Large schools

1. Crowley (4-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: 4

It was incredibly difficult to determine which of these five teams belonged at the top, but at the end of the day, it was impossible to ignore that only one of them has a big goose egg in the loss column. The Gents, while not playing quite the level of competition as the other teams in these rankings, have taken care of business. They thrashed a 3-0 Eunice team last week 34-10 behind a strong performance from the defense.

2. St. Thomas More (3-1)

PREVIOUS RANK: 1

The Cougars faced the difficult challenge of traveling to face a motivated Catholic High (Baton Rouge) team eager to prove itself after a rough start, and for the first time this season STM faltered. The Cougars jumped out to a 17-14 lead by halftime, but they didn’t score in the second stanza. STM will return to its own friendly confines this week for another tough test against Hahnville.

3. Carencro (3-1)

PREVIOUS RANK: 2

The Golden Bears lost a lead late in the fourth quarter against Sam Houston to drop their first game of the season last week. Sam Houston scored the final 10 points to come back and hand Carencro a loss. It wasn’t any fault of Tyriek Campbell though, as the junior continued his torrid beginning of the season with another monster night. Carencro will be tested again this week against Breaux Bridge’s stout defense.

4. Teurlings Catholic (3-1)

PREVIOUS RANK: 3

It wasn’t pretty, but the Rebels rediscovered their winning ways in a short week road contest against Breaux Bridge. Teurlings escaped from Breaux Bridge with a 14-7 win thanks to a tough defensive effort that forced three turnovers and limited the Tigers to just 3.7 yards per carry. It won’t get any easier for the Rebels this week, as they’ll host the Catholic-BR team that just knocked off STM last week.

5. Cecilia (3-1)

PREVIOUS RANK: 5

This is Raymond Calais’ world and we’re all just living in it. Calias torched St. Louis for 293 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just 19 carries. For the mathematically challenged, that’s 15.4 yards per carry, which isn’t too far off his absurd season average of 10.4 yards per tote. Through four games, Calais has 950 yards rushing.

HONORABLE MENTION

New Iberia, Acadiana

Small schools

1. Notre Dame (4-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: 1

Let’s just take a minute to consider how crazy good Notre Dame’s defense has been this season. As they pummeled a solid Opelousas Catholic team 40-7 last week, they allowed a grand total of three rushing yards. Three! And it wasn’t even their best performance of the year (the Pios held Breaux Bridge to -1 rushing). Through four games, Notre Dame has allowed 197 rushing yards on 92 carries.

2. Church Point (4-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: 2

For the first time this season, Church Point didn’t need to have the defibrillators ready to save people from a potential heart attack. The Bears outlasted Jennings in a 62-42 barn-burner that featured almost 1,200 yards of total offense thanks to three forced turnovers. It was Church Point’s first win this season that didn’t come by single digits. The Bears host Franklinton next.

3. Ascension Episcopal (4-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: 3

A week after crushing Delcambre 48-6, the Blue Gators did much of the same, dispatching Hanson Memorial 49-12 at home. The AES offense hummed right along, rolling up 453 yards of offense – more than 300 of which came on the ground – and the defense came up with a pair of key turnovers to help with the blowout. Up next is a road trip to 2-2 Gueydan.

4. Vermilion Catholic (3-1)

PREVIOUS RANK: 5

The Screamin’ Eagles once again rode the arm of quarterback Hunter Frith, who topped the 1,000-yard mark for the season after completing 15-of-22 passes for 276 yards and four scores in a big-time win over Highland Baptist. Frith, a converted linebacker, is on pace to throw for nearly 3,200 yards and 35 touchdowns in the regular season. VC hosts Hanson Memorial this week.

5. Central Catholic (4-0)

PREVIOUS RANK: NR

It’s a shame Central Catholic hasn’t been in these rankings yet, because it features one of the most productive players in the area. Running back Stefano Guarisco tallied 216 yards and four touchdowns last week win against LCA. The Eagles are averaging better than 50 points per game.

HONORABLE MENTION

Kaplan, Loreauville, Highland Baptist