Most high school football coaches buy into the notion that every season can be broken down into three parts: The first two, preseason and district, are over. For the best teams, there’s the postseason, which begins Friday across Louisiana with the LHSAA’s five public school classifications broken down into playoff brackets.
West Feliciana earned a No. 5 seed in the 32-team Class 3A bracket and will host Westlake, the 28th seed, on Friday. The Saints tied for second in District 7-3A with Port Allen and Parkview Baptist after a thrilling 19-18 last-minute triumph over the Eagles in their season finale. The Saints wrapped up district play with a 4-2 record and were 8-2 for the season.
Westlake, from the Lake Charles area, finished the season 2-8 and 1-4 in District 4-3A.
A victory in the first round would earn the Saints a battle against 12th-seeded Iowa or 21st-seeded Donaldsonville.
East Feliciana is the fourth seed in the Class 2A playoff bracket and will host 29th-seeded Lakeside in their first-round game.
The Tigers finished first in District 6-2A with a 4-1 mark and concluded their season with a 6-3 overall record, including a 38-24 triumph over North Central in a season-ending nondistrict clash.
Lakeside, which is in Sibley, wound up 4-6-1 for the season and 1-4 in District 1-2A.
A win would send the Tigers to a second-round clash with either 13th-seeded Oakdale or 20th-seeded Bunkie. A win in the first two rounds could set up another match with fifth-seeded Northeast, the Tigers’ District 6-2A rival, who they lost to on Nov. 1, 16-14.
Also in the Class 2A playoffs, St. Helena College and Career Academy, which is seeded 18th, will travel to Franklinton to face 15th-seeded Pine. The Hornets defeated the Raiders in the regular-season finale, 36-21. The win was St. Helena’s first on the road this season. The two teams tied for fourth in 7-2A as Pine finished the season at 5-4 overall and 3-1 in district. If the Hornets defeat Pine, a second-round battle against second-seeded Kinder or No. 31-seeded North Caddo would be up next.
Silliman’s season ends
The Silliman Wildcats dropped a hard-fought 14-8 decision against Adams County Christian School in Natchez, ending their season in the quarterfinals of the MAIS Class 2A playoffs.
After a defensive struggle for much of the first half, ACCS took a 6-0 lead when Torrey Smith dove into the end zone from the 1-yard line, and a two-point conversion gave the Rebels an 8-0 lead at the half.
After the intermission, the Wildcats marched downfield with a 14-play drive, but the two-point conversion failed, and the visitors trailed 8-6.
However, late in the fourth quarter, the Rebels stamped their ticket for the semifinals when Smith scored on a 37-yard run for a 14-6 lead. A safety with 27 seconds left pulled the Wildcats to 14-8, but an interception by the Rebels ended Silliman’s season with an 8-2 record.
Lady Saints fall to St. Louis
West Feliciana coach Celeste Thornhill’s 20th-seeded volleyball squad ended its season with a three-set loss to 13th-seeded St. Louis Catholic in the first round of the Division III playoffs by scores of 25-23, 25-16 and 25-6.
The Lady Saints had a number of highlights including a 16-13 record and a third-place finish in district with an 8-4 mark.
“Over the course of the season, our team worked very hard and had a good bit of success,” Thornhill said. “We started out a little slow with a few losses early season, but finished strong with a playoff birth. We beat East Ascension, who had 23 wins, in a tournament late season, which brought us up in the power rankings to a 20th seed.”
And the future looks bright, with only Raven Davis and Alexis Bell-Pierce graduating.
“We only have two seniors this year, so I feel very strongly about the success of next year’s team,” Thornhill said. “We’ve got some great young talent and I’m excited to see what next year’s team can do.”
Saints ninth at Metro meet
The West Feliciana cross country team competed in the Baton Rouge Metro cross country meet Monday at Highland Road Park, with the boys finishing in ninth place with 262 points. Next up for the boys and girls teams is the 2014 Class 3A State Cross Country meet scheduled for Tuesday at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The outcome of the East Feliciana Tigers vs. Northeast Vikings game on Nov. 1 was changed Nov. 13, 2014, to reflect Northeast as the winner, 16-14.)