Sam Houston (3-4, 1-2)
at Acadiana (5-2, 4-0)
Last year: Acadiana won 28-21
The buzz: Acadiana has ripped off four consecutive wins, all coming in District 3-5A play, to erase a slow start to its 2015 season. Acadiana’s improvement has come in all phases, averaging 37.3 points during its winning streak while consistently lowering the points it has allowed on the defensive end.
Highland Baptist (5-2, 2-2) at Asc. Episcopal (7-0, 4-0)
Last year: Ascension Episcopal won 34-32
The buzz: This one will largely depend on which team does a better job finding a way to get a stop. Ascension Episcopal has won every game this season largely thanks to an offense that is averaging 44.9 points per game under the direction of quarterback Jake Arceneaux, but it’s also limited five of its seven opponents to 14 points or less.
Westgate (0-7, 0-1) at Breaux Bridge (4-3, 1-1)
Last year: Breaux Bridge won 26-7
The buzz: This game does not bode well for Westgate. It’s scored just 28 points total this season and has been shut out four times, including each of its last three games. Now, Westgat has to go on the road to face one of the fiercest defenses in the area in Breaux Bridge.
Opelousas Cath. (5-2, 3-1)
at Catholic-New Iberia
Last year: Catholic-NI won 42-26
The buzz: The Vikings are looking to get a little payback against the team that wrecked their chances at a perfect regular season last year in Opelousas. Both teams have improved after relatively slow starts to the season. Opelousas Catholic has won its last three games in convincing fashion after a blowout loss to Notre Dame.
Eunice (6-1, 2-0)
at Church Point (6-1, 2-0)
Last year: Did not play
The buzz: Eunice’s only loss this season came to an undefeated Crowley team, and outside of that game its offense has been virtually unstoppable. If there’s been one knock against Church Point during its 6-1 start to the season, it’s been against its defense, which has allowed nearly 30 points per game.
Wash. Marion (2-5, 1-1)
at Crowley (7-0, 2-0)
Last year: Crowley won 22-20
The buzz: Crowley kept its undefeated season rolling last week with a come-from-behind win on the road against LaGrange.
Barbe (5-3, 3-1)
at Comeaux (3-4, 0-3)
Last year: Barbe won 50-37
The buzz:Comeaux rediscovered the winning feeling last week in a non-district game against St. Martinville, but it has struggled against district opponents, going 0-3 while losing by a cumulative score of 141-56. Barbe has been the complete opposite. The Bucs only district loss was a close one in the district opener to Acadiana.
Notre Dame (7-0, 4-0)
at Delcambre (1-6, 1-3)
Last year: Northside won 42-0
The buzz: The Pios have feasted on the lower levels of its district in the last few weeks, posting back-to-back 61-0 wins against Sacred Heart and West St. Mary, two teams that have combined for three wins this season.
Franklin (1-6, 0-4)
at Kaplan (4-3, 2-2)
Last year: Did not play
The buzz: Kaplan looks like a team that’s put its three-game losing streak behind it. The Pirates started off the year 2-0 with impressive wins against Abbeville and Vermilion Catholic, then it hit a swoon. But Kaplan’s back on a two-game winning streak, and it should push it to three against a Franklin team that has struggled this year. Franklin’s only win came against, you guessed it, a winless Jeanerette team.
Centerville (3-4, 0-4) at Lafayette Christ. (3-4, 2-2)
Last year: Did not play
The buzz:The Knights have bounced back from a rough start to the season, winning its last two games in convincing fashion to move back within a game of .500.
Jeanerette (0-7, 0-4) at Loreauville (5-2, 1-2)
Last year: Loreauville won 60-8
The buzz:Following a pair of crushing losses to Notre Dame and Catholic-New Iberia, Loreauville got back on track with a big win against Sacred Heart last week. It should be much of the same against Jeanerette this week, as the road Tigers have struggled arguably more than anybody in the area this season.
at New Iberia (3-4)
Last year: Did not play
The buzz: Technically, this week serves as a break from district play for New Iberia. Logically, this game serves as anything but a break. Though coming from a smaller classification, Cecilia has been dominant this season on both offense and defense, and it already owns wins against two District 3-5A opponents in Comeaux and Lafayette High.
Carencro (4-3, 1-1) at Northside (2-5, 1-1)
Last year: Carencro won 28-19
The buzz: Despite going through a transition period where it had to replace its coach midseason, Northside is playing some of its best football right now. It’s 2-1 in its last three games (albeit those wins came against similarly struggling teams), signaling that its rough start to the season is behind it.
Ville Platte (4-3, 1-1) at Northwest (5-2, 1-1)
Last year: Northwest won 19-14
The buzz: Ville Platte’s defense has played remarkably well against lower level competition, with three of its four wins coming in shutouts, but it has also been gashed for 34 points and 36 points by Eunice and Lafayette Christian this year. It’ll need a standout effort from that unit against running back Chris Lee and the Northwest offense, because the Raiders have rolled up an average of 35 points per game this season.
Beau Chene (4-3, 0-2)
at Opelousas High (0-7, 0-2)
Last year: Beau Chene won 23-6
The buzz: Beau Chene has come crashing back to earth after its 4-1 start to the season, losing in blowout fashion to two tremendous teams in St. Thomas More and Teurlings Catholic. The Gators lost those two games by a combined score of 126-0. But there’s light at the end of this week’s tunnel.
DeRidder (5-2, 1-1)
at Rayne (2-5, 1-1)
Last year: Cecilia won 34-6
The buzz:At 2-5, Rayne has played better than its record suggests. It lost by one point to a 6-1 Church Point team and a 4-3 Breaux Bridge team, by eight to a 4-3 St. Louis team and by 12 to a 6-1 Eunice team. Though DeRidder has been the better team to this point in the season, don’t be surprised if the Wolves emerge with a big home win against DeRidder.
St. Thomas More (6-1, 2-0)
at Teurlings (5-2, 2-0)
Last year: Teurlings won 56-46
The buzz: Not only is this one of the best current rivalries in the area, but these two teams combined for one of the most entertaining games one could ask for last season. STM jumped out to a big 43-17 lead midway through the third quarter before Teurlings mounted a stunning – and at times, bizarre — comeback.
Vermilion Catholic (5-2, 3-1)
at Gueydan (2-5, 1-3)
Last year: Vermilion Catholic won 48-0
The buzz:It would’ve been fair to question how the Eagles would’ve responded to losing a heartbreaker to unbeaten Ascension Episcopal a few weeks ago, but any sort of questions were answered in a big way last week. Vermilion Catholic pounded a previously unbeaten Central Catholic team 48-30 on the road behind yet another huge day from quarterback Hunter Frith. Gueydan, while improved from last season, has won just one of its last five and each of those four losses have come by 43 or more points.