Division 1 Football Playoffs Prepare for Second Round

(COVINGTON, La) — With the high school football regular season now at an end and the playoffs underway, now is the beginning of a new season in the minds of the players and coaches. In its second year of the new new select playoff system, all 12 teams in this bracket were eyeing their chance of winning the state title.

St. Paul’s School was no different, earning the ninth seed in the 12-team playoff. A road trip to Shreveport vs. Evangel Christian meant an increased home-field advantage for the Eagles, but the Wolves were hungry. After being down 30-7 in the third quarter, St. Paul’s furiously scored 23 unanswered points to set the stage for overtime, where they eventually lost 43-42. The loss was the most recent in a string of playoff losses for the Wolves, who haven’t won a playoff game since they played New Iberia in 2010.

“Our guys have worked hard this season. They have done a great job of showing a lot of character and bouncing back from some tough games and have won some important games for us,” Head Coach Ken Sears said.

Quarterback Kenny Sears drops back to pass against Evangel. (Photo by: Douglas Collier/The Times)

With the additions of John Curtis and Evangel to the Division I this year —  both schools played in the Division II playoff last year — it looks like the Division I playoff will be the playoff bracket to watch this year.

Here’s how the remaining teams have stacked up so far.

St. Paul's Grant Gallaspy (81) celebrates a caught hail Mary reception by teammate Matt Meyers (11) in the final seconds of their game against Evangel that ties the game. St. Paul's went on to loose 43-42.  Douglas Collier/The Times
St. Paul’s Grant Gallaspy (81) celebrates a caught “Hail Mary” reception by teammate Matt Meyers (11) in the final seconds of their game against Evangel, which went to overtime. St. Paul’s went on to lose 43-42. (Photo by: Douglas Collier/The Times)

John Curtis: Entered the playoffs with 9-1 record and sitting at 7 in the state. As the number 1 seed for the playoffs, they received a bye week during the first round. They will play Evangel this Friday.

Archbishop Rummel: The Raiders entered the playoffs undefeated at 10-0. They are ranked number 1 in the state and number 28 nationally. They were the number 2 seed for the Division 1 playoff, had a first round bye, and will play Teurlings Catholic in the second round.

St. Thomas More: They have a 9-1 regular season record and are ranked 8 in the state. They were the number 3 seed entering the playoffs. Having received a bye in the first round, they will play Jesuit this Friday.

Catholic High: Ended their season 9-1 and the number 5 team in the state. The number 4 seed, they also received a bye in the first round and will play Brother Martin in the second round.

Brother Martin: After finished the season at 8-2 and becoming the number 6 team in the state, they were awarded the 5 seed in the playoff. The Crusaders dominated Archbishop Shaw 63-21 and will play Catholic High in the second round.

Jesuit: Are 9-2 this year and are ranked 4 in the state. They are the 6 seed for this years playoff. After defeating St. Augustine in the first round 42-14, they will play St. Thomas More in the quarterfinals.

Teurlings Catholic: Is 8-1 and ranked 12 in the state. They are the number 7 seed in the playoff. They defeated Holy Cross 45-21, earning a bout with Rummel in the quarterfinals.

Evangel Christian: Are 7-4 and are in the top 70 in the state. They received the 8 seed in the playoffs and defeated St. Paul’s 43-42 in OT after the Wolves mounted a 23-point comeback in the second half in a thriller. Evangel will take on John Curtis in the second round, marking the eighth-consecutive season the two teams have faced each other in the playoffs.

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The second round of the playoffs will begin Friday, Nov. 21, and will last until the State Championship on Friday, Dec. 5. Click here for the bracket.  


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