Port Allen head coach Don Gibson admits he and his assistants chuckled a bit when they saw which team they would face in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs.
At the same time, however, they realize it’s certainly not a laughing matter.
The Pelicans drew District 7-2A rival Northeast, the same team for which PAHS had to forfeit a 42-34 win, based on a ruling the Louisiana High School Athletic Association rendered just days before the regular season finale.
The Pelicans (3-7, 2-4) should dispel any notion that lighting will strike twice when they face Northeast at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in Pride, Gibson said.
“You don’t usually beat an opponent twice in a season, and that’s something I’ve warned the kids,” he said. “That’s especially the case with a well-coached team like Northeast, which gave us a great game in the regular season.”
The Pelicans need to maintain the thoughts of finality when they collide with the Vikings (7-3, 3-3), Gibson said.
“You never discount a win or a loss, but in the playoffs a win and a loss mean more than just something to carry into the next week,” Gibson said. “There’s no guarantee of having another week.
“It comes down to being able to keep going if you win and going home if you lose,” he said. “We’re expecting good practices for the players all week, and we want them to remember that Northeast is a very tough team. It will take our best efforts to stop them.”
Junior Ryshaun Steel handles the duties at quarterback, while senior running backs Kelly Tyriq, Montrell Bell, Curtis Keaton and Greg Whitley have sparked a ground-oriented offense. For the air attack, Steel targets two wide receivers – junior Johnny Selders and Chamon Hogan.
On defense, leaders include senior ends Daitrin Holliday and C.J. Taylor Jr., as well as senior tackle James Davis.