As expected, Rummel, Neville, Parkview Baptist, John Curtis and Ouachita Christian have earned the top seeds for the Louisiana State Football Playoffs.
The Raiders of Jay Roth are unbeaten (9-0) and will host Lafayette (5-5) in the opening round on Saturday. Rummel reached the 5A championship game in 2009 as the No. 1 seed, falling to West Monroe in the title game (30-0). The Raiders have a big-time dual-threat quarterback in senior Damian Williams. Their closest win was by 11 points. The Mighty Lions of Jay Domengeaux have a quality win over New Iberia.
Also on the top half of the 5A bracket, unbeaten South Lafourche (9-0) will host 25th-seed Ruston (5-5) Friday night. In his first year, Tarpons coach Dennis Skains has done a masterful job, sweeping through 7-5A and had a big win at New Iberia. South Lafourche has a quality senior quarterback in Colby Callais. The Bearcats of Billy Laird won their final two games to make the playoffs. They reached the quarterfinals a year ago.
13th-seed Mandeville (7-2) hosts 20th-seed Covington (6-3) in a 6-5A rematch of a game played this past Friday night at Covington, won by Mandeville 31-0. Guy Lecompte's Skippers reached the semifinals in 2011. Malter Scobel's Lions lost their last two games while the Skippers are 7-2 and on a five-game win streak. Covington won the 4A state championship in 1976.
29th-seed Ponchatoula (5-4) will travel to fourth-seeded Central (9-1). Hank Tierney's Green Wave pulled a first-round upset a year ago over Dutchtown (28-14) while Edwards' Wildcats shocked top-seeded St. Paul's 35-28 a year ago. Central has big wins over Catholic (B.R.) and St. Thomas More. Ponchatoula won its last two games to make the tournament. Tierney won a state title at Shaw in 1987.
On the bottom half of the bracket, it's another week 10 rematch as 11th-seed Jesuit (7-2) hosts 9-5A district rival and 22nd-seeded West Jefferson (7-2) on Saturday. The Buccaneers beat the Blue Jays 24-17 this past Saturday. The Blue Jays are led by Tulane commitment Tanner Lee, who has thrown 23 touchdown passes with just one interception while West Jefferson has big-time receivers and runners in Ronald Lewis and Devin Scott. West Jefferson won a state title in 1970 while Jesuit has seven state championships, the last one coming in 1960.
27th-seed East St. John (5-4) had a late season surge which earned them a playoff nod and they will travel to sixth-seed Airline (8-2)Friday night. The Wildcats of Phil Banko won their last three games to finish 5-4, overcoming their school and homes being devastated by Hurricane Isaac. Airline lost 31-30 on a last second field goal to Byrd last Friday night. The Vikings of Bo Meeks have a very good win over Parkway.
10th-seed St. Paul's (7-3) will host 23rd-seeded Hahnville (5-4) Friday night at Hunter Stadium. The Wolves of Kenny Sears earned the top-seed a year ago and enter the playoffs with a four-game winning streak in capturing the 6-5A title. The Tigers of Lou Valdin started 0-4 and won their last five games to win 8-5A. Hahnville won the 5A state title under Valdin in 2003.
31st-seed Terrebonne (6-4) travels to Lake Charles to take on second-seeded Barbe (9-1). The Tigers of Gary Hill have a good win over Westgate while the Buccaneers of Mike Cutrera lost only to St. Thomas More. Barbe has scored 40 or more points seven times and the Buccaneers have an LSU commitment in tight end DeSean Smith.
In 4A, defending state champion Neville (9-0) is the top-seed and will host 32nd-seed St. Louis Catholic (5-5). Mickey McCarty's Tigers also won the state championship in 2009. The Saints of Mike Johns beat Beau Chene 26-7 in week 10 to get into the playoffs.
24th-seed Assumption (6-4) travels to ninth-seeded Franklin Parish (8-2). The Mustangs of first-year coach Anthony Paine scored 40 or more points in four of their last five games. The Patriots of Barry Sebren downed Bastrop 23-20 in week 10 and lost only to top-seeds Ouachita Christian and Neville.
Eighth-seed Vandebilt Catholic (9-1) hosts 25th-seed Huntington (6-4) Friday night. Elijah McGuire of the Terriers is the state's leading rusher. Vandebilt lost their season opener to E.D. White and ripped off nine straight wins. Anthony McClain's Raiders have a good win over Bossier.
Fifth-seed Salmen (8-1) will host 28th-seeded Northside (4-6). The Spartans of Jerry Leonard lost only to unbeaten Edna Karr and have state championships in 1994, 1995 and 2000, to their credit. The Vikings of former LSU linebacker Trev Faulk played one of the toughest schedules in Louisiana.
