Lake Charles College Prep didn’t exactly have the regular season they were hoping for as they went just 3-6, but they did just enough to sneak into the playoffs. The Trailblazers entered the playoffs as the 21st seed in the Select Division III bracket, and in the playoffs they look like a completely new team as they’ve beaten Pope John Paul II, and Catholic - New Iberia to make it back to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2020.
The Jennings Bulldogs are back in the State Quarterfinals for the first time since 2020, and in just year one under Head Coach Bret Fuselier. However, to make it to this point the Bulldogs had to win hard fought games in the Bi-District and Regional Rounds over Kaplan, and St. Martinville.
For the second consecutive year the Iowa Yellowjackets find themselves in the State Quarterfinals, and they’re just one win away from a second consecutive trip to the State Semi-Finals, in what would be the school’s second-ever trip to the Semi-Finals. However, in order to be one game away from the Superdome for the second consecutive year, they have to be the team that ended their season last year; the North Desoto Griffins.
The Jennings Bulldogs are scorching hot entering the final week of the season as they’re winners of their past five games, and seven of their last eight for a 7-2 overall record, and a 4-1 record against conference opponents. However, the Bulldogs’ week 10 opponent; the St. Louis Catholic Saints, enter with an identical overall, and district record, which makes Friday night’s game so intriguing.
The St. Louis Saints are coming off a tough 26-21 loss to the Iowa Yellowjackets that took away their hopes of securing a district title but head coach Brock Matherne said his team is putting that game behind them and they’re fired up to take on Jennings Friday night.
The Iowa Yellowjackets are heading into week nine trying to do the exact same thing they did last season, beat the St. Louis Catholic Saints to win a 3-3A-District Championship, and Head Coach of the Yellowjackets Tommy Johns understands the challenge of taking on a Saints team that has had one of the top defenses in the entire state of Louisiana.
We have reached the penultimate week of the High School football regular season, but there is still much to be decided in week nine, here are the Southwest Louisiana week nine high school football matchups.
The Leesville Wampus Cats are coming off a 48-6 win over Washington Marion and they enter their week seven rivalry game against DeRidder with a higher level of focus, Leesville Head Coach Robert believes games of this magnitude help set the bar for the rest of the season.
The DeRidder Dragons are coming into their week seven rivalry game against Leesville sitting at 4-2, and head coach of the Dragons Brad Parmley believes this is a test that could propel them through the rest of the season.
The Barbe Buccaneers come into week six with a record of 2-3 after falling to the Southside Sharks in week five, but they’re going to have to put that behind them as they face their greatest rival; the Sulphur Golden Tors.
The Sulphur Golden Tors are coming into week five of the high school football season at (2-2), and this week they will be tasked with taking on the Sam Houston Broncos in one of the biggest SWLA rivalries.
Sam Houston is getting prepared for one of the most anticipated matchups of the season in SWLA, and as their game against Sulphur draws closer head coach of the undefeated Broncos Chad Davis knows just how tough taking on the Golden Tors will be.
The St. Louis Catholic Saints suffered their first loss of the season last week falling to the Vidor Pirates 21-17, and this week they face another challenging opponent in the Kinder Yellow Jackets who remain undefeated, but the Saints are looking to get back in the win column and are ready for the challenge.
The Iowa Yellowjackets entered the 2023 season following a 2022 season in which they made the State Semi-Finals for the first time in school history and went 9-1 in the regular season. That being said, they entered the new year with high expectations, expectations of making it to the Superdome for the first time in school history, but they didn’t exactly get out to a great start as they lost in week one, but now they enter week three with a 1-1 record looking for revenge vs. Leesville.
The Leesville Wampus Cats are heading into their week one match-up against the Jennings Bulldogs with big expectations on their shoulders following an impressive 2022 season in which they made the State Playoff quarterfinals, and finished with an overall record of 10-3, but if they want to repeat that success in 2023, and potentially make a run at the Superdome, they’ll have to take it day-by-day, and it all starts on Friday vs. Jennings.
High School Football is officially back as teams from all over Louisiana begin their seasons this week, and here in Southwest Louisiana all 29 of our teams are set to play on Thursday and Friday, and 12 of those games involve two local teams.