The LHSAA’S unique, new playoff format got off to a good start last week. Heck, our game of the week (Haughton @ Ponchatoula) went into overtime with the Green Wave victorious in a high scoring affair, coming away with a 56-55 win.
Although last week was the first week of the playoffs, this week we welcome teams fortunate enough to have the week off. Yes, there were several. Truth is, far more than several… 21 teams enjoyed an extra week of rest. Now, this week, we’ll see if the additional week of rest or preparation helps them win or if that week off disrupted momentum and hurt their chances.
If you’re looking for a Cinderella team that’s still alive, there are several. Down in Class 3A, the biggest upset took place when 25th seeded Donaldsonville beat #8 South Beauregard 32-21. The Tigers were the lowest seed team in all of the playoffs to advance to the regional round of the playoffs.
Up in Class 5A the #21 John Ehret stunned Mandeville 21-14. The Patriots knocked off the Skippers, who were hoping to get back to the semi-finals for a third straight season.
Now, we focus on our game of the week. It’s always a treat to visit the schools in the River parishes, and this Friday night the All-State Sugar Bowl Prep Football Round-up will come to you live from Hahnville High School.
Give it up for the Tigers of Hahnville! Hahnville is the #24 seed, and last week this team had to travel all the way up to North Louisiana to take on Ouachita. The Tigers won convincingly 42-25. And, now, Hahnville High takes on last year’s state runner-up, Barbe. Can’t wait to witness this elite prep action live!
The Barbe Bucs have a high-scoring offense that features a record-breaking receiver. Trey Quinn will go down as one of the best prep football players in the history of high school football. Last week in their 42-16 win over South Lafourche, Quinn hauled in 197 yards receiving. Quinn broke Dorial Green-Beckham’s national record of 6,356 career receiving yards and set the new record to 6,376. Quinn also set the state record for career receiving yards with 5,881 receiving yards, and was named to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All American Bowl. Quinn has a verbal commitment to play for the LSU Tigers.
Hahnville’s strength this season has been their defense. I think it’s safe to say the Tigers defense will have their hands full this Friday night.
Other games to keep an eye on: #2 Parkway @ #15 East St. John and #14 Covington is at #3 East Ascension. Down in Class 4A, #5 Warren Easton hosts #12 Belle Chase in a rematch from earlier this season.
The Eagles took care of Belle Chase 52-24 in a District 9-4A game. This time around the prize is much greater as the winner moves on to a possible showdown with the undefeated East Jefferson Warriors. Division II has a rematch of last season’s Class 3A Title game. #3 Notre Dame will look to avenge last year’s title game loss to Parkview Baptist. The Eagles won Class 3A last season and they are the #6 seed.
I’m really looking forward to the biggest game in Division I this weekend. #3 Catholic High of Baton Rouge plays host to #6 Holy Cross. Both teams had a bye last week. The winner of this game will face the winner of the Shaw versus Byrd game.
Folks, what started in August now comes down to just four more weeks. Get out and enjoy some great prep football…what a party!