The planets have aligned just right for fans and football players and coaches in St. Martin Parish this season.
For the first time in recent memory the three schools — Cecilia, St. Martinville and Breaux Bridge — all have winning records with one of the three set to win the District 5-4A championship.
St. Martinville (5-3, 2-0) positioned itself for the parish championship and league title with a 13-6 road victory over Breaux Bridge.
The second installment in the tri-team rivalry takes place Friday when Breaux Bridge (5-3, 1-1) visits Cecilia (7-1, 2-0) at 7 p.m. to highlight Week 8 action in the Acadiana area.
“When we’re all winning and playing well, it makes it all that more exciting,” Breaux Bridge coach Paul Broussard said. “This week in Cecilia, from their point of view, will be very electrifying.”
Not only will a victory by Cecilia signify a milestone over a parish rival, but set up a Week 10 showdown at St. Martinville for parish bragging rights and the 5-4A crown.
“As much as I try and downplay, there’s more emotion in this game,” Cecilia coach Terry Martin said. “Hopefully we can focus on ourselves and do what we need to do and play well.”
Focus will be of paramount importance for No. 4 Teurlings (6-2, 3-0) heading into its final road game Friday at Carencro (5-3, 2-1).
The Rebels are coming off an impressive 42-28 victory over archrival and No. 3 St. Thomas More.
“They’ve been pretty mature about that and understand that Friday night’s for nothing if we go and lay an egg this week,” Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier said. “Carencro’s more than capable of beating us if we’re not ready to play.”
BREAUX BRIDGE-CECILIA: Since its league-opening loss to St. Martinville, Breaux Bridge has won its past two games, including a 27-10 win over Westgate.
Running back Ruben Hypolite returned from a three-game absence because of an injury to give Breaux Bridge’s offense a little more punch with 15 rushes for 53 yards.
Sophomore Logan Bossier led the Tigers with 130 yards and two touchdowns.
Cecilia extended its win streak to five games with a 44-12 nondistrict road win over New Iberia, a game in which the Bulldogs picked off four passes and piled up more than 400 yards of offense.
Quarterback Landon Roberts passed for 206 yards and three TDs, with running back Raymond Calais rushing for 196 yards and two TDs.
The Bulldogs’ cornerback Clarence Goodie and free safety Keldrick Zeno each picked off two passes.
“I know the kids get into it pretty good,” Martin said, “but I think it’s more the communities that get wound up way more than we do.”
TEURLINGS-CARENCRO: Teurlings’ win over STM also gave the Rebels a substantial leg up in the league’s race.
The duo of quarterback Gabe Duffy and running back Tyreik Campbell combined for four touchdowns, propelling Carencro, which led 34-0 at halftime, to a 41-6 win over Northside.
STM rallied from a 20-14 halftime deficit to tie the game at 28 after three quarters on an interception return for a touchdown.
While Cole Kelley passed for 370 yards and a TD, the Arkansas commitment, helped Teurlings salt away the game in the fourth quarter, throwing a 21-yard TD to Jansen Lormand. Kelley also rushed 10 times for 63 in the final quarter, including a 1-yard TD with 2:57 remaining.
Teurlings ran a staggering 91 plays, rolled up 521 yards and 32 first downs and converted 10 of 16 third downs.
“Our game plan was to keep them off the field as much as possible,” Charpentier said. “It was a great high school atmosphere. It came down to whoever made the plays at the crucial time.”