Alexandria area high school football top games for LHSAA Week 7 — and predictions

LaMar Gafford
Alexandria Town Talk

Here’s a look at the top five Central Louisiana high school football games for Week 6.

Game of the week

Avoyelles (6-0, 3-0 3-2A) at Many (5-1, 2-0)

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Avoyelles is off to its best start since 2011 when it won its first nine games. The running back tandem of Carlos Bazert and Dacareyn Sampson have combined for 1,685 yards and 19 touchdowns. Many running back duo London Williams and Jeremiah James are the Central Louisiana standard with 1,944 yards and 30 touchdowns with Williams ranking among the top rushers in the area with 1,141 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Gafford’s pick: Many 42, Avoyelles 34

RANKINGS:Alexandria area high school football top 10 rankings entering Week 7

SCHEDULE:Alexandria area high school football schedule for Week 7 of 2021 LHSAA season

Pineville (2-4, 0-1 2-5A) at ASH (5-1, 0-1)

When: 7 p.m., Thursday

Pineville has been shut out in back-to-back games against Iowa and Ruston, but senior athlete Tylen Burch caught six passes for 56 yards against the Bearcats and continues to carve a role in the offense. ASH senior running back Jarvis Newton had 171 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, but the Trojans failed to end West Monroe’s 99-game winning streak in district play. ASH has dominated the series recently with six straight wins since 2015.

Gafford’s pick: ASH 49, Pineville 10

Captain Shreve's Kendrick Law Jr. makes a move on Union Parish's Dorien Henderson during Friday's game at Lee Hedges Stadium.

Natchitoches Central (6-0, 3-0 1-5A) at Captain Shreve (6-0, 3-0)

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Natchitoches Central’s renaissance season continued with a 37-6 drubbing of Southwood as quarterback Brian Young Jr. threw for 143 total yards and two touchdowns. The Chiefs' defense chipped in with five sacks – including t from Brandon Woods. Captain Shreve junior quarterback Kenyon Terrell leads the Gators with 1,238 total yards and 16 touchdowns, while Kendrick Law is one of Shreveport-Bossier’s top players.

Gafford’s pick: Captain Shreve 27, Natchitoches Central 14

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Grant (5-1, 0-1 3-3A) at Jena (5-1, 1-0)

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Grant sophomore Jackson Hedrick passed for two touchdowns against Marksville, but the Cougars gave up 17 unanswered for their first loss of the season. Jena running back Zerrick Jones rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-12 win over Caldwell Parish. The Giants rushed for 374 yards against the Spartans and have won three straight.

Gafford’s pick: Jena 46, Grant 14

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DeRidder (4-2, 0-0 3-4A) at Leesville (4-2, 1-0)

When: 7 p.m., Friday

This is the 100th meeting between DeRidder and Leesville, with the Dragons leading the series 56-39-4, but the Wampus Cats hold an 31-26-1 edge since the Hooper Trophy was introduced in 1962. DeRidder running back Ronnie Crosby has had back-to-back 200-yard games, including rushing for 200 yards and three touchdowns against Buckeye last week. Leesville senior receiver Daveion Grubb caught seven passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns against Bolton.

Gafford’s pick: Leesville 31, DeRidder 24

Last week: 2-3. This season: 19-11 (.633).