Lafayette Christian (4-4, 3-2) at Ascension Episcopal (8-0, 5-0)

Last year: Ascension Episcopal won 28-21

The buzz: Lafayette Christian has roared to life after a slow start, winning four of its past six, including three straight. But its next two games will present arguably its toughest test of the season. Lafayette Christian gets an undefeated Ascension Episcopal team Friday that is fresh off dominating a good Highland Baptist club, and gets to follow that up with a road game against red-hot Vermilion Catholic.

Northside (2-6, 1-2) at Beau Chene (5-3, 1-2)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: After getting trounced in back-to-back weeks by St. Thomas More and Teurlings Catholic, Beau Chene got back on track with a 21-6 win against winless Opelousas. The Gators can clinch a winning regular season against struggling Northside. The Vikings are 2-2 in their past four, but the two wins came against teams that are a combined 0-16.

Teurlings Cath. (6-2, 3-0) at Carencro (5-3, 2-1)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: The Rebels are coming off an emotional 42-28 win against St. Thomas More and seem to have righted the ship after a 1-2 stretch in the middle of the season. Quarterback Cole Kelley had a monster game last week, throwing for 369 yards and accounting for four scores. But this is another tough game for Teurlings, which will have to go on the road and face a Carencro team that, when it’s been on, has been one of the better teams in the area. This is arguably the best game in the area this week.

Sacred Heart-VP (2-6, 1-3) at Catholic-NI (2-6, 2-3)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Earlier this week, Catholic-New Iberia was hit with the news that it must forfeit four of its wins, including three games in district, because it unknowingly had an ineligible player compete on special teams. It was a harsh blow for a team that was on its way to another district title. The Panthers should still take care of business this week, but their season has been suddenly tossed into disarray.

Breaux Bridge (5-3, 2-1) at Cecilia (7-1, 2-0)

Last year: Breaux Bridge won 20-18

The buzz: This should boil down to which strength beats the other. Cecilia’s offense is deadly. It can beat you with stud running back Raymond Calais, who is rapidly approaching 2,000 yards this year. Devote the defense toward stopping Calais, the Bulldogs will hit you over the top with quarterback Landon Roberts and receiver Kenya Dartez, a duo that has connected for almost 1,000 yards and double-digit touchdowns. But Breaux Bridge’s defense is one of the finest in the area, limiting opponents to 13 points per game. The Breaux Bridge offense has played better lately, turning in its two highest scoring outputs in its past two games, but this game will likely depend on if that trend continues.

Vermilion Cath. (6-2, 4-1) at Centerville (3-5, 0-5)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Vermilion Catholic’s passing game continued its dominance last week, as it built up a huge halftime lead against Gueydan on the strength of the stellar connection between quarterback Hunter Frith and Tyler Derouen. It’s hard to picture that stopping this week against a Centerville team that has fallen on hard times since a 3-0 start. Centerville has allowed 44.6 points per game during its five-game losing streak.

West St. Mary (2-6, 2-3) at Delcambre (1-7, 1-4)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: It hasn’t been a fun year for either of these two teams. Delcambre’s only win came against winless Jeanerette, and outside of that game, it’s been blown out in its past five games, including two straight shutout losses. West St. Mary picked up its second win last week, but each of its six losses have come by at least 23 points, including five by 34 points or more.

Central Catholic (7-1, 4-1) at Gueydan (2-6, 1-4)

Last year: Central Catholic won 41-14

The buzz: After getting handed its first loss by Vermilion Catholic, Central Catholic responded with a strong 52-22 win against Hanson last week on the strength of yet another huge game from Stefano Guarisco. It should roll into a huge Week 10 matchup against Ascension Episcopal as Gueydan has struggled mightily in its past four weeks, losing four straight by a combined 231-33 score to the district’s upper-echelon teams.

Hanson (2-6, 1-4) at Highland Bapt. (5-3, 2-3)

Last year: Highland Baptist won 36-29

The buzz: Highland Baptist looks to get its offense going after struggling to put points on the board against undefeated Ascension Episcopal last week. Even as AES kept the Bears off the board, it didn’t fully contain Brontre Griffin, who ran for 209 yards and two scores as well as a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Griffin has more than 2,000 rushing yards and should be primed for another huge game against Hanson, which has struggled defensively.

Notre Dame (8-0, 5-0) at Jeanerette (0-8, 0-5)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Notre Dame hasn’t allowed a point since Sept. 18 and has shut out four consecutive opponents. That absurd trend will probably continue against a Jeanerette team that has struggled to score against anybody. Another absurd fact? Notre Dame hasn’t lost a district game since the 2006 regular season finale.

