All five area teams - Notre Dame, Crowley, Iota, Church Point and Rayne - earned postseason berths in Class AAA and all will begin play Friday.
Notre Dame, a fixture in postseason play, earned the top seed for the 2008 playoffs and joins Church Point, the No. 16 seed, as the only two local teams to host a first-round game.
Notre Dame (9-0), the District 5-AAA champion for the second straight year, will host Sarah Reed Friday at Gardiner Memorial Stadium while Church Point (6-3) will entertain Caldwell (8-2). Both games are slated for 7 o’clock.
Sarah Reed (5-4) actually finished the regular season as the No. 33 team in the power ratings but bumped out No. 32 seed Bunkie by winning the District 11-AAA title Friday with a 22-16 victory over Clark.
Notre Dame, which earned the No. 1 seed for the third time in the power-rating era, swept through District 5-AAA play for the second straight year and walked through a tough non-district slate, beating powerhouses like Breaux Bridge, Jennings, Alexandria, St. Louis and Iowa.
Church Point nabbed the No. 16 seed despite dropping its last two league games to Crowley (40-0) and Notre Dame (34-6).
The Bears host a high-powered offensive unit in Caldwell. The Spartans are averaging just over 38 points per game and have scored 40 points or better in five of their 10 games.
Caldwell finished the year as co-district champions after falling to North DeSoto, 56-50, Friday. Both Caldwell and North DeSoto finished with a 2-1 record in District 2-AAA.
The winner of the Church Point-Calwell game will take on the winner of the Notre Dame-Sarah Reed game in the second round.
North DeSoto will also get a taste of District 5-AAA when they square off with the No. 19-seeded Crowley Gents. The Gents (5-3 defeated Northwest, 13-12, Friday to finish second in the league behind unbeaten Notre Dame.
North DeSoto went 7-3 on the year and also boasts an explosive offense. They are averaging just over 39 points per outing. They scored 116 point in their last two games.
Iota enters the playoffs as the No. 22 seed out of District 4-AAA and will take on league rival St. Louis in Lake Charles. The Saints are the No. 11 seed and already own a 23-8 victory over the Bulldogs.
Rayne finished the regular season strong, dropping Northwest (26-20) and Westminster (26-8) in their final to games to slip into the playoffs as the No. 29 seed.
However, the Wolves (5-5) have the daunting task of traveling to Laplace to face No. 4 seeded St. Charles (8-1) in the first round.