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Saturday, November 03, 2007

From the Observation Deck at Jerry Barker Stadium...

I'll share my thoughts on the fantastic Evangel-Calvary game this weekend in another post. But, just a day before the playoff brackets are set, I thought I'd try to cover as many bases as possible:

- There's a part of me that wonders if West Monroe wasn't "playing possum" in its sluggish 35-20 win over Captain Shreve at Lee Hedges Stadium. Sure, the Rebs lost starting quarterback Shelby Aulds on the first play of the game but West Monroe should have had more than enough talent to roll over the aching Gators. West Monroe had its closest game of the year but, to me, not-so coincidentally in regular-season finale. I don't envy the team that will face the Rebels in the first round of the playoffs.

- Congratulations to Sarepta for ending its 29-game losing streak (though some of its fans have some crazy theory that I've got it in for their kids) and Woodlawn for winning its second game of the season. Woodlawn coach Dwight Woods is one of my favorite interviews and it's good to see him build a little momentum for a program that sorely needs it going into the offseason.

- Huntington should be concerned. Very concerned. Falling behind against pitiful Airline, even for a quarter, is no way to go into the playoffs. The Raiders will get a tougher-than-expected draw in the first round, probably Hahnville. Now is the time for Huntington to show its true colors (Sorry, Carlton).

- My vote for one of the best players not playing in the postseason has to be Green Oaks' Lemarien Parson. The area's leading rusher until he was slowed by a back injury, Parson likely wrapped up his prep career in a 17-14 loss at Wossman on Friday. Strangely enough, his only touchdown of the game came on defense - a 51-yard fumble return.

- As it stands now, according to the latest power ratings, District 1-2A will have five teams among the top 24-rated teams in the playoffs. That's mighty impressive.

- In Class 3A, Caldwell Parish is going to screw it up for someone in the playoffs. Probably 32nd-rated Buckeye. The Spartans won all three of their District 2-3A games but still finished 4-6, good enough for a rating of 41. No matter. With a district title, the Spartans are going into the postseason.


Blogger Carlton said...

Well Joel your right about the raiders. I didn't want to say it but I know you right about this one their going to get mopped by Hahnville lol. At least we will have hope for next year.

10:09 AM  

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