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West Monroe High School senior FB Cayden Pierce led the number two seed Rebels to a 47-7 victory over Central Lafourche in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. (Property of LAFM)

Road To The Dome: LHSAA Class 5A First Round Playoff Score Recap

Road To The Dome: LHSAA Class 5A First Round Playoff Score Recap

by Jace LeJeune and Lee Brecheen

It is the most wonderful time of the year, and I am not talking about the holidays. I am talking about the LHSAA Playoffs, which start this week. The playoffs are always unique in the sense that is unlike the regular season as you lose, there is another week to play. In the playoffs, there is no tomorrow because if you lose, you go home. Through all the classifications and all of the teams in the playoffs, there is one goal in mind and that is to be one of nine teams in the end holding a state championship trophy in the end. For the third year in a row, we got you covered as for the next couple of weeks, we will go through all of the private and public matchups from 1A all the way to 5A each and every week leading up to the All-State Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic from December 13th-14th. Louisiana Football Magazine’s recruiting expert Lee Brecheen and editor Jace LeJeune give their insight on which teams will survive and continue their march to the Super Dome. Today, we recap our Class 5A public division playoff bracket picks.


#1 Acadiana Rams (10-0) vs. #32 Benton Tigers (5-5)

Jace’s Pick: Acadiana

Lee’s Pick: Acadiana

Final Score: Acadiana 78 Benton 28


#16 Walker Wildcats (7-3) vs. #17 Thibodaux Tigers (7-3)

Jace’s Pick: Walker

Lee’s Pick: Thibodaux

Final Score: Walker 63 Thibodaux 21


#9 Central Wildcats (8-2) vs. #24 East St. John Wildcats (8-2)

Jace’s Pick: East St. John

Lee’s Pick: Central

Final Score: East St. John 34 Central 30


#8 Airline Vikings (8-2) vs. #25 Southside Sharks (6-4)

Jace’s Pick: Airline

Lee’s Pick: Southside

Final Score: Airline 55 Southside 21


#5 Zachary Broncos (8-2) vs. #28 Live Oak Eagles (6-4)

Jace’s Pick: Zachary

Lee’s Pick: Zachary

Final Score: Zachary 39 Live Oak 7


#12 Hahnville Tigers (8-2) vs. #21 Chalmette Owls (7-3)

Jace’s Pick: Hahnville

Lee’s Pick: Hahnville

Final Score: Hahnville 28 Chalmette 6


#13 Dutchtown Griffins (8-2) vs. #20 Ruston Bearcats (5-5)

Jace’s Pick: Ruston

Lee’s Pick: Ruston

Final Score: Ruston 29 Dutchtown 27


#4 East Ascension Spartans (8-2) vs. #29 Terrebonne Tigers (5-5)

Jace’s Pick: East Ascension

Lee’s Pick: East Ascension

Final Score: East Ascension 20 Terrebonne 6


#3 Alexandria Trojans (9-1) vs. #30 West Ouachita Chiefs (6-4)

Jace’s Pick: Alexandria

Lee’s Pick: Alexandria

Final Score: Alexandria 42 West Ouachita 14


#14 Barbe Buccaneers (7-3) vs. #19 Mandeville Skippers (7-3)

Jace’s Pick: Barbe

Lee’s Pick: Mandeville

Final Score: Mandeville 38 Barbe 14


#11 Haughton Buccaneers (8-2) vs. #22 Ouachita Parish Lions (5-5)

Jace’s Pick: Ouachita Parish

Lee’s Pick: Haughton

Final Score: Haughton 28 Ouachita Parish 7


#6 Slidell Tigers (8-2) vs. #27 Comeaux Spartans (5-5)

Jace’s Pick: Slidell

Lee’s Pick: Slidell

Final Score: Comeaux 41 Slidell 14


#7 Destrehan Wildcats (7-3) vs. #26 Ponchatoula Green Wave (6-4)

Jace’s Pick: Destrehan

Lee’s Pick: Destrehan

Final Score: Destrehan 48 Ponchatoula 34


#10 Sam Houston Broncos (8-2) vs. #23 Covington Lions (6-4)

Jace’s Pick: Sam Houston

Lee’s Pick: Sam Houston

Final Score: Covington 42 Sam Houston 28


#15 Captain Shreve Gators (8-2) vs. #18 John Ehret Patriots (8-2)

Jace’s Pick: Captain Shreve

Lee’s Pick: John Ehret

Final Score: Captain Shreve 34 John Ehret 7


#2 West Monroe Rebels (9-1) vs. #31 Central Lafourche (5-5)

Jace’s Pick: West Monroe

Lee’s Pick: West Monroe

Final Score: West Monroe 47 Central Lafourche 7


Jace’s Bracket Breakdown: “I know the Zachary Broncos have been the most dominant team in 5A over the last couple of seasons, but I believe that the Acadiana Rams are the best team in Class 5A this year. I have the Rams advancing to the state championship beating the Broncos. On the other side, I believe the West Monroe Rebels will run the table to get to the Dome for the second year in a row. In the state championship, I predict that the Rams will win the Class 5A state championship.”


Lee’s Bracket Breakdown: “I got West Monroe going back to the Dome. I don’t think they have anyone on their side that can beat them. It’s a five team race on the other side of the bracket between Hahnville, Acadiana, Zachary, Ruston, and East Ascension. I got Zachary going back only because Zachary knows how to get there. I got a rematch of last year’s state championship game, and I got West Monroe winning that game this time.”


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About Jace LeJeune

Jace is from Addis, LA but resides in Port Allen, LA. Jace attends Southeastern Louisiana University and is majoring in Journalism. This is Jace's third year as Associate Editor at Louisiana Football Magazine. He is also a graduate from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge where he was the editor of the school newspaper the “Bearly Published.” While at CHS, Jace also announced their football, basketball, and baseball games for the Bruin Broadcast Network which is the Catholic High’s streaming website for their events. On weekends, Jace is the PA announcer for his middle school football games. At home, Jace enjoys time with his family and friends. Besides being a huge football fan, Jace is also an avid NHRA drag racing fan.