There’s an unspoken rule about Week 10 high school football showdowns. Well, at the least the coaches prefer for things to remain unspoken.
“One of the toughest things was making sure we were focused on what we had to do last night,” Livonia coach Guy Mistretta said. “At least now we’re past that and the guys can start taking about this one in front of me. They were doing it last week when I wasn’t around.”
The sixth-ranked Wildcats (8-0, 4-0) travel to the Acadiana area to play No. 5 Church Point (9-0, 4-0) for a game that will decide the District 5-3A title Thursday night.
Church Point and Livonia have battled for the district crown in recent years with Livonia typically holding the upper hand, including last year when the Wildcats advanced to the 3A title game.
There’s a similar scenario in District 6-1A for Southern Lab (4-5, 3-0) and fourth-ranked Kentwood (7-1, 3-0). Only in this case the Kittens host Kentwood on Friday at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium.
“Staying focused wasn’t a big deal for us,” SLHS coach Nick Mitchell said. “This is the third year in a row that it’s come down to us and Kentwood for the district title. Obviously, our goal is to win one.
“In a lot of ways we’re similar. We’ve played a tough schedule with a lot of bigger schools on it and so have they. This is one we look forward to.”
The two games highlight the final week of the regular season that also includes three other Thursday games.
Parkview Baptist (6-2, 4-1) travels to West Feliciana (7-2, 3-2) in 7-3A. Woodlawn (5-4, 1-3) hosts McKinley (4-5, 1-3) in 5-5A and Belaire (3-6, 0-3) hosts St. Michael (8-1, 2-1) in District 6-4A.
Top-ranked University High (9-0, 5-0) is the only area team with a chance to go unbeaten. The Cubs can wrap up another perfect regular season with a home win over Baker (4-5, 1-4) Friday night.
Some intriguing matchups won’t involve a top district finish.
Take District 5-5A as a prime example. Sixth-ranked Catholic High (8-1, 4-0) hosts East Ascension (5-4, 2-2) at Olympia Stadium on Friday night. The combination of Catholic’s Week 9 win over Woodlawn and EAHS’ loss to St. Amant gave the Bears the 5-5A title.
Already having the title in hand won’t change Catholic’s approach to Friday’s game, Bears coach Dale Weiner said.
“I’ve told our guys the most important game is the next one in front us,” Weiner said. “We know East Ascension is an excellent football team. They’ve proven that. They lost last week to St. Amant, but we know they’ll be ready this week.
“I’m so proud of our district — I believe every team we have is solid. So being able to win it means a lot. It’s been a battle every week and we expect nothing less this week.”
Ninth-ranked Zachary (8-1, 5-0) can wrap up the 4-5A title with another win.
The Broncos travel to Broadmoor (3-6, 2-3). It’s the same storyline in District 6-4A for seventh-ranked Plaquemine (8-1, 3-0).
The Green Devils can wrap up their title when they host Tara (3-6, 0-3) Friday night.
Northeast (7-1, 3-1) also has a notable matchup. The Vikings host Redemptorist (1-8, 0-4) Friday, looking to secure a tie for the 6-2A title with East Feliciana (5-3, 4-1). EFHS has completed its league schedule.
Considering the fact Redemptorist pushed 10th-ranked Episcopal to the limit last week, possibilities abound.
There’s playoff action on tap for Silliman Institute. The Wildcats (8-2) travel to Adams County Christian for a second-round Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class 2A playoff game.