Aug. 30 BREAUX BRIDGE lost 28-21; Sept. 7 Acadiana lost 35-9; 14 St. Thomas More; 21 TERREBONNE; 27 New Iberia; Oct. 5 South Lafourche; 12 Central Lafourche; 19 THIBODAUX; 26 Carencro; Nov. 2 H.L. Bourgeois
St. Thomas More
Aug. 31 Sulphur lost 35-28; Sept. 7 Central-B.R. lost 34-28; 14 WESTGATE; 21 EVANGEL; 28 BARBE; Oct. 5 Teurlings; 12 NORTHSIDE; 19 BREAUX BRIDGE; 26 ST. MARTINVILLE; Nov. 2 Cecilia
Westgate at St. Thomas More
Game: 7 p.m., today, Cougars Stadium.
Records: Westgate 0-2; STM 0-2.
Last year: STM won 28-12.
Players To Watch: Westgate QB Aaron Bird; RB Jamal Sam; OG Josh Boutte. STM QB Brandon Bergeron; WR Jake Juneau; RB Grant Dozier.
Matchup: St. Thomas More head coach Jim Hightower is looking forward to the opportunity to face another quality opponent in the Westgate Tigers in a game that’ll feature two winless teams after the first two weeks of the season.
“Westgate is another solid program,” Hightower said. “They are very athletic and they have a very good running attack. Defensively they are very fast. It’s going to be a tough battle.”
Lagniappe: Westgate coach Ryan Antoine isn’t happy about his team’s 0-2 start, but he’s even more frustrated by their inability to take the field ready to play.
“From the second quarter on, we have been outscoring teams 29-7,” Antoine said. “I’m not sure why we aren’t coming out ready to play in the first quarter, but we can’t allow people to jump on us 28-0 in the first quarter. I’m sure that’s what STM is going to be looking to do in an effort to force us to have to come from behind.”
Sept. 1, MORGAN CITY, ccd.; 7, beat CROWLEY 36-13; 14, Breaux Bridge; 21 Barbe; 28 LAFAYETTE HIGH; Oct. 5 CARENCRO; 11 West St. Mary; 19 SULPHUR, 26 Acadiana; Nov. 2 COMEAUX.
Sept. 1 Beat Westgate 28-21; 7 beat Notre Dame 24-21; 14 COMEAUX; 21 HAMMOND; 28 WOODLAWN; Oct. 5 St. Martinville; 12 TEURLINGS: 19 St. Thomas More; 26 CECILIA; Nov. 2 NORTHSIDE.
Comeaux at Breaux Bridge
Game: 7 p.m., today, Tiger Stadium.
Records: COM 1-0; BBHS 1-1.
Rankings: BBHS No. 7 in 4A.
Last year: BBHS won 41-0.
Players to Watch: COM — RB Tyrek Malveaux (16-158, 5 TDs); RB James Guillory (9-49); RB Marvin Barker (9-44); BBHS — QB Lane Landry (20-38-0, 169 yds, 1 TD); RB Demarkus Daughdrill (20-156, 2 TDs); RB Josh Faulk (13-45); TE Demontreal Babineaux (4-128).
Matchup: Comeaux coach Kevin Magee enjoyed his Spartans’ success last week, but knows it’ll be tougher tonight.
“It’s definitely going to be a tough challenge,” Magee said. “The athletes are going to similar on offense (than Crowley), but Breaux Bridge is going to be bigger and more physical on defense.
“I do think that last week’s game gave our kids a much better idea of what this offense is all about. It takes everybody. It’s not a one-man show.”
Lagniappe: On the flip side, the Spartans’ defense will also be tested by an improved BBHS offense, led by Landry at QB.
“Their quarterback is very composed,” Magee said. “He’s able to make good decisions. He knows how to run their offense.”
Sept. 1 Beat Woodlawn 38-34; Sept. 7 beat NEW IBERIA 35-28; Sept. 14; St. Amant; Sept. 21 CARENCRO; Sept. 28, Comeaux; Oct. 5, SULPHUR; Oct. 12, Acadiana; Oct. 19, BROADMOOR; Oct. 26, Sam Houston; Nov. 2, BARBE.
Aug. 31 WARREN EASTON, ccd.; Sept. 7 beat MILLER MCCOY 65-6; 14 LAFAYETTE HIGH; 21 Glen Oaks; 28 CENTRAL; Oct. 5 Dutchtown; 12 WOODLAWN; 19 McKinley; 26 CATHOLIC-BR; Nov. 2 East Ascension.
Lafayette High at St. Amant
Game: 7 p.m., today, The Pit at St. Amant Middle.
Records: LHS 2-0; STA 1-0.
Last year: STA won 41-20.
Players to Watch: LAF — RB Waylon Simoneaux (38-224, 3 TDs); RB Aaron Woods (45-306, 2 TDs); DB Damion Morgan (4 ints.). STA — QB Beau Nickel (107 yds); DL Nick Bickham; RB Jamal Vaughn; DE Gabe Richards (100-yard int.).
Matchup: The two teams played last year with LHS breaking out a a 20-7 lead, only to lose. St. Amant is more in the pistol now.
