The 10: Week 10

The 10: Week 10


The 10: Week 10


Rummel's Chase Fourcade looks to lead the Raiders to a 10-0 season and a Catholic League title against Brother Martin on Saturday. (Photo/Bill Arthurs)

Rummel’s Chase Fourcade looks to lead the Raiders to a 10-0 season and a Catholic League title against Brother Martin on Saturday. (Photo/Bill Arthurs)

The 10 is’s weekly prep predictions column. It runs every Thursday throughout football season.

Welcome to our last regular-season edition of The 10. Like a candidate that knows he’s lost the race, I’m not here to throw up a crazy last-second Hail Mary in my attempt to top the USA TODAY Score Predictor. Sure, I could just pick against the computer in every single game and hope to get lucky, but that’s just going to end in the gap widening. I’m going to concede with grace, make my last set of regular-season picks, and do my best to improve my own percentage one last time before the season ends. With that, here goes. The Week 10 picks:

Chalmette at Higgins (Thursday, 7 p.m.)

The Owls are still mathematically alive for a share of the District 8-5A title, which could lead to them playing a bit tight against Higgins, who showed against Riverdale that they’re capable of putting up big points at home. Why can’t the Hurricanes, who — along with Fontainebleau — have been one of my (perhaps misguided) pet projects this year, spoil Chalmette’s hopes? Higgins over Chalmette

Score Predictor: Chalmette 32, Higgins 14

Mandeville at Covington (Friday, 7 p.m.)

These two Northshore teams have playoff berths sewn up regardless of result, but the Skippers, who are on a surprising five-game winning streak, have a potential top-10 seed on the line. Barring a truly shocking upset by Hammond over Ponchatoula, District 6-5A is already decided, but finding that little extra to play for should push Mandeville over the top. Mandeville over Covington

Score Predictor: Mandeville 21, Covington 14

St. Paul’s at Fontainebleau (Friday, 7 p.m.)

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs need a win to get into the 5A playoffs, while St. Paul’s is trying to maneuver into a home game in Division I. Which need is more urgent? Fontainebleau over St. Paul’s

Score Predictor: St. Paul’s 28, Fontainebleau 13

East St. John at Destrehan (Friday, 7 p.m.)

Our last Academy Sports Game of the Week serves as one of the deciding factors in the extremely competitive District 7-5A. If Destrehan wins, they complete a 10-0 season and claim the outright district championship — not to mention one of the top seeds in the 5A bracket. An East St. John upset opens the door for Thibodaux to steal a share of the title with a win over Central Lafourche. Destrehan’s offense just has too much firepower, with Will Matthews running the ball and Marquise Darensbourg throwing to Kirk Merritt and Alfred Smith. Destrehan over East St. John

Score Predictor: Destrehan 39, East St. John 14

Ehret vs. West Jefferson (Friday, 7 p.m.)

The Buccaneers need a win to get into the 5A playoffs. Furthermore, a win would allow them to split the District 8-5A championship with Ehret (and possibly Chalmette). But the Patriots have been on fire of late, and anything outside the top 10 in 5A might be a slight underseed for them. Ehret over West Jeff

Score Predictor: Ehret 42, West Jefferson 14

Riverdale at Franklinton (Friday, 7 p.m.)

There is almost no factual basis for this pick. The Demons have been dominant, and they’re well on their way to a top-five seed in the 4A field. But I just don’t want to imagine a world where Donte Jackson, Darius Bovie and Riverdale aren’t in the playoffs — and they could need a win to solidify their spot. Riverdale over Franklinton

Score Predictor: Franklinton 49, Riverdale 19

Karr at Warren Easton (Friday, 7:30 p.m.)

To say this is a hugely important game could be an understatement. An Easton win breaks up the Cougars’ recent dominance of District 9-4A and backs up Easton’s credentials as a 4A title favorite, even though the Cougars are on a relative down year. A Karr win leads to a three-way tie between Easton, Karr, and Landry-Walker and potentially casts some doubt on coach Tony Hull’s championship aspirations. Fortunately for Hull, he has the highest-flying passing attack in the state, and quarterback Deshawn Capers-Smith is every bit as dangerous with his feet as with his arm. Easton over Karr

Score Predictor: Easton 34, Karr 21

St. Augustine vs. Jesuit (Friday, 7 p.m.)

These two schools meet up at Tad Gormley Saturday afternoon in a classic rivalry matchup. The Catholic League is out of Jesuit’s control, so the Blue Jays will be able to play loose and enjoy the game without worrying about the ramifications. Jesuit over St. Aug

Score Predictor: Jesuit 35, St. Augustine 14

Brother Martin at Rummel (Saturday, 2 p.m.)

This is the biggest game of the week for New Orleans prep fans. The Catholic League title is on the line. Rummel is aiming for a perfect season and a No. 1 seed, while Brother Martin — who has already far exceeded expectations this year — looks to play spoiler. This could be a very close game, but the fact that it’s at Joe Yenni is a good sign for the Raiders. Rummel over Brother Martin

Score Predictor: Rummel 28, Brother Martin 14

Holy Cross at Shaw (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.)

The Westbank locale should, in theory, favor the Eagles. But Shaw just seems kind of snakebitten this year, with no wins in District 9-5A after a great start to the season. Holy Cross has a diverse offensive attack with Tre Turner running the ball and Kyle Schexnayder throwing to big receiver Michael Chigbu, which doesn’t bode well for Shaw. Holy Cross over Shaw

Score Predictor: Shaw 31, Holy Cross 30



Last week: 8-2

Season: 68-22 (.756)

Score Predictor last week: 9-1

Score Predictor season: 67-13 (.838)


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