12th-seed East Jefferson (7-2) plays host to 21st-seeded McDonogh 35 (5-4) Friday night at Joe Yenni Stadium. Nick Saltaformaggio's Warriors are looking for their first playoff win since 1971 while Wayne Reese's Roneagles are coming off of a 44-28 victory over Belle Chasse. McDonogh 35 beat East Jefferson 35-14 in the opening round of the 2010 state playoffs.
Third-seed Lutcher (9-0) will host 30th-seeded St. Martinville (5-5) Friday night. The Bulldogs of Tim Detillier have pitched four shutouts. Lutcher won state titles under Detillier in 2003, 2006 and 2008. The Tigers of Gary Adkins started fast but lost their last three games. St. Martinville won state titles in 1981 and 1984.
19th-seeded Franklinton (6-3) heads to 14th-seed LaGrange (7-3). The Demons of Shane Smith won the 4A state championship in 2010. The Gators of Jules Sullen are hot, winners of four straight games entering the playoffs.
In another rematch game, sixth-seed Holy Cross (7-2) will host 27th-seed Shaw (4-5). Holy Cross shutout Shaw 34-0 on September 21. The Tigers of Barry Wilson won 10-4A, beating both St. Augustine and East Jefferson while the Eagles of Scott Bairnsfather won their last two games to make the postseason. Bairnsfather previously served as the head coach at Holy Cross and the two schools are both expected to play up to 5A and become part of a reconfigured Catholic League next season. Holy Cross won state championships in 1945 and 1963 while Shaw won a 4A state title in 1987.
26th-seed Warren Easton (5-4) travels to seventh-seed St. Thomas More (7-3). The Eagles of Tony Hull have good road wins over East Jefferson and Covington while the Cougars of veteran coach Jim Hightower have big wins over Barbe and Teurlings Catholic and are playoff tested.
10th-seed St. Augustine (6-3) hosts 23rd-seed Alexandria (5-5). First-year coaches Cyril Crutchfield and Jeff Fitzgerald have gotten here in different fashion. The Purple Knights have the state's best running back in Leonard Fournette while the Trojans started 0-5 but then won all five district games to win 3-4A. ASH won at East Jefferson (27-7) in the opening round of the 2011 4A playoffs.
2nd-seed Edna Karr (9-0) hosts 31st-seed Peabody Magnet (6-4). Jabbar Juluke's Cougars are looking for a third consecutive trip to the 4A state title game, having finished second for two straight seasons. Speedy Noil is a real difference maker on offense while the Cougars have a stifling defense. Karr won a state championship in 1993. Phillip Payne's Warhorses won their last four games.
In 3A, top-seed Parkview Baptist (8-0) hosts 32nd-seed Erath (5-5). Kenny Guillot's Eagles won 3A state titles in 2001, 2007 and 2010. The Bobcats of Doug Dotson lost their last three games to barely get into the playoffs.
17th-seed E.D. White (6-4) travels to 16th-seeded Brusly (8-2) in a rematch of 7-3A rivals. Kyle Lasseigne's Cardinals lost their last two games and lost to Brusly 43-7 on October 5. The Panthers of Erik Willis enter the playoffs on a two-game winning streak.
25th-seed Jewel Sumner (5-4) is at eighth-seed Bossier (7-3). The Cowboys of Zephaniah Powell have a good win over St. Michael's while the Bearkats of Michael Concillio are red hot, winning six straight games to win 1-3A. Jewel Sumner has an LSU commitment in defensive back Jeremy Cutrer.
12th-seed McMain (7-2) will host 21st-seed Port Allen (6-3) in a rematch game. The Mustangs of Kevin Roussell reached the quarterfinals a year ago and have a terrific quarterback in Omari Jones. They won six straight games to win 10-3A. The Pelicans of Guy Blanchard are 6-3 and beat McMain 21-12 on September 21 at Port Allen.
20th-seed Bogalusa (7-2) travels to 13th-seeded Jennings (7-3). The Lumberjacks of Craig Jones won their final three regular season games. Bogalusa won state titles in 1947 and 1969. The Bulldogs of Rusty Phelps won their last three games as well.
Fourth-seed Loranger (8-1) hosts 29th-seed Kaplan (7-3). The Wolves of Sam Messina lost only to Amite (20-19) and feature LSU commitment Jeryl Brazil. The Pirates of first-year coach Stephen Lotief had a six-game win streak snapped by North Vermilion (15-9) in week 10.
30th-seed Lusher Charter (5-4) travels to unbeaten and third-seed Eunice (10-0). Louis Landrum's Lions have lost three of their last four games while the Bobcats of Paul Trosclair have been superb, not scoring fewer than 27 points in any game. Eunice won a state championship in 1982.
19th-seed De La Salle (6-3) makes a long trip up to 14th-seeded Farmerville (8-2). The Cavaliers of first-year coach Ryan Manale have an outstanding runner in Anthony Thomas while the Farmers of Joe Spatafora started 0-2 and won their last eight games. The Farmers won a state title in 2001.
