Rod Walker: De La Salle-Lutcher tops Week 10 matchups _lowres

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- De La Salle's Myles Ward slips away from some St. James defenders Thursday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.

The playoffs are almost here.

This week marks the end of the regular season.

As we close the chapter on the regular season, it’s the small schools stealing the spotlight, with two huge battles highlighting this week’s Top 5 games list.

1 Lutcher at De La Salle:

The schedule-makers got this one right, saving this District 9-3A showcase until the end of the season.

De La Salle is enjoying its best season in school history and putting the numbers on both sides of the ball to prove it.

The Cavaliers are 9-0, the best start in school history, and they are averaging an area-best 50.3 points while allowing just 6.3 points per game.

They have shut out five of their nine opponents, including four of their past five.

Their closest game, against St. James, was won by 25 points.

Simply put, De La Salle has dominated.

The Cavs will get by far their stiffest test on Friday night at Joe Brown Stadium when they host Lutcher in a winner-take-all game to decide the district crown.

Lutcher, like De La Salle, has been pretty dominant as well on its way to an 8-1 mark.

The Bulldogs’ lone loss was a 21-20 setback to St. Amant.

They boast wins over Class 5A West Jefferson and Dutchtown and have scored at least 60 points three times. The Bulldogs have shut out two of their past three opponents.

How evenly matched are the Cavaliers and Bulldogs? They are ranked 2 and 3, respectively, in the LSWA Class 3A poll, behind U-High.

2 Haynes Academy at South Plaquemines: OK, show of hands for everyone who at the beginning of the season had Haynes Academy playing for a district championship.

But that’s exactly what the Yellow Jackets will be doing Friday night in a battle of teams ranked ninth and 10th in The New Orleans Advocate Small School Super 10.

Not bad for a school in just its seventh season of fielding a team.

Both teams are undefeated in District 8-2A play, so the winner is the outright division champion.

3 St. Charles at Country Day: Game 3 of Country Day’s rough three-game stretch to end the season and the Cajuns will be playing a rare home game under the lights. Country Day will host St. Charles at Bertolino Stadium looking to get back on track after losing back-to-back games to Newman and Riverside.

4 McDonogh 35 vs. Karr: There was a time we thought this one would be for the District 9-4A title. Little did we know Warren Easton (which everyone assumed would be in rebuilding mode this year) would wreck those plans. But that shouldn’t stop the Roneagles and Cougars from giving us a thriller Thursday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.

5 St. Augustine at Rummel: Yes, I know what you’re thinking. You’ve looked at the records and you see the Purple Knights have won just two games all year and you also know just how dominant Rummel has been all season. It’s undefeated against Louisiana times and ranked

No. 1 in both Advocate Large School Super 10 and the LSWA Class 5A poll.

But there is probably not a more dangerous two-win team in the state.

Trust me, no one in Division I will want to see

St. Aug in the playoffs.