Week 3 Pigskin Predictions

Tryve Brackin
St. John rolled to a win over Belaire in Week 1 football action last week.

Last week’s opening record was 20-6, but I was 1-3 in picking parish teams. Maybe there is a job for me in politics, because I’m too good to the locals.

Here goes another futile try, Week 3:

PLAQUEMINE VS VANDEBILT CHS: Two esteemed coaches visit Plaquemine tomorrow night: VCHS’ Brad Villavaso and Laury Dupont will be on the visitors’ sidelines. Villavaso coached one year at St. John in the early 1990s, but he and staff members Erik Willis and Paul Distefano got Eagle football on the map. Dupont made himself a legend at West St. John and other South La. schools, now VCHS.

Perhaps, even more dangerous for the Green Devils, especially their defense, is the fact the Terriers have one of the fastest RBs in the state in Elijah McGuire (4.41/40. The offensive line is big and young. They also have an all-state linebacker in Seth Ward.

PHS gets a big test from a fellow 4-A foe. VCHS could have a nifty road victory, if the Green Devils aren’t prepared. VC 27, PHS 18.

ST. JOHN VS OPELOUSAS CHS: The Eagles host a fellow 1-A foe tonight at PHS Stadium. OCHS dropped down from 2-A to 1-A this year and always fields a solid football team. The Vikings are led by a first-year mentor, which could make them a bit unstable this early in the season. Key is making it a tough night for QB-DB-PK Adam Hebert.

SJHS 34, OCHS 14.

WHITE CASTLE VS UNIVERSITY LAB: This is a real test for the Bulldogs as they visit the LSU campus to play hosting 2-A UHigh. The Cubs are a talented football team expected to be playoffs bound in 2011. UHigh has one of the best young RBs in the state this year in Nick Broussette, who had twenty touchdowns last year. They are talented and deep at QB as well. They have size and a lineup dotted with LSU coaches’ sons and sons of former LSU greats.

The Bulldogs will have their hands full, but Coach Ferrante Dominique wants to test his club early.

UHigh 23, WCHS 20.

EAST IBERVILLE VS SOUTH CAMERON: Coach Dotson’s schedule is certainly one to enhance growth and team pride. After two road trips the Tigers play their first home game tomorrow night against one of the youngest teams in the state. South Cameron is low in numbers and led by mostly ninth graders. Their coach is in his first year at the school as well.

EIHS 26, SCHS 12.

THE REST: West St. John over Bonnabel, ACHS over False River Academy, Central CHS over Berwick, Southern Lab over Istrouma, Christian Life over Northlake Christian, Kentwood over St. Helena Central, Livonia over CHSPC, St. Thomas Aquinas over St. Michael, Lutcher over Hahnville, Broadmoor over Live Oak, Scotlandville over Belaire, Tara over Northeast, Zachary over East Feliciana, Glen Oaks over Captiol, Parkview over Redemptorist, West Feliciana over Independence, East Ascension over Walker, Lafayette over St. Amant, Dutchtown over Sulphur, Denham Springs over Catholic BR, Woodlawn over Central.