Touchdown Live Top 7 List - Playoffs: Round 1

KPLC’s Brady Renard ranks the top seven best teams in Southwest Louisiana according to class

Touchdown Live Top 7 List - Playoffs: Round 1
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SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - With the high school football season in full force, KPLC is ramping up its Touchdown Live coverage this season. This off season, KPLC brought you the 7-in-Seven countdowns. This preseason, KPLC brought you TDL Two-A-Days. Now, every week of the regular season, KPLC's Brady Renard will post his TDL 'Top 7 List' of the best teams in Southwest Louisiana. He'll also hand out the best team performance each week according to expectations coming in.

Many of our teams remained where they were a week ago, although a team buzzes back into the rankings after a rough start.

We present our Touchdown Live Top 7 List after week 10 of the regular season.

Note: *These are not head-to-head rankings. The rankings are in comparison to class.*


1. IOTA BULLDOGS
2018 record: 10-0  
Last Week's Ranking: No. 1

The Bulldogs are undefeated heading into the playoffs for the first time since 2000. Iota has answered every test this season with flying colors including last week's thrilling 35-34 win over Eunice. The win gave the Bulldogs the number one overall seed and the outright district title. Running back Luke Doucet was a wrecking ball in this one rushing for 175 yards and three touchdowns. Most impressive however was Iota's play at all three levels when it counted. The offense put up big points, the special teams set up short fields with big returns and the defense came up with key turnovers and stops when needed. The Bulldogs are the one seed for a reason.


2. LAKE CHARLES COLLEGE PREP TRAILBLAZERS

2018 record: 9-1 
Last Week's Ranking: No. 2

The Blazers remain at two following another blowout win. LCCP opening the game vs. Jennings with a kick return touchdown by Solomon Lewis and didn't look back. Lewis would add a receiving score in the fourth and Orenthal Lewis would score twice on the ground in the win. There isn't much else to say about LCCP that hasn't been said already. The Blazers have the athleticism, defense and confidence to make a run.


3. WELSH GREYHOUNDS
2018 record: 7-3   
Last Week's Ranking: No. 3

The Hounds remain at three, but just by a hair (or a snout). It was vintage Greyhounds on Friday in the 55-0 rout of Ville Platte. Seven different players scored touchdowns in the win, including a trio of TD passes by Austyn Benoit. The bracket sets up nicely for Welsh and it looks as though we may be on a fast track to a Rosepine-Welsh quarterfinal matchup.


4. LEESVILLE WAMPUS CATS
2018 record: 10-0 
Last Week's Ranking: No. 4

The Cats are one of three undefeated #SWLApreps football teams. Despite a rich history, this is the first-ever undefeated team in Wampus Cat history. The Cats built up quite the lead vs. SLC before the Saints gave Leesville a scare in the 47-34 win by the Wampus Cats. Leesville picked up the sixth seed and has a great chance to make a run. Leesville avoids Karr, Lakeshore and Neville, while not having to match up with Warren Easton until the semifinal round.


5. BASILE BEARCATS

2018 record: 8-2   
Last Week's Ranking: No. 5

The Bearcats looked poised for another deep run in the playoffs following an 8-2 season. Basile is the sixth seed coming off back-to-back one-loss district seasons. Week 10 saw another strong rushing performance from Andre Reed who took over the ballgame on the way to 155 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries. Basile has strong senior leadership and will be a tough out.


6. ROSEPINE EAGLES 
2018 record: 10-0  
Last Week's Ranking: No. 6

The Eagles are the third and final local team that remains unbeaten. Like Leesville, Rosepine also accomplished the feat for the first time in school history. The final game of the regular season was anti-climatic as the Eagles jumped out to a 32-0 lead in the second quarter. Seth Shirley looks postseason ready- as the senior rushed for 230 yards and two touchdowns. As mentioned above, the Eagles are on a collision course with Welsh and only Port Allen and East Beauregard/DeQuincy stand in their way.


7. KINDER YELLOW JACKETS   
2018 record: 6-4     
Last Week's Ranking: NR

The Yellow Jackets buzz their way back into the rankings following a strong finish to the season. After losing to Welsh, Kinder beat the number 11 seed in 2A and the 20-seed in 3A handily. This still may not be the Jackets of the championship years, but the team is playing night and day better and will be a tough matchup for any team.



Next three up:
 Barbe Buccaneers (8-2), Lake Arthur Tigers (6-4), Sam Houston Broncos (8-2) 
 
Best team performance from Week 10:  Rosepine Eagle s

It's not that the Eagles won the game that is impressive. It's how the Eagles did it. Rosepine separated itself quickly and showed the gap between the teams. Shirley rushed for over 200 yards and a pair of scores, while quarterback Seth Ducote added two scores as well. The 46-8 final could have been worse, but the Eagles made sure to finish the game the right way and play backups in the process.

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