7-in-Seven Countdown: Top Touchdown Live matchups for 2021
Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Were just a couple of months away from the start of the 2021 football season, which means it’s time for the 7-in-Seven countdown of the top Touchdown Live matchups to watch during football season.
7. Jennings at Lake Charles College Prep - Oct. 22
We begin our countdown with a renewed rivalry between Lake Charles College Prep and Jennings. the two did not get to meet in 2020 due to a covid outbreak in the Jennings program. So the two last met in 2019 when the Blazers came back from a double-digit third-quarter deficit to defeat Jennings 45 to 35
Jennings and LCCP both went undefeated in 2020 and made decent playoff runs with Jennings falling to Madison Prep in the quarter-finals and saw LCCP fell in the semis by one point to Union Parish.
It will be a matchup of senior 4-star running backs as LCCP’s TreVonte Citizen will battle it out with Jennings’ Trevor Etienne.
6. Oberlin vs Basile - Nov. 5
On to number six, district 4-1a rivals Oberlin and Basile always have some interesting matchups. In last year’s meeting, the Oberlin Tigers came in undefeated in district play and had scored 45 or more points in their three games prior.
They would host the Basile Bearcats for the last game of the season but the bearcats would spoil the Tigers’ undefeated run holding Oberlin to 25 points their lowest point total in district play.
Oberlin saw a lot of seniors graduate last season most notably Malachi Semien and will be counting on some new faces to step up. On the other side, the bearcats return star running back Ethan Bazinet who had a big performance in last year’s game as well.
Basile leads the series over the last 4 meetings 3 to 1, but Oberlin will certainly be looking for revenge
5. Rosepine vs Kinder - Oct. 8
At the number five spot, we have a battle between two Class 2A teams that are most likely going to decide the winner of the district. Rosepine and Kinder have offenses that like to run the ball first, but also can pass when need be. The YellowJackets beat Rosepine in their head-to-head match-up last season en route to a state championship game appearance. A lot of the same talent from that team will be returning this year so the experience will be on their side.
Rosepine’s rushing attack is led by Grant Ducote who ran roughshod over most of their opponents last season. However, in front of him is dual-threat quarterback and LSU commit Ethan Frey who can sling it from the pocket and make plays with his legs as well. The Eagles will be looking to avenge last season’s loss, but the Kinder defense is known for being stingy. In addition, with the departure of Trenton Bono at linebacker who led the team in tackles last year, the eagles just might be able to spread their wings and fly.
4. St. Louis Catholic vs South Beauregard - Oct. 22
This week 8 match-up features two teams that played in a very competitive game last season, but ultimately it was the Golden Knights who pulled out with the win, 23-21. One thing both squads have in common is the need to fill certain positions that were filled with seniors who have now graduated.
South Beauregard will need to fill a void that Kyler Kibadeaux left at the quarterback, in addition to Malachi McElhaney at running back. Saints lost senior QB Cooper Miller and senior wideout Chase Wilson who connected a lot last season for big plays downfield. Whoever fills these spots will have to step up in a big way if they want to come out with the win. Ultimately this may be another back and forth battle, however with the way things are right now it may be a toss-up.
3. Big Cat Classic - DeQuincy vs Vinton - Oct. 29
Down to number 3 on the list, we head to class 2A for a rivalry game that’s known as the Big Cat Classic between the DeQuincy Tigers and the Vinton Lions. This is a rivalry that dates all the way back to 1924, but as of late the tigers have gotten the best of the lions in head-to-head matchups.
In their meeting last season it was a back and forth affair for most of the first half. But in the second half, the tigers would find their rhythm with their rushing attack and go on to win 42 to 14. Which was the first time they beat the Lions at their home field since the 2011 season... They will look to keep that streak alive but expect Vinton to have something to say about that when it’s time for the big cats to do battle once again in October.
2. Leesville vs Lagrange - Sept. 17
In at #2 is a non-district game between the Leesville Wampus Cats and the LaGrange Gators.
The Gators had a season off due to hurricane damage to their facilities, but this year expect LaGrange to chomp down when they hit the gridiron.
The Gators offense is known for getting the ball in the hands of their playmakers and will Wampus Cat defense a fight. Defensively the Gators run the 4-2-5 which should allow them to contain explosive offenses.
Leesville, who’s always exciting to watch is going to look a bit different this season with the departure of quarterback Jacob Mount, but they return Caleb Gallashaw who’s a match-up problem for any opposing defense the Wampus Cats face. His playmaking ability is going to be a key factor in this matchup.\
1. Sam Houston at Barbe - Oct. 8
This matchup came in at #3 last year but comes in at #1 this season and it’s Barbe and Sam Houston. What is already an intense multi-sport rivalry, will be even more emotional when the two met at Buccaneer Stadium after neither program had a season in 2020.
They last met in 2019 when the Broncos made history and took down the Bucs for the first time ever across 21 meetings between the 2 programs that game was a local classic that came down to the wire and saw Sam Houston kick a last-second field goal to give them a 31 to 28 victory.
Both schools also brought in numerous players that would go on to play college sports including sam Houston alum and Louisiana Tech bulldog Jerren Gilbert and Barbe alum and a college world series champion with Mississippi State baseball, Davis Meche, but after a season off expect to see some new faces step up big in this rivalry.
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