Ascension football teams make playoff field
The high-school football regular season is now complete, making way for the playoffs this Friday night. Five of the six parish high-schools made the postseason.
The parish team that garnered the highest seed was Ascension Catholic. The Bulldogs will enter the Division-IV playoffs as the No. 2 seed, only behind top-seeded Southern Lab, who handed them their lone loss of the season.
The No. 2 seeding is the highest for Ascension Catholic since 1992. That squad brought home the school's third state championship.
The Bulldogs went 9-1 during the regular season and finished second in District 6-1A.
The Bulldogs come in as one of the most dominant teams in the area. They have outscored their opponents by an average score of 44-13 per contest.
In the opening round this Friday night, they will host No. 15 Hanson Memorial, who went just 3-7 during the regular season.
Ascension Catholic is looking to make a return to the Superdome. In 2017, they reached the Division-IV title game, before losing to Lafayette Christian.
In Class 3A, the Donaldsonville Tigers reached the playoffs as the No. 24 seed.
Donaldsonville had a lot to replace this season. But despite a roster filled with youth and inexperience, the Tigers still found a way to finish with a 5-5 record.
Their defense was their greatest strength as they surrendered just 19 points per game.
In the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs, they'll face a familiar foe in ninth-seeded St. James. The two teams are District 10-3A rivals.
When they met earlier this season at St. James, the Wildcats won a 22-0 shutout.
In Class 5A, all three Ascension squads made the playoff field. Leading the trio was East Ascension, who earned the No. 5 seed.
The Spartans are coming off of a 20-13 win over archrival St. Amant that completed their regular season with a 9-1 record. They finished second in District 5-5A, only behind Catholic.
The Spartans are also known for their defense. They give up just 15 points per game.
In the opening round, they'll host No. 28 East St. John, who went 5-5 during the regular season. This included a three-game winning streak to end the year.
They have had some impressive moments this season. They only lost to second-seeded Destrehan by one point when they met last month.
St. Amant heads into the playoffs as the No. 17 seed. They will be forced to make a long trip up north to play No. 16 Captain Shreve (7-3) in the opening round.
The Gators went 7-3 during the regular season and only surrendered 18 points per game in doing so.
St. Amant has won at least one playoff game three years in a row.
Rounding out the Class 5A playoffs for Ascension Parish was Dutchtown. The Griffins squeezed in as the No. 29 seed.
Dutchtown went 5-5 during the regular season.
They'll have a tough task in front of them as they go on the road to face fourth-seeded John Ehret in the opening round.
Ehret went 9-1 during the regular season, with their lone loss coming against top-seeded West Monroe in the week one.