Plaquemine, White Castle advance to LHSAA playoffs

Left, Plaquemine football coach Paul Distefano coaches the Green Devils against St. Michael the Archangel earlier in the season. Right, White Castle football coach Lamar Thomas coaches the Bulldogs against Ascension Catholic earlier in the season. No. 16 seed Plaquemine hosts Breaux Bridge in the Class 4A playoffs on Friday night and No. 11 seed White Castle hosts Archbishop Hannan in the Class 1A playoffs on Friday night. 
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District 6-4A and 9-1A runners-up Plaquemine and White Castle advanced to the postseason when the Louisiana High School Athletic Association released football brackets on Sunday afternoon.

The Green Devils (6-4) enter the playoffs as the No. 16 seed in Class 4A and will host 17th seeded Breaux Bridge (7-3) on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Andrew Canova Green Devil Stadium. It marks the fourth straight year Plaquemine has advanced to the postseason.

"Our seniors are very hungry and I have a lot of confidence in this group," Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. "They are not scared to suit up against anybody. We would like to make a little run in the playoffs but we have to win this first one."

The Bulldogs (8-2) enter the playoffs as the No. 11 seed in Class 1A and will host 22nd seeded Archbishop Hannan (6-3) on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Milton "Rocky" Ourso Jr. Memorial Stadium. It marks the sixth straight year White Castle has made the playoffs winning the state title in 2010.

"I think we can make a run if we can get healthy and stay that way," White Castle coach Lamar Thomas said. "We have to regroup a little bit but it is a new season. There are a couple of things we need to do a little bit better but I feel confident going in to the playoffs with this group of kids because I know I have fighters that have bought into what we are doing offensively and defensively."

Plaquemine fell to Washington-Marion 35-8 last season in the first round. Breaux Bridge advanced to the semifinals where they lost to eventual state champion Neville 16-7. The victor will face the winner of top-seed Neville and No. 32 St. Louis in the regionals.

"They are coming out of one of the toughest districts in the state and are as good as anybody we have played this year," Distefano said. "We have to be able to beat them in the trenches and control the clock because they have some outstanding skill players."

White Castle lost to Mangham 42-21 in the bi-district playoffs last season while Hannan fell to Vermilion Catholic 53-18, both semifinalists. The winner will move on to battle the victor of No. 6 seed West St. John and 27th seeded Opelousas Catholic.

"We are just going to do like what you are supposed to do in the playoffs and take it one game at a time," Thomas said.