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.
We present our Touchdown Live Top 7 List after the first round of the playoffs.
Note: Teams eliminated from the playoffs will not be ranked.
**These are not head to head rankings. The rankings are in comparison to class. Example: Iowa is a stronger 3A team than Welsh is 2A team**
1. IOWA YELLOW JACKETS
2017 record: 10-0
Last Week: No. 1
Despite still being a little banged up, the Yellow Jackets flexed their muscles in the first round with a 31-point win. The game was never in doubt as Iowa dominated on offense posting 325 yards and five touchdowns. Dyami Huntsberry returned to the lineup and picked up right where he left off, going 7-9 passing for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The going gets tougher from here as Iowa heads to Crowley for a rematch of week one.
2. WELSH GREYHOUNDS
2017 record: 9-1
Last Week: No. 2
Welsh continues to nip at the heels of Iowa, but the Jackets' unblemished record will keep them number one. Welsh meanwhile rolled up 211 rushing yards in week one as Alec Iguess, Da'Ren Zeno and Charlie Watkins combined for five touchdowns. The Greyhounds continued their dominance and look to do the same on the road against Independence, a 6-5 team that's played a tough schedule.
3. BARBE BUCS
2017 record: 10-1
Last Week: No. 3
The Bucs showed why some are picking them to make a title run, routing Parkway 52-6 in the first round. Barbe flashed big play ability on defense with an 86-yard pick six and on offense with 316 yards rushing. The two-headed attack of Jaivan Samuel and Dana Fontenot combined for 256 total yards and four touchdowns. As the season has progressed, Barbe has turned into a running team and that bodes well for the Bucs as they travel to Destrehan for round two.
4. KINDER YELLOW JACKETS
2017 record: 6-5
Last Week: No. 5
It's hard to believe that Kinder is just one game over .500 on the season. The Yellow Jackets however, shouldn't be viewed as a typical 6-5 team. Kinder showed that on Friday with a 40-12 win over General Trass. It was a classic Kinder game as 10 different Jackets touched the football. Jordan Cordova continued to show his ability with three touchdowns on the night. Kinder has a tough test at home with Rayville coming to town. Remember, the Hornets upset Welsh in the second round a season ago.
5. JENNINGS BULLDOGS
2017 record: 8-2
Last Week: No. 6
What a rise for the Bulldogs (although that's helped by Sulphur's fall). Just a few weeks ago the Bulldogs weren't ranked and now Rusty Phelps has the Dogs playing confident. Don't let the score last week fool you, Jennings dominated the ball game against Bogalusa. Kole Myers, Brandon Jones and Darrian Achane all contributed at least 60 yards on the ground. Myers also added 119 yards passing with four touchdowns. Church Point is a home favorite this week over Jennings, but the Bulldogs will hit the road confident. This is a rematch of last year's first-round matchup that the Dogs won handily.
6. LEESVILLE WAMPUS CATS
2017 record: 10-1
Last Week: No. 7
Leesville continues to claw and fight through the season and they'll have to do it again this week to get the win. It's yet another rematch as Leesville hosts Raynes aiming to avenge that week five loss to the Wolves. The Wampus Cats enter the game off an 18-point win over Franklinton, in which Leesville outscored their opponent 14-0 in the fourth. It was a big performance from Andrew Croker (197 yards, four touchdowns), Dante Gallashaw (129 yards) and Tyreke Walker (107 yards, two touchdowns). The Cats have the momentum this time around as Leesville hopes to snap that four-game losing streak to Rayne.
7. IOTA BULLDOGS
2017 record: 9-2
Last Week: NR
Welcome to the 'Top 7 List' Iota! The Bulldogs rise to number seven after holding off Patterson, 42-28. The victory was the program's first playoff win since 2004. It was the Kaleb Guillory show as the senior ran it 42 times for 345 yards and four touchdowns. I wouldn't expect that type of success against Kaplan this week. The Pirates have allowed just 37 points over the four weeks. The Bulldogs will have to show their worth on defense if they want to advance.
Next three up: Rosepine Eagles (10-1), Elton Indians (7-3), Westlake (5-6)
Best team performance from Round one: St. Louis Saints
This one was hard to choose because we had three really good upsets in the first round (No. 11 St. Louis over No. 6 E.D. White, No. 19 Lake Arthur over No. 14 Mangham and No. 30 Westlake over No. 3 Jena). I'll have to give the nod to St. Louis considering that E.D. White was projected to win by 27 points. Bailey Hardy was the driving force in the win as he threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns and he rushed for 58 yards and a score as well. Conner Williams caught 156 of those yards. The test is just tougher this week as the Saints travel to face No. 3 St. Charles.