Baton Rouge area top 10 football polls: Zachary tops Classes 5A-4A, U-High leads Classes 3A and below _lowres

Advocate photo by BRIAN ROBERTS -- Zachary running back Terry Sullivan runs the ball near the goal line against Walker on Friday.

Classes 5A-4A

1, Zachary (9-1): The 4-5A Broncos met every local challenge. Enough said.

2, Scotlandville (9-1): Power ratings and the season prove the mettle of 4-5A Hornets.

3, St. Amant (8-2): Giving credit to the Gators for finishing with a hot hand.

4, Catholic (7-3) and Dutchtown (7-3): Each had a major issue down the stretch, but both have lots of playoff potential.

6, Plaquemine (7-3): The 6-4A Green Devils finished strong and are finally getting healthy.

7, Woodlawn (6-4): Could that 6-4A road win over Livonia last week ignite playoff success? We’ll see.

8, East Ascension (5-5) and Live Oak (6-4): Both EAHS of 5-5A and LOHS of 4-5A did what they needed to do to make the playoffs.

10, Livonia (7-3): This 6-4A program won a 3A state title last season. That playoff experience will be a plus.

On the outside looking in: Central (5-5), Walker (5-5).

Classes 3A and below

1, University (9-1): Nine straight wins and yes the 6-3A Cubs are among the state’s elite again.

2, Parkview (7-3): Could it be anyone else but the 6-3A Eagles here? Not a chance.

3, Lutcher (9-1): Getting the top seed in nonselect 3A is latest coup for a rising team.

4, Madison Prep (10-0): Can BR’s best breakout year in 2A lead to a long playoff run? We’ll see.

5, West Feliciana (6-4) and Southern Lab (6-3): The 3A Saints could surprise some with a deep playoff run. For 1A SLHS, the devil is in the details as they tune up for the playoffs.

7, Episcopal (8-2): Steady 6-2A team faces a key challenge in Newman this week.

8, East Feliciana (6-4): Credit a team with a hot hand — the 6-2A Tigers have won four straight.

9, Dunham (7-3): The 6-2A Tigers lost their last two and face a huge test in Calvary.

10, Northeast (6-4): Expect the 6-2A Vikings to rebound from a Week 10 loss.

On the outside looking in: Brusly (5-5), St. John (5-5), White Castle (5-5).