Vermilion Cath. (4-1, 2-0) at Ascension Episcopal (5-0, 2-0)

Last year: Vermilion Catholic won 46-28

The buzz: This is one of the best games of the week. AES has rolled out to a 5-0 start thanks to an offense that has lit up scoreboards at a frenetic pace. It’ll need to continue doing so, because the Eagles offense has been just as good, scoring 53.3 points per game over its past three games. This will stand as the Blue Gators’ toughest test to date. Quarterbacks Jake Arceneaux (AES) and Hunter Frith (VC) are two of the most productive passers in the area.

Westminster (4-1) at Catholic-PC (2-3)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: After struggling to a 1-10 finish a year ago, coach Vinnie Bullara has his Westminster team off to a 4-1 start. Catholic-Pointe Coupee has ripped off back-to-back wins after dropping its first three games. This is the opener for both in the reconfigured 5-1A district.

Abbeville (3-2) at Cecilia (4-1)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Cecilia got it done on the road against 5A Lafayette High last week despite an off game by Raymond Calais’ standards. For Cecilia’s superb running back, 131 rushing yards is an off day — it was only the second time this season he’s been held under 240 yards. Look for him to continue his dominant ways but don’t sleep on the Wildcats. Abbeville, which won just five games in its previous four seasons, is off to its best start since 2005.

Port Barre (4-1) at Church Point (4-1)

Last year: Church Point won 56-14

The buzz: Church Point was knocked from the ranks of the undefeated in a big way last week, getting dominated by Franklinton 57-12 at home. The defense is a bit of a concern for Church Point, which has given up 37.2 points per game this season. Port Barre has won four straight games since a season-opening loss to Opelousas Catholic, outscoring opponents 102-52 in that span.

Acadiana (3-2, 2-0) at Comeaux (2-3, 0-2)

Last year: Acadiana won 28-0

The buzz: Don’t look now, but the Wreckin’ Rams have won back-to-back games to claw their way back over .500 on the season. It’s been close both weeks — a 41-35 win at Barbe followed by a 32-30 win against Sulphur last week —– but they’ve rediscovered the winning groove after dropping two games in a row. Comeaux got off to a solid start under new coach Doug Dotson, but its dropped two in a row in district play.

DeRidder (4-1) at Crowley (5-0)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: This is the district opener for a Crowley team that is the last undefeated school in the Acadiana area from the 4A-5A classifications. Crowley’s offense is as balanced as they come, with the passing game accounting for 1,164 yards and eight scores and the running game accounting for 1,154 yards and 18 scores. DeRidder’s won four straight since a loss in the season opener.

Jeanerette (0-5, 0-2) at Delcambre (0-5, 0-2)

Last year: Delcambre won 28-0

The buzz: The classic something’s got to give game. Delcambre and Jeanerette come into this game winless overall and in district play, and it hasn’t been pretty on either side of the ball. They’ve combined to be outscored 409-79 this season. Delcambre should turn things around, as it’s coming off a stretch of three games against standout teams: Ascension Episcopal, Loreauville and Catholic-New Iberia. Jeanerette just missed its first win of the year last week in a 36-28 loss against a previously winless West St. Mary team.

Erath (3-2, 2-0) at Franklin (1-4, 0-2)

Last year: Erath won 21-20

The buzz: Erath has won two straight games to push it over .500, and its two losses came to powerhouse programs Catholic-NI and Vermilion Catholic. The Bobcats are scoring 39.3 points per game in wins this season. Outside of a shutout win against a winless Jeanerette team, Franklin has had loads of trouble on defense, allowing 51.5 points per game in losses.

Jennings (2-3) at Iota (1-4)

Last year: Jennings won 34-6

The buzz: Scoring hasn’t been a problem for the Bulldogs, who have topped 40 points in all but one game this season. The only problem is Jennings has given up at least 40 points in every game this season, including last week’s 68-56 win against Lake Arthur. Since winning its season opener against Sacred Heart-Ville Platte, Iota has fallen on hard times, losing four straight — the last two of which came in blowout fashion.

