There’s no bargaining with the LHSAA playoff brackets.
At this point in the season, all the extenuating circumstances are meaningless and your football team is where it is — all reflected by the cold hard facts of the power point system.
For some this isn’t a big deal. Week 10 is more of a formality for them with only seeding to calculate and potential opponents to scout.
Others aren’t so fortunate.
Plenty of teams around the area are in must-win mode on Friday, and even then will be forced to wait with baited breath as the brackets are released on Sunday morning.
Only a month ago Delhi Charter was sitting at 5-0 with a solid playoff seed almost secured, but the injury bug has a way of changing that.
The Gators (6-3, 1-3) weren’t so fortunate in October, not only losing three-of-four in District 2-1A but also watching as all-everything running back Christian Colvin was sidelined with a concussion.
Like his coaching brethren in the same situation, DCS head coach Brett Raley has done the math, and based on his figures the Gators — currently sitting at no. 14 in the 16-team Division IV select bracket —could still get in regardless of what happens Friday against 1A top-seed Mangham.
“Either way it goes against Mangham we’re going to pick up 10 points, and that’s better than beating a lower ranked school with the points system,” Raley said. “You know how it is at a small 1A school, you lose a couple players and it puts a damper on things but it’s still our job to coach them up.
“We’re the only team in the state of Louisiana that gets to play the No. 1 team so we’re looking forward to another opportunity to get better.”
On the 1A side of things, the rival Delhi Bears are 3-6 and just in the field at the 15 spot entering Thursday’s game at St. Frederick.
In Class 3A, Richwood and Madison also have the chance to increase their playoff chances Friday night facing off against 3A No. 4 Union Parish and 4A No. 15 Crowley, respectively.
Like Delhi Charter, Richwood feels good about its playoff fortunes ranked at No. 26. The Rams (3-6, 2-1) regressed record-wise from last season, but like 2013, they have a shot to capture a share of District 2-3A in the final game of the season against the Farmers (8-1, 3-0).
“We feel good about it having played so many young kids this year, around 10 to 11 freshmen and sophomores,” Richwood head coach Robert Arvie said. “This year worked out perfect in a way because now they understand what it takes to compete for a playoff spot and a district championship.”
Madison (4-5, 1-3) has its best record since 2004 under first-year head coach Levi Washington and has the chance to qualify for the postseason for the first time since that year.
The General Trass Panthers (4-5, 1-3) are also fighting for their playoff lives in Class 2A on Friday at Ferriday.
If Mangham gets the win against Delhi Charter, the Dragons (9-0, 4-0) project out to be the lone top seed in northeast Louisiana.
The Neville Tigers (8-1, 4-0 ) have the two seed in Class 4A secured and are not playing Friday with an open date.
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