By LEE BRECHEEN, Louisiana Football Magazine
Hope you enjoyed Thursday’s Class 5A segment talking playoffs. Today we will look at Class 4A, Class 3A, and Class 2A locally and statewide to forecast who’s best equipped to make a run and what teams from other areas are the toughest hurdles.
Let’s start with Class 4A. There’s two teams locally that could make the playoffs and maybe move on past the first round.
Evangel Christian has a modest record of 5-4 but the Eagles have made great strides and winning a playoff game could happen. Their power ranking is 13 in Select Division II. There’s probably not a deep playoff run ahead this fall, but look ahead – 2023 is Evangel’s year.
Woodlawn sits on the brink at No. 25 in the Select Division II power rankings and has a 3-6 record going into tonight’s regular-season finale against Minden. Winning would almost certainly get the Knights into the playoffs.
I think with the right matchup Woodlawn could surprise and win a playoff game.
This is where it gets interesting locally for teams in Division III (Class 3A and Class 2A combined) for the playoffs. I really think Calvary Baptist and North Caddo could win it all if they get the right matchups. Both are on the Select side in Division III.
Calvary is fifth in power points with a 7-2 record and is a heavyweight in the bracket. Loyola Prep (5-3) is No. 8, and North Caddo (7-3) had a power ranking at No. 9 before its win Thursday night. Green Oaks (2-7) is 19th and will make the postseason.
Keep an eye on the gritty Flyers. Never count out Mike Greene and his Loyola Prep teams. They scored an impressive win over that talented North Caddo team in Week 9.
Who are the teams I’ve seen to beat?
Dunham (8-1) is the best team I saw all year in Division III. That’s the best team I’ve seen in 31 years in this class, and yes better than Newman and St. Charles, who are both ahead of them in the power rankings.
Notre Dame (7-2) is third in the power rankings and always is there at the end of November. Don’t let a 6-3 record by University Lab or its No. 11 ranking in power points fool you. U-High is really good and talented.
Next week I will give my state championship predictions by class and talk about the local teams and their matchups in the playoffs – and make game predictions.
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