What We Learned This Week
Cougars Cruise: After an 0-2 start many had written this year as maybe rebuilding for St. Thomas More (myself included). Well, I’m a believer and so should you. The Cougars defense has drastically improved and the offense has risen to another level thanks to a suddenly balanced attack. Make no mistake about it, Brandon Bergeron along with Jake Juneau and Seth Kelley make the STM offense go. But what will make the Cougars contenders in 4A is the emergence of running backs Grant Dozier and Justin Suire.
Bears Out of Hibernation?: It took six weeks, but it seems that Carencro is showing that it may have what it takes to make another push towards a 3-5A crown. The Golden Bears dismantled Comeaux thanks to an uncanny discrepancy in first half yards (211 to 12). Running back Jaylan Rose has found his groove, the offense is finally holding onto the ball and the Carencro defense is starting to show glimpses of a dominant unit. We’ll see if the Bears are for real this week when Barbe makes its way to the open air Cro-Dome.
Wide Open 9-3A: When districts were redrawn, conventional wisdom said that Patterson would be the favorite if not in the running for a district crown every year. My have the mighty fallen. The Lumberjacks have dropped games to North Vermilion and Kaplan to fall virtually out of title contention. Now, it looks to be a Vermilion Parish trio in the hunt for a title. Should be a great battle between three very even squads in Erath, Kaplan and North Vermilion.
Rayne is for Real: What a statement by Curt Ware’s Wolves. Last year, Livonia breezed past Rayne 52-19 and set the wheels in motion for a winless district campaign. What a difference a year makes. Rayne showed that it can do more than just rely on Jalen Williams by passing and using a balanced attack to upend the Wildcats this time around. That number 5 ranking is legit and the Wolves have every reason to believe it can make another deep postseason run…not as a Cinderella.
Trojans Test: After a rough few opening weeks, how about the district start for Sacred Heart-Ville Platte. The Trojans have reeled off three straight 6-1A wins and are currently atop a heavily contested district along with PC-Central. We’ll see if the Trojans are for real the next month. Sacred Heart’s gauntlet begins with a tasty matchup this week featuring Trojan head man Doug Guillory facing his former squad, Opelousas Catholic. If Sacred Heart can navigate past the Vikings choppy waters continue with PC-Central, St. Edmund’s and Westminster. We’ll find out if this Trojan resurgence is for real.