Four schools went winless in the regular season and still made the state playoffs. In this select/non-select world the LHSAA lives in, this is becoming the norm. So it's no surprise that St. Aug made it to the postseason finishing 2-8. The Purple Knights posted impressive wins against Jesuit and Brother Martin, but finished the season on a five-game losing skid.
“As long as you’re not undefeated, you're not happy,” Al Jones said. “It's never going to be perfect. The good thing is we know we can do some great things. We just want to build off those positives and try to make it right, but is it going the way we wanted to? No it's not.”
The entire Catholic league made it into the state Division I playoffs, so this week’s opponent for the Purple Knights - Holy Cross - is a familiar one. Two weeks ago, the Tigers won 23-19 against Aug. Expect another close matchup tonight with no secrets between thes Gentilly neighbors.
“We're familiar with them through previous years,” Eric Rabaudo said. “Playing them two weeks ago, I'm sure they're watching the film from two weeks ago. Just trying to make improvements and adjustments off that game. It's hard, but that's how the system works.”
“We could say there's no secrets,” Jones said. “But there's always something up somebody's sleeves. There's a lot we do know about each other. The good thing is we get an opportunity to make everything right.”
In the Division I state playoffs, only four teams play this week: Jesuit against Shaw, and Holy Cross against St. Aug. Six schools have byes.
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