Bulldogs, Bears favorites in 5-3A title race
Last football season, Iota went 10-0 in the regular season, beating rivals Church Point and Eunice High en route to the District 5-3A title.
The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals but fell to Sterlington.
Church Point defeated Eunice High but the Bears fell to Sterlington in the second round.
Eunice finished second in the district race, but then went on to earn the Class 3-A title with a 59-47 victory over Sterlington.
With the Bobcats moving up to District 4-4A, the battle for the district title could come become more clear after the Oct. 11 showdown between Church Point and Iota.
Port Barre dropped down to Class 2-A, while newcomer Ville Platte is moving up a classification.
After a perfect regular season run, No. 1 Iota opened the playoffs with a 49-0 win over No. 32 KIPP Renaissance and followed with a 31-14 victory over No. 17 Baker.
The Bulldogs (13-1) earned a 21-14 win over No 8 North Webster before a 21-12 upset loss to No. 4 Sterlington.
Iota opens the 2019 season at Iowa on Sept. 6 before three straight home games against Welsh, Lake Arthur and South Beauregard.
The Bulldogs then travel to North Vermilion and Church Point before returning home on Oct. 18 to face Ville Platte.
The district slate continues as Iota visits Pine Prairie and then takes on Northwest for Senior Night on Nov. 1.
The Bulldogs’ regular season finale will be at Mamou.
Church Point finished last season 8-4 overall, 4-3 in district play.
The No. 13 Bears opened the playoffs with a 28-6 win over No. 20 West Feliciana, but then lost 57-56 to Sterlington.
Church Point will begin the 2019 season On Sept. 6 at home against Notre Dame before visiting Southside.
The Bears have home games against Kaplan and Opelousas High before a road trip to Lake Charles to face St. Louis on Oct. 4.
The district battle begins at Iota before the Bears visit Northwest and Ville Platte.
Church Point will close the regular season at home against Mamou on Nov. 1 before a trip to Pine Prairie.
Mamou went 0-10 in 2018 and the Green Demons are looking for improvement this season.
Mamou opens the season at home against Merryville before visiting Evangeline parish rival Basile.
A home game against Bunkie on Sept. 20 is followed by a trip to Port Barre.
The Green Demons travel to Sacred Heart of Ville Platte before opening district play at Ville Platte on Oct. 11.
Mamou will then entertain Pine Prairie before trips to Northwest and Church Point.
The Green Demons close the regular season at Iota on Nov. 8.
Northwest went 7-3 in the regular season and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
Pine Prairie finished 3-7 with district wins over Port Barre and Mamou.
Ville Platte was 3-7 last season, competing in District 6 2-A against Notre Dame, Lake Arthur, Welsh and Kinder.
Up Next: District 4-1A