Prairie View (9-1) at Tensas Academy (6-4), Friday, 7 p.m.
In a rematch from Week 4, Prairie View and Tensas Academy face off in the first round of the MAIS 8-man playoffs on Friday at 7 p.m. in St. Joseph.
Division 3 runner-up Prairie View (9-1) is the No. 5 seed, while the Division 4 champion Chiefs (6-4) are the No. 4 seed.
Encountering minimal resistance, the Spartans won the initial matchup 28-8 in Bastrop against the short-handed Chiefs, who were playing without quarterback/outside linebacker Carter Thompson.
"They were playing without their quarterback," Prairie View coach Bo Barton said. "They've scored over 250 points in their last five ballgames. They are very capable of beating us — we know that."
The Sept. 7 victory over Tensas marked the start of a seven-game winning streak for the Spartans, who closed out regular season play with a 30-14 triumph over Claiborne Academy last week.
Making his first start at quarterback, Luke Denman completed 7-of-12 passes for 147 yards in the first encounter with Tensas.
Now 7-0 as a starter, Denman is 70-of-107 on the season for 1,294 yards and 13 touchdowns with only two picks. He is also the Spartans' leading rusher with 79 carries for 513 yards and 10 scores.
Austin Carroll (52-428-9) and Jaheem Brown (39-325-1) are the running backs for the Spartans, who average 361.1 total yards per game (210.5 passing, 151.1 rushing).
Layton Woodard is the Spartans' go-to target with 34 receptions for 815 yards and 10 TDs. Carroll (15-242-2), Brown (14-272-5) and Greg Tatum (14-225-2) have also been effective weapons in the passing game.
Doubling at linebacker, Carroll is the Spartans' defensive stopper with 89 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, two sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Among Prairie View's other defenders to watch are linebackers Jacob Farrar (42 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack) and Gage Riles (42 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks), end Tyler Peters (28 tackles, 10 TFL, 2 sacks), cornerback Layton Woodard (34 tackles, 2 INTs) and end Jaheem Brown (31 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 sack) and safety Greg Tatum (290 tackles, 2 INTs).
Friday's winner advances to play the No. 8 Sharkey-Issaquena/Tallulah winner next Friday in the semifinals.
Other quarterfinal pairings have No. 7 Briarfield at No. 2 Manchester (Miss.) and No. 6 Humphreys (Miss.) at No. 3 Marvell (Miss.).