Parkview Baptist took a big-picture approach with its decision to play up in Class 4A.
Not only would an already challenging nondistrict schedule prime the Eagles for district play, but the competitive league would also prepare them to make a fourth consecutive run to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic.
Parkview overcame a 1-3 start?— falling to top four Division I programs Catholic High and John Curtis?— to put together a six-game win streak, highlighted by an undefeated 6-4A title, to earn a No. 5 seed in the Division II select bracket.
The Eagles (7-3) host No. 11 Lusher Charter (4-6) in a first-round playoff matchup at 7 p.m. Friday.
“What really helped us the last few years was playing the pre-district schedule we played,” said PBS coach Jay Mayet, whose team is paired with the winner of No. 13 St. Michael the Archangel at No. 4 St. Thomas More. “I think our kids were used to playing that style of competition, because we’ve played it in the past.”
Parkview’s faced No. 4 STM (9-1) in the past two Division II state title games, defeating the Cougars 24-21 in 2015 and falling 54-29 last season.
PBS is one of 10 area select schools to land in postseason play, with District 6-3A champion University High (10-0) the highest seed at No. 2 in Division II. Scotlandville (8-1) is No. 3 and Catholic High (7-3) No. 4 in Division I.
District 7-2A champion The Dunham School (8-1) No. 4 in Division III, and District 5-1A champion Catholic-Pointe (9-1) No. 5 in Division IV.
U-High drew a first-round bye and hosts the Teurlings Catholic-Loyola Prep winner Nov. 10.
“I think it’s something special to make it through our district undefeated,” said U-High coach Chad Mahaffey. “Our nondistrict schedule was as tough as it’s ever been. It’s certainly a credit to the players for coming ready to go each week.”
Catholic faces No. 13 Archbishop Shaw (0-10) at 7 p.m. Friday at Olympia Stadium, while Scotlandville received a bye. No. 11 McKinley (4-6) meets No. 6 Brother Martin (6-4) at 7 p.m. Friday, tentatively at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium.
Dunham completed a perfect run to the 7-2A title?— the second in school history?— with a 32-15 victory over Episcopal.
“That’s a great culmination to the first 10 weeks of the season,” Dunham coach Neil Weiner said. “That was probably one of our more complete games we’ve had this season in all phases. It was a great way to end the regular season.”
The Tigers will host No. 13 Pope John Paul (2-8), at 7 p.m. Friday, and No. 8 Episcopal (8-2) gets a rematch with No. 9 Country Day (6-4) in Division III action. The Knights lost to the Cajuns 31-23 on Sept. 15 in New Orleans.
Catholic-PC entertains No. 12 Central Catholic-Morgan City (5-5) at 7 p.m. Friday at NRG Field, while No. 11 Houma Christian (6-3) meets No. 6 Ascension Catholic (8-2) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Boutte Stadium in Donaldsonville.