Jay Roth chuckled a little bit when asked who was responsible for his team’s easy schedule.
Roth recognized the sarcasm right away.
His Rummel High School team’s schedule is far from easy.
“After we won our first state championship, it was just hard finding games,” Roth said. “But I think, as a coach and as players, you look forward to big games.”
Rummel, fresh off last week’s thrilling triple-overtime victory over Hahnville, finds itself in another tough game this week when it hosts Acadiana on Saturday at Yenni Stadium.
The game is one of several key matchups this week as I give you this week’s Top 5 Games to Watch.
Rummel took over the No. 1 spot in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A polls this week. Acadiana, which was ranked No. 1 last week, is just two spots behind them at No. 3.
It marks the third consecutive week the Raiders have played in a game that was big enough to be in the conversation for Game of the Week.
(They blasted East St. John in Week 1).
And things won’t get much easier next week when they travel to Baton Rouge to play Catholic, currently ranked No. 6 in 5A.
Dutchtown is after that, with the always-tough Catholic League slate to follow.
“It’s like a run through the playoffs before we ever get to district,” Roth said. “Last year we came out of that pre-district schedule 3-2, but I thought it prepared us for later on down the road though. As long as you’re winning, it’s all good. If we start falling apart, then that’s something different.
“Believe me, (the schedule) wasn’t by choice.”
For those who don’t want to wait until Saturday for one of this week’s biggest games, here are four Friday night games you may want to see. Rummel 21-20
Chances are, you didn’t have this game pegged as one of the big games when the season began. But the Crusaders and Demons are both 2-0 and both climbed their way into The New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Super 10 this week.
A win here and Brother Martin could find itself 5-0 heading into Catholic League play.
It’s still early, but a perfect season isn’t out of the question for Franklinton if it gets past this one. Franklinton 24, Brother Martin 21
3East St. John at Curtis
Yes, East St. John lost 39-0 in its season opener to Rummel.
But they still are dangerous.
“Any team that has a guy like Xavier Lewis is going to be tough,” Patriots coach J.T Curtis said of the LSU commitment.
“You can’t stop him, but what we have to try to keep him contained. He’s just an athlete.” Curtis 24, East St. John 13
2. Riverside at West St. John
This one is an easy choice for Small School Game of the Week.
Both teams showed their prowess in Week 1. The Rebels, ranked No. 3 in the Super 10, went on the road and beat Evangel. No. 5 West St. John jumped out to a 29-0 lead over St. James before holding on to win.
Now one of them will move to 3-0.
Riverside 34, West St. John 21
Hahnville is looking to bounce back after that heartbreaking loss to Rummel. Landry-Walker will look to shake off the distractions of last week’s game with Miller-McCoy that was marred by the brawl.
Two players are suspended for the game.
But Charging Buccaneers have enough depth that it might not matter.
This one went into overtime last season.
I’m expecting it to be close again.
Landry-Laker 20, Hahnville 17