Class 4A Playoff Bracket Breakdown
The road to the Dome for Class 4A is treacherous, but could Cecilia or Crowley make it all the way to the end?
Clearly, Neville is quite the titan to contend with as the #1 seed. They carry an insane 20+ game win streak into the playoffs, and poor Beau Chene will be their fist opponent to hone their blade on. They'll be the favorite to take home the hardware, but the folks in Cecilia and Crowley would love to spoil their party.
Both teams sport similar squads in terms of the offensive attack. Landon Roberts can chuck the ball all around the field for Cecilia, and Crowley's Pate Broussard is doing the same for the undefeated Gents. Roberts has Kenya Dartez and Rusty Robin on the outside, meanwhile Jacq'co Price is on his way to play ball for Tulane when his time catching passes from Broussard is over in Crowley. The passing games are deadly, but it's the backs that make things tick.
If Crowley or Cecilia want to win Class 4A, they'll rely heavily on Raymond Calais Jr. and Ty'Von Griffin. Both are serious collegiate talents and can top 200 yards on any given night. Scouts from around the state will make sure to have their clipboards out for this game...especially if they meet in the state semifinals.
A few other local teams would love to make some noise too. Carencro's offense can light anybody up (ask Teurlings) with Tyreik Campbell and Gabe Duffy, and LaGrange is dangerous when they're playing consistently. Even the "lower seeds" pose a threat.
Breaux Bridge might be the most ornery #23 seed to ever exist. They're facing an explosive Franklinton unit that lit up Church Point earlier this season, but the Tigers fear no one on defense. If they can dirty the game up and slow the scoring down to a trickle, Franklinton could be put on upset alert in the first round. The folks in St. Martinville would love to do the same to North DeSoto, but that victory might be easier said than done.
"The Ville" should be rejoicing at their present year anyway. That's not to diminish their fight or desire to win in the playoffs, but Head Coach Vincent Derouen deserves a ton of credit for even getting the team to this point. To put it kindly, the Tigers needed him. His impact was swift and uplifting for everybody in the community, and a team with nothing to lose is always a risky play.
Cecilia and Crowley will have the eyes of Acadiana on them all playoffs long. Crowley won their matchup this year, 50-49, in possibly the most exciting game played around the area all season long. A rematch would be a blessing of entertainment for the state.
The time is now for both teams. Crowley is undefeated, and Cecilia was only a point away from the same record. Ask anybody around their respective towns, if there were ever a year to bring home a trophy, this is it.