Five Ascension football squads brace for the playoffs

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com

The final regular season games wrapped up last Friday night, and the LHSAA football playoff brackets were released on Sunday morning. Now, five teams from Ascension have their eyes set on the Superdome.

Starting in Division IV, the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs earned a No. 8 seeding.

The Bulldogs had a great year. They finished with the best record in the parish at 8-2. With a 4-1 mark within the district, they were able to finish in the No. 2 spot only behind champion West St. John.

Ascension Catholic will be looking to make a long playoff run this season after being dropped by St. Edmund in the second round of last year's postseason.

They drew a first-round home matchup with ninth-seeded Madison Prep. The Chargers finished the year 6-4.

Though they lost three of their final four games, Madison Prep have shown tremendous potential throughout they season. They only lost to 5A playoff squad Woodlawn 35-16, and they blanked 4A Tara 36-0.

In the Class 3A playoffs, Donaldsonville enters the postseason as a No. 21 seed.

Like many of the teams in the parish this year, the Tigers had an up-and-down year as they finished 5-5 overall and 2-2 in the district. They did win two of their final three games.

Donaldsonville will be looking to improve on the great playoff run they made last year when they reached the second round before being narrowly edged out by ninth-seed Church Point.

For their first-round matchup, the Tigers will go on the road to face 12th-seeded Iowa. Iowa finished the year 7-3.

The two have played a common opponent in White Castle. Donaldsonville beat the Bulldogs by 23 while Iowa lost to them by 18.

And of course, there are the big three of Class 5A. Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant all made the playoff field.

Though the Spartans didn't finish with the best record of the three,they earned the highest seeding at No. 16

After a tough two-game skid to end the regular season, East Ascension finished at 5-5 with a 2-3 district mark.

Like Ascension Catholic and Donaldsonville, the Spartans reached the second round of the playoffs last year. However, their playoff run was ended in an upset-loss to Covington.

This time around, they'll host 17th-seeded Sulphur. Sulphur finished the year 6-4 with a 5-2 mark in the district. Their most impressive victory was an 11-point win against eighth-seeded Carencro last month.

St. Amant finished with the best record of the parish's 5A squads, but they had to settle for the No. 18 seed.

The Gators will head into the playoffs as the hottest team in the parish after notching three straight victories. Two of those wins came against Ascension rivals in East Ascension and Dutchtown.

At 6-4, St. Amant finished second in the district with a record of 3-2.

The Gators drew the exact same seeding as they did last year. As a No. 18 seed, they went on the road and were edged out by East St. John.

This time around, they'll visit No. 15 Acadiana. Though they finished the year just 6-4, they're the defending state champs.

Like St. Amant, they ended the year on a hot streak--winning four of their final five games.

Finally, Dutchtown was able to squeeze into the playoff field despite just a 4-6 record.

The Griffins were cursed with a brutal schedule this year. They were forced to play three top-five opponents in Destrehan, Rummel and Catholic, and they lost two close parish games against East Ascension and St. Amant.

Dutchtown had a strong playoff run last season. They reached the quarterfinals where they lost to Destrehan.

This year, they'll head into the first round as a No. 26 seed. They'll have to made a road trip to No. 7 Barbe.

Barbe finished the year 8-2, won their district and finished the year on a six-game winning streak.