“They’re in the pistol, but it’s with double slot, midline option stuff,” LHS coach Jay Domengeaux said. “It’s kind of halfway to the shotgun with the fullback six yards back. They threw a little bit, but not nearly as much as New Iberia. Formation-wise, it’s going to be easier for us.”
Lagniappe: The Lions’ running game has been dominant so far, although Woods didn’t finish last week’s game and is questionable for this one.
If Woods can’t go, potential replacements would be sophomore Dionte Duperon or senior McKinley Fisher.
Aug. 31 East St. John, ccd.; Sept. 7 beat NORTHSIDE 35-6; 14 Calvary Baptist; 21 Lafayette High; 28 SAM HOUSTON; Oct. 5 Comeaux; 12 BARBE; 19 ACADIANA; 26 WESTGATE; Nov. 2 Sulphur.
Aug. 31 Beat Natchitoches Central 34-7; Sept. 8 beat WEST MONROE 40-29; 14 CARENCRO; 21 Teurlings; 28 REDEMPTORIST; Oct. 5 NORTH WEBSTER; 12 B.T. WASHINGTON; 19 Evangel; 26 Mansfield; Nov. 3 NORTH CADDO.
Carencro at Calvary Baptist
Game: 7 p.m., today, Jerry Barker Stadium.
Records: CAR 1-0; CALV 2-0.
Rankings: CAR No. 6 in 5A: CALV No. 3 in 2A.
Last year: CAR won 69-48.
Players to Watch: CAR — RB Jaylan Rose (21-115, 2 TDs); RB Kendall Breaux (12-92); CALV — RB Orlando Bradford (17-142, 2 TD vs. WM); QB Daniel Fitzwater (28-38-0, 257 yds, 2 TDs); WR Weston Steelhammer (9-102, 1 TD) .
Matchup: Most Bears’ fans remember last year’s shootout with Calvary. The difference is that Carencro’s offense lost a lot more than Calvary.
“Their quarterback puts it exactly where he wants to,” Carencro coach Brent Indest said. “He never misses. Their running back runs a 4.4. Defensively, they’re big and fast. This is an elite football team. Its one of the top five teams in the state in any class.”
Lagniappe: Offensively, the Bears are still putting their attack together.
“We’re still trying to gain an identity on offense,” Indest said. “We’re hoping the defense can keep us in the game early.”
Aug. 31 ACADIANA lost 44-22; Sept. 6 Carencro lost 35-6; 14 McKinley; 21 Woodlawn; 28 LAGRANGE; Oct. 5 CECILIA; 12 St. Thomas More; 19 St. Martinville; 26 TEURLINGS CATHOLIC; Nov. 2 Breaux Bridge.
Aug. 31 Capitol won 22-0; Sept. 6 GLEN OAKS won 56-0; 14 NORTHSIDE; 21 West St. John; 28 Scotlandville; Oct. 5 EAST ASCENSION; 12 Catholic-B.R.; 19 ST. AMANT; 26 Dutchtown; Nov. 2 WOODLAWN.
Northside at McKinley
Game: 7 p.m., today, Panthers Stadium.
Records: Northside 0-2; McKinley 2-0.
Last year: Northside won, 26-2 (forfeited) Players To Watch: NHS WR Shakeir Ryan; DB Orlando Calhoun; WR Clarence Kelly. MHS RB Tyrone Scott; RB Phil Randall; QB Travion Alexander.
Matchup: Moving the football against opposing defenses offensively hasn’t been the problem for the Northside Vikings. The problem has been their inability to keep the ball out of the opposing defenses hands, which is evident by the fact the Vikings have turned over the football nine times so far this season. Eight of the nine turnovers have come via interceptions and four have been returned for touchdowns.
“The key for us is making sure that we do a better job of taking care of the football on offense,” Vikings head coach Trev Faulk said. “We also need to do a better job of tackling and playing with great passion the entire time we’re on the field. Overall, we just need to execute better at everything that we do.”
Lagniappe: “McKinley is very big and athletic,” Faulk said. “They are the type of team that is going to pound you with the run and then at times spread you out with the pass. Defensively they are pretty good and they’ve played both Capitol and Glen Oaks and haven’t allowed a point this year.”
Aug. 31 beat DELCAMBRE 55-10; Sept. 7 Catholic-N.I.; 14 Vermilion Catholic; 21 Berwick; 28 CHURCH POINT; Oct. 4 Abbevile; 12 NORTH VERMILION; 19 Franklin; 26 KAPLAN; Nov. 2 PATTERSON.
Aug. 31 beat NORTH VERMILION 41-27; Sept. 7 beat Northlake Christian 55-20; 14 ERATH; 21 Oberlin; 28 Dunham; Oct. 4 Hanson; 12 GUEYDAN; 19 OPEN; 26 Ascension Episcopal; Nov. 2 CENTRAL CATHOLIC-M.C.
Erath at Vermilion Catholic
Game: 7 p.m., today, Eagles Stadium.
Records: Erath 1-1, VC 2-0.
Last year: Vermilion Catholic won, 56-28.
