Throughout the summer, we’ll be breaking down the best games of the high school football schedule week-by-week.
Next up is Week 6 where the district season really heats up and we see some traditional district opponents square off and try to get off to a winning start in their respective district seasons and two of the state’s premier talents face off in a district matchup for supremacy.
We’re getting into the thick of the season now, and every game will have potential playoff implications.
1. Lafayette vs. Barbe
Lafayette’s season started to come undone with a close loss to Barbe in week 6 of last season, so this could be another turning point in their season.
The Lions get stud running back Keshawn Young back to headline their veer rushing attack, but lose some experience on the offensive line and at quarterback with Tre’ Celestine gone.
Mammoth 6-foot-4, 240 pound tight end Dominique Williams is back to help out blocking in the running game and leak out as a safety blanket in the passing game.
Speaking of safety blankets, the Lions lost only three starters from their defense last season, and return both starting corners.
If the Lions can get off to a winning start in district it will go a long way to determining where they will ultimately finish.
2. Teurlings Catholic vs. Northside
Two of the premier talents in the state leading their teams against each other. Not much else better than that.
Cole Kelley of Teurlings will have to be wary of defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin from Northside throughout the game, and can show his coaches at the next level how well he handles pressure up the middle – often a problem for young quarterbacks.
Northside coach Trey Faulk said Shelvin allows the coaching staff to get creative with their schemes, as he is capable of drawing double or triple teams and shutting down one side of the play.
With Faulk hoping his team is ready to take the next step, this will be a crucial measuring stick to see where his squad is at, and what his expectations should be going through a tough district schedule.
3. Catholic N.I. vs. Loreauville
This has been an incredibly frustrating matchup for Loreauville coach Trent Delahoussaye’s Tigers in recent years, with a high-powered Panthers offense led by do-it-all quarterback Jason Pellerin.
But Pellerin is gone and the Panthers are rebuilding after losing a lot from last year’s team.
If the Tigers are going to break through and beat the Panthers, Catholic N.I. has won the last four contests between the team, this might be the year to do it and get the upper hand in the rivalry.