Five Bossier Parish high school football teams are headed to the playoffs.
In Class 5A, Parkway (9-1), the No. 4 seed, faces No. 29 Captain Shreve (5-5) in a District 1-5 rematch at Preston Crownover Stadium, No. 21 Airline (6-4) visits Sulphur (7-3) and No. 24 Haughton (5-5) travels to New Orleans to play No. 9 John Ehret (8-2).
In Class 4A, No. 10 Benton (8-2) hosts No. 23 Ellender (6-4). In Class 1A, No. 13 Plain Dealing (4-6) hosts No. 20 South Cameron (4-6).
Bossier, which finished 4-6, was No. 35 in the final Class 4A power rankings. The top 32 teams made the playoffs.
The top seeds in each class are Destrehan (Class 5A), Neville (Class 4A), West Feliciana (Class 3A), Many (Class 2A) and Haynesville (Class 1A). All five are undefeated.
Parkway defeated Captain Shreve 49-23 in Week 6. The last time the Panthers and Gators met in the first round of the playoffs was 2013. That year Parkway became the first Bossier Parish school to play for a state championship in the Superdome.
Airline is facing a Sulphur team that shared the District 3 championship with Acadiana and Barbe.
Sulphur lost to Acadiana in Week 4, but the Wreckin’ Rams were forced to forfeit the victory after the school self-reported to the LHSAA that it used an ineligible player. Sulphur also had to forfeit a Week 2 win over Washington-Marion after self-reporting an ineligible player.
John Ehret, Haughton’s opponent, finished second to Landry-Walker in District 8. The Patriots lost to Landry-Walker 46-18. John Ehret’s only other loss was to Destrehan 21-7 in Week 2.
Benton is facing an Ellender squad that finished in a three-way tie for third in District 7 with a 2-3 mark. The Patriots lost to district champion Assumption 44-40 in Week 6.
South Cameron will be traveling about 250 miles to face Plain Dealing. The Tarpons finished fifth in District 4 at 3-4. South Cameron ended a two-game slide with a 54-24 victory over Hamilton Christian in its regular season season finale Friday.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org