We’ve only reach the halfway point of the high school football regular season, but in my humble opinon, there will be four (or five) district championships played this Friday.
District 5-4A: Teurlings vs. St. Thomas More — Boy, did this game get some juice this past weekend? The Cougars made an emphatic statement by downing previously unbeaten Barbe. Despite its 2-3 record, STM goes into the newly minted “Holy War” with an unbeaten Teurlings squad”¦0-0. That’s right both records, for all intents and purposes, are wiped clean. I’m looking forward to seeing how Chris Trosclair and crew defense Brandon Bergeron and the STM offense. Expect a shootout.
Distirict 3-5A: Barbe vs. Acadiana. — While Carencro will certainly have something to say about this, and deservingly so,, these two teams are playing the best ball right now entering district play. The Wreckin’ Rams have star power in DeEdward Cormier and the junior is finally starting to show why Ted Davidson has been so high on him. DeEdward and the Veer Machine must have a big game and keep the Bucs off the field.
District 5-3A, Part I: Rayne vs. Livonia — This district is moreso a playoff that it is a “Title Game.” It really is impressive that four of the six squads are unbeaten entering district play. Similar to Acadiana, Rayne must use its option offense to keep a high-octane Livonia offense at bay. The Wolves have struggled to replicate some of the gaudy numbers they put up the first few weeks, but with a guy like Jalen Williams, the Wolves have the ability to explode at a moment’s notice.
District 5-3A, Part II: Eunice vs. Northwest — This is a classic pretender/contender game for Northwest. What Darnell Lee has done in just his second year at the helm is nothing short of remarkable. It’s been a while since the boys of Prairie Rhonde have been relevant, but the Arena League coach has done just that. But Eunice will present the ultimate test to the Raiders. The Bobcats present one of the more balanced teams in Acadiana.
District 4-3A: Jennings vs. Notre Dame — The Pioneers looked awfully impressive this week with a dismantling of Catholic. I must say I’m shocked by Notre Dame’s versatility offensively especially with sophomore quarterback Brad Stoma playing like a senior at times. He and the Pio offense must make the most of their chances against Jennings. This isn’t the big play Bulldog veer offense we’ve seen the last few years, instead relying on ball control. It’ll be up to Notre Dame’s smaller defensive line to hold the Bulldogs in check and get Notre Dame’s offense the ball. Otherwise, Jennings will play keep away.