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Acadiana & Jennings head to the Superdome
Posted at 9:54 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 00:12:15-05

Class 5A
7. Destrehan vs. 1. Acadiana
Saturday at 7:00 p.m. - Superdome

The last time the wildcats went to the Superdome in 2014, Acadiana was the team to send them packing.

The undefeated (14-0) rams are very familiar on what’s it like to be sent home in the playoffs and revisit that same team with redemption on the mind. Acadiana was left with a bitter feeling when two-time champion, Zachary beat them at home last year closing their season.

However, this year, the Cinderella team was able to change positions with Zachary, advancing to the finals by a touchdown (21-14).

"That is probably my greatest accomplishment of this whole year,” said senior guard Gavin Leblanc. "It might still be after this weekend. It was just an incredible atmosphere people everywhere. The fans that came out and cheered until the last second.”

On the other end, Destrehan is coming to the Superdome off a seven game winning streak as they defeated Haughton in the semifinals.

Class 3A
23. Jennings vs. 1. St. James
Friday at 7:00 p.m. - Superdome

Jennings doesn't want to hear about being an underdog. At least not coach Rusty Phelps who is quick to point out the Bulldogs have beaten some of the state's best 3A teams during this playoff run.

Still when the team takes the field again no. 1 St. James Friday night, Jenning will be the lowest seeded team to play for a state title since no. 27 Acadiana won class 5A in 2010.

The Bulldogs beat four top-10 teams in their magical playoff run to the Superdome, topping Carroll, Church Point, Sterlington and McDonogh #35 in games decided by one point each.

After an 0-3 start, Jennings found its footing, winning 9 of its last 11 games. Rusty Phelps beleiving his team is not your ordinary 23 seed.

"I just think you have to be playing well right now," he said Monday. "You have to be healthy, which we are in the 15th week. I think our guys, not having more than one starter back on offense who was a sophomore, took a little while to gel. I think that's what's happened."

This game is Jennings' first trip to the Dome since winning a championship in 1992.

The Bulldogs opponent, St. James is 14-0 with a win over Destrahan, who plays in the 5A title game against Acadiana Saturday.

Division II
St. Thomas More 58, De La Salle 10

Division III
Lafayette Christian 41, St. Charles Catholic 14