Since the LHSAA split its football playoffs three years ago certain things have been givens — like University High playing district rival Parkview Baptist for a second time each season.
The two teams will do it again — meeting for the sixth time in the past three seasons. Fourth-seeded PBS (8-3) travels to play No. 1 U-High (10-1) in a Division II semifinal set for 7 p.m. Friday
UHS beat Parkview in the Division II title game last year and in the semifinals in 2013.
“In some ways, it’s like we just played,” Parkview coach Jay Mayet said. “I know a lot of people like to talk about the other games we’ve played. The reality of it is we’re 0-5 against them and what happened in those games won’t have any bearing on this one.
“At the end of last year we were very efficient offensively. Last night (a win over St. Louis), we had over 400 yards rushing, and I feel like we’re getting to that point again. That’s big at this time of the year.”
The select semifinals and nonselect quarterfinals this week feature some intriguing rematches and first-time matchups.
Sixth-seeded Catholic High (8-3) travels to Shreveport to take on No. 2 Evangel Christian (9-2) in the Division I semifinals. The teams played more than a decade ago during Evangel’s first stint in 5A, but those games were played in Baton Rouge.
“In my 29 years, we’ve never traveled to Shreveport, so this will be a first,” Catholic coach Dale Weiner said. “We’re excited about having this chance, and I’m so proud of my team for how they played (in a 49-48 win over Brother Martin).”
In Class 5A, No. 2 Zachary (11-1) hosts No. 7 Hahnville (9-4). The Broncos seek their second straight semifinal berth.
Top-seeded Lutcher (11-1) travels to No. 9 Kaplan (9-3) in 3A. Also, No. 15 St. James (9-3) meets No. 7 Northwest (11-2).
The two Feliciana teams, Class 3A 13th-seeded West Feliciana (8-4) and 2A East Feliciana (8-4), the seventh seed, are still set to play. WFHS hosts No. 21 Iowa (8-4), while EFHS travels to No. 2 Kinder (11-1).
WFHS makes its third quarterfinal berth since 2010 and seeks its second straight trip to the semifinals. EFHS also is in the quarterfinals for the second straight year.
“Because Iowa won, we get to host in the quarters, and that’s great for our school,” WFHS coach Robb Odom said. “We’ve played really well the last two weeks, especially on offense. They’re a team that scores a lot of points, so that should be a challenge.”
EFHS coach Cedric Anderson adds, “The big thing for us was getting our kids settled down and refocused after we lost some games early. We got them back to playing the game, and it is a game where you’re supposed to have fun.”
Sixth-seeded Southern Lab (8-3) faces No. 2 Vermilion Catholic (10-2) in Division IV. In 1A, No. 6 White Castle (6-5) travels to No. 3 Haynesville (9-2).
“At this point in the season, it doesn’t matter what your record is,” Lutcher coach Tim Detillier said. “All the teams are good. And if you’re one of the teams still practicing and playing everything is good. I know it is in Lutcher.”