Highland Baptist (6-3, 3-3) at Centerville (3-6, 0-6)
Last year: Did not play
The buzz: The main thing to watch here is how well Brontre Griffin finishes the regular season. Against Hanson Memorial in the Bears’ 41-0 win last week, he rushed for 407 yards and four touchdowns to pad his lead on the rest of the state in rushing yards. Griffin has 2,492 yards on the season — an average of 276.9 yards per game — and a 3,000-yard year is totally within reach for the stud running back, who is just a sophomore. The Bears should roll against a Centerville team that has lost six straight.
Ville Platte (5-4, 2-2) at Church Point (6-3, 2-2)
Last year: Church Point won 27-0
The buzz: Church Point was eliminated from contention for the district title last week with a 51-30 loss to Northwest, but the Bears can still cap off an impressive 7-3 regular season with a win against Ville Platte. Church Point’s defense has been its weakness, as it is allowing 48.3 points per game in losses, but that shouldn’t be an issue against Ville Platte, which has been shut out three times while averaging just 12.1 points per game. The Bulldogs defense could give Church Point some trouble though.
E.D. White (6-3, 4-1) at Erath (5-4, 3-2)
Last year: Did not play
The buzz: Erath has battled some offensive inconsistency on the way to its 5-4 record. In wins, the Bobcats are averaging 41.8 points per game. In losses, that number dips to 21.8, and that includes 49 points in a losing effort against Vermilion Catholic. But the teams Erath have lost to have been really solid teams — Vermilion Catholic, Kaplan, Patterson and Catholic-New Iberia, which have a combined record of 23-13, and that includes four forfeited wins from Catholic-NI. The Bobcats get another tough test in the season finale in E.D. White.
Gueydan (2-7, 1-5) at Hanson (2-7, 1-5)
Last year: Hanson won 28-0
The buzz: Gueydan started off the season 2-2, prompting some hope for a school that had won just six games in its prior five seasons. But since then, the Bears have lost five straight games playing in the difficult 7-1A district, losing each game by at least 39 points. It hasn’t gone much better for Hanson, which lost to those same five teams by at least 21 points. Both teams have a chance to end the season on a positive note, though.
Comeaux (3-6, 0-5) at Lafayette High (2-7, 0-5)
Last year: Comeaux won 28-6
The buzz: Something’s got to give in this regular-season finale matching teams still looking for their first district win. It’s been a particularly rough season for Lafayette High, which has lost seven consecutive games after its 2-0 start, though included in that number was a 10-point loss to Cecilia, a four-point loss to Sulphur and a three-point loss to Barbe — all good teams. Comeaux enjoyed a nondistrict win against St. Martinville in the middle of its district schedule, but has really struggled against district competition. The Spartans have been outscored 221-105 against other 3-5A teams.
St. Thomas More (7-2, 3-1) at Northside (3-6, 2-2)
Last year: STM won 55-14
The buzz: St. Thomas More responded to its loss to Teurlings Catholic by routing Opelousas 77-0 last week. It was the highest scoring game by an STM team in at least a decade. Quarterback Will Bellamy has led the high-octane attack, throwing for 26 touchdowns against just five interceptions, with 14 of those touchdowns going to receiver Trevor Begue. The Cougars can polish off yet another fine season and at least a share of the district title this week, but Northside has been much better of late. The Vikings have won three of their past five after an 0-4 start.
Jeanerette (0-9, 0-6) at Opelousas Cath (6-3, 4-2)
Last year: Opelousas Catholic won 42-0
The buzz: This year has been beyond tough for Jeanerette. Eight of the Tigers’ nine losses have come by 32 or more points, and on average, they’re being outscored 47-8 this season. That trend will probably continue this week. Opelousas Catholic is coming off a hard-fought 24-16 win against a solid Loreauville squad and is limiting opponents to just 15.6 points per game this season. The Vikings should roll into the playoffs with a big win.
Eunice (8-1, 4-0) at Pine Prairie (3-6, 0-4)
Last year: Did not play
The buzz: Take these past four games into consideration: Eunice (which has actually won five straight) is winning by an average margin of 32.8 points per game. Two of those wins were shutouts, and in one they allowed just six points to a solid Church Point team. That’s not good for a Pine Prairie team that has struggled to score in district. During their four-game losing streak, all coming against district opponents, the Panthers are averaging 9.3 points. Eunice can win an outright district title with a win or a Northwest loss.
Northwest (7-2, 3-1) at Port Barre (5-4, 1-3)
Last year: Northwest won 42-7
The buzz: Northwest needs a win and a little help from Pine Prairie to finish the regular season with at least a share of the district title, but if that doesn’t happen, it has still been a fine season for the Raiders. It’s already their best season in school history by number of wins, thanks in large part to the efforts of running back Chris Lee. But they won’t have an easy game this week. Port Barre is better than its 1-3 district record suggests.
Delcambre (1-8, 1-5) at Sacred Heart VP (2-7, 1-3)
Last year: Did not play
The buzz: Delcambre scored 40 points in a shutout win against Jeanerette earlier this season. In the other eight games? The Panthers scored just 47 points combined, a hair under six per game. It has not been a fun year for Delcambre, which was coming off a playoff appearance last season. It hasn’t been much better for Sacred Heart, which has been outscored 215-27 during a five-game losing streak.
Basile (8-1, 4-0) at St. Edmund (4-5, 3-1)
Last year: Basile won 42-20
The buzz: Basile comes into this game as winners of four straight, all coming in district play. St. Edmund has rebounded from a 1-4 start to win three of its past four to set up an interesting conclusion to the season. This game has plenty of implications for the District 5-1A race. A St. Edmund win would earn the Blue Jays at least a share of the district title, while Basile would win the district outright with a win.
Lafayette Christian at Vermilion Catholic
Last year: Vermilion Catholic won 48-7
The buzz: Lafayette Christian fought hard last week against an undefeated Ascension Episcopal team, making a game of it after falling into a 21-0 hole, but the Knights were unable to keep the fight up. They’ll have another huge challenge on their hands trying to figure out how to slow down the Vermilion Catholic passing attack. Eagles QB Hunter Frith threw for 383 yards and six touchdowns on just 11 attempts last week, and would top 3,000 yards in the regular season with a 250-yard effort Friday.
Abbeville (3-6, 0-3) at Westgate (0-9, 0-3)
Last year: Abbeville won 21-0
The buzz: Abbeville was 3-2 heading into its district opener against Cecilia, but the Wildcats lost that game 41-7 and haven’t been the same since. Their Wing-T offense has struggled to put up points in district, scoring just nine points per game, and they’ve lost four straight. That could change this week, though. The last two years have been a struggle for Westgate. Since losing in the second round of the 2013 playoffs, the Tigers have lost 19 consecutive games.