18th-seed St. Charles Catholic (7-2) travels to 15th-seeded Westlake (6-3). The Comets of Frank Monica are the defending state champion in 3A. They started 0-2 and won their final seven games. The of first-year coach Shawn Demerrit have a good win over Jennings and an LSU commitment in offensive lineman Josh Boutte.
In 2A, top-seed John Curtis (9-0) plays host to 32nd-seed Pope John Paul II (3-6). Curtis is the top-ranked team in the nation, according to Rivals.com. J.T. Curtis has his Patriots primed for a 25th state title and have a brilliant receiver in junior Malachi Dupre. Mark Jeanmard's Jaguars played a tough schedule, starting 2-0 but losing 6-of-7 games to end the regular season.
25th-seed Riverside (4-5) travels to eighth-seed Homer (9-1). The Rebels of first-year coach Bill Stubbs have a budding star in freshman quarterback Deuce Wallace. The Rebels won their last two games to reach the playoffs. Stubbs won three state titles as head coach at Salmen. The Pelicans of Glen Kyle have a quality win over Farmerville and have scored 32 or more points in their last eight games.
20th-seed Northlake Christian (5-4) travels to 13th-seed Welsh (8-2). Tony Agresta's Wolverines have a very good player in Dane Landry. The Greyhounds of Robbie Gates won their last three games to end the regular season.
Fourth-seed Springfield (8-1) will host 29th-seed Northeast (4-5). The Bulldogs of Ryan Serpas lost only to 5A Live Oak (38-6) and swept through 8-2A as district champion. The Vikings of David Masterson got into the playoffs with a week 10 victory over Capitol (22-8).
11th-seed St. Thomas Aquinas (5-4) will host 22nd-seed Sterlington (5-5). John White's Falcons played an extremely challenging schedule, beating playoff teams Northlake Christian and Pope John Paul II. The Panthers of Mike Collins had a five-game winning streak with a week 10 loss to powerful Homer (38-26).
27th-seed Newman (5-4) travels to sixth-seed Calvary Baptist (7-3). The Greenies of Nelson Stewart have a very talented sophomore quarterback in Jay Tyler. Newman has a very good win over Carver. The high scoring Cavaliers of John Bachman have a huge win over defending 5A state champion West Monroe but lost two of their last three games.
10th-seed South Plaquemines (7-2) faces a district 9-2A rematch at home against 23rd-seeded Carver (5-3). The Hurricanes of Cedric Figaro beat Carver 36-34 in week nine at Port Sulphur so they will play for the second time in three weeks. The 'Canes are smarting from a 50-0 lashing at the hands of John Curtis. The Rams of Byron Addison have an Alabama commitment in wide receiver Raheem Falkins.
In 1A, defending state champion Ouachita Christian (10-0) hosts 32nd-seed Sacred Heart (4-6). The Eagles of Steven Fitzhugh have six shutouts and have scored over 40 points seven times this season. They have quality wins over Frankliln Parish, Cedar Creek and Rayville and The Trojans of Dutton Wall are reeling on a four-game losing streak.
Fifth-seed Kentwood (8-1) hosts 28th-seed Houma Christian (7-3). The Kangaroos of veteran coach David Currier lost only to 3A power Loranger (26-15). They have won six straight games. Kentwood has won six state championships, including in 1997 and 1998 under Currier. The Warriors of Chuck Battaglia are on a three-game win streak.
12th-seed Country Day (9-1) will likely bring in the portable lights to host 21st-seed St. Edmund (6-4). The Cajuns of Richard Wood are on a seven-game winning streak and swept through 10-1A unbeaten. The Blue Jays of veteran coach Thomas David take a three-game win streak to Metairie Friday. St. Edmund beat Country Day 34-21 in the 2010 regional round.
30th-seeded St. Martin's (4-5) travels to third-seed Vermilion Catholic (9-1). Frank Cazeaux's Saints went unbeaten in the 2011 regular season and beat Delhi Charter in the opening round of the playoffs but lost 3-of-4 games to end this year's regular season. Eagles first-year coach Roch Charpentier has a high scoring team that scored over 40 points in seven games. Vermilion Catholic won a state championship in 2003.
22nd-seed Archbishop Hannan (6-3) travels to 11th-seeded White Castle (7-2). The Hawks of Pat Lambert opened the season 4-0 and are improving annually. The Bulldogs of first-year coach Lamar Thomas lost only to powerful West St. John and University Lab. White Castle won the 1A state championship in 2010.
Sixth-seed West St. John (6-3) hosts 27th-seed Opelousas Catholic (6-4) Friday night at Edgard. The Rams of Robert Valdez reached the championship game in 2011 and played a brutal schedule in 2012 and swept through 9-1A unbeaten. They are extremely prepared for the playoffs. The Rams won state championships in 1998, 2003 and 2004. The Vikings of Doug Guillory lost their last two games after a fast start.
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