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The Kaplan Pirates are expected to play at home in the first round on Friday,

Five teams expected to make the LHSAA playoffs

The LHSAA will announce the football playoff pairings on Sunday, and Vermilion Parish should have five teams in the playoffs.
Three of the five teams are expected to play at home in the first round game on Friday.
Landing in the playoffs will be Vermilion Catholic (9-1), Erath (5-5), North Vermilion (5-5), Kaplan (6-4) and Gueydan (5-5).
The VC Eagles are expected to be the No. 1 ranked team in the Division IV Power ratings. If they are, they will be playing No. 16 ranked Central Private (5-4) at home. Central Private is in the same district as Southern Lab.

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The Vermilion Catholic Eagles have a lot riding on this game. For starters, a win puts them at 5-0 in district and the new district champs. It also could move the Eagles up from No. 2 to No. 1 in the final Division IV Power Point ratings.

Vermilion Catholic, Central Catholic playing for district title

MORGAN CITY Central Catholic High School will meet Vermilion Catholic High School in Morgan City tonight for the District 8-1A title.
Central Catholic (5-3 overall, 4-0 in district) comes into the contest after defeating Highland Baptist 42-6 a week ago.
Meanwhile, Vermilion Catholic (8-1, 4-0) defeated Covenant Christian 45-0 last week. Vermilion Catholic is ranked No. 3 in the latest Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 1A poll.

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Ryan Richard looks for running room during last week’s game against Crowley. Richard is expected to play quarterback tonight against Abbeville. He finished the game at quarterback last week because starter Luke LeBlanc was injured.

Part of a district title within Erath’s reach

The Erath Bobcats head to Wildcat Stadium with the hopes of getting a victory over the Abbeville Wildcats (1-8), which guarantees them part of the District 6-3A title.
District football title and Erath have not been mentioned in the same sentence since 1998.
That is the last time the Bobcats won a district title, and Jacob Byler was the head coach at EHS.
If Erath beats Abbeville, they would be at least tide with Kaplan for the title. Both teams would finish the regular season 3-1.

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Kendrick Baudoin heads for the goal line.

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NV defensive lineman Jaden Martinez tackles a Eunice player.

Turnovers hurt North Vermilion against Eunice

LEROY – The North Vermilion Patriots would like to make a habit of state playoff action.
They wouldn’t mind achieving the consistency enjoyed by the Eunice Bobcats, last year’s LHSAA Class 3A champions and a 4A hopeful this season.
What they got instead on Friday night was a lesson in just how quickly opportunity can slip away.
The Patriots served up four turnovers – all of which were turned into opposing touchdowns – to pave the way to a 57-19 home loss to Eunice.

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Erath High Jax Thibodeaux (5) fell on the ball in the end zone as time expired. (photo courtesy of Jan Talbot)

Ball bounces Erath's way in final seconds against Crowley

ERATH - The Erath Bobcats had the ball bounce their way Friday night against the Crowley Gents.
The Bobcats were around Crowley’s 5-yard line with nine seconds remaining in the game when the miracle happened.
Erath High’s backup quarterback Ryan Richard, playing in place of the injured Luke LeBlanc, got the ball and went around to try and run it into the end zone. However, he was hit, and the football popped out of hands and rolled into the end zone.

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