Players to Watch: Erath — DT Hunter Darby; OT Cameron Hebert; RB Aaron Greene. VC — RB Jacoby Davis; RB/DB Michael Campbell; QB Brennan Gallet.
Aug. 31 ST. EDMUND won 41-19; Sept. 7 Welsh won 35-14; 14 Abbeville; 21 Ville Platte; 28 SOUTH BEAUREGARD; Oct. 5 LIVONIA; 12 Port Barre; 18 CHURCH POINT; 26 EUNICE; Nov. 2 Northwest
Aug. 31 IOWA lost 21-14; Sept. 7 Westlake lost 20-13; 14 RAYNE; 21 FRANKLIN; 28 Kaplan; Oct. 4 ERATH; 12 Patterson; 19 NORTH VERMILION; 26 Berwick; Nov. 1 South Terrebonne
Rayne at Abbeville
Game: 7 p.m., today, Wildcats Stadium
Records: Rayne 2-0; Abbeville 0-2.
Last year: Rayne won, 51-6.
Players to Watch: Rayne — RB Jalen Williams; LB Billy Marcantel; QB Clarence Leger. Abbeville — RB Patrick Landry; QB Ross Duhon; LB Darrel Chambers.
Matchup: Besides the fact they possess the ability to light up a scoreboard, Abbeville head coach Larry Breaux is concerned about the overall team speed the Rayne Wolves are equipped with on both sides of the ball.
“Rayne has a lot of speed, especially on offense,” Breaux said. “They have four or five running backs that have as good of speed as anyone we have on our team. We’re going to be in a tough spot against them.”
Lagniappe: “The key to play defense against a team running the Wing-T is to stay home, read your keys and don’t get caught looking into the backfield,” Breaux said. “Defensively, we’re going to have to stay discipline in our assignments and not miss tackles.”
Aug. 31 beat BUNKIE 48-0; Sept. 7 lost WINNFIELD 48-7; 14 Eunice; 21 WEST FELICIANA; 28 Pineville; Oct. 5 Buckeye; 12 VIDALIA; 19 Caldwell Parish; 26 JENA; Nov. 2 Avoyelles.
Aug. 31 beat Opelousas 33-6; Sept. 7 beat JENNINGS 28-21; 14 MARKSVILLE; 21 Cecilia; 28 Beau Chene; Oct. 5 Northwest; 12 LIVONIA; 18 PORT BARRE; 26 Rayne; Nov. 1 CHURCH POINT
Marksville at Eunice
Game: 7 p.m., today, Bobcats Stadium.
Records: Marksville 1-1; Eunice 2-0.
Last year: Marksville won, 42-17.
Players To Watch: EHS QB Trennon Trosclair;
Matchup: According to Bobcats head coach Paul Trosclair, Marksville is one of the better teams they’ll face the season. One of the biggest reasons why Trosclair believes Marksville is going to make life difficult for opponents this year, is because of the stellar defense they possess.
“Defensively, Marksville is very good,” Trosclair said. “They are a team that lost out in the semifinals, but they return eight starters from last year’ team. They look very good to me. It’s definitely going to be a test.”
Lagniappe: “If we can move the football against them when we’re on offense, we’ll have a chance to pull out the victory,” Trosclair said. “The key is for us to establish a running game, but that could be tough because Marksville puts so many people in the box.”
Aug. 31 Beat BEAU CHENE 20-0; Sept. 7 beat KAPLAN 12-7; 14 Cecilia; 21 CATHOLIC-NI; 28 Erath; Oct. 5 PORT BARRE; 12 Northwest; 18 Rayne; 26 LIVONIA; Nov. 1 Eunice.
Aug. 31 lost JENNINGS 35-12; Sept. 7 beat Beau Chene 33-0; 14 CHURCH POINT; 21 EUNICE; 28 St. Louis; Oct. 5 Northside; 12 ST. MARTINVILLE; 19 Teurlings Catholic; 26 Breaux Bridge; Nov. 2 ST. THOMAS MORE.
Church Point at Cecilia
Game: 7 p.m., today, Bulldog Stadium.
Records: CP 2-0; CEC 1-1.
Last year: CP won 13-6.
Players to Watch: CP — RB James Bellard (28-177, 1 TD); DT Dexter Charles; RB Devin Landry (23-132); CEC — QB Devin Melancon (11-20-0, 143 yds, 2 TDs); WR Brodie Lowery (4-60, 1 TD); RB Gavin McGee (14-91, 2 TDs).
Matchup: Both teams have change their primary schemes on offense and both have been crippled by injuries so far this season. Cecilia showed some life on offense last week, while the Bears have relied on their defense.
“We started to put some things together,” Cecilia coach Terry Martin said. “We’ve been having some drops, but we threw and caught well. The problem is that Church Point is just so good on defense. Their secondary is very athletic.”
Lagniappe: In a matchup that may not produce many points, special teams could decide it. A week ago, Cecilia pinned Beau Chene twice inside the 10 on punts.
“We’ve done very well in that area,” said Martin, who credited UL coach Mark Hudspeth’s punting game tips. “I was a little hesitant about it because of how big the gaps are, but it’s worked out great.”