Advancing to the regional-round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s football playoffs is the norm for some teams and a major accomplishment for others.
Two of Friday’s regional-round playoff games provide insight into both scenarios in the Baton Rouge area.
In Class 3A, top-seeded Parkview Baptist (9-0) hosts No. 16 Brusly (9-2). PBS has a playoff legacy that includes state titles in 2001, 2007 and 2010. Brusly seeks its first regional victory in 31 years.
Pointe Coupee Central (8-2) got its first playoff win by ousting Montgomery on Friday night. Now the Cougars, who have won eight straight, host a traditonal playoff power in No. 9 Southern Lab (9-2).
“As well as we’ve done this year, I think there are still questions about just how good we are,” Brusly coach Erik Willis said. “Some of those questions will be answered this week.
“Parkview is Parkview. They do what they do on offense with the option, and they’re solid on defense. This is a chance for us to see where we stand.”
The Brusly-PBS game and the Southern Lab-PCC game help highlight a busy regional schedule that includes games in all classifications with the exception of 4A.
“We finally got that monkey off our back last night,” Pointe Coupee Central coach Lawrence Brown said. “Now the challenge is a program, that has had playoff success and won state titles. This is something new for us.
“The key will be making it like any game. I’ve told our guys we need to prepared, disciplined and organized. We’ll need to be ready to play.”
Two of Baton Rouge’s remaining 5A teams will also host games this week. No. 5 Catholic (8-2) hosts No. 12 New Iberia (9-2) in a game tentatively set for BREC’s Olympia Stadium.
Central (10-1), the fourth seed, hosts a District 6-5A team for the second straight week in No. 13 Mandeville (8-2).
“We talked about finding a way to win before last night’s game,” Catholic High coach Dale Weiner said. “Some games you win 10-7 and some you’ll have to win 43-42 like we did last night. The key is finding a way to win.
“New Iberia had a close one with Scotlandville last night, and they look like a fine football tean.
“They’re a spread team but they’re not the typical spread team because they do go under center, and they can run the ball.”
Central’s Sid Edwards likes what he sees in Mandeville and notes the Skippers were a semifinalist a year ago.
“Guy Lecompte (Mandeville’s coach) is a heck of a football coach, and they’re playing well now, which is the right time to do it,” Edwards said.
Dutchtown (8-2) ousted rival St. Amant in the bidistrict round and faces 10-0 Rummel, a 49-7 winner over Lafayette.
In Class 3A, there are at least two other games. East Feliciana (6-3), the No. 22 seed, hosts No. 6 Rayne (9-2). Fifth-seeded Livonia (9-2) travels to Port Allen, which beat McMain 22-14 Saturday.
Third-seeded University High (10-1) leads Baton Rouge’s District 7-2A group. The Cubs, a quarterfinalist last season, host No. 14 Loreauville (9-2).
Meanwhile, No. 9 Episcopal (8-2), of 7-2A, hosts No. 25 Riverside Academy (5-5). Fourth-seeded Springfield (9-1) travels to play a District 8-2A rival, No. 20 Northlake Christian (6-4), in Covington.
Also in Class 1A, No. 11 White Castle (9-2) travels to No. 6 West St. John (7-3) for a District 9-1A rematch.