Big schools (5A-4A)
Team (Record) Pvs.
1. Teurlings (5-1) 2
The Rebels sure looked out of it when they were down 43-17 midway through the third quarter against the state’s top-ranked 4A team in St. Thomas More. But a rally for the ages pulled them ahead early in the fourth quarter and a stunned Cougars team looked like it was out of gas. The brilliant comeback was aided by some luck, but quarterback Cole Kelley made the big throws when he needed to.
2. St. Thomas More (6-1) 1
St. Thomas More looked like it was in full control of the game before its second half collapse, and the Cougars have to be wondering if the outcome would’ve been the same had two-thirds of its potent offensive trio not left the game with injuries. Trevor Begue and Tiger Bech both left the game in the third quarter as Teurlings was getting hot.
3. Rayne (6-1) 3
Rayne keeps winning ball games despite not being able to put together a full four quarters. A week after scoring all 32 of their points in the second half, the Wolves scored 20 first-half points and were held scoreless the rest of the way. It didn’t matter, because their defense held Eunice to just 13 points.
4. Carencro (5-2) 4
While the injury to star tailback Tyriek Campbell hurt the Bears for a week, it might’ve helped them in the long run. It showed them that quarterback Tyler Gaspard can still sling it. With a healthy Campbell back this week, the Bears still turned to Gaspard to get the offense going. He responded with 355 yards and four touchdowns. If Carencro can burn you in either the pass or run games, watch out.
5. Acadiana (5-3) 5
Speaking of a watch-out pick, it looks like Acadiana might’ve woken from its early-season slumber. They jumped all over a Sulphur team that won its first three games of District 3-5A competition, running for nearly 200 yards in the first quarter to race to a 21-0 lead. The Wreckin’ Rams still have turnover issues — they lost three of five fumbles — but it looks like they’ve found something that works with sophomore Myles Hutchinson at quarterback.
Honorable mention: Breaux Bridge, Northside, Lafayette
Small schools (3A-1A)
1. Catholic New-Iberia (7-0) 1
Against a winless Westminster team last week, Catholic of New Iberia enjoyed its largest margin of victory of the season in the 61-0 win, and it’s the second week in a row it has topped the 60-point barrier. The win sets up a battle of the undefeateds against Opelousas Catholic this week.
2. Church Point (7-0) 2
Another week, another blowout win for Church Point — this time a 59-20 victory over Northwest. That’s the Bears’ fifth straight week topping at least 40 points, and their second straight topping 50.
3. Notre Dame (5-2) 3
In the two games since getting waxed by Catholic-New Iberia at home, the Pios have outscored their opponents 99-0. That’s a pretty decent way to respond, especially since last week’s 41-0 win came against an Erath team that had won three straight.
4. Opelousas Catholic (7-0) 4
The Vikings stayed hot last week in a 42-0 beat down of Jeanerette, but the true test of how good they are comes this week when they host a high-powered Catholic-New Iberia squad.
5. Vermilion Catholic (6-1) 5
The Eagles handled a Highland Baptist team that came into the game with three straight wins, winning 46-21. After losing its season opener to Catholic-NI, the Eagles have won six straight contests by a 22-point per-game average.
Honorable mention: Jennings, Ascension Episcopal, Loreauville, Central Catholic-Morgan City