The 2019 regular season is officially over and an already exciting season is about to get even more intense. All seven Catholic League teams automatically qualify for the postseason in a 12-team bracket, and three of the seven will receive byes into the quarterfinals in Rummel, John Curtis and Brother Martin.
The undefeated and Catholic League champion Raiders (10-0, 6-0) secured the No. 1 seed with Friday’s 27-0 win over Jesuit, and will face the winner between No. 8 St. Augustine (5-5, 1-5) and No. 9 Byrd (4-6).
No. 3 John Curtis (9-1, 5-1) and No. 4 Brother Martin (8-2, 4-2) are the other two Catholic League teams with byes in the opening round after playing one another Friday in a 36-3 win for the Patriots.
Curtis will see the winner between No. 6 Jesuit (6-4, 3-3) and No. 11 Shaw (3-7, 0-6) while Brother Martin awaits the winner of No. 5 Scotlandville (7-3) vs. No. 12 McKinley (1-9). The Crusaders haven’t played either team while Curtis beat Jesuit 35-14 in Week 7 and Shaw 55-21 in Week 6.
No. 7 Holy Cross (5-5, 2-4) will begin its postseason run hosting No. 10 St. Paul’s (5-5) and the winner will face No. 2 Catholic B.R. (10-0). The Tigers pulled off an incredible comeback Saturday against St. Augustine overcoming a 27-7 halftime deficit to win 42-41 in overtime.
Shaw was the only team to play a non-district game in Week 10, and they picked up their third win of the season blowing by H.L. Bourgeois, 35-3.