Large schools (Classes 5A and 4A)

1. St. Thomas More (3-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: 2

After two weeks of blowout wins, the Cougars showed they were capable of pulling off a win by the slightest of margins against a good team. Quarterback Will Bellamy fired a game-winning touchdown pass to Matthew LaGrange with three seconds remaining to put a dramatic exclamation mark on STM’s 35-34 win against Plaquemine last week. Bellamy finished with 255 yards and four scores through the air.

2. Carencro (3-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: 3

The Golden Bears went on the road to an old District 3-5A rival and pulled out a dramatic win of their own against a motivated Acadiana team. Tyriek Campbell’s 19-yard touchdown run with a few minutes remaining capped a comeback win for Carencro, and that play came on the heels of a blocked punt that set up a short field. Carencro is 3-0 for the first time since 2011, when they finished as the 5A state runner-up.

3. Teurlings Catholic (2-1)

PREVIOUS RANK: 1

Teurlings fell from the top spot after not getting its offense going in a 28-23 road loss to Notre Dame. The Rebels were gashed on the ground, giving up 325 yards. With the Pios eating up the clock, Teurlings was unable to get its offense in a rhythm. Cole Kelley completed 13 of 37 passes, and running back Noah Harris was unable to get going. The Rebels face another tough defense in Breaux Bridge this week.

4. Crowley (3-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: NR

The Gents were the last ones standing in one of the most exciting games of a loaded week, outlasting Cecilia 50-49. Ty’Von Griffin tacked three scores on the board against a Bulldogs team that entered the game having allowed just six points on the year, and he now has 10 touchdowns on the young season. But don’t overlook quarterback Pate Broussard, who now has six passing touchdowns against zero interceptions.

5. Cecilia (2-1)

PREVIOUS RANK: 4

Cecilia drops out of its No. 4 spot to the team who beat it last week, but don’t bet on the Bulldogs finding their way to the losers’ bracket often this season — not with Raymond Calais on hand. Calais was his usual phenomenal self last week, rushing for 263 yards and four touchdowns while adding an 88-yard kick return for good measure.

Honorable mention

Breaux Bridge, Lafayette High

Small schools (Classes 3A, 2A and 1A)

1. Notre Dame (3-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: 1

What a way to justify the No. 1 ranking. Notre Dame shut down an extremely talented Teurlings Catholic offense last week on its way to a convincing 28-23 win. Quarterback Joe Faulk had his best performance as the Pios quarterback, rushing for more than 100 yards and sealing the win with a 40-yard scamper on third and nine late in the fourth quarter.

2. Church Point (3-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: 3

Never count Church Point out — especially if it’s a close game. Down 14-0 at halftime, Church Point rallied for 28 second-half points to send the game into overtime, and after a scoreless first extra period, a 10-yard Frederick Williams touchdown (and a made extra point) surged the Bears past a very good Kaplan team. Church Point has won its three games by a combined 10 points.

3. Ascension Episcopal (3-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: 5

This is a great time to be a Blue Gator. They’re 3-0 for the first time in school history after demolishing Delcambre 48-6 last week. Quarterback Jake Arceneaux, a Louisiana-Lafayette commit, continued his outstanding start to the season by completing 11 of his 14 pass attempts for 197 yards, and Ja’Ceiry Linzer looked strong with 70 rushing yards on just eight attempts.

4. Kaplan (2-1)

PREVIOUS RANK: 2

The Pirates were oh-so-close to churning out their third impressive win in as many weeks, but a missed two-point conversion in the second overtime against Church Point was the difference. Running back Jules Johnson continued his strong start to the season, totaling 160 rushing yards on 32 carries. This week, Kaplan hosts an E.D. White team that is coming off back-to-back two-point losses.

5. Vermilion Catholic (2-1)

PREVIOUS RANK: 4

Quarterback Hunter Frith had a career day in a 62-49 shootout win on the road against Erath, throwing for 382 yards and five scores while adding another one on the ground. Vermilion Catholic will need its offense to operate at peak levels again this week against high-flying Highland Baptist.

Honorable mention

Opelousas Catholic, Loreauville, Highland Baptist