The St. Louis Catholic Saints are headed to the playoffs Friday, Nov. 9, seeded No. 9 in the Division II football bracket and will travel to Shreveport to face No. 8 Loyola Prep at 7 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

Each of St. Louis Catholic’s victories this season came in District 4-3A play, where they went 4-2 – behind only Lake Charles College Prep – and the Saints rattled off three straight wins in October against Washington-Marion, Jennings and Westlake. Meanwhile Loyola Prep won three straight to start the season, then lost its two District 1-3A contests en route to a 6-4 overall record.

Saints coach Chad Lavergne said facing the Flyers will be a tough matchup.

“Loyola Prep’s offense has a very potent passing attack with talented receivers led by a quarterback with a strong arm,” Lavergne said. “Defensively, Loyola’s secondary seems to be their strength with multiple athletes with speed.  We will have to stay disciplined by minimizing big plays we give up and protecting the football offensively.  We feel we have the edge in special teams, and hopefully that will pay dividends.”

He added the Saints “embrace the underdog role” after a challenging regular season where they faced formidable nondistrict foes.

“We knew the 2018 season was going to start with an incredible challenge with two 5A teams (Barbe and Sam Houston) that finished the year 8-2, and Catholic New Iberia who finished 9-1,” Lavergne said. “We knew all along we were one of the top teams in our district, so the District Runner-up finish was no surprise to us.  The guys always started the practice week Monday with the attitude of ‘new week, new opportunity.’  It is the reason after the 1-5 start we bounced back.”
If the Saints beat Loyola Prep on Friday, they will advance to the quarterfinals and play No. 1-seed University Lab next weekend.