Large schools (Classes 5A and 4A)

1. Crowley (5-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: 1

The Gents proved they were worthy of the No. 1 spot in these rankings, demolishing DeQuincy by a 51-6 margin. It was the worst loss of the season for DeQuincy and the most lopsided win of the year for Crowley, which has picked up steam since beating Cecilia in a 50-49 barnburner. Better yet, they’re the only – THE ONLY — undefeated 4A or 5A school in Acadiana.

2. St. Thomas More (4-1)

PREVIOUS RANK: 2

Want a lesson in how to bounce back from a tough loss? You invite another tough team into your home environment, then you roll over them for 48 minutes. STM crushed a solid Hahnville team 52-12 a week after a tough road loss Catholic High in Baton Rouge. STM was at it from the get-go, scoring on six of its first seven possessions, and Trevor Begue scored four times.

3. Cecilia (4-1)

PREVIOUS RANK: 5

Cecilia showed it could win even when its playmakers did not have their finest day. Lafayette High did yeoman’s work bottling up running back Raymond Calais — and, for those who are unaware, 121 rushing yards is an off day for the Bulldogs’ superstar. It was Cecilia’s defense — which forced three turnovers, one of which was returned for a touchdown — that saved the day in a 38-28 win.

4. Teurlings Catholic (3-2)

PREVIOUS RANK: 4

Friday was not a great night for the Rebels. They lost to Catholic High of Baton Rouge 28-14 and watched as the Bears celebrated coach Dale Weiner’s 300th career win on the sideline. But take this away: Teurlings had every chance to fight back from a 28-7 deficit despite turning the ball over four times. That’s not going to happen every week. Get ready for a big run by the Rebels.

5. Breaux Bridge (3-2)

PREVIOUS RANK: NR

The Tigers get the nod over Carencro for the final spot because they beat Carencro this week. Breaux Bridge, despite a murderer’s row of a nondistrict schedule, has emerged from nondistrict play with a winning record thanks to its stifling defense.

Honorable mention: Carencro, Acadiana, Beau Chene

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

1. Notre Dame (5-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: 1

This is turning into a weekly game: What else can the Pios defense do to impress The Advocate rankers? How about this? Loreauville was undefeated when it hosted Notre Dame on Friday, and came into the game averaging a cool 47 points per game. All the Pios did was hold the Tigers to 169 yards of total offense while demolishing them 35-0 on their own field. Man, they’re good.

2. Ascension Episopal (5-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: 3

The Blue Gators offense is on fire. AES went on the road to Gueydan and dropped a 65-point bomb last week. In its past three games, AES is averaging 54 points per game. But its defense comes to play, too. It shut out Hanson, and its average margin of victory the past three weeks is a whopping 48 points per game.

3. Vermilion Catholic (4-1)

PREVIOUS RANK: 4

Another week, another dominant performance by Vermilion Catholic’s offense. The Screamin’ Eagles hung 40 points on Hanson in the first half before cruising to a 54-point finish. But the story here is the defense. After hitting a rocky patch earlier this season, VC’s defense has found its stride, limiting a potent Highland Baptist squad to 13 before shutting out Hanson on Friday.

4. Central Catholic (5-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: 5

The Eagles’ train kept on rolling right through Centerville, as Central Catholic topped 50 points for the fourth time in five games in Friday’s 54-12 win. Super stud running back Stefano Guarisco kept doing his thing, too. He totaled more than 200 yards of offense and four touchdowns … in the first half of Central Catholic’s big win. Next up is a huge game against Highland Baptist.

5. Church Point (4-1)

PREVIOUS RANK: 2

All the good karma that Church Point has built up this season vanished Friday night, as the Bears were crushed by Franklinton 57-12. The Bears still own a sparkling 4-1 record, but their defense is starting to get a little concerning. In five games, they’ve given up 186 points.

Honorable mention: Kaplan, Loreauville, Highland Baptist, Catholic-New Iberia