After a couple of early rough patches, Comeaux seems to have righted itself in time for the start of District 3-5A play.
After a season-opening loss at Cecilia, the Spartans have responded with wins over Westgate (24-14) and Northside (28-0), with Sulphur (2-1) coming to town Friday to begin league play.
“We’ve been preaching to the kids to buy into what we’re doing, and it was a very tough couple of weeks with the jamboree (28-15 loss to LaGrange) and first game,” Comeaux coach Doug Dotson said. “We had to take our lumps, but we’ve learned from it.”
The favorites in 3-5A — Acadiana (1-2) and Barbe (1-2) — will take two-game losing streaks into Friday’s game in Lake Charles, while Lafayette High (2-1) visits New Iberia (1-2) on Thursday.
“They will rebound, and I still think they’re the big dog with Barbe,” Dotson said of Acadiana, where his father Bill was a legendary coach. “It’s probably one of the toughest districts in the state.”
Comeaux built a 14-0 lead at halftime on a pair of touchdown runs from Justin Martin and Latrevian Thomas. The Spartans also limited Northside to 215 yards.
Kaplan (2-1) hosts E.D. White (1-2) in the start of District 8-3A, while Opelousas Catholic (2-1) entertains No. 5 Notre Dame (3-0) in 5-2A action and No. 4 Vermilion Catholic visits Highland Baptist (3-0) in 7-1A competition Thursday.
“We’ll have our work cut out for us,” OC coach Dane Charpentier said. “With the type of kids we have, we always look forward to a challenge. We’ll do whatever we possibly can to win a game, and we’ll get better from playing teams like this.”
There are also a couple of intriguing nondistrict games. One has Teurlings Catholic (2-1) traveling to former District 5-4A foe Breaux Bridge (2-1) for the LHSAA/New Orleans Saints Game of the Week on Thursday, while Class 4A’s No. 6. Crowley (3-0) visits Eunice (3-0) Friday.
For the past two years District 5-2A was a tug-of-war that featured Catholic High of New Iberia, Loreauville and OC. The inclusion of Notre Dame, a staple of success in Class 3A, further adds to the league’s depth.
The Pioneers remained perfect on the season with their third straight win over a Class 4A team, outlasting previously undefeated Teurlings Catholic 28-24.
“Notre Dame doesn’t resemble a 2A team,” Charpentier said. “They’re not missing a lot of pieces. They’re very well coached, and they seem like they’re on a mission this year.”
District 7-1A’s predominately been a two-horse race between Vermilion Catholic and Central Catholic of Morgan City, with the Screaming Eagles winning the league the past three years.
Upstarts such as No. 5 Ascension Episcopal (3-0), Lafayette Christian (1-2) and Highland Baptist are trying to change the league’s balance of power.
“That’s what we have to prove,” Highland Baptist coach Artie Liuzza said. “Last year, we closed the gap a little bit more than we did the year before.
“This year, that’s the challenge. We want to see if we can stay in the game and compete until the end and can come away with a win.”
Highland’s averaged 49 points in its three victories, taking a 43-6 win over West St. Mary.
Sophomore running back Brontre’ Griffin, the state’s top rusher through two weeks, carried 32 times for 243 yards and three TDs to lead the Bears.
“I’m pleased with our start to this point,” Liuzza said. “We didn’t know quite what to expect having some new players at key positions, so our kids have responded well of filling in those spots.”