Port Allen High will face a familiar foe, but Friday’s Class 3A bidistrict football playoff game will require the Pelicans to do two things they haven’t done all year — play in New Orleans and play on a Saturday.
PAHS (6-3) goes to New Orleans to take on McMain (7-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pan American Stadium.
“We discussed some options, but Saturday is the way it worked out,” Port Allen coach Guy Blanchard said.
The Pelicans took a 20-12 victory over McMain in a game played Sept. 21 at PAHS. Jestin Kelly ran for 103 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead Blanchard’s squad. Omari Jones threw for 124 yards and two TDs for McMain.
Port Allen is now the No. 21 playoff seed, while McMain grabbed the No. 12 spot — numbers similar to their final score earlier this year.
Together again I
When No. 5-seeded Catholic High (7-2) hosts No. 28 Carencro (5-4) for a Class 5A bidistrict game at 7 p.m. Friday at BREC’s Olympia Stadium it will mark the first time the teams have played since 2008.
Both teams are nicknamed the Bears and use a similar helmet logo. Catholic leads the series between the schools 10-1, but Carencro is the team with the most recent deep playoff run. Coach Brent Indest’s Bears were the 5A runner-up to West Monroe last season.
Together again II
When No. 32 Erath (5-5) travels to top-seeded Parkview Baptist (8-0) for a Class 3A bidistrict game at 7 p.m. Friday the game will mark more than just the return of EHS coach Doug Dotson to Baton Rouge.
Dotson, who served as head coach at Central the previous two seasons, will square off against two former McNeese State teammates, PBS’ defensive coordinator Jay Mayet and Eagles offensive coordinator Scott Dieterich.
Parkview head coach Kenny Guillot also was an assistant coach at McNeese.
Mandeville High wide receiver Zach Boudreaux made his way into The Advocate’s statistical leaders in recent weeks. His team played two teams from District 5-5A, Catholic and East Ascension.
Boudreaux, who has 46 catches for 805 yards and eight touchdowns, has an even more notable tie to Baton Rouge, He is the grandson of longtime Zachary High principal Jerry Boudreaux.
Mandeville (7-2), a No. 12 seed, hosts District 7-5A rival Covington (6-3), a No. 20 seed, in a Class 5A bidistrict action Friday.