By NEAL MCCLELLAND
THE DAILY IBERIAN
The Catholic High Panthers and the Westgate Tigers will be home Friday as the Louisiana High School Athletic Association released the football playoff brackets Sunday.
CHS (7-3), which finished as the No. 7 seed in Division III, will play host to No. 10 seed St. Thomas Aquinas (5-5) in the first round with the winner advancing to face No. 2 seed Notre Dame (8-1) in the quarterfinals.
CHS coach Brent Indest said the game is set for Friday at 7 p.m. with $10 admission.
Advance sale tickets for the game will be available starting today at 8:30 a.m. in the school office.
Westgate (7-3) finished as the No. 10 seed in Class 4A and will play host to No. 23 seed Livonia 6-3) in the first round. The winner will face the winner of the 7/26 contest between Assumption (9-1) and La Grange (4-5) in the second round.
Westgate coach Ryan Antonie said the game will be Friday at 7 p.m. with $10 admission. No advance tickets will be available.
The only other Teche Area team to play at home in the first round is Franklin Senior High. The Hornets (5-5) finished as the 12th seed in Class 2A and will play host to No. 21 seed Welsh (2-8).
The winner of that game will face the winner of the 5/28 contest between Amite (7-3) and Winnfield (4-6) in the second round.
Also in Class 2A, Loreauville (6-4) finished as the 20th seed and will travel to face No. 13 seed Lake Arthur (5-5) in the first round.
The winner of that game will face the winner of 4/29 contest between Mangham (8-2) and Jonesboro-Hodge (3-7) in the second round.
LHS coach Terry Martin said that the game will be Friday at 7 p.m. at Lake Arthur. Admission will be $9 at the gate. No advance tickets will be sold.
In Class 3A, St. Martinville Senior High (5-5) finished as the 21st seed and will be on the road in the first round against 12th seed Union Parish (6-4) with the winner facing off with the winner of the 5/28 contest between Caldwell Parish (9-1) and Albany (5-5).
Erath (5-5) finished as the 25th seed in Class 2A and will travel to No. 8 seed Marksville (8-2) in the first round with the winner facing the winner of the 9/24 contest between Donaldsonville (7-3) and Brusly (5-5) in the second round.
Erath coach Eric LeBlanc said the game will be at the field about a block from Marksville High School.
Admission will be $10, $5 for students with student IDs and no advance tickets will be sold.
The final area team to make the playoffs in Centerville (8-2) which finished as the 5th seed in Class A.
Because only 24 teams make the postseason in Class A, the Bulldogs get a first-round bye Friday night and will play host to the winner of the 12/21 contest between Homer (5-5) and Slaughter Community Charter (2-7) in the second round.
Game times and sights and other information on first round games will be reported by The Daily Iberian when received.