Analyzing the Class 3A bracket, Sterlington leads a competitive field

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Class 3A looks the part of being a very competitive field in the playoffs.

Sterlington is the top seed and has to be considered the favorite.

The Panthers (10-0) have sliced through their schedule in impressive fashion, posting good wins over Oak Grove, Union Parish and Mangham.

No. 8 Madison Prep is the defending state champion.

The Chargers (7-1) may be the prime threat to Sterlington. The only loss for Madison Prep was to unbeaten Division II top seed University High. Madison Prep has good wins over Southern Lab and Brusly.

If Madison Prep is not the prime threat to Sterlington, that may be No. 5 Church Point is dangerous.

The Bears (10-0) have scored 50 or more points four times in nine games played with the tenth win being a forfeit win. There have been no close games with the smallest margin of victory being 24 points.

No. 2 Abbeville earned its seed.

The Wildcats (9-1) lost a 3-point game to St. Martinville and allow only 11 points per game.

No. 3 St. Martinville is a good team.

The Tigers (8-2) lost only to Westgate and Carencro and averaged 50 points in four straight victories to close the season.

No. 4 Iowa is solid.

The Yellow Jackets (9-1) lost only to Lake Charles College Prep by a point and have been a scoring machine, averaging 43.8 points per game.

No. 6 Lutcher is a traditional power which has returned to being a contender in 2021.

The Bulldogs (7-1) lost only to unbeaten top Division II seed E.D. White Catholic and have good wins over St. James, Donaldsonville and Patterson.

No. 9 St. James has enough skill, led by Shazz Preston, to make a run. The Wildcats (6-3) lost to very good teams in Karr, Lutcher and E.D. White Catholic, with two of those being top seeds. St. James won the 3A state title in 2019.

No. 7 Union Parish reached the title game a year ago.

The Farmers (7-3) lost to very good 5A teams in Captain Shreve and Ouachita Parish and fell to Sterlington. Union Parish has a signature win over Many.

Of the double-digit seeds, keep an eye on No. 10 Jena, a 9-1 team which lost only to Neville. The Giants are a genuine contender.

No. 13 Jewel Sumner is an experienced team.

The Cowboys (6-2) lost only to Amite and Bogalusa and are rested after a week 10 forfeit victory.

No. 14 Brusly is a definite threat to break through and make a run.

The Panthers (7-2) lost only to Madison Prep and University High.

The vision is that Sterlington and Madison Prep will meet in the quarterfinals while the bottom of the bracket appears to be wide open, with St. Martinville, Brusly, Lutcher, Union Parish, Jena and Abbeville all having a shot to get to the finals.

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