- George Becnel
- November 05, 2017 - 12:31pm
All eight River Parish teams have qualified for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs for the second year in a row.
Two teams – West St. John and St. Charles Catholic – have garnered opening-round byes.
West St. John, the No. 1 seed and champions of District 8-1A, has an opening-round bye since South Cameron decided not to participate in the playoffs, leaving the 32-team bracket one team shy of being filled. The Rams will play the winner of the East Iberville-Delhi winner in the second round of the playoffs.
In Division III, Thomas Jefferson and Haynes elected not to participate in the playoffs and Ben Franklin is ineligible. St. Charles, as the No. 3 seed, would have matched up with Thomas Jefferson. The Comets will have the winner of the E.D. White-St. Louis matchup in the quarterfinals.
In Class 5A, Destrehan earned the No. 8 seed and will host Alexandria, the No. 25 seed. The Destrehan-Alexandria victor will face the winner of the Barbe-Parkway game.
Hahnville, despite defeating Destrehan and winning District 7-5A, is the No. 10 seed. Hahnville will host Denham Springs.
The other River Parish team from District 7-5A, East St. John, made the field as the No. 26 seed. The Wildcats travel to face No. 7 Ruston. The winner of the East St. John-Ruston game faces the Hahnville-Denham Springs winner in the second round.
Lutcher, the winner of the last two Class 3A state titles, is the No. 24 seed in Class 4A and will travel to take on No. 9 Salmen. The winner advances to take on the Northwood-St. Martinville winner.
St. James finished as the No. 4 seed in Class 3A and will host No. 29 Marksville. The winner of the game will take on the victor in the Caldwell Parish-Madison Prep contest.
Riverside, the defending Division III state champion, is the No. 5 seed and will host Northlake Christian, the No. 12 seed. The victor will take on the winner of the Dunham-Paul John Paul II encounter.