BREAKING | Delay in LHSAA football playoff picture causes uncertainty for area teams

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) sent out two emails to administrators and coaches – one late late Saturday night and one Sunday morning – the second stating that the official playoff pairings won’t be announced until Monday due to an appeal’s process.

The first email sent late Saturday night provided the most up-to-date power rankings, allowing schools to see where they fell. It gave all schools an eight-hour window (midnight to 8 a.m. Sunday) in which to appeal.

The second email sent out Sunday morning, alerted all schools that because of at least one appeal (later confirmed that it was on the 3A level) the official pairings won’t be released until Monday at 11 a.m. – instead of Sunday as is customary. Fans can seet them at 11 a.m. Monday on the LHSAA Live App and then 12 p.m. on the LHSAA website.

Here is the current playoff picture for our Lincoln Parish schools barring any 11th hour changes.

Cedar Creek (6-3) should be the No. 16 seed and in the playoffs and would face the No. 1 seed Ouachita Christian (10-0) on the road. OCS defeated the Cougars 33-21 earlier this year in a game that saw Creek lead 21-20 with less than two minutes remaining. Only the top 16 teams in Division IV make the playoffs.

“I got the email form the LHSAA that gives us the final power rankings,” said Creek Head Coach Matt Middleton. “If you had any disputes, you were supposed to appeal it between midnight and 8 a.m. today. Right now we are No. 16 and OCS is listed as No. 1. So unless any unforeseen circumstances occur, it looks like we are in and we will play OCS. But obviously, because of the new appeals process, we won’t get official brackets until noon (Monday).”

The Cougars held their breath after defeating Tensas 49-0 Friday night, knowing it would be close and that they may need some help.

The winner of the OCS-Creek match-up would face the winner of No. 8 Central Catholic (6-3) and No. 9 Ascension Catholic (7-1) in the second round.

Ruston High School (8-2) is currently listed No. 5 in the most recent power rankings and would host No. 28 seed Covington (6-4) Friday night. Covington ended the season with back-to-back wins over Northshore (13-9) and Mandeville (12-7). The top 32 teams in Class 5A Non-Select qualify for the playoffs.

”They are a good football team with some very good playmakers in spots,” Bearcat head coach Jerrod Baugh said. “We will need to have a great week of preparation to get a good start in the playoffs.”

RHS principal Dan Gressett confirmed this morning that the game would kickoff at 7 p.m. on Friday night from James Stadium and that tickets would go on sale Tuesday at 8 a.m.

With a win in the first round, the Bearcats would face the winner of No. 12 Benton and No. 21 Hahnville.

Lincoln Prep (6-4) is currently listed as the No. 11 seed in Class 1A Non-Select and would face No. 22 seed Delhi (2-7) in the first round of the playoffs. The top 24 out of 30 teams make it in this classification.

“I’m already sitting here looking at film on Delhi,” said LP coach Glen Hall. “If it stays like it is right now, that would set up a potential second-round rematch against Haynesville, and that’s pretty exciting to think about.”

Lincoln Prep does not know the location of the game as of Sunday morning. The Panthers have not played a home game in Grambling this season because of an ongoing lawsuit regarding a decades-old desegregation ruling that ended up with the old Grambling Laboratory High School becoming Lincoln Prep in 2016.

Hall said there is a chance the Department of Justice could lift a consent order ban that has prevented Lincoln Prep from playing at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium on the Grambling State University campus.

“We should know the official site of the game Monday morning,” said Hall.

The Panthers are coming off a 32-0 win over Plain Dealing in their regular season finale. Delhi’s two wins came over Tensas (18-12) and Sicily Island (8-6).

The winner of that game would face No. 6 seed Haynesville in the second round as the Golden Tornados are one of the top eight seeded teams in that division to get a first-round bye.

More information will be updated throughout the day if the Lincoln Parish Journal gets any updates.

Photo: Tim Smith (geauxartsdesign.com)

Class 5 Non-Select (via geauxpreps.com)

