Big schools (5A-4A)
Team (record) Pvs.
1. St. Thomas More (5-0) 1
Another day, another offensive explosion. After routing Cecilia 41-12 last week, the Cougars have topped 40 points in all five of their games this season. But will they be set up for a trap game? They have to travel to face Westgate before a huge clash with our new No. 2 Teurlings.
2. Teurlings (4-1) 3
Even when Cole Kelley isn’t at his best, as was the case Friday when Breaux Bridge picked him off twice and forced nine straight incompletions, the Rebels find a way to win. They beat Breaux Bridge handily on the road 31-15. Teurlings gets two weeks to prepare for the Cougars’ high flying offense, as they have an open date this week.
3. Lafayette (4-1) 5
The Lions squeaked by New Iberia on the road 20-14 last week. Winning by six against a team that is currently 1-4 may not sound impressive, but it serves as further proof that this team learned a lesson from last season, when it lost all three games it played decided by a touchdown or less.
4. Carencro (4-1) NR
What applies to Lafayette also applies to Carencro, as the Bears found a way to win against Comeaux on the road last week, just getting by with a 24-21 overtime win. They haven’t necessarily done it easy this year, but the Bears just keep winning.
5. Rayne (4-1) 4
In this space last week, we said the Wolves “should have an easier go of it at home against LaGrange.” Wrong. The Gators, who were 0-4 entering the contest, raced to 30 second-half points to hand Rayne its first loss of the season. The Wolves couldn’t get their ground game going and dropped a pair of touchdowns.
Honorable mention: Acadiana, Crowley, Northside
Small schools (3A-1A)
1. Catholic New-Iberia (5-0) 2
The new top dog cruised over our previous No. 1, Notre Dame, last week. With a rushing attack that gained more than 400 yards, Catholic ran roughshod over Notre Dame in Crowley 56-28. Quarterback Jason Pellerin was once again outstanding, with his best play coming on a 94-yard keeper around the end for a score.
2. Church Point (5-0) 3
The Bears offense has been winning it games this season, but last week its defense joined the party again. Church Point held North Vermilion to three points and a little more than 100 yards. The Bears will try to stay undefeated against a defensive-minded Pine Prairie team this week.
3. Notre Dame (3-2) 1
The Pios lost handily to Catholic-New Iberia last week, but they did so without five starters, whom coach Lewis Cook suspended in the days leading up to the game. Look for Notre Dame to respond in a big way against 0-5 West St. Mary at home this week.
4. Jennings (4-1) 3
The Bulldogs rebounded from a tough two-point loss the week before by routing Winnfield 41-14. Jennings has now scored at least 40 points in back-to-back weeks and will face a 1-4 St. Louis Catholic team this week.
5. Vermilion Catholic (3-1) NR
The Eagles grounded a talented Central Catholic offense in last week’s 29-22 win, but they had to hold on as Central Catholic put together a rally near the end and had a chance to drive down the field for a game-tying score.
Honorable mention: Loreauville, Ascension Episcopal