Below is a version of the Top 10 ballot I sent in this weekend to the LSWA. We haven't commented too much on these polls so far because, well, we didn't know much about the teams across the state through the first few weeks of the season.
Now heading into the fifth week of the season, we (I and the rest of the Times staff) have a little more to compare when poring over the weekend's results and putting together our lists of the state's best.
From here on out, I'll post my ballot here on PrepsBeat along with a brief explanation of why I voted the way I did. Of course, this is no exact science - I've seen only a handful of the teams on this list play this year.
So, save the scorn. I have my reasons for filling out the ballot in the manner I did but I'm only about, say, 5.5 percent sure that I'm right. Be patient. We'll all know for sure who's really the best in November.
Class 5A 1. Acadiana 2. West Monroe 3. Destrehan4 . St. Thomas More 5. Sulphur 6. Baton Rouge Catholic 7. Dutchtown 8. Barbe 9. Hahnville 10. Captain Shreve
Comment: Who knows if Shreve really belongs here? That win over Ruston the other week was diminished a bit by Huntington's victory in Ruston the following week. But the Gators are 4-0 for the first time in 22 years and they've looked good getting there. That is a good starting point. ... Oh, I'm one of four voters in the poll who have defending champ Acadiana ahead of West Monroe. My theory is, to quote Ric "The Nature Boy" Flair, "To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man."
Class 4A 1. Bastrop 2. Shaw 3. Teurlings 4. Franklinton 5. Zachary 6. Eunice 7. Northside 8. Washington-Marion 9. Vandebilt 10. Neville
Comment: I left Benton off the list because hardly anyone could have pictured them losing to Haughton before Friday. The Tigers can redeem themselves, of course. But right now I'm a little down on them because of that loss.
Class 3A 1. Notre Dame 2. Parkview Baptist 3. Redemptorist 4. Lutcher 5. Rayville 6. Westlake 7. Jennings 8. St. Charles 9. Cecilia 10. Independence
Comment: Not much to say here. It's a bad year for 3A schools in our area.
Class 2A 1. John Curtis 2. Evangel 3. Calvary Baptist 4. St. James 5. Donaldsonville 6. Homer 7. Clinton 8. St. John-Plaquemine 9. Port Barre 10. Springfield
Comment: OK, I had John Curtis on top before learning of its loss to Longview over the weekend. Now, to me, that's no big deal - Texas teams are better than Louisiana teams. That's just an inarguable fact to me, a native Texan. But if I could do it again, yes, Evangel would be No. 1. Though I have a sneaky suspicion Calvary might be a tad better right now.
Class 1A 1. Kentwood 2. Cedar Creek 3. Ouachita Christian 4. Oberlin 5. Hamilton Christian 6. Oak Grove 7. Desire Street 8. St. Edmund 9. South Plaquemines 10. Catholic-P.C.
Comment: Again, no comment here. Um, I think Britney Spears is from Kentwood