During the past three weeks, Northside and Crowley have maintained perspective and did not allow early defeats to derail their seasons.
Adversity struck the Vikings hard with consecutive losses to open the 2014 season, but they responded with three straight wins — including a dominating 38-12 homecoming triumph Friday over Westgate in District 5-4A.
Because of its resourcefulness Northside (3-2) finds itself tied atop the league’s standings with No. 10 Teurlings Catholic (4-1) at 2-0 and a half game ahead of No. 1 St. Thomas More (5-0).
The Vikings are looking to carry that momentum into Friday’s home game with Breaux Bridge (3-2, 1-1), which suffered a 31-15 loss to Teurlings.
“Our kids have handled the win over Evangel very well,” Northside coach Trev Faulk said of his team’s 13-10 win that ignited its current win streak. “We’ve built from that and have gotten better and I think the results from the past couple of weeks have shown that.”
Northside is coming off an outstanding effort against Westgate. The Vikings piled up nearly 400 yards in the first half and led 32-0 at halftime.
The Vikings were methodical, scoring on drives of 65, 78, 83 and 67 yards with quarterback Ethan Rose passing for TDs to Trevor Breaux and Devin Adams, while running back Cozenski Alfred scored three rushing TDs.
Faulk commended linebacker Jordan Williams and defensive linemen Tyler Shelvin and Demarcus Lee for their strong efforts.
“It’s a huge game, and honestly they all will be,” Faulk said. “I like where we are right now, and if we continue to do the things we’ve established the last several weeks, then we should be fine.”
Carencro (4-1, 2-0) hosts Sulphur (3-2, 2-0) for the top spot in District 3-5A on Friday. Also in 3-5A, Barbe (3-2, 1-1) travels to Lafayette High (4-1, 1-1).
Crowley (4-1, 2-0) is riding the crest of a three-game win streak, including Friday’s District 4-4A 45-12 win over Opelousas, after dealing with a 17-14 setback against Westlake in the second week of the season.
“We were extremely disappointed after Westlake,” Crowley coach Josh Fontenot said. “It was a game where we felt we should have won and could have won. It was a little soul-searching for us. We were pretty hard on the kids, but what makes them such a good team is they didn’t back down and understood the errors that were made.”
After losses by Eunice and No. 6 Rayne, Crowley is in first place in the 4-4A race with an important road test Friday at Washington-Marion (1-4), whose 26-20 win over Eunice stopped a four-game losing streak.
The Gents are facing a key stretch with consecutive district games against LaGrange, Rayne and Eunice.
“We’re halfway through the season and 2-0 in district and we have four games coming up that are as tough as you want,” Fontenot said. “The fun part about it is that we set ourselves up to make those games significant. You can’t want much more.”
Quarterback Pate Broussard (13 of 20, 185 yards, four TDs) and running back Ty’Von Griffin (25 carries, 151 yards) were key figures in leading Crowley to leads of 21-0 after the first quarter and 28-6 at halftime against Opelousas.
“Now it gets real and these next four games are going to determine who wins the district,” Fontenot said. “We’re 4-1 right now, but we have to put all that away. It’s great and it’s prepared us but Washington-Marion’s a good team and got their first win against Eunice.”
Opelousas Catholic (5-0) has enjoyed an unblemished start, capped by Friday’s 33-7 win over Catholic-Pointe Coupee, and dives straight into the start of District 5-2A play Thursday against Loreauville (3-2) at Donald Gardner Stadium.
The Vikings built a 14-0 halftime lead and extended that to 21-0 after three quarters, with quarterback David Labbe throwing a TD pass to Jacobi Richard and rushing for two more. Running back Aaron Miller added 153 yards and a TD on 18 carries.
“It’s definitely the biggest game of the year for us up to this point,” OCHS coach Dane Charpentier said. “We’re going in pretty healthy, which is a good thing. We’re going to have to try and match their speed. It’s going to be a challenge. We played them tough last year in the first half, and they got away from us a bit in the second half.”