The Loyola boys soccer team drew the No. 6 seed in the Division III state playoff brackets released by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association on Wednesday.
In some ways, Flyers coach Trey Woodham thinks his team deserved better.
“I felt we were a top-four seed,” Woodham said. “I guess (the South Louisiana teams’) reputation outdid our record. We were definitely top three in the state, record-wise. I guess they didn’t feel like we played enough competition. We were power ranked fourth. I guess not everybody looks at that or goes by it.”
The Flyers open the playoffs Friday night at 7 against Grace Christian at Messmer Stadium.
Sitting in the same part of the bracket with the Flyers is their district rival, North DeSoto. The 22nd-seeded Griffins open the playoffs on the road against Parkview Baptist in Baton Rouge.
Airline grabbed the area’s highest seed in Division I.
The Vikings, District 1 champions, are seeded No. 7 and will host 26th-seeded Ruston in the first round.
Caddo Magnet, seeded 15th, is the only other District 1 team to grab a first-round home game. The Mustangs host Zachary at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lee Hedges Stadium.
“I thought we could be between 12 and 14, and we’re 15, so it’s a tough draw,” Magnet coach Radi Baltov said. “The first round could go either way. Whoever wins gets Jesuit, who is a powerhouse. It’s going to be tougher for whoever qualifies.”
In Division II, Calvary’s No. 10 seed was a piece of history for the 13-0-3 Cavaliers.
“It’s the first time in the program’s history that we’ve been in the top 10,” Calvary coach Shelley McMillian said. “I’m not disappointed at all where I landed.”
The Cavaliers, who host Broadmoor at 5 p.m. Friday at Jerry Barker Stadium, had hoped for a top-eight seed and the accompanying bye in the 24-team bracket.
“We’re better off not sitting for a week,” McMillian said. “Being in the top 10 is great for us.”