1 Zachary 10 0 15.130 9.300
2 Captain Shreve 9 1 14.480 10.000
3 Ponchatoula 8 0 14.370 8.500
4 Destrehan 6 0 13.810 7.670
5 Ruston 8 2 13.260 9.800
6 Central – B.R. 7 3 13.130 10.000
7 Acadiana 8 2 13.010 9.500
8 Chalmette 7 1 12.810 8.000
9 West Monroe 6 3 12.520 10.560
10 St. Amant 7 2 12.490 8.890
11 Ouachita Parish 7 3 12.410 9.700
12 Benton 7 3 12.280 9.900
13 Woodlawn – B.R. 5 4 11.940 10.440
14 John Ehret 6 2 11.720 8.130
15 Alexandria 7 3 11.690 8.600
16 Southside 7 3 11.620 9.100
17 East Ascension 5 3 11.600 9.880
18 Parkway 6 4 11.500 10.200
19 East Jefferson 5 2 11.480 8.290
20 Natchitoches Central 7 3 11.200 9.000
21 Hahnville 5 2 11.170 7.430
22 Sulphur 6 4 11.020 9.500
23 H.L. Bourgeois 4 3 11.020 8.710
24 Northshore 5 4 10.860 9.440
25 Haughton 5 5 10.820 10.200
26 Dutchtown 5 4 10.790 9.560
27 Denham Springs 5 4 10.640 9.110
28 Covington 6 4 10.350 8.600
29 West Jefferson 4 3 10.260 8.430
30 Lafayette 5 5 10.110 9.300
31 Live Oak 4 5 9.720 9.110
32 Slidell 4 5 9.700 9.440
33 East St. John 3 4 9.220 8.430
34 Thibodaux 3 4 9.160 8.290
35 Walker 3 6 9.110 10.220
36 Bonnabel 3 4 9.030 8.570
37 Comeaux 4 6 8.920 9.400
38 Pineville 3 7 8.750 9.900
39 Mandeville 3 6 8.550 9.330
40 Barbe 4 6 8.520 9.300
41 West Ouachita 2 8 8.200 10.000
42 Hammond 2 5 8.160 9.710
43 Grace King 2 5 7.810 8.710
44 Airline 1 9 7.500 11.300
45 Riverdale 1 7 7.030 9.380
46 Sam Houston 2 7 6.740 9.330
47 Southwood 0 10 6.500 10.800
48 Terrebonne 1 6 6.450 8.290
49 Central LaFourche 0 7 5.940 8.860
50 New Iberia 0 10 5.620 10.200
51 Fontainebleau 0 8 5.500 9.750
52 L. W. Higgins 0 7 5.360 9.000

Class 1A Non-Select (via geauxpreps.com)

Rank Team W L PR SF
1 Logansport 6 4 13.300 7.700
2 Homer 7 3 12.580 6.200
3 Grand Lake 9 1 12.580 4.200
4 Oak Grove 6 4 12.170 6.700
5 Slaughter Community Charter 5 3 11.630 5.380
6 Haynesville 6 4 11.060 5.800
7 LaSalle 7 3 11.000 4.700
8 Delta Charter 6 4 10.930 5.500
9 Basile 6 4 10.880 5.700
10 White Castle 3 5 10.710 6.380
11 Lincoln Preparatory School 6 4 10.330 5.100
12 West St. John 2 4 9.730 5.170
13 East Beauregard 4 6 9.180 5.900
14 Oberlin 4 6 9.080 5.800
15 Northwood – Lena 5 5 8.870 4.500
16 Arcadia 3 7 8.800 6.500
17 East Iberville 1 7 8.300 6.380
18 Gueydan 3 7 8.030 5.800
19 Plain Dealing 2 8 8.020 6.500
20 Merryville 2 8 7.980 6.600
21 Block 1 9 7.960 6.900
22 Delhi 2 7 7.900 6.330
23 Centerville 2 7 7.850 5.780
24 Magnolia School of Excellence 1 9 6.630 6.300
25 North Central 0 10 6.600 7.000
26 Tensas 1 9 5.920 5.600
27 Elton 0 10 5.380 5.900
28 Ringgold 0 9 5.220 6.220
29 Montgomery 1 9 0.000 6.600
30 Sicily Island 1 9 0.000 6.200

Division IV Select (via geauxpreps.com)

Rank Team W L PR SF
1 Ouachita Christian 10 0 15.170 5.500
2 Southern Lab 7 2 14.510 6.330
3 Opelousas Catholic 9 1 14.400 5.800
4 Calvary Baptist 9 1 14.330 5.800
5 Sacred Heart 8 2 14.300 6.600
6 Vermilion Catholic 7 3 14.240 7.400
7 St. Mary’s 8 2 13.900 6.200
8 Central Catholic 6 3 13.560 6.670
9 Ascension Catholic 7 1 13.470 4.750
10 Metairie Park Country Day 5 2 13.410 5.430
11 Catholic – P.C. 6 4 12.830 7.000
12 St. Edmund 6 4 12.710 6.700
13 Hamilton Christian 7 2 12.330 5.440
14 St. Frederick 7 2 12.210 5.220
15 Hanson Memorial 7 3 12.050 5.500
16 Cedar Creek 6 3 12.000 6.110
17 Riverside Academy 3 5 11.900 6.630
18 Westminster Christian 6 4 10.940 5.700
19 Highland Baptist 5 5 9.840 5.500
20 St. Martin’s Episcopal 3 4 9.410 5.290
21 Covenant Christian 3 5 9.390 5.750
22 St. John 3 7 8.350 5.300
23 Central Private 3 5 8.150 4.630
24 Ascension Christian 2 7 6.560 4.440
25 Thrive Academy 2 6 0.000 5.880
26 River Oaks 4 6 0.000 5.800
27 Glenbrook 8 2 0.000 4.900

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