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2019 LHSAA Prep Football Playoff Report

Ascension Catholic’s Jai Williams
SPORTS SCENE PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

Fourth-seeded East Ascension will headline the local contingent heading to the LHSAA football state playoffs that were announced Sunday morning. The Spartans are the highest ranked 5A team in the Baton Rouge area.

East Ascension (8-2) will host No. 29 Terrebonne (5-5) in a bidistrict round game Friday night. The Spartans are in the playoffs for a school record seventh straight year, including the past four years under coach Darnell Lee.

This will be the third straight year the Spartans open the playoffs at Spartan Stadium and fifth time in the last seven years.

The Spartans are 19-26 all-time in the postseason, including 13-12 at Spartan Stadium. This will be the first meeting between the Spartans and Tigers.

No. 13 seed Dutchtown (8-2) will host No. 20 Ruston (5-5) at Griffin Field in the bidistrict round this Friday night in Geismar.

The last time Dutchtown hosted a first-round playoff game was in 2013 when they defeated Woodlawn 41-20.

The Griffins are 12-14 all-time in the post season and are in the playoffs for the 15th time in the past 16 seasons. They are 7-6 all-time at home in the playoffs.

The Griffins and Bearcats have met once before in the postseason, Dutchtown won 31-17 at Ruston in a first-round game in 2015.

St. Amant (5-5) had their streak of seven straight postseason appearances snapped this year when the Gators fell one spot short of qualifying for the field of 32.

The St. Amant school record is eight straight years for consecutive playoff appearances (1998-2005).

Top seed St. James (10-0) will host No. 32 Mansfield (4-6) in a Class 3A bidistrict round game this Friday night at Wildcat Stadium in Vacherie.

Last year St. James advanced to the regional round and lost to North Webster.

Friday night’s winner will face the winner of (17) Green Oaks at (16) Jena in the second-round next week.

No. 9 Donaldsonville (7-3) will host No. 23 Brusly (5-5) this Friday night in another 3A first round playoff game. Tigers were bounced by St. James 25-0 in the opening round last year.

Rounding out the trio of local 3A teams in the postseason, Lutcher (5-5) will make is 29th straight playoff appearance when the No. 20 Bulldogs play at No. 13 Booker T. Washington (7-3).

Lutcher has lost back-to-back years in the first round, including an overtime loss to Breaux Bridge 29-28 last year.

Third-seeded Ascension Catholic (9-0) will host (14) Riverside Academy (3-7) Thursday night in a first-round game at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium in the Division IV state playoffs for select teams.

The teams met in week two with the Bulldogs winning 35-22 over the Rebels at home.

The winner will face the (11) St. Edmond at (6) Southern Lab winner in the quarterfinal round.

Last year the Bulldogs reached the Division IV state championship game in the Superdome and lost to Lafayette Christian 56-7 in the title game.

Another local D-IV matchup will be, No. 16 Ascension Christian (3-7) going to Abbeville to face top-seeded Vermillion Catholic (9-1) this week.

Prep Football Schedule

Bidistrict Round State Playoffs – Non-Select

Friday, 11/15 (Ascension parish schools)

Class 5A

(29) Terrebonne (5-5) at (4) East Ascension (8-2)

(20) Ruston (5-5) at (13) Dutchtown (8-2)

LHSAA CLASS 5A BIDISTRICT ROUND

NON-SELECT

Friday, 11/15

(32) Benton (5-5) at (1) Acadiana (10-0)

(17) Walker (7-3) at (16) Thibodaux (7-3)

(24) East St. John (6-4) at (9) Central (8-2)

(25) Southside (6-4) at (8) Airline (8-2)

(28) Live Oak (6-4) at (5) Zachary (7-2)

(21) Chalmette (8-2) at (12) Hahnville (8-2)

(20) Ruston (5-5) at (13) Dutchtown (8-2)

(29) Terrebonne (5-5) at (4) East Ascension (8-2)

(30) West Ouachita (6-4) at (3) Alexandria (9-1)

(19) Mandeville (7-3) at (14) Barbe (7-3)

(22) Ouachita Parish (5-5) at (11) Haughton (8-2)

(27) Comeaux (5-5) at (6) Slidell (8-2)

(26) Ponchatoula (6-4) at (7) Destrehan (7-3)

(23) Covington (6-4) at (10) Sam Houston (8-2)

(18) John Ehret (8-2) at (15) Captain Shreve (8-2)

(31) Central Lafourche (5-5) at (2) West Monroe (9-1)

 

Bidistrict Round State Playoffs – Non-Select

Friday, 11/15 (Local schools)

Class 3A

(32) Mansfield (4-6) at (1) St. James (10-0)

(23) Brusly (5-5) at (9) Donaldsonville (7-3)

(20) Lutcher (5-5) at (13) Booker T. Washington (7-3)

First Round State Playoffs – Select

Division IV

(1) Ascension Christian (3-7) at (1) Vermillion Catholic (9-1)

(14) Riverside Academy (3-7) at (3) Ascension Catholic (9-0) (Thursday)