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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

Top-seeded WSJ Rams face East Iberville after open-round bye

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  • West St. John
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  • 11/15/17 5:12pm

As the No. 1 seed in the Class 1A playoffs, the West St. John Rams earned the opportunity to able to sit back last week and wait to see who they might face in Friday night’s second-round matchup in Edgard but instead took a more proactive approach. “We took two of the days off to kind or rest and heal up a little bit. We had a good week of practice even though... Keep Reading

Ruston provides different type of hurdle for Saltaformaggio’s Tigers

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  • Hahnville
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  • 11/15/17 5:03pm

The start of the high school football playoffs had Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio thinking of a different sport. “My favorite race in track is the 110-meter hurdles, not the 110 meters,” Saltaformaggio said. “It’s my favorite race because the guy that wins that has battled through obstacles; it wasn’t a clear lane from start to finish. “Unlike the regular season, the playoffs are a sprint, but it&rsquo... Keep Reading

Destrehan to clash with Barbe in tough second-round matchup

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  • Team:
  • Destrehan
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  • 11/15/17 3:44pm

If anyone had mentioned a Destrehan-Barbe postseason matchup at the beginning of the season, many would likely have figured the encounter well after the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Yet, that’s where the teams find themselves when the Wildcats host the Buccaneers on Friday night. Destrehan, the No. 8 seed, is coming off a 33-14 triumph over Alexandria, while Barbe, the No. 9 seed, dominated Parkway 52-6. The Wildcats enter the game at ... Keep Reading

Comets host ‘scrappy’ St. Louis squad in 2017 playoff debut

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  • Team:
  • St. Charles
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  • 11/15/17 3:12pm

As the St. Charles Catholic Comets sat back with an opening-round bye in the Division II playoff, they were trying to get an idea of who they may host in the second round. The Comets were leaning toward one-loss E.D. White but then started to take a closer look at 3-7 St. Louis. When St. Louis rallied to edge the Cardinals 22-21, the Saints started to look a bit more formidable. “We didn... Keep Reading

Rebels looking to ‘find a way to win and move on’ against Dunham

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  • Riverside
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  • 11/15/17 2:50pm

Given enough experience, Riverside Academy may finally have figure out all this open-date stuff. Riverside has faced three open dates this season. In the week following the first two, the Rebels lost 42-21 to De La Salle and 31-30 in overtime to Newman. Following a Week 10 bye week, the defending state champion Rebels opened the Division III playoffs at home with a 42-21 triumph over a scrappy Northlake Christian last Friday. Although the final margin... Keep Reading

Luck of the draw gives Lutcher Bulldogs tough opener at Salmen

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  • Lutcher
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  • 11/8/17 3:46pm

There’s one thing Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins has learned about the high school football playoffs. “When you get to the playoffs, it’s all about matchups and the luck of the draw in some ways,” the Bulldogs coach. In that regard, Lutcher drew a tough matchup to open the Class 4A playoffs when the Bulldogs, the No. 24 seed, travel to Slidell to take on No. 9 Salmen on Friday night. The ... Keep Reading

Rebels will find out if they stayed sharp during Week 10 open date

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  • Riverside
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  • 11/8/17 3:24pm

While most teams were battling in Week 10 for possible district championships and playoff seedings, Riverside Academy was facing an open week – the Rebels’ third such off week of the season. “Hopefully, we have it figured out now,” Riverside coach Chris Lachney laughed. “It’s been an interesting year. Our kids have bounced off of every twist and turn throughout the year that has come up and we had a... Keep Reading

ESJ Wildcats face tough trip to open Class 5A playoffs at Ruston

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  • Team:
  • East St. John
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  • 11/8/17 3:15pm

A Week 10 win over South Lafourche earned East St. John a spot in the Class 5A playoffs as the No. 26 seed. That means the Wildcats have to travel to north Louisiana to take on No. 7 seed Ruston on Friday night. It’s a trip East St. John coach Alden Foster doesn’t seem to mind. “In order to win it, you have to beat them all anyway. Everybody is 1-0 right now,... Keep Reading

Destrehan Wildcats ‘hope to make a little noise’ in football playoffs

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  • Destrehan
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  • 11/8/17 3:04pm

Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said he likes where his team is heading into the Class 5A playoffs. “We are sitting at the No. 8 seed with two losses so you can’t ask for anything much more than that. I’m proud of this group and hopefully we can keep it going and make a little noise in the playoffs,” Robicheaux said. The Wildcats hope the noise begins Friday when Destrehan hosts... Keep Reading