The Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoffs
open Friday in all nine classifications. Many top seeds have first-round byes for the tournaments, which concludes Dec. 26-28 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with championship games called the LHSAA Prep Classic.
Newman (New Orleans)
, led by 2019 National Freshman of the Year Arch Manning
, the nephew of Super Bowl winning quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, is the top seed in Division III and has a first-round bye. The Greenies seek the program's first state championship.
John Curtis Christian (River Ridge)
is the seventh seed in Division I and needs to win four straight not only to claim its 28th state championship, but to give legendary coach J.T. Curtis his 600th career win. The Patriots (4-4) host 10th seed Shaw (2-5) in a first-round game on Friday.
Read on for a look at brackets, this week's matchups and check back beginning Friday for scores.