By Josh Beavers and Hunter Bower
The high school football regular season is winding down, and that means attention is turning to the second part of the season – the playoffs.
I spoke with Hunter Bower, owner of GeauxPreps.com, about the playoff picture for our local high school football teams.
What happened Thursday and what’s next?
District 1-1A champions Glenbrook are coming off a thrilling victory over defending state champions the Homer Pelicans. The Apaches are undefeated (9-0) this year and will play longtime rival River Oaks in the season finale this Friday over in Monroe. The Mustangs are 2-7.
Minden High School picked up a third win on Thursday following a 48-21 win over Booker T. Washington. The Tide (3-6) will play Woodlawn on Friday. The Knights are also 3-6.
Lakeside went to Shreveport Thursday and took a tough 63-0 loss at the hands of Calvary. The Warriors are 4-5 on the season. They play Green Oaks on Friday in the regular season finale. It’ll be Senior Night for the Warriors. The Giants are 2-6 this year.
The North Webster Knights had a bright spot Thursday in what has been a rough season. They picked up their first win by beating Bastrop 41-22. Next up for the Knights is a season-finale against Lafayette Renaissance Charter Academy which is winless on the year.
How do the playoffs work?
The high school football playoffs are divided into Select and Non-Select.
Non-Select Schools (made up of 4 divisions) will have 28 teams per bracket. The top 4 teams in each division will get a BYE.
Select Schools (made up of 4 divisions) will have 24 teams per bracket. The top 8 teams will receive a BYE in each division.
Glenbrook – The Apaches are currently ranked No. 7 in Select Division IV. This would give the Apaches a 1st round bye.
Who still has a chance?
Minden ranks 34th in Non-Select Division II
Lakeside is ranked No. 30 in Non-Select Division III
Can Minden and Lakeside still get in?
Although you can never say never when it comes to determining seeding for the LHSAA playoffs, it could be a hard climb for Minden who currently sits six spots out of contention. It’s not totally impossible for Lakeside to make it but they a need a ton of help to qualify whether that be their opponents winning out or teams above them losing their remaining contests.
Again, anything can happen, and you will never know until the brackets are released.
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