7-in-Seven Countdown: Most Competitive Districts
Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - We are just six weeks away from KPLC’s coverage of Two-A-Days and to get ready we continue our 7-in-Seven countdown.
Countdowns will include topics from McNeese to high school football. A new countdown each week, beginning every Monday.
We continue the countdown with the seven most competitive local districts this upcoming season. Of course, this is just our analysis, you never know what might happen on the gridiron this fall.
7. Class 2A - District 5 (5-2A)
At No. 7 we head to Class 2A with District 5.
Last season Lafayette Christian won it all, but they’ve moved up to Class 4A so now Notre Dame will aim to reign supreme as they did before LCA moved into their district. The Pios finished with 8-2 overall but came in second in district play a year ago.
This district also features Welsh (who took a turn in the right direction finishing with an above .500 record in 2021) and Lake Arthur returning as well as newcomers DeQuincy, Vinton and Grand Lake (who make the jump from Class 1A).
6. Class 2A - District 4 (4-3A)
Now we head up to Class 3A for the sixth district on the list. District 4 (formerly District 5 last cycle) came down to two teams that always find themselves in the hunt for the crown— Iota and Church Point.
The Bears went undefeated in 2021, including handing the Bulldogs their only loss in district play.
Our only coverage team in the district, Iota, loses veteran leadership on offense with the departure of QB Dawson Wallace, tight end Owen Harmon and a core of offensive linemen who were three-year starters. A young core will need to step up in 2022.
Church Point will once again be the favorite with Iota and Northwest just behind along with Mamou, Pine Prairie, Port Barre and Ville Platte.
5. Class 5A - District 3 (3-5A)
Down to No. 5 on the list and it’s our biggest district in terms of classification, District 3-5A.
This district saw the return of two teams in 2021 in Barbe and Sam Houston after each did not field a varsity team in 2020 due to Hurricane Laura.
The district was ultimately won by the Rams of Acadiana and AHS will once again enter as the favorite, although Carencro’s rise into Class 5A will give this district another player in the race.
Barbe, Sulphur and Sam Houston should all be better in 2022 which should also help make this a more competitive district overall after an uneven 2021. Comeaux. Lafayette, New Iberia and Southside all return as well
4. Class 4A - District 3 (3-4A)
Onto Class 4A that now sees our four local teams back together again as they were a few cycles ago.
Last season was exciting in this district as Leesville and DeRidder clashed for the district crown. The Cats rolled to a district title, while the Dragons made some noise finishing second.
Their district will combine with the Lafayette one from the last cycle that now includes both LaGrange and Washington-Marion. In addition, Eunice, North Vermilion and Rayne will join the fold to create a solid 4A district.
It should be a fun one overall that has a chance to be even more competitive than expected.
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