High school football: Haughton, Airline lone parish teams in playoffs

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The Haughton Buccaneers and Airline Vikings are the only Bossier Parish teams headed to the playoffs.

The Plain Dealing Lions qualified for the Class 1A playoffs at No. 20 in the final power rankings but will not be able to play. Head coach Christopher Wilson said Saturday he tested positive for  COVID-19 and the entire team is in quarantine.

Haughton (7-1), the No. 11 seed, will be at home Friday night in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs against No. 22 Live Oak (5-3).

Airline (3-3), the No. 30 seed, will face No. 3 Zachary (4-1) on the road in the first round. 

The Benton Tigers (2-4) and Parkway Panthers (3-5) just missed out on making the 32-team 5A field. Benton was No. 33 in the final rankings and Parkway was No. 34.

Benton’s season is not over, though.

Because the regular season was cut from 10 to eight games after starting a month late due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the LHSAA is allowing teams that failed to make the playoffs to schedule one postseason “bowl” game.

According to the LHSAA website, the Tigers are scheduled to visit West Ouachita on Dec. 4.

Haughton, which finished second behind Byrd in District 1-5A, will take a six-game winning streak into the playoffs. The Bucs closed the regular season with a 33-13 victory over Parkway on Friday.

Live Oak, a member of District 4-5A, lost to Central of Baton Rouge 35-3 in its regular-season finale. The Eagles fell to Zachary 39-7 in the first round last year.

Zachary is also a member of District 4-5A. The Broncos have not played since losing to Scotlandville 13-12 on Nov. 7.

Because of COVID-19 issues, Zachary had to cancel its final two regular-season games against Central and Walker.  The Broncos’ Week 2 game against Lake Charles College Prep was canceled.

Airline also has had to cancel two games because of COVID-19 issues. The Vikings fell to Captain Shreve 24-14 in their final regular-season game.

Airline lost to eventual state champion Acadiana 34-7 in the quarterfinals last year.

Zachary has enjoyed a lot of success in the playoffs. The Broncos lost to Acadiana 21-14 in the semifinals last year. 

Zachary won back-to-back state titles in 2017 and 2018. The Broncos also claimed the title in 2015.

In 2017, Zachary defeated Airline 34-24 in the quarterfinals at Airline Stadium.