The LHSAA released the playoff pairings Sunday morning.
Here are Five Quick Takes on the pairings for the playoffs that begin on Friday and conclude with the state championships in December.
Best first round matchup:
Chalmette at Landry-Walker
The Owls handed the Charging Buccaneers their only district loss this season.
Now the two teams will meet again, this time at Behrman Stadium in a win-or-go home game in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
De La Salle had the most successful regular season in school history, reeling off nine straight wins before losing the regular season finale to Lutcher. The Cavaliers earned the No. 3 seed in Division II. The good news is that means a bye. The not-so-good news is it also means a possible matchup with Teurlingss Catholic in the quarterfinals.
Catholic League 2.0
As everyone knows, the Division I playoffs feature the Catholic league teams, plus St. Paul’s, Evangel Christian and Catholic High.
The most intriguing matchup is in the quarterfinals where John Curtis will head to the north shore to play St. Paul’s. Also of note, Curtis, St. Paul’s and Rummel are all on the same side of the bracket. Brother Martin, a 3 seed, opens with Catholic in the quarterfinals in a rematch of last year’s thriller that came down to the final seconds.
Local Flavor in Division III
Riverside is one of two local teams to earn No. 1 seeds. (Rummel was the other).
Riverside is No. 1 in Division III and the Rebels are on the half of the bracket with several local teams, including to of their District 9-5A foes. St. Charles and Newman are both on that side. Riverside opens with Northlake Christian.
Sophie B. Wright is a longshot to win a state title. The Warriors are on a 9-game losing streak and their lone win of the season came in the season opener against Crescent City. They are the No. 27 seed in Class 2A and will open on the road against No. 6 seed Sterlington. Sophie B. Wright (1-9) is one of seven local teams with losing records to make the playoffs. They join Shaw (4-6), Jesuit (4-6), St. Augustine (2-8), Fisher (4-6), McMain (3-7) and West St John (3-7) to make the playoffs.