by Hunter Bower, GeauxPreps.com Owner
LHSAA Executive Committee Revamps Postseason Format Following Historic Vote
Nearly a decade since its original vote to split private and public schools that competed in the sport of football and later other sports, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association will once again experience a monumental change.
In an unprecedented move on Thursday, the LHSAA executive committee decided it was time to restructure postseason brackets in the sports of football, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball in the interest of leveling the playing field for all member schools and providing the highest level of competition in each round.
In football, the committee voted to dwindle the number of classes on the Non-Select side from five to four with schools in each designation evenly divided by enrollment. There will be 42 schools represented in the newly named Class I through III while Class IV will have 41 schools.
On the select side of the football postseason restructure, the same number of divisions remain. However, there will be more representation as Division I through III have increased to 34 schools each while Division IV has now grown to 33.
Twenty-eight teams in each class will qualify for Non-Select playoff brackets while 24 will qualify for each Select bracket.
Westminster Christian of Lafayette Scores First Varsity Program Win
The Westminster Chargers fielded their first team just one year ago, albeit, it was in an eight-man league.
However, head coach Jim Stomps’ vision of turning the program into a full-fledged LHSAA varsity member occurred earlier this year and on Thursday his team made history.
The Chargers defeated Crescent City, 58-6, for the school’s first varsity victory in program history. Stomps was excited for his team but knows that there is a lot more work ahead as they are unable to compete for postseason honors due to a mandatory probation period during their first season as an LHSAA member.
“The win on Thursday was a great team win for our program,” said Stomps. “I am so excited about the start to our first 11-man football season. Scheduling was difficult at first due to not being in a district for the first two years. But I feel we have a schedule that we can be competitive and grow as a team and program throughout the year.”
Westminster is scheduled to play six more varsity games including a road trip to St. Edmund this Friday.
“We do have a couple of tough games coming up in St Edmund as well as St. Patrick High School from Mississippi,” said Stomps. “We are taking it one game at a time and the next one will be against a very good and well-coached St. Edmund team this week.”
Following their probationary period which ends at the conclusion of the 2022-2023 academic year, the Chargers will be eligible for postseason honors in all sports.
I am very proud of this team and our first senior class and I feel we are on the right track to building a strong and successful foundation for WCA Charger football,” said Stomps.
Girls Basketball Player Lights Up Scoreboard With Impressive Touchdown Reception
Southside High School’s Hannah Mouton is known for her outstanding athleticism and ability to adapt to her environment.
Whether its on the basketball court or on the football field, her teammates can expect the best out of her and that is exactly what was shown during Tuesday evening’s junior varsity contest between Southside and Cecilia.
In her first competition as a football player, Mouton lined up at receiver, fearless and ready for her next challenge. On one of her first routes, she launched above the defender and came down with the reception, sprinting over forty yards for paydirt.
It’s the first touchdown of Mouton’s career and perhaps the first time a female has scored a touchdown in Louisiana high school football.
Holly Rushes Into Fourth Place On All-Time Rushing List
A special thanks to Clay Parker for help with statistical information
Union Parish senior running back Trey Holly enjoyed another standout performance Friday night with four touchdowns and 251 yards as the Farmers took down Class 5A Airline, 26-22.
Through his first two contests, Holly has rushed for 333 yards, moving him into fourth all-time on the Louisiana high school rushing list. He surpassed Ascension Catholic’s Germaine Williams on Friday and stands only 162 yards out of third place.
With eight games remaining in the regular season, the LSU commit needs 542 yards to tie Nick Brosette’s all-time mark of 8,704 yards.
|1.||Nick Brossette||University Lab||2010-2014||8,704|
|3.||Trey Hargrave||Lake Arthur||2012-2016||8,327||-377|
|4.||Trey Holly||Union Parish||2018-Present||8,162||-542|
|5.||Germaine Williams||Ascension Catholic||1986-1989||8,048||-656|
Eat. Sleep. Keep The Streak.
Zachary added to its impressive win streak which dates back to over a year ago as the Broncos took home a 40-21 win over John Curtis Friday night.
The last time Zachary endured a loss happened back on Dec. 11, 2020 as eventual state runner-up Alexandria shocked the Broncos, 31-28, in Zachary.
St. Charles and Westgate also extended their winning streaks with key wins over the weekend.
Louisiana’s Longest Winning & Losing Streaks
18 – Zachary
13 – St. Charles Catholic
10 – Westgate
Losing Streak (10 or more games)
29 – North Central
21 – Central Lafourche
18 – Ringgold
How The LSWA Top Ten Fared – Week 2
1. Zachary (2-0) beat John Curtis, 40-21
2. Karr (2-0) beat Scotlandville, 40-8
3. Destrehan (2-0) beat John Ehret, 42-6
4. Catholic-Baton Rouge (1-1) beat Warren Easton, 43-34
5. Brother Martin (2-0) beat St. Paul’s, 28-14
6. Acadiana (1-1) beat Sulphur, 49-0
(tie) Ruston (1-1) beat Jesuit, 28-23
8. Captain Shreve (2-0) beat Calvary Baptist, 27-14
9. West Monroe (1-1) lost to East Ascension, 16-10 (OT)
10. Jesuit (1-1) lost to Ruston, 28-23
Others receiving votes: C.E. Byrd (2-0) beat Huntington, 46-22; Carencro (2-0) beat Barbe, 50-29; John Curtis (1-1) lost to Zachary, 40-21; Parkway (2-0) beat Red River, 45-0; St. Augustine (2-0) beat L.B. Landry, 35-0; Archbishop Rummel (2-0) beat University Lab, 17-14.
