Union Parish (10-2) at Sterlington (10-2), Friday, 7 p.m.
District 2-3A rivals Union Parish and Sterlington clash for the second time in five weeks in the state quarterfinals at Panther Field. Both teams are 10-2 on the season.
Round 1, which determined the district championship, went to Sterlington 31-20.
When the Farmers visit Sterlington on Friday at 7 p.m., the stakes will be appreciably higher. One team will advance to the semifinals while the other faces elimination.
Fueled by a 21-point second quarter, the Panthers never trailed in the Week 9 regular season matchup before a capacity crowd in Farmerville.
Sterlington coach Lee Doty is looking for another big turnout this time around.
"We need all of Sterlington to show up Friday night because all of Farmerville is going to show up," Doty said.
Trey Eddins' 34-yard pick-6 and Hayes Crockett's 32-yard pass to Layton Rainbolt sent the Panthers to a 14-0 second quarter lead.
Union closed within 24-20 early in the fourth quarter on Chris Smith's 3-yard run before Sterlington put the game away on Jordan Townsend's 14-yard scamper with 1:28 remaining.
With the Farmers keying on tailback Dallas Reagor, Crockett and Townsend came through with clutch performances. Crockett completed 7-of-8 passes for 147 yards and a pair of scores while Townsend rushed for 114 yards on 16 attempts.
Wide receiver Jalen Jones caught four passes for 118 yards, including a 60-yard TD from Trent Ginn, to lead the Farmers offensively.
In postseason play, The U shutout Bogalusa 50-0 in the first round and handled Jena 34-14 last week.
Union averages 345.2 yards per game offensively, 237.7 rushing and 107.5 passing.
Tailbacks Jalius Wallace (142 carries, 932 yards, 7 TDs) and Treyvion Holly (130-842-10), Ginn (72-440-7) and fullback Chris Smith (81-335-9) lead a bruising ground attack.
The ever-dangerous Jalen Jones (47 receptions, 954 yards, 15 TDs, 20.3 yards per catch) complements the running game. Union's remaining receivers have 27 catches between them.
Ginn has completed 72-of-148 passes for 1,286 yards with 19 TDs and five interceptions.
Middle linebacker Jarred Singleton (107 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 INT, 3 forced fumbles) is the Farmers' defensive enforcer. Singleton is flanked in the linebacker brigade by Rodreguus Williams (46 tackles, 22 TFL, 7 sacks, 2 FF) and Trent Tisdale (40 tackles, 15 TFL, 6 sacks, 2 FF). Jason Hausley (46 tackles, 13 TFL, 5 sacks) and Cameron Crow (44 tackles, 12 TFL, 5 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries) lead the way up front.
Sterlington reached the quarterfinal round for the third time in four years by virtue of last week's 57-56 overtime victory over Church Point.
Offensively, the Panthers average 367.7 yards (292.2 rushing, 75.5 passing) per game.
C.J. Colvin and fullback Malik Davis (56 carries, 342 yards, 3 TDs) will be available after missing the first meeting with Union. Colvin, who started at tailback in Week 1, has been used primarily as a receiver since his return.
Reagor (189 carries, 1,877 yards, 21 TDs), Townsend (83-646-9) and Crockett (65-256-6) lead the Panthers' triple option scheme which averages 7.5 yards per carry.
Crockett has completed 44-of-85 passes for 797 yards, 10 touchdowns and zero picks.
Rainbolt (16 receptions, 285 yards, 5 TDs) is the only receiver with double figures in receptions, though tight end Hixson Street caught three passes for 34 yards and a pair of touchdowns vs. Church Point.
Linebackers Cole Jones (108 tackles, 8 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 INTs) and Willie Holloway (95 tackles, 14 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT), cornerback Trey Eddins (78 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 INTs), ends Justin Fuller (67 tackles, 6 TFL, 3 sacks) and Bryce Still (53 tackles, 6 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 2 FF) and safety Dorian Eddins (52 tackles, 4 INTs) top the Panthers' tackle chart.
Next Friday, the No. 5 Union-No. 4 Sterlington winner will be paired against the No. 8 North Webster-No. 1 Iota winner.
Quarterfinals matchups in the lower half of the bracket have No. 6 Lake Charles Prep at No. 3 Kaplan and No. 26 Madison Prep at No. 2 Eunice.