District 9-4A staked its claim as perhaps the toughest district in the state in 2013, grabbing three of the top five seeds in the non-select Class 4A playoffs.
Two of those teams (Karr and Landry-Walker) went on to reach the semifinals, with Karr making in to the Superdome before losing to East Jefferson.
This season, the district has three of the top 10 spots in the playoffs in the 32-team field that was announced Sunday.
Warren Easton (No.5), Landry-Walker (6) and Karr (10) all grabbed top 10 seeds.
The other two teams in the district (Belle Chasse and McDonogh 35) also made the field.
“With everybody in our district getting into the big dance, that speaks for itself about how tough this district is,” Landry-Walker coach Emanuel Powell said. “That shows the great toughness in this district that you see week in and week out. I think our district is the toughest in the state.”
McDonogh 35 coach Wayne Reese, whose team squeezed in with the final spot as a No. 32 seed, agreed.
“I think it’s the toughest district in the state, including the Catholic League,” Reese said.
The toughness in the district was shown at the top of the standings that finished with a three-way tie. Easton beat Landry-Walker. Landry-Walker beat Karr. Karr beat Easton.
“This district helped prepare you for the environment of the playoffs,” Powell said.
Reese’s team made it into the field despite winning just two games this season.
“I guarantee you we want see anything like what we see in this district,” said Reese, whose team plays top-seeded Plaquemines on Friday. “In this district, you know you are going to have your hands full every week. When you look at some of the recruiting sites, some of the best kids in the country are in this district. We have some teams that are just good all around.”
In addition to those five teams, four other local teams (Franklinton, Lakeshore, East Jefferson, and Riverdale) made it into the Class 4A playoffs.
Franklinton is the highest seeded team at No. 3, while East Jefferson is the defending state champion.
Seven local teams made the playoffs in Class 5A, including two teams who will play for the second times this season.
Mandeville will host Slidell in a rematch of a regular season game between the District 6-5A schools.
The Skippers won 20-0 in the regular season.
One of the top matchups is also an all-area battle.
John Ehret will host East St. John on Friday at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
Undefeated Destrehan, a No. 4 seed, is the highest seeded local team in 5A.
The other New Orleans-area 5A teams to make the field are Hahnville and Covington.
In Class 3A, two locals teams (McMain and Miller-McCoy) both will travel in the opening round. McMain, a No. 19 seed, will travel to (14) Port Allen, while District 10-3A champion Miller-McCoy goes to (11) Jennings.
Livonia, which lost in the 3A title game last season, is the top seed in the class.
In 2A, St. James will host Carver in an all-area bi-district round matchup.
Other local 2A teams to qualify for the playoffs are: (15) Pine, (23) South Plaquemines and (30) Sophie B. Wright.
2013 runner-up Many is the top seed in 2A.
In 1A, West St. John is a No. 3 seed and gets a first round bye. The Rams will play the Varnado-Ringgold winner in the second round.
Mangham, which lost in the 1A title game last season, is the No. 1 seed in Class 1A.