Through the years, coaches and fans have argued about just how precise the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s football power rankings are. This is not a year to knock the system.
That’s because the top two seeded teams have advanced to the title games in all five classifications going into this weekend’s LHSAA/State Farm Prep Classic.
This might not seem like a rare feat. However, the only time the top teams in the power rankings came close to sweeping their way into the final was 2009. The top two seeds played in four of the five classes. The lone exception was Class 1A as No. 4 Haynesville took a 19-12 victory over No. 2 South Plaquemines.
The two 3A finalists and 2A finalists are the same this season. In 2009 in Class 3A, No. 1 Notre Dame-Crowley beat No. 2 Parkview Baptist 14-7. This season, PBS (12-0) enters the 4 p.m. Saturday final at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans as the top seed. Notre Dame (12-1) is the No. 2 seed.
Just like 2009, John Curtis (13-0) is No. 1 2A seed and Shreveport’s Evangel Christian (12-2) is No. 2. In 2009, Evangel beat Curtis 18-13. The teams square off at noon Saturday.
There are other similarities. This year’s top seed in 5A is Archbishop Rummel-Metairie (13-0). The Raiders were also the No. 1 seed in 2009, but finished as the runner-up to West Monroe.
Neville (13-0) is the No. 1 seed this season, but was No. 2 in 2009 and beat Franklinton to win the 4A title.
Baton Rouge-based Parkview and Metairie-based Rummel will sell tickets for the Prep Classic at their schools through Thursday.
Tickets can be purchased at PBS from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets at Rummel will be sold from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Raiders (13-0) will face Lake Charles-based Barbe (13-1) in the 5A final at 8 p.m Saturday. General admission tickets are $13; reserved tickets are $16.
Gueydan’s Trevor DeRouen and Jade Moreau, of Alexandria-based Menard, are Louisiana’s winners of the Wendy’s High School Heisman awards.
This is the 19th year for the awards. Wendy’s will announce the national winners in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman Trophy ceremony Saturday in New York.
During his career as a junior player, Daigle has been ranked in the top five nationally and top 80 in the world in his age group. He was recruited by more than 100 colleges and will play in USTA Professional Futures Tournaments this spring before enrolling at UVA over the summer.
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