Friday, February 26, 2010

Class 4A Playoff Preview and Predictions

Trevante Drye(left) and BrianWilliams(center) of Glen Oaks and Ronald McGhee of Istrouma(right)

Markel Brown(left) of Peabody and Jalan West(right) of Bossier will lead their teams tonight

Nick Syrie of Northside will lead his team tonight against Benton
When you mention the best teams in Louisiana traditionally you seem to think about Peabody, Glen Oaks, Washington Marion all have been top teams in Louisiana in the past decade. Throw in another team in Bossier and you have the top 4 seeds in the 4A playoffs. Peabody is 1, Bossier is 2, Washington Marion is 3 and Glen Oaks is 4. Well if you think the top teams in 4A stops there, guess again. There is also Wossman at 5, Northside at 6, Ellender at 7, Istrouma at 8, Salmen at 9 and Cecilia at ten. To the casual fan some may think that Peabody and Glen Oaks are the favorites, they may very well be, but I see two other teams to seriously watch out for. How about 2 seed Bossier as the 4A state champ against last years 4A state champ Salmen with an entirely new starting line-up. That very well could be the title game. Bossier, 34-1 is on a 32 game win streak. Their lone loss, to 1A Christian Life in the opening weekend of the year which is not a bad loss at all. Salmen comes in at 28-6 and has already easily beaten Glen Oaks by 16. You might wonder how is Salmen going to get there as a 9 seed? Well the past 2 years they have won a state title and was a semi-finalist all as a 9 seed and all while Peabody was a 1 seed. The only difference, a 2nd round game with Istrouma looms in the balance at Istrouma which is a hard place to win at. Istrouma has lost the last 2 years to Top 28 participant in each of them years OP Walker by 2 and by 3 at OP Walker so don't think for one second that Istrouma would not love to return the favor of a second round road loss to the defending champ. Now let's look at some of the top players. Markel Brown from Peabody(Oklahoma State), Brian Williams(Oklahoma State) and junior Trevante Drye from Glen Oaks, Jalan West, Devonte Francis from Bossier. Keaven Fontenot from washington-Marion, Nick Syrie(junior) and Tony Montgomery from Northside, Trevon Lewis from Ellender, Jarvis Ray and Jamal Silas of OP Walker, Ronald McGhee and Darius Johnson from Istrouma, Donovan Williams of Cecilia and TJ Price of Salmen. This years talent in 4A is seriously loaded. So, let's sit back and enjoy the ride in 4A, it will be a great on once again.

First Round Playoff Predictions

Top Bracket

1. Peabody over 32. Woodlawn-SH
16. McDonogh #35 over 17. Franklin
9. Salmen over 24. Morgan City
8. Istrouma over 25. St. Louis
5. Wossman over 28. Belle Chasse
12. DeRidder over 21. Tioga
13. Minden over 20. Huntington
4. Glen Oaks over 29. Haughton

Bottom Bracket

3. Washington Marion over 30. Woodlawn-BR
14. Edna Karr over 19. Vandebilt Catholic
11. East Jefferson over 22. St. Martinville
6. Northside over 27. Benton
26. O.P. Walker over 7. Ellender
23. Helen Cox over Cecilia
15. Neville over 18. Alexandria
2. Bossier over 31. Franklinton

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