Regular season about to hit home stretch

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

With four weeks left in the regular season, it’s time to take a look at where Bossier Parish high school football teams stand as far as the playoffs are concerned.

An important thing to remember is that LHSAA schools will be divided into “select” and “non-select” schools for the playoffs.

“Select” schools include non-public, university lab and some magnet, charter and dual curriculum schools. “Non-select” schools are public schools that have designated attendance zones. All Bossier Parish schools are “non-select.”

Airline (2-4): The Vikings are on the bubble now.

According to the latest unofficial LHSAA power ratings , Airline is No. 27 among “non-select” schools. The top 32 make the playoffs.

The Vikings, though, will be favored in two of their last four games against Captain Shreve and Southwood. Victories over Haughton and Parkway — or even just one of them — would greatly enhance Airline’s position.

Haughton (5-1): The Bucs are No. 10  on the LHSAA Class 5A list and will be in the playoffs. They have a very good chance of hosting a home game in the first round.

Parkway (5-0): The Panthers are No. 12 on the LHSAA Class 5A list. They are a shoo-in for the playoffs but will be on the road for all playoff games because of LHSAA sanctions. If the Panthers finish undefeated, they will likely end up being one of the top five seeds.

Benton (2-4): The Tigers are No. 27 on the LHSAA Class 4A  list. Two more wins might be good enough to keep them among the top 32.

Bossier (1-5): At No. 44 on the LHSAA Class 3A list, the Bearkats are a long shot to make the layoffs. But if they can win three of their last four games, they will be close.

Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing (3-3): With only 27 “non-select” schools in Class 1A, the Lions are in the playoffs. A 5-5 record could very well net them a home game in the first round.