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Postseason chances loom in outcome of Week 8 high school football games

Staff reports

Key matchups are on tap in Week 8 of local high school football action. In several of the games, a playoff spot or even a district champion could loom in the onset.

St. John entertains East Iberville at Andrew Canova Stadium in a 8-1A matchup at 7 p.m. Thursday, while White Castle visits Christian Life Academy on Friday night. Plaquemine, meanwhile, hopes to gain ground in District 8-3A when the Green Devils visit St. James.

Odds heavily favor Class A number one ranked St. John and number nine ranked West St. John to take top honors in the 8-A with two rounds remaining, but the race is certainly big for third place and a possible state playoff berth.

The Tigers could certainly surprise everyone tonight (Thursday) if they can pull off what would be considered a major upset if they can beat hosting St. John High in Plaquemine. A win tonight, coupled with a win over White Castle and a St. John victory over West St. John, could push East Iberville’s status even higher.

Class A top-ranked St. John High romped to a second-straight rout of an average District 8-A opponent Friday night in Donaldsonville as they topped Ascension CHS by a 48-7 score.

The SJHS Eagles, who are averaging 39 points a game in district play, pushed their overall record to an outstanding 7-1 and their league mark to 3-0 with the easy victory.

8-3A

West Baton Rouge Parish football teams from Brusly and Port Allen turned the District 8-3A football race into a possible photo finish over the remaining two weeks of the season Friday night with mild upset victories and local Plaquemine High was one that saw its status slip a notch.

Brusly High’s Panthers prowled their way into Plaquemine’s Green Devil Stadium and forged a mild 30-14 upset victory over previous 6-1 and 1-0 hosting PHS. While the Panthers were turning Plaquemine’s hopes of a positive jump start in the 8-3A race into calamity, their WBR Parish neighbors Port Allen High were doing the same thing to preseason district favorite St. James just up the river. The PAHS Pelicans turned the tables on 2-0 St. James with a 20-13 mild upset victory.

With previously unbeaten PHS and St. James now with a loss apiece in league play, the title race is up for grabs with two playing date remaining tomorrow (Friday) night and next week.

A pair of huge district games are on tap tomorrow night as 1-1 and 6-2 Plaquemine visits 2-1 and 2-6 overall St. James, while 4-3 overall Brusly hosts 0-2 and 5-3 overall Livonia High in gridiron games of mega importance in the 8-3A race.

Just as important will be the football games on slate next week to finish the regular season. Plaquemine hosts Livonia next week, while the two WBR Parish clubs go face-to-face.

When the season opened back in early September everyone was pointing a finger at St. James as a big favorite to claim the title after moving back up from a successful two-year stint in 2-A football. Meanwhile, Port Allen seemed to have an edge on PHS, Brusly, and Livonia as a possible runner-up. However, both Plaquemine and Livonia forged solid pre-district records, while St. James, Brusly, and Port Allen took lumps against tough non-district foes. Now, two and three games into the league slate all five teams seem quite capable of beating one another. And home and away dates matter not…take PHS for an example, they went to PAHS and beat the Pelicans two weeks ago, only to return home to lose Friday night to Brusly. St. James routs Brusly at home, but loses to Port Allen on the road Friday night.

Folks, the 8-3A race is on!