Friday Night Football enters the 12th week of the season, as the second round of the playoffs begin. For select schools that means quarterfinal action.
In our Game of the Week, no. 2 Notre Dame (8-1) hosts former district rival no. 7 Catholic of New Iberia (8-3) for a seat in the Division III semifinals.
These two teams have gone at it plenty in the past, like the last two Division III State Championships. In 2017, Catholic knocked off Notre Dame in the dome 33-16. But it hasn't been a series of luck for the Panthers.
In 2018, Catholic lost to Louis Cook's squad 42-21 in the state championship, 49-0 in the regular season. Since Panthers' head coach Brent Indest arrived in New Iberia, Catholic is 2-6 against Notre Dame.
But the Pios aren't unbreakable. But they might be darn close. Lafayette Christian got the best of Notre Dame in a 17-14 week seven meeting. It was Notre Dame's only loss on the season. The Pios are 8-1 after their week eight game was canceled because of weather, and they sat idol with a first round bye.
Recency bias, and head-to-head, results says LCA is the favorite in Division III. History says it's the Pios' title to lose. Where does that leave Catholic? Riding an eight-game win streak and trying to write a Cinderella story for the ages.
*Home field is not determined by solely by the seed. Teams who have not hosted a playoff game host first, and when all is equal the higher seed hosts.
16 Walker at 1 Acadiana
11 Haughton at 27 Comeaux
12. Northwood Shrev at 5. Carencro
11. Belle Chasse at 6. Breaux Bridge
10. Westgate at 7. Assumption
9. Eunice at 8. Bastrop
7. Church Point at 23. Jennings
14. Iota at 30. Baker
15. Kaplan at 2. Sterlington (Thursday)
4. Mangham at 20. Loreauville
5. Amite at 21. Welsh
10. Basile at 7. Haynesville
15. Gueydan at 2. Oberlin (Thursday)
12. Homer 5. Centerville
9. Evangel Christian at 1. St. Thomas More
7. Teurlings at 2. De La Salle
7. Catholic at 2. Notre Dame
9. Holy Savior Menard at 1. Lafayette Christian
8. Metairie Park at 1. Vermilion Catholic
7. Catholic P.C. at 2. Opelousas Catholic
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