Analyzing the Class 4A bracket, Edna Karr again the favorite

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Karr pregame

In the drive for five, Edna Karr did not come out alive in 2020.

After winning four straight Class 4A state championships, the Cougars fell to Carencro in the state championship game in Natchitoches, simply getting manhandled in the second half.

It is a feeling that Karr is not accustomed to and the feeling has lasted, serving as a reminder and motivation of what the top overall program in Louisiana over the past decade has been.

The Cougars responded with an 8-0 regular season in 2021, beating John Curtis Christian, Warren Easton, St. James, Belle Chasse and Scotlandville along the way.

With quarterback A.J. Samuel healthy, the top-seeded Cougars have the pieces in place to return to the title this season.

Aaron Anderson is an elite talent who can break open a game at any time in the passing game or in the kick return game.

Neville is the second seed and the Tigers are 8-1, losing only to St. Thomas More when the Cougars had a healthy Walker Howard.

The Tigers look to have a clear path to the semifinals, where they would have to face a very good Warren Easton squad.

The third-seeded Eagles (5-2) lost to Catholic of Baton Rouge and lost a narrow decision to Karr. They are clearly a contender and look to have a clear path to the semifinals to meet Neville.

Is there really another team, outside of Karr, Neville and Warren Easton, that could threaten to win the 4A title? That is debatable, perhaps even a stretch.

Northwood (7-2) is the fourth seed and the Falcons have allowed just 13 points in their last four games, all victories.

Westgate (8-2) is the fifth seed and perhaps the team with the best shot at the top three. The Tigers lost to an elite team in Lafayette Christian and lost on a Saturday in New Orleans to 5A St. Augustine. Westgate whipped Carencro 47-21 last week.

Huntington (8-2) is the sixth seed and has lost only to elite teams in Neville and Byrd.

Cecilia (8-2) is the seventh seed and has only lost to Notre Dame and St. Martinville by a total of 13 points.

Carver is a solid team as a ninth seed.

The Rams (6-1) lost only to Warren Easton and have a very good defense which has allowed just 51 points. Carver has a tough opening round rematch with Landry, whom the Rams edged 15-13 on Oct. 1.

The wild card of those in the double-figure seed category is defending state champion Carencro.

The Bears (4-6) lost their quarterback, Chantz Ceasar, to a bad injury in a loss to Brother Martin and are simply not the same team.

Carencro played a very tough schedule, including games against Acadiana, Ruston, St. Martinville, Teurlings Catholic, Brother Martin, St. Thomas More and Westgate.

Still, there is enough talent on hand, if Carencro can run the ball well enough, to make a run.

Despite those with shots, the vision is Karr meeting either Neville or Warren Easton in the final.

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