Five Bossier Parish high school football teams will play first-round games in the LHSAA football playoffs Friday.
One of the five games is a rematch. District 1 champion Benton (9-1), the No. 4 seed, hosts No. 29 Fair Park (5-5) in a Class 4A game.
Benton defeated Fair Park 42-22 in Week 7 in a District 1-4A game at Leonard Barnes Stadium. The Indians led 22-20 going into the fourth quarter.
Benton defeated Bossier 34-6 last Friday to finish a perfect 7-0 in district. The Tigers will take an eight-game winning streak into the playoffs.
Fair Park, which finished fifth in 1-4A at 3-4, lost its final two regular-season games 36-12 to Woodlawn and 43-6 to North DeSoto.
Official playoff pairings were announced Sunday morning.
Parkway, Airline, Haughton and Plain Dealing are all continuing their seasons.
In Class 5A first-round games, District 1 co-champion Parkway (9-1), the No. 6 seed, hosts No. 27 Natchitoches Central (5-5), No. 16 Airline (7-3) hosts No. 17 Ponchatoula (7-3) and No. 19 Haughton (6-4) travels to Lake Charles to face No. 14 Barbe (6-3).
In a Class 1A first-round game, No. 17 Plain Dealing (3-7) visits No. 16 Oberlin (4-6).
Natchitoches Central finished fifth in tough District 2-5A, which features top-seeded West Monroe. The Chiefs handed Benton its only loss, 43-36, in Week 2.
Ponchatoula finished in a three-way tie for third in Disrict 6-5A. One of its losses was to district champ St. Paul’s, 41-38. St. Paul’s is the fourth seed in the select schools Division I playoffs.
Barbe finished second to two-time defending state champ Acadiana in District 3-5A. The Buccaneers lost to the Wreckin’ Rams 41-35 in Week 4.
Oberlin finished fourth in District 1-1A.
The other top seeds in the non-select school classes are Neville (4A), Lutcher (3A), Many (2A) and Kentwood (1A). The top seeds in the select divisions are Rummel (I), University Lab (II), Riverside (III) and Ascension Episcopal (IV).
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org