While we’re still waiting to find out what playoff brackets many teams will fall into in November, the first week of the Louisiana high school football season is upon us.

Fortunately, we should have a response to questions related to selection and non-selection within two weeks.

Meanwhile, we take a look at the top teams in Louisiana heading into the 2022 regular season. The favorites are the usual contenders.

In Class 5A and Division I, defending state champions Zachary and Catholic of Baton Rouge lead the pack while traditional powerhouses Acadiana, Karr and John Curtis Christian are clearly in the mix.

Destrehan and Ruston are dangerous teams with a host of talented players and Jesuit and Ouachita Parish are worthy contenders.

If you’re looking for dark horse contenders in Division I, look no further than St. Augustine and St. Croix.

The Purple Knights have up to seven players who will play at the next level and they have size and speed.

The Tigers have incredible speed on the outside, a solid quarterback and they’re better up front than they were a year ago.

In 4A, Warren Easton doesn’t have to face either Karr or Carencro as both have moved up to level 5A. Lafayette Christian moves from Division III to Division II as the favorite in his new class.

Westgate is coming off an incredible state championship season and despite exiting many key players, the Tigers are still great.

Neville and St. Thomas More are traditional powerhouses and are serious threats in 4A and Division II. De La Salle is huge up front and has an exceptional ball carrier. Northwood is a very talented team, as is Huntington.

My dark horse teams are Booker T. Washington of New Orleans, Lutcher and Archbishop Shaw. The Lions have their best squad since returning to football five years ago. The Bulldogs go from 3A and have a brilliant quarterback. The Eagles have a legendary coach in Hank Tierney and exceptional skill position players.

In 3A, defending Division II champion University Lab is loaded again and looks like the best of the best. Sterlington is coming off a state title and is outstanding again. The same goes for Amite, as the Warriors move to 3A after winning everything in 2A.

ED White Catholic is tough and well trained. Union Parish narrowly missed a state title a year ago, while Madison Prep and Lake Charles College Prep are very strong. St. James is still a threat. Parkview Baptist and Church Point are up.

My dark horse teams in 3A are Bogalusa, with a terrific state championship quarterback and trainer, and the athletic Donaldsonville.

In Class 2A, reigning Division III state champion St. Charles Catholic gave notice during his jamboree against Ponchatoula that the Comets were ready to defend the title.

Much is very tall and strong. Newman notified his jamboree win over De La Salle and the Greenies don’t have to face Lafayette Christian. Notre Dame and Calvary Baptist are still a threat to win it all, as is Oak Grove.

My black horse teams in 2A are Episcopal, General Trass and South Plaquemines and Grand Lake. The Knights are still good, General Trass is an up and coming program and South Plaquemines has a great number of starters. Grand Lake reached the quarter-finals a year ago in 1A and is taking the plunge.

In 1A, reigning Division IV champion Southern Lab and defending 1A champion Homer top the list, along with Eternal Power Ouachita Christian. Logansport is very dangerous and Kentwood is a real threat that goes down to 1A. Vermilion Catholic, Haynesville and Ascension Catholic will be tough.

My dark horse teams to watch in 1A are Riverside Academy, with a new head coach and dynamite running back, as well as White Castle and St. Frederick. The latter had reached the quarter-finals a year ago.

Crescent City Sports Louisiana Top 10 (pre-season):

5A
1) Zechariah
2) Catholic (BR)
3) Acadian
4) Destrehan
5) Ruston
6) Brother Martin
7) Karr
8) John Christian Curtis
9) Jesuit
10) Ouachita Parish
Others: St. Augustine, Alexandria, West Monroe, Woodlawn (BR), Byrd, Captain Shreve, Holy Cross, Parkway, Carencro, Archbishop Rummel

4A
1) Warren Easton
2) Christian Lafayette
3) West Gate
4) Neville
5) St. Thomas More
6) From the Hall
7) Lucher
8) Booker T. Washington (NO)
9) Northwood
10) Bishop Shaw
Others: Huntington, Teurlings Catholic, Carver, DeRidder, McDonogh 35, Cecilia, West Feliciana, Vandebilt Catholic, Leesville, Landry

3A
1) University laboratory
2) Sterlington
3) Friendship
4) White Catholic ED
5) Union Parish
6) Madison Preparation
7) Preparation for Lake Charles College
8) Scallops
9) Church Point
10) Bogalusa
Others: Donaldsonville, Church Point, Abbeville, Iowa, Jena, Parkview Baptist, St. Louis Catholic, Kinder, Jennings, Wossman

2A
1) St. Charles Catholic
2) A lot
3) Newman
4) Notre Dame
5) Calvary Baptist
6) Oak grove
7) Dunham
8) Loreauville
9) Episcopal
10) General trass
Others: South Plaquemines, Grand Lake, Avoyelles, North Caddo, Mangham, Jonesboro-Hodge, Rosepine, East Feliciana, Catholic (NI), Ascension Episcopal, Loyola Prep

1A
1) South Lab
2) Homer
3) Christian Ouachita
4) Logan Sports
5) Kentwood
6) Vermilion Catholic
7) Haynesville
8) Riverside Academy
9) Ascension Catholic
10) Opelousas Catholic
Others: St. Frederick, White Castle, Catholic (PC), Cedar Creek, Central Catholic, Sacred Heart, LaSalle, St. Mary’s, St. Edmund, Glenbrook


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