East Feliciana High and Capitol finished their seasons on opposite ends of the high school football spectrum. Yet both anxiously await Sunday’s playoff pairings announcement by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
“You know, it doesn’t really matter to me where we’re seeded or who we play as long as we’re in,” East Feliciana coach Cedric Anderson said. “We knew we needed a win to make sure we were going to get in. The good news now is we’re finally getting some guys back and getting healthy. We’re looking forward to the playoffs. It’s a fresh start.”
The LHSAA will announce its football playoff pairings for all five classes in the meeting at 1 p.m. at its Baton Rouge office.
Many Baton Rouge coaches spent Saturday trying to figure out where their teams might fall in the LHSAA’s power rankings. District champions and co-champions garner automatic berths on the 32-team brackets. The top 16 teams, based on power rankings, get to host bidistrict-round playoff games next week.
East Feliciana was ranked in the high 20s by several sources that prepare power rankings. A 33-7 Friday win over District 6-3A rival West Feliciana, a team ranked seventh by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in its weekly poll, was the boost the Tigers needed.
Anderson said he was unsure who his team might draw in the playoffs. By contrast, Capitol interim coach Claude Coleman was busy checking websites and even got a couple of phone calls from prospective foes.
Like EFHS, the Class 2A Lions were ranked in the upper 20s by several sources before their 22-8 loss to Northeast on Friday at Memorial Stadium.
Capitol (3-7) played Friday’s game without two running backs and a lineman who were completing suspensions held over from last season by the LHSAA. The players were required to sit out the games they played in a year ago when they played after a temporary restraining order granted temporary eligiblity.
Coleman wasn’t sure where his team stood until he started seeking out unofficial power ratings by several sources.
“We’re listed No. 33 on one list, and it includes two schools that aren’t eligible to go to the playoffs,” Coleman said. “Then I got a call from Evangel (Shreveport power). They were looking to set up a game time in case they draw us. They had us playing them as the No. 31 seed. I’ll take it.”
St. Michael the Archangel’s Eric Held gave his team time to celebrate Friday’s win over Broadmoor. The Warriors (8-2) won a season finale for the first time since 2008.
But there was little time to rest for Held, who has his team pegged for the No. 20 power ranking spot and a likely match-up with Bastrop, which lost its season final to Franklin Parish Friday night.
“A lot of people didn’t figure they’d lose to Franklin Parish,” Held said about Bastrop. “We certainly didn’t, but that’s way it fell.“This is a mathematical formula, and it doesn’t lie. With that said, we’re excited about the challenge. The good news for us is that guys like Randall Mackey and Rueben Randle and Josh Downs don’t play for Bastrop any more. We’ve played Catholic High and Lutcher in big-game situations this year, and I don’t think we’ll be intimidated.”
Two area 1A schools, Catholic-Pointe Coupee (6-4) and Ascension Catholic (7-3), were also ranked in the mid 20s previously and are also taking a wait-and-see attitude.
“It looks like we’re in the 23 to 25 range, depending on which rankings you check,” CHSPC coach Rob Funderburk said. “That ususally means a tough draw. But it beats not being in the playoffs.
ACHS coach Doug Moreau adds, “We have an idea where we might fall. I’m just going to wait until to tomorrow to see what happens.”
Late Friday games
WOODLAWN 38, MCKINLEY 22: At McKinley, Cameron Lazare ran for 107 yards on seven carries and Charles Brooks completed 7 of 9 passes for 228 yards as Woodlawn (1-9, 1-4) got its first victory in District 5-5A game.
Emmanuel Stewart added 81 yards on 14 carries for the Panthers. Nick Clark caught an 86-yard touchdown pass and Sean Williams had two catches for 79 yards for WHS. Javon Brown returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown for the winners.
NOTRE DAME 42, SOUTH BEAUREGARD 6: In Longville, third- ranked Notre Dame (8-1, 5-0) wrapped up the District 4-3A title by rolling up 372 yards, including 320 rushing yards.
Luke Broussard ran for 98 yards on three carries and had a 25-yard TD run. Noah Touchet had 75 yards on 17 carries and scored on a 2-yard run.
ASSUMPTION 42, MORGAN CITY 13: In Morgan City, Cameron Blame completed 14 of 27 passes for 226 yards and one TD for Assumption (6-4, 3-1), which wrapped up a second-place finish in District 8-4A.
Acquindas Brown ran for 70 yards on 17 carries and scored one TD for the Mustangs. Hoang Nguyen passed for 173 yards and one TD for Morgan City (4-5, 0-4).
HANSON MEMORIAL 46, GUEYDAN 32: In Franklin, Collin Broussard ran for 156 yards on nine carries and scored four TDs.
Drake Businelle added 147 yards on 16 carries.
to help the Tigers (4-6, 2-2) compile 438 rushing yards in the District 8-1A game.