Maybe it’s the influence of spread offenses. Or maybe it has something to do with teams still trying to find their high school football niches.

Regardless of the reason, one thing is certain: more points are being scored.

A total of 16 teams from the Baton Rouge area won by scoring 35 or more points during Week 3 of the regular season.

Scotlandville had the highest point total, scoring 61 in a shutout over Belaire. It marked the second time in three weeks the Hornets have cracked the 60-point barrier.

Of course, the offensive game of the week for Week 3 involved an Acadiana area team. Class 5A Carencro beat 2A power Calvary Baptist 69-48 in a late Friday game.

The statistics on that game didn’t reach our office until after The Advocate’s first prep football deadline had passed. The coaches and statisticians surely needed more time to add up all the numbers that included 346 rushing yards for Carencro’s Alex Johnson and 569 passing yards for Calvary’s Nik McCarty.

Last week I was asked if teams decided to stop playing defense. With all the offensive numbers being put up, the term “defensive struggle” certainly takes on a new meaning.

I’ve also been asked if the high point totals and gaudy offensive statistics will become the norm. Well, I think the jury is still out on that one.

I do have one recommendation for anyone keeping statistics for a game in the near future: Don’t forget your calculator.

Teams needed

Dutchtown High needs varsity and junior varsity teams for its girls soccer jamboree set for Nov. 12. Entry fee is $75 per team.

Contact jamboree director Jay Stewart at stewart2410@cox.net or DHS coach Anant Vyas at vyas@eatel.com.

Central seeks ex-players

Central is looking to find members of the school’s baseball team that won state titles in 1992, 1993 and 1995. The team has been selected for induction into the school’s Hall of Fame on Oct. 7.

Members of the baseball teams will be honored at a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Middle School cafeteria before the Oct. 7 game with Zachary High. Team members will also be introduced at halftime of the game.

Email Central Athletic Director Sid Edwards at eedwards@centralcss.org to confirm your plans to attend as soon as possible. Also contact Edwards with any questions about the event or if you have information on how to contact team members.

Nominations needed

The deadline to nominate seniors for the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star volleyball contest is Monday.

Local coaches are reminded to submit their nominations by going to the following link on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association website,

lhsaa.org: http://lhsaa.org/uploads/forms/pdf/2011_VOLLEYBALL_ALL-_STAR_NOMINATION_FORM1.pdf.

Rivalry bowl

Two local Class 4A schools, Belaire and Broadmoor, are participating in the RaceTrac Rivalry Bowl before their District 6-4A opener this week.

The schools are competing to win a $3,500 donation. The second-place finisher gets $1,500. One student from one of the schools will also win an iPad.

Fans can earn points through Monday by purchasing non-alcoholic beverages at a RaceTrac.

Guests can swipe limited edition Belaire and Broadmoor wristbands or can simply tell the cashier which team they support.

Prep notables

Centreville Academy baseball player and Louisiana resident Hunter Travis has committed to Louisiana Tech.

Travis plans to sign with the Bulldogs during the NCAA early signing period in November.

• Former Episcopal player Shelby Moore of Birmingham Southern was voted the Most Valuable Player of the school’s 2011 McK Attack Tournament earlier this month.

Moore, a junior, had 44 kills in four contests with a .356 attack percentage, helping the Panthers finish 4-0. She was an all-metro and all-state player for Episcopal.