Jordan Townsend

Sterlington fullback Jordan Townsend finds running room against Jena last week during the Bayou Jamb. The Panthers are ranked No. 1 in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association's Class 3A poll. (Photo by Tom Morris) 

Four teams represent Ouachita Parish in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association preseason poll released Tuesday morning.

Sterlington is No. 1 in Class 3A, West Monroe is No. 2 in 5A, Neville is No. 4 in 4A, and Ouachita Christian is No. 10 in 1A. St. Frederick was among the schools receiving votes in 1A.

Defending Division I state champion John Curtis, which received eight of the nine first-place votes, tops the 5A list. West Monroe, the 2018 Class 5A state runner-up, gained one first-place vote and checks in at No. 2. Defending 5A state champ Zachary is ranked No. 5.

In 4A, three-time defending state champion Edna Karr is No. 1, followed by 2018 Division II state runner-up St. Thomas More at No. 2. Karr was awarded eight first-place votes while STM received one. Neville, coming off of a 2018 state semifinal appearance, is No. 4.

Sterlington, the 2018 state runner-up, heads up the 3A poll with six first-place votes. No. 2 St. James garnered one first-place vote. Two-time defending state Division II state champ University High is No. 3 after receiving two first-place votes. Union High, the Panthers’ District 2-3A rival, crashed the rankings at No. 5.

Defending Division II state champ Notre Dame was tabbed as the No. 1 team in Class 2A. Ferriday, listed at No. 8, is the lone northeast Louisiana representative in the 2A classification.

The Class 1A top 10 starts and ends with District 2-1A. Oak Grove tops the balloting with six first-place votes while OCS rounds out the poll at No. 10. St. Frederick was among the remaining teams receiving votes.

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The Louisiana Sports Writers Association preseason high school football poll with first-place votes, followed by record and total points:

CLASS 5A

Team 1st rec pts

  1. John Curtis (8) 0-0 104
  2. West Monroe (1) 0-0 98
  3. Catholic-Baton Rouge 0-0 74
  4. Archbishop Rummel 0-0 67
  5. Zachary 0-0 64
  6. East Ascension 0-0 59
  7. Acadiana 0-0 44
  8. Destrehan 0-0 41
  9. Terrebonne 0-0 39
  10. Ruston 0-0 26

Others receiving votes: Alexandria 23, John Ehret 22, Haughton 15, Captain Shreve 12, Slidell 6, Scotlandville 2, East St. John 1.

CLASS 4A

  1. Edna Karr (8) 0-0 97
  2. St. Thomas More (1) 0-0 96
  3. Lakeshore 0-0 82
  4. Neville 0-0 78
  5. Leesville 0-0 62
  6. Warren Easton 0-0 59
  7. Evangel 0-0 47
  8. Northwood 0-0 38
  9. Eunice 0-0 30
  10. Plaquemine 0-0 25

Others receiving votes: Carver 21, Landry-Walker 17, Westgate 14, Assumption 10, Breaux Bridge 6, Bastrop 5, North Desoto 4, Pearl River 3, Tioga 1.

CLASS 3A

  1. Sterlington (6) 0-0 102
  2. St. James (1) 0-0 86
  3. University (2) 0-0 77
  4. St. Martinville 0-0 59
  5. Union Parish 0-0 55
  6. Archbishop Hannan 0-0 52
  7. Iota 0-0 50
  8. De La Salle 0-0 48
  9. Lake Charles Prep 0-0 42
  10. Kaplan 0-0 37

Others receiving votes: North Webster 27, Jena 14, Baker 12, Lutcher 12, E.D. White 11, Caldwell 6, Parkview Baptist 2, Jewel Sumner 2, Madison Prep 1, Marksville 1, Church Point 1.

CLASS 2A

  1. Notre Dame (5) 0-0 102
  2. Amite (3) 0-0 99
  3. Many (1) 0-0 77
  4. Lafayette Christian 0-0 73
  5. Catholic-New Iberia 0-0 66
  6. Newman 0-0 58
  7. Kentwood 0-0 48
  8. Ferriday 0-0 46
  9. St. Charles 0-0 27
  10. St. Helena 0-0 23

Others receiving votes: Welsh 22, Dunham 19, Rosepine 15, Kinder 9, East Feliciana 6.

CLASS 1A

  1. Oak Grove (6) 0-0 102
  2. Southern Lab (1) 0-0 87
  3. Haynesville 0-0 78
  4. Country Day 0-0 74
  5. Vermilion Catholic (1) 0-0 71
  6. Ascension Catholic 0-0 62
  7. Calvary Baptist (1) 0-0 52
  8. Logansport 0-0 44
  9. West St. John 0-0 38
  10. Ouachita Christian 0-0 36

Others receiving votes: Basile 12, Central Catholic-Morgan City 11, St. Edmund 9, Montgomery 8, Oberlin 7, St. Frederick 4.

 

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