Vermilion Catholic (2-1) at Highland Baptist (3-0)
Last year: Vermilion Catholic won 46-21
The buzz: The Eagles bounced back from their loss to Kaplan in a big way, dropping 62 points on Erath thanks to 388 yards and five touchdown passes from quarterback Hunter Frith. But their defense has had issues keeping teams off the board, allowing 34 points per game, and that could wind up being a big issue in their district opener against a Highland Baptist team that is scoring nearly 50 points per game. Be prepared for a shootout in New Iberia.
Teurlings Catholic (2-1) at Breaux Bridge (2-1)
Last year: Teurlings Catholic won 31-15
The buzz: A week after dropping a hard-fought road contest to Notre Dame, the Rebels are facing another one of Acadiana’s top defenses in Breaux Bridge, a former district opponent. The Tigers’ stifling defense is allowing just more than 15 points per game, providing yet another difficult task for quarterback Cole Kelley and the Teurlings offense.
Central Catholic (3-0) at Lafayette Christian (1-2)
Last year: Central Catholic won 17-7
The buzz: Coach Tommy Minton’s Central Catholic Eagles are off to their best start since the 2011 season after running wild against Ascension Catholic in last week’s 70-46 win. A big reason for their early success: Running back Stefano Guarisco, who has totaled 13 touchdowns through three games. Lafayette Christian is coming off its first win of the season, as the Knights walloped Ville Platte 36-6 on the road.
Delcambre (0-3) at Loreauville (3-0)
Last year: Loreauville won 50-22
The buzz: District 5-2A opener for both teams could get ugly in a hurry. Loreauville has scored at least 44 points in each of its first three games, all wins, while Delcambre has been limited to 14, 0 and 6 points in its three games this year. But could Loreauville be looking ahead on the schedule? Notre Dame and Catholic-NI are looming in the next two weeks.
Lafayette (2-1) at New Iberia (1-2)
Last year: Lafayette won 20-14
The buzz: With the way Acadiana and Barbe have struggled (they play each other Friday) and with Carencro now playing in 4A, is the window open for the Lions to contend for a 3-5A title? They fell short after a huge rally last week at home against Woodlawn, but the Lions have looked solid in the opening weeks and they’ll get their first district test against a New Iberia team coming off its first win of the season.
LaGrange (1-1) at Westgate (0-3)
Last year: Eunice won 28-12
The buzz: Westgate is coming off a tough loss to rival New Iberia and is hosting a LaGrange team that has had a full two weeks to prepare. At some point, Westgate is going to have to find a way to get its offense in gear. Through three weeks, the Tigers have managed just 21 points — albeit all three games came against teams that were competing in a tough 3-5A district a year ago.