Comeaux (3-5, 0-4) at New Iberia (3-5, 2-2)

Last year: New Iberia won 36-29

The buzz: Comeaux is still looking for its first district win under first-year head coach Doug Dotson, though three of those losses have come against Acadiana, Barbe and Sulphur, which have gone a combined 12-2 in district play this season. New Iberia is fresh off a 32-point loss to Cecilia, but its offense had scored at least 35 points in its previous five games and should find the going a little easier against Comeaux.

Church Point (6-2, 2-1) at Northwest (6-2, 2-1)

Last year: Church Point won 59-20

The buzz: This is an important game for Church Point and Northwest, which each suffered their only district losses to Eunice. Church Point’s came last week, when Eunice came to the Bears’ home turf and handed them a humbling 37-6 defeat. Northwest’s came two weeks earlier, when the Raiders lost 56-25 on the road. Northwest bounced back last week thanks to a stout defensive effort in a 6-0 win against Ville Platte. Who takes a stranglehold on second place in the district race this week?

Patterson (6-2, 4-0) at No. Vermilion (3-5, 1-3)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Patterson is one of area’s the hottest teams, ripping off six consecutive wins since an 0-2 start, and it has its offense to thank for that. Since scoring just 20 points total in its first two games, Patterson has scored at least 40 points in every game since. It all started with a 42-41 win against Catholic-New Iberia, and since Sept. 18, the Lumberjacks are outscoring opponents 280-122. That’s not good news for North Vermilion, whose defense has struggled against better competition.

Loreauville (6-2, 2-2) at Opelou. Cath. (5-3, 3-2)

Last year: Opelousas Catholic won 27-6

The buzz: With Notre Dame looking unstoppable and Catholic-New Iberia forfeiting four wins, this game will likely decide who finishes as the runner-up in District 5-2A. Opelousas Catholic was held under 10 points for just the second time this season last week against Catholic-New Iberia, and the last time that happened (against Notre Dame) the Vikings reeled off three straight dominating wins. Loreauville also struggled against Notre Dame and Catholic-NI but has been dominant otherwise, winning its other games by a combined 279-76 margin.

North Central (0-8, 0-3) at St. Edmund (3-5, 2-1)

Last year: St. Edmund won 56-0

The buzz: It’s been a struggle on both sides of the ball for North Central. The Hurricanes are averaging less than a touchdown per game and have given up an average of 41.9 points per game. After struggling to start the season, St. Edmund has won two of its past three and is hopeful a strong finish can push its season record to .500.

Westgate (0-8, 0-2) at St. Martinville (5-3, 2-0)

Last year: Westgate won 18-17

The buzz: St. Martinville has a lot on the line in this game. A win clinches its first winning season since 2006, and would also put it on schedule to battle Cecilia for a district title in the regular-season finale. Westgate has done little this season to suggest it can match St. Martinville on the field. Westgate’s highest scoring output is 14 points, and five of its eight losses have come by four scores or more.

Opelousas (0-8, 0-3) at S.T. More (6-2, 2-1)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: This isn’t a great time for winless Opelousas team to catch St. Thomas More. The Cougars are coming off a tough loss to rival Teurlings Catholic and will surely look to get their offense going after putting up just 28 points. For an Opelousas team that has scored just 39 points this season, that is not good news. This one might be decided by the end of the first quarter.

Leesville (3-5, 0-3) at Crowley (8-0, 3-0)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Leesville’s offense dried up as soon as the calendar switched to October. After scoring at least 41 points in each of its first four games, a stretch where the Wampus Cats went 3-1, the offense has turned in scoring outputs of 27, 14, 14 and 14 in its past four games. Leesville has lost all four and now gets to face an undefeated Crowley team that has played well on both sides of the ball.

Lafayette High (2-6, 0-4) at Sam Houston (3-5, 1-3)

Last year: Sam Houston won 42-21

The buzz: A six-game losing streak has another losing season for the Lions, who haven’t finished above .500 in the regular season since 2006. As has been the case in recent years, those losses have been close for the most part, with three coming by 10 points or less, including a four-point loss against Sulphur last week and a three-point loss against Barbe earlier this month.

Rayne (2-6, 1-2) at Wash-Marion (2-6, 1-2)

Last year: Rayne won 28-21

The buzz: At this point, Rayne and Washington-Marion are trying to salvage what’s left of a disappointing season. Both playoff teams a year ago, they’ve each stumbled to a 2-6 mark. Both teams last lost seven games in the regular season in 2010, but at least one of them will reach that mark this season.