Acadia Parish well represented in football playoffs
CROWLEY – The 2013 prep football regular season is in the books, but Acadia Parish fans still have plenty of action ahead of them.
Notre Dame, Crowley High, Rayne and Church Point all received postseason berths Sunday and all four teams will host first-round games this week when the annual trek to the State Farm Prep Classic in New Orleans begins.
Notre Dame earned the highest seed of the group (No. 3 in the Select Division II bracket) and will entertain No. 14 Thomas Jefferson on Thursday evening at Gardiner Memorial Stadium.
“We are the No. 3 seed and we’re in the bottom of that bracket with University while John Curtis and Evangel are in the top,” said ND coach Lewis Cook. “There’s 15 teams in the division and the top eight are really the who’s who of 2A, 3A and 4A football.
“You have two quarterfinal teams from 4A last year (St. Thomas More and Teurlings), you have the state finalists from 2A in Curtis and Evangel and, of course, you have the two finalist from 3A (Parkview and Notre Dame). Then you throw in St. Charles who won 3A two years ago so you have a pretty strong eight teams sitting in that bracket.”
A Notre Dame victory on Thursday could set up a possible rematch of last year’s Class 3A state championship should No. 6 Parkview get by No. 11 E.D. White.
Elsewhere, the Crowley Gents, who moved up in classification from 3A to 4A this year, earned the No. 15 seed in the Class 4A playoffs and will play host to No. 18 Peaboday on Friday.
“We’re excited and the kids are pumped up,” said CHS coach Josh Fontenot. “Considering our season and what we’ve gone through, and going from 2-8 last year to hosting a playoff game this year, we’ll take it.
“Peabody is big and very athletic and I think we’re pretty evenly matched. It’s going to come down to all the football basics and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
Should the Gents win, they would most likely have to travel to New Orleans next week to take on No. 2 Edna Karr.
Also in Class 4A, the Rayne Wolves earned the No. 13 seed and will play host to District 1-4A runnerup North DeSoto on Friday.
The Wolves finished the season with an 8-2 record and they were 4-2 in District 4-4A where they were tied with the Gents and Eunice for the runnerup spot.
The winner of that game will take on either No. 29 McDonogh 35 or No. 4. East Jefferson in the regional round.
The Church Point Bears are the lone area team to make the playoffs in Class 3A.
The Bears, runnersup in District 5-3A, finished the season with a mark of 7-3 and enter postseason play with the No. 9 seed. They will play host to No. 24 McMain Friday with the winner advancing to the regional round to take on either No. 25 Donaldsonville or No. 8 South Beauregard.
PLAYOFF TICKET SALES
Peabody @ Crowley
Tickets for Crowley High’s playoff game against Peabody will go on sale on Wednesday in Crowley High’s main office. Tickets can be purchased between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. and they can also be purchased at the gate on game day.
Thomas Jefferson at Notre Dame
Tickets for Notre Dame’s playoff game against Thomas Jefferson (Thursday) are on sale now at the Notre Dame athletic office. Tickets can be purchased from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and from 8:45 a.m. to noon on Thursday.
Reserved seating tickets are on sale for $10 each while general admission seating is available for $8.
Season ticket holders’ will have until 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday to claim their seats.