The road to the Mercedes Benz Superdome begins Friday.
Here are 10 things you should know about the local teams trying to make it to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
1. Number of undefeated teams left. Destrehan was the only school in the greater New Orleans area that made it through the regular season without a blemish on its record. The Wildcats went 9-0 and finished undefeated in the regular season for a second straight year.
2. Number one seeds. Nothing beats a little R and R right? Well, few did against Rummel and Riverside, who earned No. 1 seeds in their respective divisions. Rummel had to travel all the way to New Jersey to find a team that could beat them. The Raiders went undefeated in Louisiana and earned the top seed in Division I and the bye that comes with it. They will play either Jesuit or Shaw next week. Riverside, meanwhile, lost to 5A John Ehret by one point in the season opener and has reeled off eight straight wins since then. The top seed in Division III, the Rebels will host Northlake Christian on Friday.
3. Touchdowns. That’s all that separates Brother Martin’s Bruce Jordan-Swilling and Country Day’s Jase Griffin this season. The two have a nose for the end zone. Jordan-Swilling has 32 touchdowns and Griffin has 29.
4. Teams that made it to the Dome last year are looking to make a return trip. Jesuit is the only one among that foursome that left the Dome with a championship trophy.
John Curtis, Warren Easton and Destrehan all fell a game short of the title.
5. Local teams get a week of rest before beginning their playoff journeys next week. St. Paul’s will host Curtis in the quarterfinals of the Division I playoffs. Brother Martin will play Catholic of Baton Rouge. Rummel plays the Jesuit-Shaw winner. And in Division II, De La Salle will await the Teurlings Catholic- St. Michael winner.
6. Rematches. Several teams will get rematches this week, playing division opponents in the opener.
The marquee matchup will be at Behrman Stadium where Landry-Walker will host Chalmette. The Owls stunned the Charging Buccaneers 17-12 in the District 8-5A opener in Week 4.
The other five rematches this weekend are: Belle Chasse at Warren Easton (Joe Brown Stadium), Loranger at Lakeshore, Fisher at South Plaquemines, Shaw vs. Jesuit and Holy Cross vs. St. Augustine. Loranger, Fisher, Shaw and St. Aug will all be looking for revenge.
7. Points. Well 7.8 to be exact. That’s how many points per game De La Salle has allowed this season, giving the Cavaliers the area’s stingiest defense.
8. Teams in The New Orleans Advocate coverage area entering the playoffs with losing records. Jesuit, Shaw, St. Augustine, Fisher, Pine, McMain, West St. John and Sophie B. Wright are all under .500 right now. But hey, throw out the records the window come playoff time.
9. Consecutive losses by Sophie B. Wright (1-9) heading into the playoffs. As crazy as it sounds, there are four teams in the playoffs (General Trass and Mentorship Academy in 2A, North Central and East Iberville in 1A) that were winless this season.
Need an explanation? Well, nine is also the number of playoff brackets.
10. Well, 2010. Since 2010, at least one team in The New Orleans Advocate’s coverage area has won a state title. The last time it didn’t happen was 2009. Since then, championships have been won by Franklinton (2010), St. Charles and Curtis (2011), Rummel, Karr and Curtis in 2012, East Jefferson, Rummel and Curtis in 2013 and Jesuit in 2014. Will that streak continue?
The road begins Friday.