District 6-4A Louisiana high school football preview: Livonia on rise, boosting difficulty in already challenging league _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Livonia quarterback Cee Jay Powell

Local 3A teams will compete in regular-season finales Thursday with chances to secure district honors.

Sixth-ranked Livonia (8-0, 4-0) travels to No. 5 Church Point (9-0, 4-0) as the two unbeaten teams compete for the District 5-3A title for the second time in two years.

West Feliciana (7-2, 3-2) hosts Class 3A No. 7 Parkview (6-2, 4-1), and the Eagles can secure a second-place finish in District 7-3A with a win. But with a West Feliciana victory, the Saints can force a three-way tie for second place in 7-3A between West Feliciana, Parkview and Port Allen (6-3, 4-2).

Livonia coach Guy Mistretta said there have been mentions of the power rankings and playoff seeding affecting the loser of the undefeated matchup, but his focus has been on earning district honors.

“There’s a title at stake here,” Mistretta said. “It really comes down to these kids getting an opportunity to play for a championship, and they’re excited about it. That’s pretty much it.”

West Feliciana and Parkview’s coaches are attempting to use this regular-season finale to fine tune their teams before they head into the postseason. Parkview coach Jay Mayet said he looks forward to competing against West Feliciana before the start of the playoffs next week.

“It’s going to be a good test for us,” Mayet said. “I think both schools will get some benefit to play such a high-caliber competition team because that’s the kind of atmosphere that will be in the playoffs.”

The Livonia-Church Point matchup will be a battle of high-powered offenses. Church Point averages more than 40 points per game and is averaging more than 50 in district. Livonia also averaged more than 40 points this season.

“(Church Point) has a very good offense,” Misretta said. “Something we really have to do a good job is putting them into passing situations where they’re not all that comfortable.”

West Feliciana coach Robb Odum said even though there’s the possibility of creating a second-place tie, his main priority is focusing on fundamentals and lasting in the playoffs.

“There’s three seasons in football. There’s predistrict, district and playoffs, and we’re fortunate that we’ll be in the third season. We want to try to take advantage of it,” Odum said.

Woodlawn (5-4, 1-3) hosts McKinley (4-5, 1-3) in the teams’ District 5-5A finale. Both have lost two in a row, getting their last victories on Oct. 17.

Last week, McKinley narrowly fell 22-20 at Dutchtown and Woodlawn lost to Catholic 38-30.