District 6-3A members West Feliciana and Glen Oaks seemingly have little in common.
The Saints (3-1) are coming off a season in which they advanced to the Class 3A semifinals. GOHS (1-3) took its share of lumps and did not advance to the Class 4A playoffs last season before dropping down to 3A.
A chance to gauge improvement is what both teams seek in nondistrict games Thursday.
Glen Oaks hosts Class 1A Southern Lab (3-1) at Memorial Stadium, while WFHS hosts 5A Zachary (3-1). Also scheduled is a District 6-1A game that brings Sacred Heart-Ville Platte (3-1, 1-0) to New Roads to play Catholic-Pointe Coupee (1-3, 1-0) at Community Park. All games start at 7 p.m.
“At this point in a season you’re looking to find out where you stand,” West Feliciana coach Robb Odom said. “Zachary gives us that kind of challenge. They’re a quality 5A program.
“Our offenses are as different as night and day. We run the ball and they like to throw it. But I think we both have the same philosophy, which is take what the other defense gives you. That’s the test for the defense.”
Glen Oaks coach Landry Williams has watched his team face notable challenges. Last week, the Panthers lost to 5A St. Amant.
GOHS dressed out 24 players last week and has battled a lack of depth.
“The thing I see is that we’re getting better every week,” Williams said. “Our quarterback is understanding the system better and our line is starting to execute the blocking schemes.
“Southern Lab has had success already. As a 1A team, their numbers should be similar to ours. We need to improve. As a coach, I can’t ask for more.”
Quarterback Dennis Bell is a first-year starter in West Feliciana’s option attack that includes running back-linebacker Preston Cobb.
Zachary is led by quarterback Mason Pace, who passed for 250 yards in last week’s loss to Dutchtown.
Johnta Hebert ran for 119 yards and a touchdown for Glen Oaks in its loss to St. Amant.
Southern Lab, which lost its first game to Capitol last week, is led by running back Maurice Aucoin.
Meanwhile, Catholic-Pointe Coupee faces more than one new challenge. The Hornets host a resurgent Sacred Heart-Ville Platte team that has benefited from the dropping to Class 1A.
Catholic-Pointe Coupee rallied from a two- touchdown deficit in the final three minutes last week to edge Opelousas Catholic.
“Like a lot of teams, we decided to use the start of district as a new beginning and the chance to right some past wrongs,” CHSPC coach Rob Funderburk said. “The test this week is to see how well we handle success and a quality opponent.”
The Hornets are without one of two sophomore quarterbacks. Cole Langdon, who led a late drive last week, suffered a broken arm in a JV game.
Running back Forest Cazayoux, who has 364 rushing yards, scored the winning TD last week for Catholic-Pointe Coupee.