Preseason is done, time to set a pecking order for 2023


Because Airline’s Vikings picked up where they left off (in the 2022 regular season), the Shreveport-Bossier Journal’s first 2023 Top 10 high school football poll has, too.

The Vikings handled Haughton 35-0 Friday night in the Bossier City Lions Club Jamboree. That, and the expectation that Airline could be as good as it gets in Caddo-Bossier this season, made Justin Scogin’s team a unanimous No. 1 in the preseason voting by SBJ staff.

After Airline, it’s a tightly packed bunch in the first five of the top 10.

Jamboree results are not always an indication of future outcomes, however. This week, the state’s high school teams start playing for keeps and results should be more reflective of the season ahead.

But remember, Airline started 0-3 last season, then rolled through District 1-5A unbeaten. Anything is possible.

Here is the Shreveport-Bossier Journal’s preseason Top 10 with last year’s records and point totals from voting by the SBJ staff.

SBJ   Top 10
School (1st) W-L Pts.
1. Airline (6) 7-4 60
2. Captain Shreve 6-6 42
tie, Evangel 7-5 42
4. Parkway 7-4 41
5. Calvary 9-3 40
6. Byrd 8-4 33
7. Northwood 9-3 20
8. Benton 8-4 16
tie, Huntington 6-5 16
10. Haughton 6-6 15
Receiving votes: Green Oaks, Woodlawn