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Tenth-seeded Tigers now one win away from claiming state title

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  • Hahnville
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  • 12/6/17 8:57pm

Hahnville trailed Acadiana by 14 points on four occasions in the Tigers’ Class 5A semifinal road game last week. The third such occasion came with Hahnville trailing 21-7 to start the second half and the Tigers perhaps in need of a little divine intervention – and the special talents of Anthony “Pooka” Williams “This is how I know there is a God in Heaven,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio recalled in almost... Keep Reading

Kentwood final challenge in WSJ’s quest for state championship

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  • West St. John
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  • 12/5/17 5:47pm

The West St. John Rams really seem to like a challenge. In order to reach Thursday’s Class 1A state championship game, West St. John had to get past a Logansport team that was the defending state champion and riding a 27-game winning streak. “We get a quality opponent like Logansport, who are on a high with a 27-game winning streak that was all those kids (Rams players) needed to hear: ‘you... Keep Reading

Road to Superdome goes through Edgard as Rams host Logansport

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  • West St. John
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  • 11/29/17 7:14pm

It turns out the road to the Superdome really does pass through Edgard. By earning the No. 1 seed in the Class 1A playoffs, West St. John was at home for the quarterfinals and is now a win away from reaching the state championship game when the Rams host Logansport on Friday night. “We can say that and mean it now. We’ve talked about it for awhile and it’s exciting to... Keep Reading

Veering off course not an option as HHS seeks to advance to title game

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  • 11/29/17 6:57pm

If you are of the belief that you will have to face Acadiana sooner or later in the Class 5A playoffs, you just as soon start preparing for the Rams as early as possible. That’s been the philosophy from the start for Nick Saltaformaggio as his Hahnville squad travels to Acadiana to take on the Rams and their vaunted split-veer option offense in the Class 5A semifinals on Friday night. “We&rsquo... Keep Reading

RA faces old-school Notre Dame in Division III semifinal encounter

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  • Riverside
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  • 11/22/17 7:43pm

No matter how many classes, divisions or playoff brackets the Louisiana High School Athletic Association may come up with, you generally can pencil in a Lewis Cook team into the semifinals. In 33 years as a prep head coach, Cook’s teams have made 31 playoff appearances. When his Notre Dame of Crowley team hosts Riverside Academy on Friday, it will mark the 17th time one of his clubs has reached the semifinals. “He&rsquo... Keep Reading

West St. John seeks to get over quarterfinal playoff hump

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  • 11/22/17 2:58pm

West St. John and Jonesboro-Hodge are no strangers when it comes to meeting in the Class 1A playoffs. Over the years, it always seemed that West St. John was the one that had to make the long road trip but for Friday night’s quarterfinal matchup in Edgard, it will be the Tigers who will be looking to their roadmap app in making the journey to south Louisiana. “It’s fortunate we... Keep Reading

Wildcats face different sort of Wing-T attack against Kaplan

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  • St. James
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  • 11/22/17 2:39pm

When St. James takes on Kaplan in the Class 3A quarterfinals Friday night in Vacherie, the Wildcats will have some experience facing the Pirates’ style of offense. Kaplan runs the Wing-T, a defense the Wildcats have faced against the E.D. White Cardinals and Marksville Tigers. The two times St. James has faced the Wing-T, the Wildcats fared well. SJH handed E.D. White its only regular-season loss with a 27-21 overtime win while... Keep Reading

Stakes much higher when SCC Comets take on University High

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  • St. Charles
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  • 11/22/17 2:27pm

While St. Charles Catholic is certainly familiar with Division II semifinal opponent University High, the stakes are much higher when the teams meet Friday in Baton Rouge. “We are familiar with them but in a scrimmage, it is kind of controlled. It’s a little bit different. This is for real,” St. Charles coach Frank Monica said. U-High defeated St. Charles in a preseason scrimmage and hasn’t lost since. It... Keep Reading

Williams, Brumfield showcase 5A quarterfinal playoff encounter

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  • Hahnville
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  • 11/22/17 2:07pm

Ever since Nick Saltaformaggio arrived in Hahnville four years ago, the Tigers have yearned to host a Class 5A quarterfinal game at home. The Tigers were of the belief that in order to get it, they likely would have to earn a Top 8 seed in the playoffs. Getting a Top 8 seed also likely meant a win over rival Destrehan along the way. Hahnville defeated Destrehan and finished the regular season 8-2. The Tigers ended up... Keep Reading

St. James coach Valdez expects ‘slugfest’ against Madison Prep

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  • St. James
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  • 11/15/17 9:08pm

The deeper teams get into the high school football playoffs the more likely games won’t be the decided until the fourth quarter, many coaches seem to agree. Although his team won its Class 3A playoff opener handily over Marksville 39-0 last week, you can count St. James coach Robert Valdez with the aforementioned sentiment as his Wildcats prepare to travel to Baton Rouge to take on Madison Prep on Friday. “It will... Keep Reading