Last Modified: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:27 PM
A week after Jennings eked out a home win while Iowa was scoring a road blowout, the teams will have something in common this week — concerns about athletic quarterbacks in their regional-round matchups.
Iowa, the lowest remaining seed in Class 3A at No. 26, will host No. 10 North Vermilion, while Jennings will travel to face No. 4 Loranger.
North Vermilion (8-3) advanced with a 38-36 win over Avoyelles last week. Quarterback Joe Duhon ran for 132 yards and scored three touchdowns, including the winner from 21 yards.
“He is a really good athlete, their man weapon. They run him a lot,” said Iowa head coach Sean Richard. “They are a very talented team; they have some big guys on defense.”
Iowa (9-2) scored on its first seven possessions in a 49-6 win over No. 7 Buckeye last week.
“Our kids were well prepared and played very hard,” said Richard. “We played aggressively and had a big interception by (safety) Jamarcus Anderson on their first play. We just went from there.
“We are playing pretty well; we cut down on penalties last week. I thought we played well in our last regular-season game against Jennings. Our seniors are motivated to keep playing. I am glad the are able to play a host playoff game. They have persevered through their whole careers. They did not have much success in the early going. Last week was the first playoff win since 2005. I feel good for them.”
Loranger (9-1) beat Kaplan 47-14 last week and is led by Jeryl Brazil, who has committed to LSU. Brazil had 158 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns last week.
“If he gets in the open field, one missed tackle and he is gone,” said Jennings head coach Rusty Phelps. “He is the kind of guy that can strike from 99 yards and they move him around. He can play quarterback, running back or receiver. Then they have a really good running back in (Miguel) Toefield, who is fast and elusive. The are very athletic. They have a receiver that can really go get it.”Phelps said the Bulldogs will need to follow the same blueprint that worked last week in a 21-14 win over Bogalusa.
“I thought we played our type of game — we controlled the ball offensively, we took 72 snaps on offense,” he said. “Defensively we did a pretty good job of defending the run. They caught some passes, but not a lot of big plays that went for 20 yards. We played well on the special teams. I thought it was a good performance and we are going to have to have the same type of effort. The time of possession is going to be very important.”