21-year run to LHSAA semifinals by SBJ schools snapped

(File photo by JOHN PENROD, Journal Sports)

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Three prep football teams from Caddo Parish were eliminated from the LHSAA playoffs Friday night, leaving no local squads remaining and marking the first time since 2000 no local team will be playing in the state semifinals.

C.E. Byrd was defeated by John Curtis 35-14 and Northwood fell to Brother Martin 28-14 in the Select Division I quarterfinals. Calvary dropped a 50-35 decision to Dunham in Baton Rouge in the Select Division III quarterfinals.

At least one team from either Caddo or Bossier Parish had made it to the semifinals every year going back 2001 when Evangel began a stretch of 12 straight years of making it to within a win from the state title game.   

A quarterfinal loss to St. Augustine in the Class 5A quarterfinals in 2000 by Evangel snapped a seven-year stretch of playing in the semifinals by the Eagles.  

Here is a list of local schools’ trips to the semifinals since 2001 and the classification or Select Division they played in.

2021 – Calvary, Division IV

2020 – Byrd, Div. I; Calvary, Div. IV

2019 – Haughton, Class 5A

2018 – Evangel, Div. I

2017 – Evangel, Div. I

2016 – Evangel, Div. I

2015 – Parkway, 5A; Evangel, Div. I

2014 – Calvary, Div. III

2013 – Parkway, 5A; Byrd, Div. I; Evangel, Div. II; Calvary, Div. III

2012 – Evangel, 2A

2011 – Byrd, 5A; Calvary, Evangel, 2A

2010 – Evangel, 2A

2009 – Evangel 2A

2008 – Calvary, Evangel, 2A

2007 – Benton, 4A; Calvary, Evangel, 2A

2006 – Evangel, 1A

2005 – Benton, 3A; Evangel, 1A

2004 – Evangel 5A

2003 – Evangel 5A

2002 – Evangel 5A

2001 – Evangel 5A