1. Zachary (8-2): The Broncos wrapped up the 4-5A title last week, a No. 4 playoff seed in Class 5A and gave coach David Brewerton his 100th career win.
2. St. Amant (9-1) and Scotlandville (8-1): A share of the 5-5A title and bragging rights came with last week’s win over East Ascension, not to mention a No. 5 playoff seed in 5A. Scotlandville, the No. 3 Division I select seed, bounced back with a win after its lone loss to Zachary. The Hornets enter the playoffs a bit under the radar again.
4. Parkview Baptist (7-3): Playoff time is Parkview time. The Eagles wrapped up the 6-4A title last week and are seeking a fourth straight title-game berth in Division II.
5. East Ascension (8-2) and Plaquemine (8-2): Losing to a rival is tough, but if sixth-seeded EAHS handles it right, that loss to St. Amant can launch a successful playoff run. Plaquemine has righted its ship since a loss to Parkview and will look to continue a push through the playoffs.
7. Catholic (7-3), Denham Springs (6-4), Dutchtown (6-4), Live Oak (5-5), Walker (6-4): We used to have wild-card teams in the playoffs. Catholic is a No. 4 playoff seed in Division I and like Scotlandville, doesn't carry much fanfare. The other 5A teams are wild cards in a different way. All have played well at different times and certainly have the potential for playoff success. Well, it’s now or never, with no do-overs next week.
On the outside looking in: Central (4-6), Lutcher (4-6) and McKinley (4-6).
Class 3A and below
1. University (10-0): The Cubs are the only 10-0 team on either list and a top contender to advance to the Division II title game. Not much else to say.
2, West Feliciana (9-1): Don’t let that No. 6 playoff seed or the loss to U-High in 6-3A play fool you, the Saints are a dangerous team going in the 3A playoffs, with the ability to go the distance.
3. St. James (7-3): The Wildcats have battled through injuries and other adversity. As a No. 4 seed, they also have the ability to go the distance in 3A. Leadership includes players who played in 2015 title game.
4. Southern Lab (5-5): No postseason for the Class 1A/Division IV Kittens this year because of LHSAA sanctions. A 19-18 Week 10 loss to Kentwood is yet another indicator of how good Southern Lab was.
5. Donaldsonville (7-3): The Tigers have the talent to be a headache for top 3A teams, but the first step is to beat a playoff savvy Union Parish program at home.
6. Dunham (8-1): Eight wins in a row and a District 7-2A title make this the Tigers’ must successful season in a decade. The playoff route in Division III isn’t easy, but it’s a chance to surprise people.
7. Catholic-PC (9-1), Ascension Catholic (8-2) and Episcopal (8-2): CHSPC and ACHS have chances for deep playoff runs in Division IV. Episcopal gets to prove how far it has come in Division III vs. Country Day, a team that handed the Knights one of their losses.
10. Albany (8-2): Lots of possible picks to close this top 10. But the 3A Hornets make history by hosting a playoff game for the first time this week.
On the outside looking in: East Feliciana (5-5), East Iberville (5-5), Madison Prep (4-5), Northeast (6-3).