No. 16 Brusly, 32-28. Running backs Hezekiah Randolph and Erik Martinez combined for nearly 150 yards rushing, while QB Brennan Bozeman connected on 7-of-8 passes for 162 yards.
The reliable Randolph (5-foot-11, 210 lbs, SR) punched in the winning ticket with a 10-yard plunge.
North DeSoto rolled up 400-plus yards on the ground in a 35-21 second-rounder in Stonewall. Junior Damien Boone (6-2, 200) picked up the slack after senior Louisiana Tech commit Hakim Gray was sidelined due to injury during the regular season.
Boone was responsible for double-digit tackles on five occasions during the regular season with a high of 13 (dozen were solo) vs. 5A Natchitoches-Central. He recorded three sacks in the Griffins' narrow (15-12) loss to Natchitoches.
Boone caught three passes for 126 yards and a TD vs. Benton and two for 160 (both went for scores) against Loyola College Prep.
The Griffins' trio of top backs have combined to run for approximately 3,400 yards and 32 touchdowns.