North Vermilion (2-3, 0-1) at Kaplan (2-3, 0-2)

Last year: Kaplan won 41-14

The buzz: Since getting off to a great 2-0 start, Kaplan has fallen flat, losing three consecutive games to drop under .500 for the first time since getting shut out in back-to-back games to start the 2014 season. Things aren’t going so great for North Vermilion, either. The Patriots have lost three out of their past four.

Gueydan (2-3, 1-1) at Lafay. Christian (1-4, 0-2)

Last year: Lafayette Christian won 42-0

The buzz: Gueydan’s past three games have featured a close win (21-14 against Centerville) sandwiched between two ugly losses (43-0 to Covenant Christian, 65-0 to Ascension Episcopal last week). Lafayette Christian has lost two straight, but those losses have come against high-powered offenses in Central Catholic and Highland Baptist.

Barbe (3-3, 1-1) at Lafayette (2-3, 0-1)

Last year: Barbe won 27-20

The buzz: The Lions have lost three straight games since their 2-0 start, and their defense has been the main culprit. In those losses, Lafayette High yielded 47, 35 and 38 points, though they did an admirable job containing Cecilia’s big playmakers in last week’s loss. This hasn’t been the Barbe team of years past, but perhaps it’s finding something offensively. The Bucs have scored 84 points in their two district games.

Sam Houston (3-2, 1-0) at New Iberia (2-3, 1-1)

Last year: Sam Houston won 37-34 (OT)

The buzz: New Iberia’s two-game win streak was snapped last week on the road in a 49-35 loss against Barbe, but it has a chance to return the favor to another district rival from Lake Charles this week.

Pine Prairie (3-2) at Northwest (4-1)

Last year: Northwest won 12-6

The buzz: The Raiders have gotten off to a great start this year. They’re chugging along at just under 40 points per game, and their only loss came in a 41-40 barnburner against North Vermilion. Pine Prairie has won three in a row since starting the season 0-2.

LaGrange (2-2) at Rayne (1-4)

Last year: LaGrange won 36-20

The buzz: This has been a rough start to the year for Curt Ware’s Wolves. Two of their losses have come by one point (to Church Point and Breaux Bridge), and the other two came by 12 points. Rayne can still turn its season around with a strong showing in district. That’ll start against a LaGrange team that’s had an up-and-down start.

Notre Dame (5-0, 2-0) at Sacred Heart-VP (2-3, 1-1)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Notre Dame looks like the real deal. The Pios have a perfect record this season, and none of their games have been particularly close thanks to a suffocating defense that has allowed seven points or fewer in four of its five wins — including shutouts against Breaux Bridge and a potent Loreauville offense. Sacred Heart is coming off a shutout loss to Opelousas Catholic last week.

Beau Chene (4-1) at St. Thomas More (4-1)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Last week’s 21-12 win against St. Edmund gave Beau Chene its fourth win, already eclipsing last season’s win total (3). It’s Beau Chene’s best start in the last 15 years, and it’s all thanks to a defense that has allowed 12 or fewer points in its four wins. But this week presents the real test. The 4-4A district is loaded, and St. Thomas More is one of the best 4A teams in the state.

Northside (1-4) at Teurlings Catholic (3-2)

Last year: Teurlings won 65-35

The buzz: Northside finally got into the win column last week thanks to the leg of kicker Tyler Shelvin, who also happens to be one of the top defensive line recruits in the country. But the Vikings offense is still stuck in neutral, and their defense hasn’t been much better. Look for Teurlings Catholic, whose high-powered offense has been struggling as of late, to shake off some rust.

Eunice (4-1) at Ville Platte (3-2)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: Paul Trosclair’s Bobcats bounced back nicely from their lone loss of the season, beating Rayne 19-7. Ville Platte has won two straight after sneaking away from winless Opelousas with a 13-7 win last week.

H.L. Bourgeois (4-1) at Westgate (0-5)

Last year: Did not play

The buzz: A tough year for Westgate got even tougher to swallow last week, when Northside’s Tyler Shelvin hit a fourth-quarter field goal to break a scoreless tie and keep Westgate out of the winner’s column. H.L. Bourgeois’ four-game win streak to start the season was snapped last week by Central Lafourche.

Luke Johnson