Riverside spent most of the season as the top team in The New Orleans Advocate’s Small School Super 10 football rankings.
That’s not the only No. 1 spot the Rebels have now: Riverside will be the No. 1 seed in the Division III select playoffs.
The LHSAA announced the brackets for all nine classifications Sunday. Rebels coach Bill Stubbs said he wasn’t surprised that his team was the top seed for the playoffs, which begin Friday.
“I think it’s well-deserved,” he said. “The kids played really hard this year. Our schedule early on was brutal, so I think they earned it.”
Riverside (8-1) will host Northlake Christian on Friday. The Rebels enter the postseason on an eight-game winning streak.
The only blemish on their record is a 29-28 loss to John Ehret, the No. 9 seed in Class 5A, in the season opener. Riverside also beat Hahnville, which is No. 7 in 5A.
“That was the whole idea when we made our schedule,” Stubbs said. “We had a tough time trying to schedule, but the folks we were able to get, we felt they would do nothing but help us. You want to play good competition, and that has pretty much happened through the year. It certainly gets you ready for what happens in postseason play.”
And if the nondistrict schedule didn’t get the Rebels ready, the district schedule certainly did. All six teams in District 9-2A made the playoffs.
Riverside, which was unbeaten in district play, may not have to wait long to see some of its district foes. Newman and St. Charles Catholic are on the same side of the bracket and would face the Rebels in the next two rounds.
“That’s pretty neat,” Stubbs said. “I think those teams represented the district well.”
Country Day, also in the district, is on the other side of the bracket. West St. John and Sophie B. Wright, also in the district, are in the Class 2A bracket for nonselect schools.
“I don’t think there is anything we haven’t seen,” Stubbs said. “We’ve played finesse teams and physical teams, power offenses, options, teams that throw it all around. So it doesn’t do anything but help us moving forward.”
The other top seeds in the small-school select divisions are University High in Division II and Ascension Episcopal in Division IV. De La Salle is the No. 3 seed in Division II and earned a first-round bye.
The top seeds in the three small-school nonselect classifications are Lutcher (3A), Many (2A) and Kentwood (1).