Jesuit beat St. Augustine 34-20 on Friday night at Tad Gormley.
Now the Blue Jays and Purple Knights will turn around and do it again this Friday in the opening round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Division I select playoffs.
The LHSAA announced the pairings for the playoffs on Sunday morning on Fox Sports New Orleans, the first time the pairings were revealed on television. The Jesuit-St. Augustine game was one of the more intriguing matchups, considering the teams will be meeting for the second time in eight days.
“We are going to try to treat them like a brand new opponent, and I think they are doing the same thing,” Jesuit coach Mark Songy said. “Obviously it’s difficult to do that because you are so familiar with them. It’s not like it’s been six weeks since we played them. It’s just been several days. But we will have to try to treat this week just like the other weeks of the season.”
Jesuit (8-2) is the No. 6 seed, and St. Augustine (4-5) is the No. 11 seed. Songy doesn’t expect it to be difficult to get his team motivated to try to beat the same team twice.
“I think you run into a dangerous situation if you just try to plug in the same game plan from a week before,” Songy said. “We learned a lot playing them, and I know they learned a lot. The approach we have taken all year is to come in on Monday and not worry about who the opponent is, but just to play hard, and I think we’ll do that. Whether that’s enough or not, I don’t know.”
It’s the second straight year the Blue Jays and Purple Knights met twice in the same season. Last year, St. Augustine won the Catholic League title, beating Jesuit 34-14 in the regular season, then it topped the Blue Jays again 54-38 in the quarterfinals.
It is one of two first-round rematches in the 12-team Division I playoffs. Shaw, the No. 12 seed, will play No. 5 Brother Martin in the first round as well. The Crusaders won the first game 36-29 on Oct. 24.
The other area first-round matchups in Division I are St. Paul’s at Evangel Christian and Holy Cross at Teurlings Catholic.
John Curtis, which elected to play up in classification this season, was the only local team to earn a No. 1 seed. Rummel, ranked No. 1 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Super 10 and No. 11 nationally by USA Today, earned the No. 2 seed.
Curtis and Rummel earned first-round byes, along with Baton Rouge Catholic and St. Thomas More. Curtis will play the winner of the St. Paul’s/Evangel Christian game, while Rummel awaits the Holy Cross/Teurlings Catholic winner.
“You don’t get to play a 32nd season now,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said. “There are no easy first- or second-round games in this division.”
The state championship games for select schools will be played Friday, Dec. 5 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, while non-select schools will crown their champions Dec. 12 and 13.
Here’s a look at which local teams made the playoffs in the other three select divisions:
St. Charles is the No. 3 seed in Division III and earned a bye. It will play the winner of No. 6 De La Salle and No. 11 Vandebilt Catholic.
Thomas Jefferson is the No. 8 seed and will host St. Louis on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
Thomas Jefferson is the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 St. Louis.
No. 10 seed Lusher will travel to Parkview Baptist.
University High, which reached the championship game last season before losing to John Curtis, is the top seed in the division.
Newman is the highest ranked local team in Division III, earning a No. 5 seed. The Greenies will host No. 12 seed Redemptoriist in the bidistrict round.
Hannan, which made it to the title game last season, will play district foe St. Thomas Aquinas, Hannan lost to St. Thomas Aquinas 47-27 in the regular season.
Pope John Paul II, whose only win was a forfeit, will travel to face third-seeded and undefeated Riverside.
Catholic-New Iberia is the top seed in the division.
Country Day is the No. 10 seed, and the Cajuns will travel to No. 7 seed St. Edmund.
The Cajuns were a No. 8 seed headed into the final week of the regular season and would’ve hosted a first-round game, but the Cajuns were upset by Houma Christian on a last-second field goal Friday.
Vermilion Catholic, which won the state title last season, is the top seed in Division IV.
Country Day is the No. 10 seed and will travel to No. 7 St. Edmund in the first round.