LHSAA releases official playoff brackets

It’s finally official.

After a 24-hour delay due to an appeal in the Class 3A side, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association announced the brackets late Monday morning for all five class of non-select and the four divisions in the private school sector.

And as expected, all three of the Lincoln Parish football-playing schools have qualified and will be playing in the first round this week.

Ruston High School (8-2) is the No. 5 seed and will host the No. 28 seed Covington Friday night at 7 p.m. at James Stadium. The winner of the contest will face the winner of No. 12 Benton vs. No. 21 Hahnville.

The Bearcats could meet district foe West Monroe in the semifinals. Tickets for Friday night’s game will go on sale this morning at 8 a.m. in the Ruston High School ticket office which is open weekday until 1 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $10 reserved (presale) or $10 for GA and $12 for reserved if purchased at the gate Friday night.

Cedar Creek (6-3) just did qualify as the Cougars are the No. 16 seed in Division IV and will be traveling to Monroe Friday night to face off against No. 1 seed Ouachita Christian. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be a rematch of a 33-21 win by OCS earlier this year in a contest that saw the Cougars lead with less than two minutes remaining.

The winner will face the winner of No. 8 Ascension Catholic and No. 9 Central Catholic.

Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for kids in K through 6th grade. They can be purchased starting this morning at the Cedar Creek office or at the gate on Friday night (if tickets remain).

Lincoln Prep (6-4) comes in as the No. 11 seed in Class 1A Non-Select and will face No. 22 seed Delhi. The date, time and site of the game is still being  determined.

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. Lincoln Prep has filed a motion to dismiss with the Department of Justice, but they are still waiting to hear back. If it is granted, they would play at Eddie Robinson Stadium on Thursday (GSU has home game Saturday).

If it’s denied, Lincoln Prep could look at Louisiana Tech or Cedar Creek High School to play the game on Thursday.

The winner of the game will face No. 6 seed Haynesville which earned a first round bye.


Class 5A Non-Select: https://lhsaaonline.org/MainBracket32.aspx?s=1&y=2021&d=5A

Class 1A Non-Select: https://lhsaaonline.org/MainBracket32.aspx?s=1&y=2021&d=1A

Division IV: https://lhsaaonline.org/MainBracket16.aspx?s=1&y=2021&d=IV


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