Berwick rises in power rankings
By GEOFF STOUTE
Berwick rose, Morgan City and Patterson remained idle and Central Catholic fell in the latest unofficial Louisiana High School Athletic Association power rankings released Tuesday.
Berwick (10-19) rose slightly from No. 19 last week to No. 18 this week in the Division 3 poll, while Morgan City (20-15) remained at No. 11 in the Division 2 poll and Patterson (11-10) stayed at No. 22 in Division 3.
Central Catholic (20-9) fell from the top spot in Division 5 to No. 3.
Berwick’s current power ranking is 8.47, while Patterson’s is 7.69.
Morgan City’s is 12.68, and Central Catholic’s is 19.05.
Berwick concluded its regular season while Patterson played at E.D. White Tuesday in its final district score (no score was available as of press time).
Morgan City and Central Catholic will wrap up their regular seasons Saturday, the last official day of the regular season.
When the playoff brackets are released Monday, 24 teams will be chosen in each division.
The first and second place teams in each district will automatically qualify for the playoffs, while the number of remaining wildcard spots depend on the number of remaining spots available after each district champion and runner up are selected.
For example, in Division 2, there are eight districts, meaning that 16 first- or second-place finishers automatically will qualify, leaving space for eight wildcards.
In Division 3, there are nine district, meaning six wildcards will be awarded and in Division 5, there are eight districts, so eight wildcards will be awarded.
These wildcards will be determined by the final power rankings in descending order
The top eight seeds in each division will receive a bye.
Morgan City is fighting for a second-place finish with South Terrebonne as both will enter their respective district contests Thursday with identical district marks of 4-3.
Morgan City will close the season on the road against South Lafourche, while South Terrebonne will host Ellender Memorial.
If both teams win, then whatever tiebreaker the district has in place will have to be employed to determine the second-place seed.
Both Morgan City and South Terrebonne split their district contests against each other this season as Morgan City defeated their opponents from Bourg in Morgan City but fell on the road.
Assumption already has wrapped up first place in the district.
In Division 3, district opponents Patterson and Berwick will be fighting for wildcard spots as E.D. White won the district and Vandebilt took second place.
In Division 5, Central Catholic would receive an automatic berth and win the District 5, Division 5 title if it won its game against Houma Christian Tuesday. No score was available from that road matchup as of press time.
CCHS beat Houma Christian handily at home in their first matchup last week.