Baker (3-7) at Sterlington (10-0), Thursday, 7 p.m.
Sterlington will begin its quest for a second straight state championship at home Thursday night against Baker. Game time is 7 p.m. at Panther Stadium.
Playoff brackets for all classifications were released Sunday morning by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
Struggling down the stretch, the Buffaloes (3-7, 3-3 District 6-3A) enter the playoffs on a four-game losing streak, which includes back-to-back shutouts at the hands of West Feliciana (58-0) and University (45-0).
Riding a 19-game winning streak, the Panthers (10-0, 5-0) claimed the District 3-2A championship with a 28-21 victory at Richwood on Thursday night. Sterlington was reclassified to 3A this season after claiming its first state title in program history last year as a member of Class 2A.
The top three teams from District 2-3A are all lumped together in the top of the bracket, setting up the possibility for second and third-round rematches.
Thursday's Baker-Sterlington winner will play the No. 17 Union Parish-No. 16 Donaldsonville winner in the second round.
Seeded No. 8, Richwood will host No. 25 North Vermilion with the winner of that contest advancing to play No. 24 Washington-Marion or No. 9 Loranger.
Two wins by Sterlington or Union could lead to an all 3-2A quarterfinal matchup with Richwood.
District 2-3A members Carroll and Wossman were both placed in the lower half of the bracket. No. 26 Carroll travels to No. 7 Church Point, while No. 31 Wossman is at No. 2 Iowa.
The complete first round pairings:
No. 32 Baker at No. 1 Sterlington (Thursday, 7 p.m.)
No. 17 Union Parish at No. 16 Donaldsonville
No. 24 Washington-Marion at No. 9 Loranger
No. 25 North Vermilion at No. 8 Richwood
No. 28 KIPP Renaissance at No. 5 Kaplan
No. 21 Patterson at No. 12 Iota
No. 20 Madison Prep at No. 13 Caldwell
No. 29 Marksville at No. 4 St. James
No. 30 Westlake at No. 3 Jena
No. 19 Avoyelles at No. 14 Northwest
No. 22 Eunice at No. 11 Berwick
No. 27 North Webster at No. 6 West Feliciana
No. 26 Carroll at No. 7 Church Point
No. 23 Bogalusa at No. 10 Jennings
No. 18 Crowley at No. 15 Albany
No. 31 Wossman at No. 2 Iowa