Defending state champions Parkview Baptist and White Castle are among the teams already making plans for another football playoff run.
Like countless other metro area coaches, White Castle’s Ferrante Dominique and Kenny Guillot, of PBS, spent part of Saturday pondering and calculating their all-important power-ratings.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association announces its power ratings-
driven playoff pairings at 1 p.m. Sunday at the LHSAA office.
Until then, the game outside the game, the figuring of power-ratings, will continue.
“We’re just getting ready for another run at the playoffs,” Dominique said of his 4-6 team. “People didn’t take us too seriously last year, either.
“One of the lists I saw had us going to play Mangham. We’ll see.”
Lutcher assistant coach Mickey St. Pierre, one of south Louisiana’s unofficial gurus of power-ratings, has defending Class 1A champion WCHS at No. 29. The team White Castle beat Friday night, Ascension Catholic, should also get in at No. 32.
Parkview (6-3), last year’s 3A state champion, had an open date last week and figures to stay at No. 11.
After checking with various sources, including St. Pierre, Guillot said it looks like several of the Class 3A power brokers — PBS, top-ranked St. Charles Catholic, No. 2 Patterson and Notre Dame-Crowley — could end up on one side of the bracket.
Projections have Parkview Baptist playing Guillot’s alma mater, Shreveport’s Loyola Prep.
As a No. 32 seed, Ascension Catholic (4-6) would travel to the Monroe area to take on Ouachita Christian (10-0) in a first-round game.
The Bulldogs are not the only local team facing a David vs. Goliath like challenge, according to St. Pierre, who started calculating power ratings in 1994-95, the year the LHSAA started using them to determine playoff positioning.
Central (6-4) earned a share of the District 4-5A title with a win over Live Oak on Friday and an automatic berth to the playoffs.
Central coach Doug Dotson projects his team as a No. 32 seed that would go play No. 1 St. Paul’s-Covington.
St. Pierre’s findings differ slightly. He has the Wildcats at No. 33, thus knocking another team out of the playoffs, but still bound for St. Paul’s.
“If that’s how if turns out, I’m OK with that, because St. Paul’s is a team we’ve played in the past,” Dotson said. “We’ve been there, and it’s not like going where you’ve never been.”
St. Pierre said wins last night helped several teams improve their standing. Denham Springs (7-3), up to No. 17, and East Ascension (7-3), up to No. 21, made notable moves in Class 5A, but will still travel for first-round games.
Only No. 2 Dutchtown (10-0) figures to host a game in 5A.
Along with Lutcher (9-1), Plaquemine (6-4) and St. Michael (7-3) are among the 4A teams in line to host games.
Local and area teams will be scattered throughout the 3A bracket. There is a unique development at the bottom of the list.
East Feliciana (5-4) needed a win over rival West Feliciana (4-5) to get into the playoffs. The Tigers won 14-7 and
did move up to No. 32. St. Pierre has West Feliciana at No. 30.
District 7-2A leaders University (10-0) and Episcopal (9-1) are set to host games. After a 1-4 start, Redemptorist (4-6) is excited about being in the mix. St. Pierre has the Wolves placed at No. 24.
“All the things I’ve seen have us in that 22 to 24 area,” first-year Redemptorist coach Aaron Vice said. “We’ll take it.”