1. Westgate (2-0) beat Lake Charles Prep, 20-12
2. Warren Easton (1-1) lost to Catholic-Baton Rouge, 43-34
3. Lafayette Christian (2-0) beat Woodlawn-Baton Rouge, 33-12
4. Neville (1-1) lost to Ouachita Parish, 43-29
5. St. Thomas More (2-0) beat Alexandria, 42-35
6. Lutcher (1-1) lost to St. Charles, 21-20
7. Huntington (1-1) lost to C.E. Byrd, 46-22
8. Northwood-Shreveport (1-1) beat Wossman, 35-0
9. Leesville (2-0) beat Jena, 21-14
10. Cecilia (1-1) lost to Southside, 35-33
Others receiving votes: De La Salle (2-0) beat Holy Cross, 28-22; Belle Chasse (2-0) beat South Plaquemines, 21-6; Vandebilt Catholic (1-1) beat Central Lafourche, 36-25; North DeSoto (2-0) beat Center, Texas, 71-42; Evangel Christian (1-1) beat Mansfield, 42-28; West Feliciana (2-0) beat Central-Baton Rouge, 21-20; Teurlings Catholic (2-0) beat Avoyelles, 41-12.
1. University (1-1) lost to Rummel, 17-14
2. Union Parish (2-0) beat Airline, 26-22
3. Sterlington (1-1) beat Mangham, 51-32
4. E.D. White (2-0) beat Hannan, 38-0
5. Madison Prep (1-1) beat Southern Lab, 27-8
6. Lake Charles Prep (1-1) lost to Westgate, 20-12
7. Abbeville (1-1) lost to Central Catholic, 35-34
8. St. Martinville (0-2) lost to Notre Dame, 35-14
9. Church Point (2-0) beat Kinder, 44-36
10. Amite (1-1) beat Loranger, 34-0
Others receiving votes: Iowa (2-0) beat Rayne, 43-0; St. James (1-1) beat West St. John, 48-0; Westlake (1-1) lost to Welsh, 29-12; John F. Kennedy (2-0) beat Terrebonne, 16-13; North Webster (0-2) lost to North Caddo, 40-18.
1. Many (2-0) beat DeRidder, 50-7
2. St. Charles Catholic (2-0) beat Lutcher, 21-20
3. Newman (2-0) beat Riverside, 42-20
4. Notre Dame (2-0) beat St. Martinville, 35-14
5. Oak Grove (1-1) lost to Ouachita Christian, 48-20
6. Avoyelles (1-1) lost to Teurlings Catholic, 41-12
7. Calvary Baptist (1-1) lost to Captain Shreve, 27-14
8. Mangham (1-1) lost to Sterlington, 51-32
9. North Caddo (2-0) beat North Webster, 40-18
10. Dunham (1-1) beat Live Oak, 21-3
Others receiving votes: Rosepine (2-0) beat South Beauregard, 48-7; Loreauville (2-0) beat DeQuincy, 39-2; General Trass (2-0) beat Magnolia School of Excellence, 49-20; Franklin (0-2) lost to M.L. King Charter, 20-8; Episcopal-Baton Rouge (2-0) beat St. Thomas Aquinas, 35-15; Welsh (1-0) beat Westlake, 29-12.
1. Ouachita Christian (2-0) beat Oak Grove, 48-20
2. Southern Lab (1-1) lost to Madison Prep, 27-8
3. Homer (1-1) beat Minden, 33-26
4. Kentwood (2-0) beat Jewel Sumner, 28-14
5. Logansport (1-1) beat Loyola Prep, 44-42
6. St. Frederick (1-1) lost to Franklin Parish, 23-20
7. Vermilion Catholic (2-0) beat Ascension Episcopal, 48-24
8. Haynesville (2-0) beat Harmony Grove, Ark., 33-26
9. Riverside Academy (1-1) lost to Newman, 42-20
10. Ascension Catholic (2-0) beat Opelousas Catholic, 34-32
Others receiving votes: Opelousas Catholic (0-2) lost to Ascension Catholic, 34-32; Glenbrook Academy (2-0) beat Bossier, 42-14; Basile (2-0) beat Ville Platte, 35-20; Catholic-Pointe Coupee (2-0) beat West St. Mary, 57-0; Cedar Creek (0-2) lost to Vidalia, 30-29; St. Martin’s (2-0) beat Pope John Paul II, 28-0; Central Catholic (2-0) beat Abbeville, 35-34; Oberlin (1-1) lost to Oakdale, 59-29; West St. John (0-2) lost St. James, 48-0.