The high school football playoff season kicks off on Friday with many local schools in and around the area hosting first round games.
Woodlawn (9-1) riding a seven-game win streak is one of the hottest teams in the area after its big win over previously unbeaten Minden for the District 1-4A championship. The Knights will host Cecilia (6-4) at Lee Hedges Stadium Friday.
Josh Mosley is a dual threat quarterback that leads the Knights offense along with running back Trivenskey Mosley and athlete Larry Moton. An experienced offensive line up front makes it easy for the Knights who average 33 points per game. After returning from a mid-season injury Trivenskey Mosley has averaged 132 yards rushing over the last five games.
The Knights, the No. 6 seed in Class 4A, will be playing a Bulldog team that is familiar with playing northwest Louisiana teams in the playoffs. Cecilia bounced Northwood from last year’s playoffs 49-20 in the first round. They lost to Benton 38-28 in the second round of the 2009 playoffs and defeated BTW 42-12 in a first round game in 2007.
Cecilia fell last week 44-41 to St. Martinville in a game that decided the District 5-4A championship. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Bulldogs who average 26.8 points a game and give up 21.9 points a game.
Benton (8-2) will also be at home facing Ellender (6-4). The Patriots finished tied for third in District 7-4A after finishing the regular season with a loss to second place Vandebilt Catholic 53-28.
Quarterback Garrett Hable leads the Benton offense with 2, 065 yards through the air. Hable has connected on 186 of 311 passes and has 24 touchdown throws on the season. Jermaine Newton has rushed for 815 yards on 163 carries and has scored 14 touchdowns to lead the Tiger ground game. John Westmoreland and Doyle Adams Jr. have been a dynamic duo on the receiving end. Westmoreland has 37 receptions for 768 yards and four scores while Adams leads the area in receptions with 62 for 582 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Two other District 1-4A teams will be hosting games as well. No. 5 seed Minden (9-1) entertains No. 28 Franklin Parish (3-7) and North DeSoto (6-4) a No. 14 seed welcomes 19th seeded LaGrange (5-4) to Stonewall.
In Class 5A, Parkway (9-1) is a No. 4 seed and will host No. 29 Captain Shreve (5-5). The Panthers defeated the Gators 49-23 earlier this year and have won their last six games.
Division I has District 1-5A champion Evangel (8-2) playing Holy Cross (3-7) of New Orleans at Rodney Duron Field. The Eagles are the No. 5 seed and have not lost since starting the season 0-2.
Calvary, the District 1-2A champion, enters Division III bracket as the No. 6 seed and hosts No. 11 Opelousas Catholic. The Cavs (7-3) will have their hands full as the Vikings come into the game averaging just under 35 points a game and have scored more than 55 on three separate occasions.
North Caddo (6-4) is the No. 14 seed in Class 2A and will host No. 19 Rayville (3-7). The Rebels enter the game averaging 33.7 points per game and allow 24.5 per game and are on a four-game win streak.Quarterback Tymon Sanders has passed for 914 yards and run for another 744 and accounted for 25 touchdowns on the season.
In Plain Dealing, the Lions (4-6) host South Cameron (4-6) in a Class 1A first round game. Plain Dealing, the No. 13 seed, will be looking to snap a three-game losing skid.
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