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High school football: Five parish teams headed to playoffs; Benton at home in first round, others hit road

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Five Bossier Parish teams are headed to the playoffs.

After a delay of a day because of an emergency appeal filed by a Class 3A school, the LHSAA released the pairings Monday morning.

Benton Is the only parish team that will be at home Friday. The No. 12 seed Tigers (7-3) face No. 21 Hahnville (5-2) in a Class 5A first-round game at Tiger Stadium.

At No. 18, Parkway missed the cutoff to host a first-round game by two spots. The Panthers (6-4) visit Alexandria (7-3).

Haughton (5-5), the No. 25 seed, is headed to the New Orleans area. The Bucs take on No. 8 Chalmette  (7-1).

Bossier is headed to the southwestern part of the state. The No. 29 seed Bearkats (6-4) visit No. 4 Iowa (9-22), located just east of Lake Charles.

In Class 1A, No. 19 Plain Dealing is also traveling south. The Lions (2-8) visit No. 14 Oberlin (4-6).

Hahnville, also the Tigers, will bring a five-game winning streak into Tiger Stadium. Located in Boutte, Hahnville didn’t begin its season until Week 4 because of the effects of Hurricane Ida.

Hahnville shut out three of its last four opponents. Its closest game during that stretch was 21 points.

One of the victories was a forfeit by De La Salle. The Tigers won that game 14-13 on the field. De La Salle had to forfeit four victories. That pushed Hahnville down 10 spots in the power ratings after Week 9, according to Crescent City Sports.

In other words, Hahnville is a better team than a No. 21 seed would indicate.

Alexandria, Parkway’s opponent, was the Class 5A runner-up last season. The Trojans are members of powerful District 2-5A. They got off to a 5-0 start then lost three of their last five games. But those losses were to playoff teams West Monroe, Ruston and Ouachita Parish, all of which are seeded in the top 11.

Haughton will face a Chalmette team that has won seven straight since a 27-10 loss to Holy Cross in the season opener.

Bossier is back in the playoffs for the first time in two years and only the second time since 2012.

The Bearkats take on an Iowa team averaging 43.8 points per game.

Oberlin, Plain Dealing’s opponent, is a member of District 4-1A. The Tigers lost three of their last five games, including their last two, but all three were close.

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