Friday’s capsules

South Plaquemines (1-2) at Abbeville (1-2)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Both will look to get back to .500 after suffering losses in last week’s action. Abbeville has struggled at times defensively, allowing 44 and 48 points in losses to Kaplan and Welsh.

Hanson (1-2) at Ascension Episcopal (3-0)

Last year: AES won 35-18

The buzz: The Blue Gators are off to their best start after pounding Delcambre 48-6 on the road last week. Quarterback Jake Arceneaux has been leading the charge for Ascension Episcopal, and he was at his best in last week’s win, completing 11 of 15 passes for 193 yards and a pair of scores.

St. Thomas More (3-0) at Catholic-BR (1-2)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: St. Thomas More has been more impressive with each week, and it will now get a chance to test itself in a really tough road environment. Through two games, Catholic High didn’t look much like the team that went 9-1 in the regular season a year ago, but the Bears bounced back in a big way by blowing out Sam Houston 47-7 last week.

Sam Houston (1-2) at Carencro (3-0)

Last year: Carencro won 42-28

The buzz: For the third consecutive week, Carencro will test itself against one of its former District 3-5A rivals — and the Bears hope the results stay the same. They’re off to a great start thanks to the work of their defense and running back Tyriek Campbell, who has nearly 500 yards through three games. Sam Houston is coming off back-to-back losses where it couldn’t get its offense going.

Jennings (1-2) at Church Point (3-0)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Judging by how the season has gone, this will probably be a close one. The Bears have won their three games so far by a total of 10 points with two of the wins coming by a single point in overtime. Jennings is no stranger to a close game. The Bulldogs won their season opener 41-40 against Kinder and lost last week 49-48 to DeRidder.

Sulphur (2-1) at Comeaux (2-1)

Last year: Sulphur won 27-7

The buzz: Both enter Friday’s district-opening matchup having won two straight after dropping their season openers. Comeaux’s done it with defense, holding Westgate and Northside to a combined 14 points. Sulphur has done it with offense, scoring 39 points per game against Washington Marion and Iowa.

North Vermilion (2-1) at Erath (1-2)

Last year: North Vermilion won 27-24

The buzz: Both were involved in shootouts last week, with North Vermilion winning a 41-40 thriller against Northwest and Erath dropping a 62-49 barnburner against North Vermilion. It should be a fun district opener.

Berwick at Franklin

Last year: Berwick won 23-14

The buzz: Franklin and Berwick notched their first wins last week after getting roughed up against solid competition in Weeks 1 and 2. This is the district opener for both.

Centerville (3-0) at Gueydan (1-2)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: There’s not much better of a feel-good story than what’s going on in Centerville, with the Bulldogs off to a 3-0 start in their first year of varsity football. Next comes a true test: seeing how they match up against another team in their district. Gueydan is hungry for a win after losing back-to-back games.

E.D. White (1-2) at Kaplan (2-1)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Yet another tough test for Kaplan, which fell in an overtime heartbreaker to Church Point last week. Running back Julius Johnson remains the player to watch for the Pirates, as he’s racked up 426 rushing yards through three weeks. Don’t look too much at E.D. White’s 1-2 record. It lost by two points in each of the past two weeks to teams with a combined record of 5-1.

Ville Platte (1-2) at North Central (0-3)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Ville Platte’s lost back-to-back games since shutting out Mamou 30-0 in the season opener, but look for the Bulldogs to bounce back this week against a North Central team that is being outscored by an average of 46 points.

Opelousas Catholic (2-1) at Notre Dame (3-0)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: The Vikings bounced back nicely from their error-filled loss against Central Catholic, as they topped St. Edmund 48-26. But this week presents a different challenge entirely in a Notre Dame team that’s fresh off a monster win against Teurlings Catholic. The Pios have arguably the best defense in the area, compiling 13 sacks, two fumble recoveries and three interceptions through three games.

St. Martinville (1-2) at Opelousas (0-3)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: St. Martinville has dropped two in a row since shutting out Jeanerette 32-0 in the opener. But the Tigers should have a decent chance of bouncing back against Opelousas, which has been shut out twice in three tries this season — three if you count the jamboree against Northwest.

Mamou (0-3) at Pine Prairie (1-2)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: It’s been a struggle on both sides of the ball for Mamou, as they’ve been outscored 101-18 while going winless through three games. It’s gone better for Pine Prairie, which busted into the winner’s column with a 32-31 win against Pearl River last week.

St. Edmund (1-2) at Port Barre (2-1)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Port Barre has won two straight after dropping its season opener to Opelousas Catholic on the road. St. Edmund has taken a bizarre route to its 1-2 record, with a defensive masterpiece win against Iota (8-0) sandwiched between blowout losses to Northwest (68-32) and Opelousas Catholic (48-26).

Crowley (3-0) at Eunice (3-0)

Last year: Crowley won 41-21

The buzz: Crowley is coming off a huge win 50-49 win on the road against Cecilia, thanks to quarterback Pate Broussard’s 351-yard, four-touchdown effort through the air. Crowley is off to its best start since 2006, when it finished 11-1. Eunice has scored at least 40 points in every game this year, and Paul Trosclair has his Bobcats off to their best start since 2012, when they finished 11-1.

Jeanerette (0-3) at Sacred Heart-VP (1-2)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Things could not have started any worse for Jeanerette this season. The Tigers have been shut out in all three of their games, losing them by a combined 123-0. SHVP got off the schneid last week, beating Houma Christian 49-21 for its first win of the year.

Catholic-NI (1-2) at West St. Mary (0-3)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: It’s been a bit of a struggle for the Panthers to find a way to replace the playmakers from last year’s team. Catholic is sitting at 1-2 after losing to Patterson in a 42-41 thriller last week, but it should have no problem getting back to .500 against West St. Mary, which has been outscored 100-6.

Acadiana (1-2) at Barbe (1-2)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: This is typically the premier game on the 3-5A slate, but this year it finds two powerhouse programs off to a difficult start. Acadiana has lost back-to-back games and can’t get its veer offense in motion. Barbe finally got into the winner’s column with a 19-3 win against St. Louis last Thursday, but the Bucs were easily handled in losses to Byrd and Mandeville. One of these teams is going to be 1-3, and that’s just bizarre.

Cecilia (2-1) at St. Louis (1-2)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: This space is reserved every week for Raymond Calais, and he showed why in a losing effort last week against Crowley, rushing for 263 yards and four scores to go along with an 88-yard kick return for a touchdown. On the season, Calais now has 639 rushing yards (213 per game) and nine rushing touchdowns.