Queb's Picks: Playoff time is upon us
It’s what high school football fans look forward to each year and it begins this week – actually, last night.
I’m talking about the state playoffs and for four of Acadia Parish’s five teams, that means the real fun begins this week.
The Notre Dame Pioneers, Crowley Gents, Rayne Wolves and Church Point Bears not only all earned playoff spots, but they all earned first-round home games.
Although seedings can be a bit deceiving at times, I have a feeling that each of our local teams will advance to the next round.
Notre Dame, the No. 3 seed in the Division II playoffs, got things kicked off last night and should have gotten by Thomas Jefferson with ease.
Crowley High, the No. 15 seed in the Class 4A playoffs, has a bit tougher task at hand this evening when they entertain No. 18 Peabody.
The Gents seemed to have turned a corner offensively and the defense is playing much better in recent weeks. Peabody poses a big threat through the air, but I don’t think the Warhorses will be able to stop Crowley’s explosive offense. I’m taking the Gents in a shootout.
Rayne, the No. 13 seed in Class 4A, will host No. 20 North DeSoto. The Griffins are 6-4 and should pose a stiff challenge. Can they stop the freight train that is Trent Duhon? I have the Wolves grinding this one out with a big second half.
Church Point enters as the No. 9 seed in Class 3A and will host No. 24 McMain. Although McMain averages a lot of points, most have come in mop up time of lopsided losses. I’m sticking with the Bears in this one.
Now before we move on to the other picks, I must mention last week’s contest winners.
It was a father-son duo that took the top two spots with the son edging out the father for top honors.
Easton LaCombe pounded the competition with just two losses while his father Doug LaCombe beat out three other prognosticators by virtue of the tiebreaker with three misses to grab runnerup honors.
I had another dismal week with six losses..
Now, on to the rest of the picks:
In the Class 4A playoffs, Crowley and Rayne are joined by district rivals Eunice, LaGrange and Washington-Marion.
Unfortunately, aside from the Gents and the Wolves, I only see LaGrange advancing to the second round.
I’m also taking Northwest over Buckeye, Carver over Oakdale, Elton over Logansport, Riverside over St. Thomas Aquinas, Newman over Opelousas Catholic, Teurlings over Vandebilt Catholic, Parkview over E.D. White and St. Paul’s over Shaw.
In the college ranks I’m taking Georgia over Auburn, Louisiana Lafayette over Georgia State, Texas over Oklahoma State, Michigan State over Nebraska, Stanford over USC and South Carolina over Florida.