Defending champions Karr, Evangel among top seeds in state football playoffs

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A pair of teams that won state championships a year ago have earned top-seeds in the 2017 LHSAA football state playoffs brackets

Karr (9-1) is the top-seed in Class 4A.

The Cougars earned the top-seed by demolishing Warren Easton 40-6 last Thursday night. Karr will host 32nd-seed Buckeye in the opening round. With an expected win, Karr could host 16th-seed Carver (5-3) in a rematch contest. The Cougars whipped the Rams 35-6 on Sept. 22. Carver will host 17th-seed Bastrop in the opening round.

Unbeaten Lakeshore (10-0) is the second-seed. The Titans will host District 8-4A rival and 31st-seed Pearl River for the second time in three weeks. Lakeshore beat the Rebels 47-20 on Oct. 27.

Also in 4A, ninth-seed Salmen (8-2) entertains 24th-seed and defending 3A state champion Lutcher in the opening round.

No. 28 seed Belle Chasse (6-4) travels to fifth-seed Plaquemine.

Warren Easton (7-2) is the fourth-seed, on the same side of the bracket as Karr. The Eagles will host 29th-seed Carencro in the opening round.

No. 22 seed Helen Cox (5-5) travels to Rayne, 27th-seed Franklinton (3-7) is at sixth-seed Leesville and 10th-seed McDonogh 35 (7-3) hosts 23rd-seed Minden. Should the Roneagles win, they would likely have to travel to 7th-seed Neville, who hosts Woodlawn of Baton Rouge in the opening round.

Evangel Christian (7-1) has not lost in-state and the defending state champion Eagles are the top-seed in Division I. Evangel gets a first round bye and will face the winner of the first round game which has reeling Archbishop Rummel (5-4), the ninth-seed, at eighth-seeded Byrd.

John Curtis Christian (8-1) is the second-seed. Like Evangel, the Patriots are unbeaten in-state. They get a first-round bye before facing the winner of the game pitting 10th-seed Holy Cross (5-5) at seventh-seed St. Paul’s (6-4). The Wolves changed quarterbacks a week ago, going to Jack Mashburn. St. Paul’s head coach Kenny Sears is a Holy Cross graduate.

Fifth-seed St. Augustine (6-3) hosts District 9-5A rival and 12th-seed Jesuit (2-8) in a rematch contest. The Purple Knights downed the Blue Jays 37-24 on Sept. 22.

Winless Archbishop Shaw (0-1) is the 13th-seed and the Eagles travel to fourth-seed Catholic of Baton Rouge.

Surging sixth-seed Brother Martin (6-4) hosts 11th-seed McKinley. The Crusaders have won five straight games.

In 5A, unbeaten West Monroe (10-0) is the top-seed. The Rebels host 32nd-seed Central in the opening round. The Rebels would advance to face the winner of 17th-seed Dutchtown at 16th-seeded Slidell (7-3).

Second-seed and unbeaten Covington (10-0) will host Thibodaux.

Eighth-seed Destrehan (8-2) entertains 25th-seeded Alexandria.

No. 28 seed Northshore (5-5) travels to fifth-seeded St. Amant with the winner of that one to take on the winner of 21st-seed Chalmette (7-3) at 12th-seeded Airline.

No. 13 seed John Ehret (7-3) will host 20th-seed Haughton with the winner to take on the winner of 29th-seed Mandeville (4-5) at fourth-seed Zachary.

Defending state champion and 14th-seed Landry-Walker (7-3) will host 19th-seed Walker with the winner to take on the winner of the game sending 27th-seed East Jefferson (5-5) to sixth-seeded East Ascension.

No. 26 seed East St. John (5-5) travels to seventh-seeded Ruston with the winner to take on the winner of 10th-seed Hahnville (8-2) hosting 23rd-seeded Denham Springs.

In 3A, defending 2A state champion and unbeaten Sterlington (10-0) will entertain 32nd-seed Baker with the winner to take on the winner of 17th-seed Union Parish at 16th-seeded Donaldsonville (7-3).

Ninth-seed Loranger (6-4) hosts 24th-seeded Washington-Marion. The Wolves closed the regular season with five straight wins.

No. 28 seed KIPP Renaissance (4-5) travels to fifth-seed Kaplan while fourth-seed St. James (7-3) entertains 29th-seed Marksville.

No. 23 seed Bogalusa (4-5) travels to 10th-seed Jennings and 15th-seed Albany (8-2) hosts 18th-seed Crowley.

In 2A, Welsh (8-1) is the top-seed and the Greyhounds will host 32nd-seeded Springfield (2-8).

No. 13 seed Independence (5-5) treks to 16th-seeded Lakeside while 13th-seed Pine (6-4) hosts 20th-seed West St. Mary.

Third-seed Amite (9-1) entertains 30th-seed Bunkie. The Warriors are coming off of an upset loss to St. Thomas Aquinas, which cost them the top-seed.

No. 11 seed South Plaquemines (4-4) hosts 22nd-seed Vinton while sixth-seed St. Helena (8-2) plays host to 27th-seed Loreauville.

In Class 1A, West St. John () earned the top-seed. The Rams get a first-round bye before hosting the winner of 17th-seed Delhi at 16th-seeded East Iberville.

Fourth-seed Varnado (6-3) entertains 29th-seed Ringgold while third-seed Kentwood (9-1) awaits a visit from 30th-seed Tensas.

In Division II, unbeaten De La Salle (10-0) gets an opening round bye. The Cavaliers will meet the winner of the first round game pitting ninth-seed Vandebilt Catholic at eighth-seed Archbishop Hannan (8-2).

Unbeaten University Lab (10-0) is the second-seed and the Cubs get a bye before facing the winner of the first round matchup of 10th-seed Loyola Prep at seventh-seed Teurlings Catholic.

Third-seed St. Charles Catholic (8-2) gets an opening round bye before taking on the winner of 11th-seed St. Louis Catholic at sixth-seeded E.D. White Catholic.

Defending state champion St. Thomas More (9-1) is the fourth-seed and the Cougars host 13th-seed St. Michael in the first round.

In Division III, unbeaten Notre Dame (9-0) is the top-seed. The Pios get a first-round bye before taking on the winner of the first round game of ninth-seed Country Day (6-4) at eighth-seed Episcopal in a rematch. The Cajuns beat the Knights 31-23 on Sept. 15 in Metairie.

Unbeaten Newman (10-0) is the second-seed and the Greenies will have a first-round bye before hosting the winner of 10th-seed St. Thomas Aquinas (6-4) at seventh-seed Ascension Episcopal. The Falcons are coming off a big win over Amite.

Fifth-seed and defending state champion Riverside (3-4) will host 12th-seed Northlake Christian (3-7). The Rebels are on the same side of the bracket as Notre Dame, who defeated them 13-3 in the 2015 Division III state title game.

No. 12 Lusher Charter (4-6) heads to Baton Rouge to face fifth-seed Parkview Baptist while 13th-seed Pope John Paul II (2-8) heads to fourth-seed Dunham.

In Division IV, Vermilion Catholic (8-2) is the top-seed. The Eagles will host 16th-seed St. Martin’s Episcopal (3-7).

Cedar Creek (9-1) is the second-seed and the Cougars will host 15th-seed Hanson Memorial in the opening round.

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