The Road to the Playoffs



Both high school football teams in the parish appear headed to the playoffs. Riverdale Academy clinched a berth by posting a 7 win and no loss district record. Red River High has a 3 win and no loss district record so far with two district contests to go.

Riverdale’s Head Coach Jared Smelser told The Journal their first playoff opponent would be determined after this week’s games. Riverdale has a bye on Friday. Smelser said, “We will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs thanks to our district record.” The first playoff game will be November 3rd. Coach Smelser said, “Potential opponents are Tallulah Academy from Tallulah, LA or North Sunflower Academy from Drew, MS.”

Asked about the keys to Riverdale’s success this season, Coach Smelser said, “We are not a very large team and some people judge you by your size. The most underrated thing is our smarts and resilience. We don’t want to loose. We have a great combination of heart and resilience and that has lead to our success.”

Journal Sports is making plans to broadcast the Riverdale playoff games. They will stream live on The Journal’s website, and social media site There will be a button to click to listen to the games. Exact game time will be published when it is finalized.

District wins versus Winnfield, Lakeview and Bunkie are boosting the Bulldogs’ hopes of getting to the playoffs. The Red River High Bulldogs have two district games to go. On Friday they travel to Many for a game with the Tigers. Then the following week the Bulldogs will be home hosting Holy Savior Menard. The outcomes of these games will determine the Bulldogs’ playoff position.

Friday’s game will be broadcast by Journal Sports on both the website and social media site listed above. There is a “Listen Live” button to click on. No special app is necessary to hear the broadcast. Bulldog games are also being broadcast live on local radio station KRRP 950.

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