Playoff football can put high school teams together in some unique combinations.
Consider the semifinal round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s playoffs to be a prime example.
Defending Class 3A state champion Parkview Baptist (9-3) is the only remaining East Baton Rouge Parish-based school still in the playoffs.
This week the Eagles (9-3), seeded 11th, travel to LaPlace to take on No. 2 St. Charles Catholic (13-0). The two teams used to be in the same Class 2A district more than 20 years ago.
“They’re not a team we’ve played or had any common opponents with until we played Port Allen this past week,” Parkview coach Kenny Guillot said. “I’m impressed with what I’ve seen on film. They’re a good-looking, well-coached football team.
“Based on what I see, we’re going to have our hands full. They’re impressive.”
The PBS-St. Charles game is one of several games of local interest this week.
Two teams with ties to local districts, Lutcher (12-1) and West St. John (11-2), also remain in the playoffs along with Tangipahoa-based Amite (11-1) and three Acadiana-based teams, 5A Carencro (12-1), 4A Breaux Bridge (12-1) and 1A Vermilion Catholic (13-0).
Lutcher, of District 6-4A, travels to New Orleans to take on Edna Karr (10-3) in a game set for Behrman Stadium. West St. John, of 9-1A, travels to Abbeville to take on Vermilion Catholic.
“They’re going to be the biggest and fastest team we’ve faced,” Lutcher coach Tim Detillier said. “Their record is misleading because they lost two games the first week of the year and they also had a quarterback change.
“Since then, they’ve been rolling along. The problem for us at this point is depth. I feel like we’re a good 3A team playing in the 4A semifinals. Any time you can play in December it’s a good thing.”
West St. John advances to the semifinals for the first time under coach Robert Valdez. The sixth-seeded Rams knocked off No. 3 Haynesville on the road Friday and now travel to play No. 2 Vermilion Catholic.
“The only word that can describe what we felt last night is euphoria,” Valdez said. “Haynesville is some place to play with all the tradition they have. Now we’ve got another road game, but we’re still playing — that’s the big thing.”
It is also Amite coach Alden Foster’s first trip to the semifinals as head coach at his alma mater. The Warriors travel to play Marksville (10-3),
“No matter how much tradition you have I think there’s a tendency to forget that this is the first time for this group,” Foster said. “They were so excited last night, but we’re back to business today. Marksville is the real deal, and we’re preparing for them now.”
In Class 5A, Carencro hosts Shreveport’s C.E. Byrd (12-0), while 4A Breaux Bridge hosts Monroe’s Neville (12-0).
BREAUX BRIDGE 48, ALEXANDRIA 7: In Alexandria, Adrian Menard and Alex Williams set the pace for Breaux Bridge to win
its Class 4A quarterfinal contest.
Williams returned two interceptions for touchdowns to lead the Tigers defense. Each play covered 35 yards. Adrian Menard added 165 yards on seven carries and scored two TDs.
The Tigers rushed for 281 yards and had four players score touchdowns.
Menard had scoring runs of 94 and 45 yards for Breaux Bridge.
LSU commitment Travin Dural scored on a 51-yard run and also hauled in a 23-yard scoring pass from Randall Menard.
C.J. Gatlin was 12-for-26 for 133 yards and one touchdown for Alexandria (8-5), but was also intercepted three times.
VERMILION CATHOLIC 41, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN 28: In Opelousas, Jacoby Davis ran for 249 yards on 21 carries and scored six touchdowns, powering unbeaten Vermilion Catholic past Westminster in a Class 1A quarterfinal game.
Davis started the VCHS scoring with a 32-yard run in the first quarter and ended it with a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. His longest scoring run covered 54 yards.
Aaron David completed 16-of-27 passes for 210 yards for Vermilion Catholic. Thomas Kemp ran for 119 yards on 36 carries and scored two touchdownss to pace Westminster (10-3).