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All eight River Parish teams once again qualify for state playoffs

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  • November 04, 2018 - 8:45am

File photosAll eight River Parish teams again qualified for the sate playoffs, including West St. John, which seeks to repeat after winning the Class 1A title in 2017.

All eight River Parish teams have qualified for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs for the third year in a row.

Two teams, defending Class 1A state champion West St. John, and St. Charles Catholic in Division II, received opening-round byes in their respective brackets.

West St. John, which garnered the No. 5 seed in non-select Class 1A, will take on the winner of No. 12 seed Homer and Elton, the No. 21 seed.

St. Charles Catholic, which garnered the No. 2 seed among Division II select schools, also received an opening-round bye. Thomas Jefferson elected not to participate in the playoffs, thus allowing the Comets to receive a first-round bye.

The Comets will take on the winner of the No. 7 Parkview Baptist versus No. 10 Teurlings Catholic contest.

Two River Parish teams will host in the first round.

Destrehan, which earned the No. 2 seed in non-select Class 5A, will host Hammond, the No. 31 seed. The victor will take on the winner of the game between No. 15 Barbe and No. 18 Landry-Walker.

St. James, the No. 9 seed in Class 3A, will host Donaldsonville, the No. 24 seed. The game is a District 10-3A rematch. The Wildcats defeated the Tigers 22-0 in the Week 6 league opener in Vacherie. The winner will advance to take on the victor of the No. 8 North Webster versus No. 25 Albany game.

Riverside Academy, the No. 10 seed in Division III, will travel to take on Ascension Episcopal, the No. 7 seed. A win by Riverside would create a second-round District 9-2A rematch with Country Day. The Cajuns, the No. 2 seed, defeated the Rebels 42-20 in Week 9.

Hahnville, the No. 22 seed in Class 5A, will travel to take on Walker, the No. 11 seed. The winner will take on the winner of the game between No. 5 Zachary and Sulphur, the No. 27 seed.

East St. John, the No. 28 seed in Class 5A, will visit East Ascension, the No. 5 seed. Should the Wildcats win and No. 21 Central Lafourche top Slidell, the No. 12 seed, ESJ and Central Lafourche would meet in a playoff rematch of a Week 5 game won by the Wildcats 31-0.

Lutcher, an eight-time state champion, garnered the No. 18 seed in Class 4A, and will visit Breaux Bridge, the No. 15 seed. The winner will take on the winner of the game between No. 2 Warren Easton and Rayne, the No. 31 seed.

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.