DeRidder is coming to the playoffs off a win after dropping the previous two games, and head coach Brad Parmley expects his guys to approach the first-round game just like any other game.
The Dragons take on Cecilia on the road at 7 p.m. tonight in a win-or-game home situation.
"You prepare the same way you always prepare," Parmley said. "We're trying to hit our stride when it matters the most, and it's playoff time. The kids are excited to play in a good Louisiana hometown atmosphere in Cecilia.
"Practice has been good. They are in good spirits and are excited about the playoffs."
The Bulldogs (6-4) have won six straight games coming into the playoffs and swept their district, despite losing the first four games of the year.
"They're a very talented team," Parmley said. "They won their district outright last Friday. They're going to be a big test and big challenged for our guys."
Cecilia’s offense is balanced between run and pass having rushed for 1,863 yards and passing for 1,483 yards.
The Bulldogs feature Devin Briscoe running the ball out of the backfield with 838 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Landon Lalonde is second on the team in rushing with 445 yards and six touchdowns.
"They do a good job at running the football and have two talented running backs they use," Parmley said. "Also, the quarterback is good passer and they have some receivers that are going to be college football players one day. They do a good job when they catch it to make something happen."
Last week against Grant, DeRidder (6-3) quarterback Lane Armer completed all eight of his passes, resulting in five touchdowns and 334 yards.
"Lane got the ball to our playmakers (last Friday night)," Parmley said. "He did what we asked him to do. The guys got the ball in their hands and did something with it."
Armer has been called on by Parmley all year to get the ball out to players such as running back Greg Woodard and wide receiver Dre Bagley.
"It's always good to go into the playoffs after a win," Parmley said. "We're feeling better about the whole deal. The offense, defense and special teams played well last Friday.
"Defensively, they're fast. We are going to have to be creative and try to get the ball in the hands of the guys that can score for us."