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Several locals helping top-seeded PJP

Pope John Paul II’s soccer team has reached the semifinals and four Bogalusa residents are part of that.

Junior Will Adams, junior George Arata, freshman Landon Lott and junior Wilson Varnado are all playing for the top-seeded Jaguars, who are just one win away from playing for the Division IV Championship.

“For George, he has started most of the season at holding mid. He’s had the responsibility of marking usually the best attacking player for the other team. I think he’s scored four goals this season as a defender, which is a nice mark. Will has contributed off the bench with creative attacking play. He plays either midfield or striker. Wilson Varnado contributes from the bench playing either holding mid or defender. Landon Lott is a young up-and-coming midfielder for us, who has good potential,” Pope John Paul II coach Danny Clavier said.

Pope John Paul II comes into the semifinal game with a 16-4-2 record.

The Jaguars have yet to allow a goal in the playoffs.

Pope John Paul II had a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Pope John Paul II then defeated No. 16 Westminster Christian, 7-0. In the quarterfinals, the Jaguars defeated eighth-seeded Isidore Newman, 2-0.

Pope John Paul II will play either fourth-seeded Northlake Christian School or fifth-seeded Holy Savior Menard at home in the semifinals. That game was set to be played after press time on Friday.

The semifinal game is scheduled for Feb. 20. If Menard won, the game is set for noon. If Northlake Christian School won, the game is scheduled for 7 p.m.