North Shore Football Round Up: Huge implications for Salmen-Lakeshore season finale

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District standings, power ratings, playoff outlook

L.J. Leonard and the Salmen Spartans
Could this be the time for L.J. Leonard and the Salmen Spartans? It’s all on the line Friday as they host undefeated Lakeshore for the District 8-4A title in the season finale (Photo: Pat Mashburn).

THE GAME

The wait is over.

A reborn Salmen squad that has been on a mission this season and Lakeshore, going for its first-ever unbeaten regular season…and the District 8-4A title on the line.

It has all of the ingredients to be the biggest game at Spartan Stadium in recent memory as the two teams collide. What better playoff-like atmosphere could anyone ask for the last week of the regular season?

Lakeshore has won by an average of 34 points per game while the margin of victory for Salmen is 13.2. In the grand scheme, what could it mean? Four of the Spartan victories have been by two points or less which means they’re finding a way to win the close games they’ve lost in the past. The schedule could not played out any better, getting the Titans at home in the last game.

RIVALRY – PART 2

After what Mandeville did to St. Paul’s this past weekend, it’s safe to say that Covington coach Greg Salter and his staff have made the team aware that the regular season finale is a lesson learned about maintaining focus.

It had appeared to be a dark season for Mandeville, which experienced a tumultuous 0-3 start, but since then Josh Buelle and his coaches have rallied the troops and the team has won four of their last five games, including last week’s 28-14 upset of St. Paul’s. Heading into the game, the Skippers were definitely on the outside looking in for a playoff spot at the 39th position. The good news is that 13 teams ranked ahead of the Skippers lost. And, they got by, and into the top 32 at 32 with a little help from their friends.

HUH?

The coaching staff at 917 Jahncke must have held on to their rosaries tighter than a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown. After being soundly defeated by crosstown and District 6-5A rival Mandeville 28-14, St. Paul’s moved UP in the Division I power ratings from the No. 7 spot when it looked like they all, but played their way out of a postseason home game.

Thanks to then No. 3 Scotlandville’s 39-6 loss to Zachary, the No. 4 team in Class 5A; and St. Augustine’s 17-6 loss to Holy Cross, the loss to the then-ranked 39th team in Class 5A didn’t really hurt at all.

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District 6-5A standings: Covington (9-0, 6-0); Mandeville (4-4, 4-2); Slidell; (6-3, 4-2); St. Paul’s (5-4, 4-2); Northshore (5-4, 3-3); Fontainebleau (3-6, 3-3); Ponchatoula (2-7, 0-6); Hammond (0-9, 0-6)

Class 5A power ratings: 1. West Monroe; 2. Acadiana; 3. Covington; 4. Zachary; 5. East Ascension; 6. St. Amant; 7. Barbe; 8. Hahnville; 9. Destrehan; 10. Sulphur; 20. Slidell; 26. Northshore; 32. Mandeville; 37. Fontainebleau; 38. Ponchatoula; 47. Hammond

Division I power ratings: 1. John Curtis; 2. Evangel; 3. Catholic-B.R.; 4. Scotlandville; 5. Brother Martin; 6. St. Paul’s; 7. Rummel; 8. St. Augustine; 9. Holy Cross; 10. C.E. Byrd; 11. McKinley; 12. Jesuit; 13. Shaw

Playoff outlook

Covington – The Lions moved down one spot to No. 3, getting passed by Acadiana. So, they are looking at a match up against the No. 30 rated team, and that would be East St. John.

Slidell – Larry Favre’s team moved up three positions to No. 20, meaning they would still travel in the first round, this time to Ruston, rated. No. 13.

Northshore – The Panthers moved back one spot to No. 26, but they have the good fortune of playing their last regular season game at home against No. 20 Slidell. At this point, they would play the 7th rated team, Barbe on the road.

Mandeville – They’ve played their way into the conversion by jumping seven spots, from 39 to 32, and now all they have to do to stay there is somehow find a way to beat an undefeated Covington team. However, if they lose, they might need a little more help from teams ranked ahead of them. In the last week of the season, anything can happen.

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District 8-4A standings: Lakeshore (9-0, 2-0); Salmen (8-1, 2-0); Pearl River (4-4, 0-2); Franklinton (2-7, 0-2)

Class 4A power ratings: 1. Benton; 2. Warren Easton; 3. Edna Karr; 4. Lakeshore; 5. Plaquemine; 6. Leesville; 7. Northwood-Shreveport; 8. Rayne; 9. McDonogh 35; 10. Salmen; 26. Pearl River; 30. Franklinton

Playoff outlook

Lakeshore – No words needed. It all comes down to Friday night.

Salmen – See above.

Pearl River – The Rebels have held steady in the mid 20’s at the No. 26 spot, and they would be on the road to face No. 7 Northwood-Shreveport.

Franklinton – Despite losing to Salmen this past weekend, at No. 30, they are still in the hunt, but they would travel to face No. 3 Edna Karr.

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District 7-3A standings: Loranger (5-4, 3-0)**; ;Bogalusa (4-4, 2-1); Albany (8-1, 2-1); Hannan (7-2, 1-2); Jewel Sumner (0-9, 0-4)

Class 3A power ratings: 1. Sterlington; 2. Jena; 3. St. James; 4. Iowa; 5. Church Point; 6. Kaplan; 7. Richwood; 8. Caldwell Parish; 9. West Feliciana; 10. Jennings; 11. Loranger; 12. Albany; 21. Bogalusa; 44. Jewel Sumner

Division II power ratings: 1. De La Salle; 2. University Lab; 3. St. Charles; 4. St. Thomas More; 5. Parkview Baptist; 6. E.D. White; 7. Teurlings Catholic; 8. Hannan; 9. Vandebilt Catholic; 10. Loyola Prep; 11. St. Louis; 12. Lusher; 13. St. Michael; 14. Haynes Academy

Playoff outlook

Hannan – The Hawks are sitting in the 8th spot in Division II after back-to-back losses, and would play the 9th seed at home, which would be Vandebilt Catholic.

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District 9-2A standings: Amite (9-0, 4-0); Pine (5-4, 2-1); Independence (4-5, 2-2); Northlake Christian (3-6, 1-3); Pope John Paul II (2-7, 0-3)

Class 2A power ratings: 1. Ferriday; 2. Welsh; 3. Amite; 4. Many; 5. South Plaquemines; 6. Kinder; 7. Vidalia; 8. St. Helena; 9. Rospine; 10. Rayville; 13. Pine

Division III power ratings: 1. Notre Dame; 2. Newman; 3. Catholic-N.I.; 4. Dunham; 5. Riverside Academy; 6. Episcopal; 7. Calvary Baptist; 8. Ascension Episcopal; 9. Metairie Park-Country Day; 10. Holy Savior Menard; 11. St. Thomas Aquinas; 12. Northlake Christian; 13. Pope John Paul II

Playoff outlook

Northlake Christian – Checking in at the 12th spot, the Wolverines would be on the road against the 5ht seed, Riverside Academy.

Pope John Paul II – at No. 13, the Jaguars would travel to face the 4th seed, Dunham.

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Final week of regular season

Friday, November 3

District 6-5A

St. Paul’s at Fontainebleau, 7 p.m.; Mandeville at Covington, 7 p.m.; Slidell at Northshore, 7 p.m.

District 8-4A

Lakeshore at Salmen, 7 p.m.; Franklinton at Pearl River, 7 p.m.

District 7-3A

Hannan at Bogalusa, 7 p.m.

District 8-2A

St. Helena at Northlake Christian, 7 p.m.; Pope John Paul II at Pine, 7 p.m.

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