The next five weeks are the best time of the year for high school football fans in Louisiana as the playoffs begin on Friday and Yurview Louisiana is set to bring you four matchups during the 2022 postseason.
Our first game is a battle between two teams in Jefferson Parish. The 15th seeded Rummel Raiders will host the 18th seeded John Ehret Patriots at Joe Yenni Stadium at 7 PM.
Both teams enter with a 5-5 record, but John Ehret is on a five-game winning streak.
That’s right the Patriots lost their first five games of the season against an incredibly difficult non-district schedule. But once Ehret got into district play, they dominated, only giving up 62 points in five district games.
On offense, the Patriots are led by three-year starting quarterback Royal Falgout, who earned District MVP honors the last two seasons. He’s only five-foot-eight, but has a strong arm, he’s tough and can run the ball.
John Ehret’s Reginald Rogers is in his third season as a head coach and Falgout has been his starter every season. Rogers is impressed with Falgout’s football mind and calls him a throwback, begging the coach to also play linebacker on defense.
His top threat in the passing game is Charles Coleman. He’s a playmaker and a matchup problem for most teams. Rogers says he’s lighting in the bottle.
Going both ways for John Ehret is Wardell Mack. He can play multiple positions on offense including quarterback, but projects to be an outstanding defensive back in college. He has an offer from LSU.
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Junior offensive lineman Khayree Lee is also receiving interest from power 5 schools like LSU, Texas, Ole Miss and TCU. He’s six-foot-five, 340 pounds and tenacious. Coach Rogers says Lee has all of the intangibles.
At linebacker, Ehret has another three-year starter in Jerzy Brown, who can squat 415 pounds. Coach Rogers calls Brown a big-time athlete, who is physical and can dissect what’s happening in front of him.
As mentioned earlier, Rummel also has a 5-5 record. The Raiders started 4-0 but took lumps in the very difficult Catholic League.
The Raiders only have 18 seniors but one of them is quarterback Casey Avrard. At six-foot-two, Avrard has a strong arm. He’s thrown for 1,300 yards and six touchdowns
Half of those touchdowns have gone to junior receiver Ruben Ramirez. He’s not very big, just five-foot-six, 140 pounds, but he can move as he has 32 catches for 541 yards.
The running game is led by junior Jaidyn Martin, who has 668 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
On defense, Rummel has an LSU commitment in cornerback Ashton Stamps. He’s ranked as the 34th best player in the Class of 2023 by 247 sports. Stamps announced his commitment to LSU on July 4th. Stamps played very well in summer camps which resulted in an offer from LSU Coach Brian Kelly.
Strong safety Darrius Days is second on the team in tackles after leading the team in tackles last season. Davis also has two interceptions.
Linebacker Robert Vaughn is also a stud on that defense as he leads the team in tackles with nearly 100.
Rummel recently won a state championship in 2019. It was the school’s third state championship and first for head coach Nick Monica, who was in his first season when he took over for legendary coach Jay Roth, who is still the athletics director at his alma mater.
Ehret played in a state title game in 2015 but they haven’t won a state title since 1985.
These two teams look to make a run through the Division I select playoffs and it starts on Friday on Cox Cable Channel 4.