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Breaking Down the 2018 LHSAA Prep Classic Brackets

The brackets are out for the 2018 Louisiana High School Football Playoffs and Allen Waddel, Lee Brecheen and Jeff Palermo are here to break them down and let you know what to look out for in the 2018 Prep Classic Championships airing live December 6-8 on CST.

Class 1A

Oak Grove is the #1 seed Haynesville is the 2 seed. This bracket is going to be very competitive because you also have Kentwood and West Saint John in there as well.

Allen Waddell @AllenGwaddell:

To me it’s a five horse race and it’s the five teams that have the bye. Oak Grove has a great team. West Saint John is loaded with talent, they’re the defending state champs. Logansport may have the best team they’ve ever had. Kentwood lost two in a row to end the season but Trey Palmer’s going to be healthy. And Haynesville, we know about their mystique and what kind of program they have.

Lee Brecheen:

I like Jonesboro-Hodge. They’ve got a great team coming back. I also like Logansport being the team that no one’s talking about. I think it’s Haynesville’s best team in about seven or eight years. White Castle could surprise people.

Class 2A

This is one of those brackets that’s up for grabs. You’ve got Many, Amite is at #2, Rosepine who’s undefeated . They are the #4 seed. There’s a bunch of good teams throughout the Top 5. The Welsch Greyhounds are the #5 seed and they’re the defending champs.

Allen Waddell:

I think the best two teams in this bracket are on opposite sides of the bracket and they’re one and two. Amite is the most talented. They have the most prospects of any team in this class. Quarterback Amani Gilmore is committed to Kentucky. He puts them over the top.

Ishamel Sopsher is a guy that nobody can block at the high school level. He is unbelievable. His size and athleticism. And Devonta Lee is an old school player in my opinion. He’s a skill guy that’s physical. He’ll come down on the line of scrimmage and hit you on defense. He can also go up and make circus catches on the offensive side of the ball.

Class 3A

This bracket is wide open. Probably the most wide open bracket out of the 9. Iota is the top seed, Eunice is the 2 seed, Kaplan is the 3 seed. West Feliciana is the defending champ but they are in rebuilding mode so it’s unlikely for them to get back to the semifinals like they have been for the last few years.

Lee Brecheen:

I think Saint James has the part of the bracket where they can make The Dome. I think they’re the most talented team and it’s not even close. Shamar Smith and their big O and D lines.

Allen Waddell:

I’ve been on Kaplan all year so I’m going to stick with my pick. I think Kaplan will win the state championship but it is completely wide open in 3A.

Class 4A

Edna Karr is the two time defending champs. They are really the gold standard when it comes to high school football programs in Louisiana. Can Karr win another 4A title?

Allen Waddell:

If the seeds play out Karr would have to go to Bastrop in the quarterfinals and that would be a great matchup.

Class 5A

West Monroe is the top seed. Zachary is the defending champs but you’ve got Acadiana at the #3 seed. Destrehan with one of the top running backs in the state in John Emery, they are the #2 seed.

Allen Waddell:

I feel like Zachary is the favorite for me because when they get to the playoffs, they just win and that’s what they’ve done the last few years. But they’re going to have a tough road.

Division I

This has been a two team division with John Curtis who is the number 1 seed and Catholic High who is the 2 seed and defending champs. But can Jesuit give John Curtis some problems in the quarterfinals?

Lee Brecheen:

Defense win ballgames, offenses sell tickets and Jesuit has a great defense. They are really up there with all the best defenses in the state. I really believe that Jesuit is the sleeper team in this bracket.

Division II

There’s not much mystery here. University High is the prohibitive favorite to win this division but they will face some good teams along the way. Saint Thomas More can score with U-High but can they stop them, that is the question.

Lee Brecheen:

I think Saint Thomas More is tired of hearing the noise, tired of hearing they can’t stop anybody. I’m going to pick them to win it all.

Allen Waddell:

U-High is the favorite and then you have the other challengers. If you could put Saint Charles’ defense with Saint Thomas More’s offense, that would be a great matchup.

Division III

It’s amazing to think that you can go your entire high school career and not lose a regular season game and that’s what’s happened for the senior class at Notre Dame as they just wrapped up their fourth straight 10-0 season. They lost in the state championship game last year against Catholic High.

Allen Waddell:

It’s unbelievable the run that they’re on. They can continue to lose 20 plus seniors and just keep rolling. They’re great on defense. They give up 10 points a game. They beat Catholic New Iberia this year 49-0.

The Pioneers are certainly the favorite but for me, the story of the whole year in Division III is Country Day. They’re 10-0. They’ve had some great wins over Catholic and over Newman and Amite. But Notre is the favorite for me.

Division IV

Southern Lab was ineligible for the playoffs last season. They are eligible this season and they are the top seed. Lafayette Christian is the defending champ and the Knights are a 4 seed in the Division 4 playoffs.

Allen Waddell:

Every year that Southern Lab has been eligible for Division 4, we’ve had a lopsided state championship game. It was refreshing to me earlier this year that Ascension Catholic stood toe to toe with the Kittens. It was a 22-19 game in Week 7. That shows me that we’re going to have a competitive bracket. I think Southern Lab’s the favorite but I think there’s some challengers in here.

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