Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Acadiana High's Peyton Touchet tries to escape St. Martinville defenders in last week's jamboree.

Northside coach Trev Faulk has admitted scheduling a rigorous out of district slate to begin the season might prove he took one too many bumps during his time in the NFL.

The Vikings have Evangel and Carencro on their schedule in the first three weeks, and they open 2014 at home against defending 5A state champion Acadiana. The Vikings went a disappointing 3-7 last season, but this being the third season under Faulk has Northside fans thinking this may be the year they finally get back to glory.

Vikings quarterback Ethan Rose is the key for success this season. Rose will face among the stingiest defenses in the state Friday night against the Wreckin’ Rams. Acadiana coach Ted Davidson brings a young squad in, but has a valuable asset in junior running back Malik Eugene.

The Tulane commitment — and brother of former Acadiana Wreckin’ Ram and current Southeastern Louisiana defensive back Micah Eugene — brings a pedigree and winning attitude to the Rams that will likely keep the Acadiana winning tradition rolling without skipping a beat.

The running game is the mainstay in the Rams offense, but perhaps the passing game might open up this season. The Rams have a new quarterback in Peyton Touchet and one of the best tight end prospects to ever come from the Acadiana area in LSU commitment Bry’Keithon Mouton.

Last season, Teurlings went against Unversity High in the second round of the playoffs and were routed by a stellar team.

Rebels coach Sonny Charpentier will look to ride his offense into a competitive contest and hope the defense can keep the U-High weapons at bay.

That’s a tougher task than it sounds, given the weapons U-High will bring into Rebels stadium Friday. Manny Miles, son of LSU coach Les Miles, Nick Brossette and Dylan Moses are all highly recruited.

Teurlings quarterback Cole Kelley is a big prototypical quarterback who has the tools to be successful. One big weapon for the Rebels is running back Sage LeBlanc.

Lafayette High fans are looking for a breakthrough season this year, but it starts the season by hosting Kaplan, a tough Class 3A team.

The Pirates were a surprise area team last season, making a quarterfinals run into the 3A playoffs. Defensive end Jalen Bates is definitely one to watch. The heavily recruited senior doubles as a tight end .

If the game is close, the Lions can have a weapon in senior place-kicker Stevie Artigue, a Louisiana-Lafayette commitment.