Power ranking projections show where locals stand

October 18, 2018
Nicholls kicks off annual food drive
October 18, 2018
October 18, 2018
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October 18, 2018

There are still three weekends of Friday Night Lights left in the 2018 prep football season – beginning tonight. 

But local teams are already jockeying for position and eyeballing what’s next: spots in the postseason.

The LHSAA released their 2018 power ranking projections on Tuesday, which showed local teams where they stand with three games to play.

The state determines playoff teams with the rankings, which are a formula that awards teams points for victories, but also points for victories by opponents on their schedule.

At the end of the season, teams are seeded from the highest average to the lowest and the top teams make postseason.

With three games left, here is where all locals stand. Beside each school, we also forecast what they must do in the coming weeks of the season to secure a bid.


Terrebonne – No. 6 – Safely in. The Tigers would like to win out and clinch a Top 4 seed, but regardless of the final 3 weeks, Terrebonne will be in postseason. 

Central Lafourche – No. 18 – The Trojans need 1 win to be safely in, but regardless, they, too, should be a lock for the field. Their focus will be winning two of three to earn a Top 16 seed and a home game. 

Thibodaux – No. 26 – Thibodaux needs to find a way to win one of their final 3 games to have a shot at postseason – all tough matchups against St. Augustine, East St. John, then Central Lafourche. If they win all 3, they can host a first-round game. 

H.L. Bourgeois – No. 40 – It’s very simple: The Braves need to win out. Anything else likely won’t be enough to get into the Top 32.


South Terrebonne – No. 26 – The Gators almost certainly need to win two games to feel safe. There is a small chance they can win just one out of the next three and still make it, but boy, that’d be cutting it close. 

South Lafourche – No. 35 – South Lafourche has to win two of their final three games to get in. A win over South Terrebonne would be huge, because both are competing for a lower-tier spot. 

Ellender – No. 38 – The Patriots have to run the table to feel good about their chances. 


E.D. White – No. 6 – All Division II teams make the postseason, so E.D. White is locked into a spot. But if they win out, they can assure themselves a Top 8 seed and an opening-round game at home. Two out of three wins coming home may do it, too. 

Vandebilt – No. 13 – The Terriers are in the same boat as E.D. White. They’re searching for a home game and they likely need three-straight wins to have a chance. 

Division IV: 

Houma Christian – No. 11 – In Division IV, like Division II, all teams are in the playoffs, but the Warriors are competing to try and jump into the Top 8 to host a first-round game. Three-straight wins to end the season would likely do the trick. 

CCA – No. 13 – The Lions would like to win out to try and challenge a Top 8 seed. But they’d also love to improve their seed to avoid the top teams in a loaded Division IV bracket. 

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