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Ville Platte takes on Welsh; looks for playoff spot

By: TRACEY
JAGNEAUX
Sports Editor

With their win over Ascension Christian on Friday night, the Ville Platte High Bulldogs may have just cemented themselves into the 2017 LHSAA playoff picture.
At 3-6 on the year and 0-3 in district play, Ville Platte has had their times of trouble this season. But, as of Monday, the Bulldogs were sitting in the No. 29 position of the Class 2A power ranking.
But before Ville Platte can celebrate a post-season bid, a couple of things must happen. First and foremost, the Bulldogs have to face one of the toughest teams in all of Class 2A, let alone in District 6-2A, the Welsh Greyhounds.
Welsh stands at 7-1 on the year and 2-1 in district play. The Greyhounds were beaten soundly last week by the Notre Dame Pioneers 48-7 in what was a battle of the unbeaten teams.
That means that Welsh is going to be a team on a mission this week, as the Greyhounds come into Ville Platte for the final regular season game. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
“We know how good Welsh is,” stated Ville Platte High head coach Jorie Randle. “They have a physical football team that is well coached. We know we are going to have to be as mistake free as possible in order to have a chance to win the game. Last week, I thought we played one of our best games all season long. That is what it will take against them (Welsh).”
The Bulldogs sliced and diced Ascension Christian this past Friday night, rushing for 233 yards on only 12 carries. Ville Platte’s Eligia Charles, who stands only 5’5, was the biggest standout as he carried the ball five times for 141 yards and scored one touchdown.
“Our running game was on this past Friday,” said Randle. “Our offensive line did a tremendous job of opening holes and gaining the edge for our backs. That will be a big key for us come this Friday night.”
As far as the playoffs are concerned, Randle is very optimistic that his team will occupy one of the 32 spots when the brackets come out this Sunday.
“Our goal is to win Friday,” commented Randle. “But, even if we come up short, I think we have a good chance of being in the post-season. Where we will sit, I can’t say.”

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