Parkview Baptist coach Stefan LeFors thought his side could get the blind draw to determine the district’s schedule last spring

LeFors ended up with a unique split decision. Instead of playing back-to-back with Madison Prep and University, the two recent LHSAA champions are booking the Eagles’ District 6-3A schedule.

The 6-3A story begins this week when PBS (3-0) takes on the No. 5 Chargers (1-2) Thursday night at Parkview.

“With their size and speed, there’s no doubt that Madison Prep will present challenges that we haven’t seen so far this year,” LeFors said. “That’s where we start the district and then we’ll play U-High the week of the year.

“There is a lot to prepare. But I’m happy with how we’ve progressed so far, especially on defense where we’ve only had one returning starter. We mixed and matched players because of injuries, cramps… you name it. And they found ways to make games.

The Eagles are coming off a 28-14 win over Brusly, a team that was previously a District 3A rival. Madison Prep’s two losses have come to Class 5A schools, including a 37-6 loss to Scotlandville in Friday night’s North Baton Rouge Classic.

Thursday’s PBS-Madison Prep contest helps kick off the 6-3A schedule which features three games. In Class 4A, seventh-seeded Lutcher (2-1) begins his District 7-4A schedule by hosting Vandebilt Catholic (1-2) on Friday.

District 6-4A play continues with a matchup of two unbeaten — Plaquemine (3-0, 2-0) at Istrouma (3-0, 2-0) on Friday, as well as out-of-district competition.

Baton Rouge’s Week 4 schedule features seven Thursday games, including one that faces ranked teams from various classes. Dunham School (2-1), ranked eighth in Class 2A, host Ascension Catholic (3-0), the No.8 1A team.

After two weeks of matchups between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the out-of-district schedule has a different look that includes another ranked team matchup.

Catholic High (2-1) resumes its streak with St. Thomas More de Lafayette (3-0) Friday night at Memorial Stadium. The Bears are ranked No. 4 in Class 5A, while STM, winner of Brother Martin Friday, is ranked third among Class 4A teams.

Another intriguing crossover seeding game ranked 3A Class ED White Catholic (3-0) fourth at 5A Woodlawn (1-2) on Friday.

Bonus Points

Three Class 5A teams, No. 1-ranked Zachary (2-1), Liberty (0-3) and Dutchtown (1-2), have open dates for Week 4.

Meanwhile, a Class 5A side not far from BR, Hammond (3-0), is off to its best start since 2010. The Tors, coached by former LSU player and Capitol coach Dorsett Buckels, host Fontainebleau ( 1-2) in their District 6-5A opener on Friday.

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