LHSAA football playoff brackets announced Sunday – Monroe News Star
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High School football fans across the state of Louisiana will get their first peek at the 2014 LHSAA football playoff brackets Sunday at 10:30 a.m. when the pairings are announced live on Fox Sports New Orleans.
The anticipation of whom each team plays is something that each team can relate too, but others entered the weekend playing for their playoff lives.
Cedar Creek School in Ruston routed Arcadia 31-0 to finish the regular season at 3-7 which could still leave the Cougars out of the 16 team bracket in Division IV. Cedar Creek entered the week No. 21 in updated rankings released last week by the LHSAA.
A team’s power rating is derived from the team getting 10 points for each victory they have plus one point any game an opponent of their schedule gets. The total is divided by the number of games played and the team gets their power rating for playoff seeding.
The Cougars sport the fourth highest strength factor for their 2014 schedule.
Running back Wes Gresham led the way for the Cougars with 238 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Even though the season did not always go as planned, head coach Ben Haddox spoke highly of his team’s resolve in the face of tough circumstances.
“I was really proud of this group,” Haddox said. “They never gave up. They kept fighting and even when things wouldn’t fall in line they kept coming to work every day.”
City of Delhi well represented
Despite a 46-0 loss to Class 1A No. 1-ranked Mangham, Delhi Charter expects to be in the Division IV field on Sunday. The team came into the final week as the No. 14 team in Division IV according to the LHSAA.
The Gators began the season 5-0 but limp into the playoffs due to key injuries like running back Christian Colvin who has missed two straight games after a concussion.
Colvin remains one of the top rushers in the division (1,368 yards, 19 TDs) but his absence coupled with fellow senior quarterback Frank Maxwell on the shelf with a broken collarbone and defensive injuries hindered the Gators.
Just across town, the Delhi Bears entered the week No. 15 and could earn a first-round home game if they stay in the top 16 on Sunday.
Delhi lost on Thursday at St. Frederick 44-14 to finish the regular season 3-7. Despite the losing record, Delhi was bolstered by one of the top districts in the state for Class 1A football including two teams (St. Frederick, Mangham) that played in the state finals last season as well as perennial championship contender Ouachita Christian School. Delhi is currently No. 5 in 1A for strength of schedule.
District 2-3A proving ground for postseason
Every team from the local 2-3A district is expected to be in the postseason except for Carroll which finished the season 0-10 after a shootout with Rayville which the Hornets won 72-44.
Madison (4-6) lost to Crowley 44-14 on Friday which could put the team on the outside looking in. The Jaguars entered the week No. 31 but could find themselves in the bracket Sunday due to strength of schedule.
Defending Class 3A champions Union Parish (9-1) won the district outright Friday with a 57-0 win over Richwood (3-7).
Rayville will garner a first-round home playoff game for the first time since 2009. The Hornets (7-3) came into the week No. 8 in the LHSAA rankings, and the blowout win over Carroll on Friday helped the cause.
Richwood came into the week No. 26 in the 32-team bracket projections for Week 9 and, like Madison, need a little help from teams on their schedule to keep playing.
Road Warriors of 2-4A
While Neville (8-1) and Bastrop (7-3) will earn first-round home games next week, three other 2-4A mates will have to take their show on the road in the opening round, but that means that bubble teams such as Franklin Parish (3-6) and Wossman (5-5) will be in the field of 32.
West Ouachita (7-3) has had their best season in a decade but the team stumbled to a 1-3 record in district play and will likely be hitting the road in the first round.
The challenge of getting the team ready emotionally is one the Chiefs coaching staff expects the team to handle well.
“Our guys understand things go this way in the season sometimes,” West Ouachita head coach Joey Pender said after a 38-6 loss at Bastrop on Thursday. “Our guys have had a great work ethic all season and we expect them to come back to work and we will get rolling and prepare for whoever it is we play.”
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