The Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s executive committee denied a Tuesday appeal to put Riverdale High back into the Class 4A football playoffs.
Jefferson-based Riverdale (4-5) was on the original Class 4A bracket approved Sunday. On Monday, another appeal led to a move that put Mandeville’s Lakeshore High (5-5) in the playoffs.
Lakeshore assumed the No. 31 playoff seed and Archbishop Shaw-Marrero (3-6) was bumped down from No. 31 to No. 32, thus pushing Riverdale off the bracket.
The Tuesday hearing lasted approximately 30 minutes before the committee agreed to uphold the ruling to take Riverdale out of the playoffs, said LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson.
“Riverdale had the right for an appeal and did what they needed to do,” Henderson said. “The committee decided to uphold the ruling that was made Monday.”
Lakeshore was originally denied a playoff spot because current LHSAA by-laws require a school to be a member for two years before competing for championship honors. During the Monday appeal, it was determined that when Lakeshore joined the LHSAA in 2009-10 the by-laws were different and schools were immediately eligible for championship honors.
Lakeshore travels to Lafayette to take on No. 2 seed St. Thomas More (9-1), while Shaw now travels to play top-seeded Neville-Monroe (9-0) in Friday’s opening playoff round.