When reclassification sent Carencro and Acadiana in different directions the two longtime rivals did their best to try to insure the rivalry continued.
With the Wrecking Rams — the No. 1 team in Class 5A — coming off a 26-0 loss to Ponchatoula, Bears coach Roland “Rip” Eveland good-naturedly questioned his logic.
“We’re excited about playing Acadiana,” Eveland said. “But now they might be mad.”
When Carencro, which is off to a 2-0 start, travels to face Acadiana (1-1) the two-time defending Class 5A state champions will be smarting from a rare shutout loss.
The two meet teams meet at Acadiana’s Bill Dotson Stadium at 7 p.m. and are part of a blockbuster of games Friday that also features Notre Dame (2-0) hosting Teurlings Catholic, Class 4A’s No. 6 team Crowley (2-0) visiting Cecilia (2-0) and Church Point (2-0) traveling to Kaplan (2-0).
“We’ve actually played the last couple of years in the spring, and they were always evenly matched,” Cecilia coach Terry Martin said. “We just thought it would be a heck of a game if we could get together and play.”
Church Point coach John Craig Arceneaux said it was important to maintain their series with Kaplan, one that’s been going on for the past eight years.
“Kaplan’s a lot like Church Point, which is a community based school,” Arceneaux said. “They get great support from their community, just like we do. No matter what the records are you know both fan bases are going to show up and make a great atmosphere for your kids to play in.”
CARENCRO-ACADIANA: Carencro, which is now a member of District 4-4A, withstood muddy conditions and a determined New Iberia team for a 19-7 victory.
Running back Tyriek Campbell carried 29 times for 239 yards and quarterback Gabe Duffy added 71 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. The Bears closed the victory on a 15-yard interception return from linebacker Austin Gary.
“We’ve been playing Acadiana a long time. I’m glad we’re still playing,” Eveland said.
“I think we have a lot of respect for each other. They know they’ve got to beat teams like us, and we know we have to beat teams like them later on. It’s good for both of us.”
CROWLEY-CECILIA: Cecilia’s off to its best start in six years, capped by Friday’s 33-6 victory over Northside.
Quarterback Landon Roberts was a big key for the Bulldogs, passing for 178 yards and three touchdowns to compliment the 129-yard rushing effort of standout running back Raymond Calais.
Moreover, Cecilia’s defense limited Northside to 208 yards, including 49 rushing, with Ryan Malbrough registering three of his team’s seven sacks.
“It’s almost like a playoff setting,” Martin said of the game with Crowley. “They’re a team I think will make a deep run (in the playoffs). We’ve got our work cut out for us.”
CHURCH POINT-KAPLAN: A week after surviving an overtime clash against a parish rival, Church Point remained undefeated in another tight contest defeating Iowa 35-27.
“We’ve played two pretty good teams and were able to finish at the end,” Arceneaux said.
“Kaplan’s playing really well right now with two big wins to start the season.”
All-purpose threat Fred Williams led Church Point with 141 yards rushing and two TDs, while quarterback Troy Matte passed for 134 yards against Iowa.
Kaplan, which lost to Church Point 30-0 last season, took a 32-15 victory over Class 1A’s No. 3 team in Vermilion Catholic on Friday.
“We both run the same offense and defense. We’re both black and gold,” Arceneaux said of Kaplan.
“We’re mirror images of one another.”