Remember last week when I used this space to tell Week 2 of the district schedule that it had no chance of topping Week 1?
Well, it proved me wrong, thanks in part to a pair of Tad Gormley thrillers in the Holy Cross-Jesuit game and the St. Augustine-Brother Martin game. (More on Gormley in a minute.)
And let’s not forget about Lusher and St. James, which wasn’t decided until a Lusher Hail Mary at the end of the game came up a yard short.
And for those thinking that the always rugged District 9-4A race is just going to be a three-team battle among McDonogh 35, Warren Easton and Karr, think again.
Carver, which lost by a touchdown to McDonogh 35, proved that it will have a say-so in the matter as well.
What else did we learn last week?
We learned that if you’re going to a game at Gormley, it’s probably best to sit near the open end of the stadium (the end where the scoreboard is located).
That’s where all the magic has happened the past two weeks.
Two weeks ago, it was Brother Martin quarterback Jake Broggi scoring on the first play of overtime in a win over Curtis.
This past week, more magic continued.
In that very same end zone, Holy Cross receiver Bret Carter somehow managed to keep his foot in bounds (at least the officials say he did) in the first overtime to reel in a fourth-down pass from freshman Chandler Fields.
On the next play, Fields tossed another touchdown, and Holy Cross went on to beat rival Jesuit 28-21 in double overtime.
All 49 of the game’s points were scored on that end of the field. By the way, a potential game-winning field goal by Jesuit at the end of regulation was no good. Too bad it was kicked on the other end of the stadium.
There was more a night later.
St. Aug trailed by three touchdowns at the end of three quarters against Brother Martin.
Fortunately for St. Aug, they were headed in the right direction (literally and figuratively) in the fourth quarter.
The Purple Knights rallied, scoring 27 points in the final quarter, capped off by quarterback Justice McCoy, who scored on a 9-yard run with 35 seconds left to finish off the comeback.
Yes, it was in that same end zone.
Here’s a look at the top five games to keep an eye out on this week:
5. Curtis vs. Jesuit
The last time these two teams tangled was last December when the Division I select state title was on the line in the Superdome. The stakes aren’t nearly as high this time around, but both teams are looking for their first Catholic League victory of the season Friday night at Yenni.
4. West St. John at Country Day
The numbers Country Day has put up this season under first-year coach Joe Chango have been nothing short of phenomenal. The Cajuns are averaging 56 points per game while allowing just 5.6 points. This will be their stiffest test of the season so far.
3. Ehret vs. Landry-Walker
When the season began, this game looked like it would be No. 1 on the list. But the teams both had injuries at the quarterback position and have combined for three losses (one for Ehret, two by Landry-Walker). But Behrman Stadium should be electric for this District 8-5A showdown.
2. Newman at Riverside
Two of the top three ranked teams in The New Orleans Advocate’s Small Schools Super 10 meet in a game that could provide plenty of offense. The Greenies are undefeated, but Riverside has been a nemesis in recent years.
1. Holy Cross vs. Rummel
The Tigers and Raiders are both undefeated in district play. Can Holy Cross, ranked No. 10 in the Super 10, hand top-ranked Rummel its first regular season loss to an in-state opponent since some guy named Leonard Fournette and his St. Aug teammates beat Rummel in 2013?
It won’t be easy.
But the game is at Gormley.
And if the last two weeks are any indication, anything is possible there.
Oh, and don’t forget which end of the stadium to sit in.