Lake Area teams begin trek to Superdome tonight

By By Rhett Manuel / American Press

Coaches often refer to the playoffs as a “new season.”

As cliché as that may be, it rings true for Barbe after a disappointing regular season. Well, as disappointing as 8-2 can

be.

After a third-place finish in District 3-5A, the Bucs are looking to make a return trip to the Superdome as the No. 8 seed

in Class 5A.

Their journey starts with No. 25 South Lafourche (5-5).

“We’re approaching it the same way

we’ve approached every game this year,” Barbe head coach Mike Cutrera

said. “It’s a new

season. We’re looking forward to a tough game from South

Lafourche. They’re a good football team. They’re big and physical.

It’s going to be a challenge for our kids.”

For Barbe that challenge will start up front dealing with offensive tackle Bailey Granier, a 6-foot-7, 317-pounder who has

committed to Vanderbilt.

Granier will block for leading rusher Jake Williams, who has run for nearly 700 yards and six scores, and quarterback Dominick Fillinich.

Fillinick has thrown for 1,186 yards and 11 scores.

In the Class 4A bracket, LaGrange (5-5) hopes to continue the roll it started in the second half of the season.

After starting 0-5 the Gators won their last five games, captured District 4-4A’s title and earned a No. 14 seed.

They hope to make it further than last year’s quarterfinal run but begin against perennial playoff team No. 19 Lutcher (5-5),

making its 23rd consecutive playoff appearance.

“Our kids are confident,” LaGrange head

coach Jules Sullen said. “They understand Lutcher is a very talented

team. We played

some tough games at the beginning of the year to prepare for teams

like Lutcher and other teams we may play if we’re victorious.”

For Iowa, a 7-0 start brought a potential district championship run and high seed in Class 3A. But the wheels have come off

and the Yellow Jackets have lost three in a row heading into the postseason.

Fortunately, the Yellow Jackets (7-3)

will host a first-round game as the No. 15 seed and welcome No. 18 North

Webster (7-3)

— led by 6-1, 225-pound running back Devin White. The sophomore

reportedly has several scholarship offers, including LSU and

Alabama.

“It’s an honor to play in the playoffs

at home,” Iowa head coach Sean Richard said. “Last year was our first

year back in

the playoffs after three years and we had to go on the road. Our

players have a sense of accomplishment about that, but it’s

going to be a tough battle.

“(White) plays both sides of the football,” he added. “We’re definitely going to have to tackle well and get a lot of people

to the ball. It’s a team effort to win football games.”

Basile has no such worries. After an undefeated regular season, the Bearcats get the luxury of a bye week and the No. 4 seed

in Class 1A. They’ll get the winner of the matchup between No. 13 Plain Dealing and No. 20 Ringgold in the regional round.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen in that game. I can only guess,” Basile head coach Tony Bertrand said. “We’re trying

to sharpen up some things we may not be doing well this time of the year. We have an injured player that needs that extra

week off. So, hopefully we’ll be at full strength."