By Hunter Bower // GeauxPreps.com Owner & CEO

Southern Lab will begin the 2022 football season in familiar territory, at No. 1 in the GeauxPreps Class 1A preseason football poll, presented by Chevyland Shreveport.

The Kittens won their fifth state championship in December and landed five players on the LSWA all-state team. Southern Lab begins defense of its title on September 1 vs. Liberty Magnet. A runner-up to Southern Lab last season, Ouachita Christian comes in the second spot followed by last year’s Class 1A champion Homer at No. 3. The Class 1A runner-up from a year ago, Logansport, starts at No. 4 with Vermilion Catholic rounding out the Top 5.¬†

In all, eight of the Top 10 teams have won at least one state championship since 2010.

Here’s the complete preseason GeauxPreps Class 1A preseason football poll, presented by Chevyland:

PlaceTeam2021 Record
1.Southern Lab11-2
2.Ouachita Christian13-1
3. Homer11-3
4.Logansport9-5
5.Vermilion Catholic8-4
6. Riverside3-5
7.Haynesville8-5
8.Opelousas Catholic9-2
9.Kentwood4-5
10.St. Frederick9-3
First Five Out: Catholic-PC, Ascension Catholic, Glenbrook, Sacred Heart, Cedar Creek