Reigning Class 5A state champion Acadiana High School and 2013 state runner-up Barbe of Lake Charles have long established themselves among District 3-5A’s hierarchy and are expected to remain that way this season.
What was lacking last year, though, was depth after the two power brokers but with fast starts from Carencro, Comeaux and Lafayette — all of which are 2-0 — the league may have created better top-to-bottom competition.
“It’s one of those leagues where week in and week out it’s going to be a battle,” Comeaux coach Kevin Magee said. “Acadiana’s kind of in a class by themselves. But it’s one of those leagues where, on any given night, whichever team shows up and makes the fewest mistakes and executes has an opportunity to win. It seems to be pretty balanced this year.”
Comeaux puts its unblemished mark on the line Friday with a trip to Breaux Bridge (1-1), which suffered a 51-21 setback Thursday at Notre Dame of Crowley to highlight action in the Acadiana area.
Carencro gets a severe test when the Bears visit Class 4A’s No. 4 St. Thomas More (2-0), which handled Gladewater, Texas, 41-21 in the Battle on the Border matchup in Shreveport.
Lafayette hosts Alexandria (0-2), while the state’s top two teams in Class 5A — Acadiana (1-1) and Rummel (2-0) — face off 7 p.m. Saturday at Joe Yenni Stadium.
Teurlings Catholic (1-1) entertains Class 3A’s No. 5 Notre Dame (2-0), while Church Point (2-0) hosts Cecilia (1-1) in other marquee contests.
“They move the ball around and do a lot of fun stuff,” Carencro coach Roland Eveland said of STM. “I don’t know how we’re going to stop them. Hopefully we can move the ball a little bit and keep them off the field. It will be one of those high school games.”
Lafayette, which lost its last seven games last season, has already matched last year’s win total and outscored its first two opponents 56-7 following Thursday’s 40-7 road victory over Opelousas.
“We’ve been real happy that each week we’ve gotten better since the scrimmage,” Lafayette coach Jay Domengeaux said. “Each week we’ve become a little more efficient both offensively and defensively. I’m happy with the way we’re tackling and playing aggressive.”
Tre Celestine’s 22-yard TD pass to Jaylon Price with eight seconds left before halftime gave Lafayette a 21-7 lead at halftime, sparking a 19-0 second-half run where the Lions allowed minus-1 yard rushing. They also picked off two passes with Archie Ducote returning a 32-yarder in the fourth quarter to account for the final score.
“I don’t know if anybody can talk about pecking order right now,” Domengeaux said. “Some of us had rough years last year and are better. We all had some youth on the field and some things to deal with, so the district as a whole is going to improve.”
Standout wide receiver/kick returner Hunter Register returned an interception 43 yards for a score and also scored on a 59-yard punt return, helping Comeaux to a 36-9 win over Alexandria.
Running back Scotty Thibodeaux (65 yards, TD) was part of a 212-yard rushing effort for the Spartans.
“We’ve still got a long way to go as far as being good,” Magee said. “We’ve been fortunate that we’ve been just a little better than the teams we’ve played. We’re going to find out what kind of football team we’ve got this Friday. It’s definitely a step up in competition.”
Running back Tyreik Campbell helped Carencro, which led 20-19 at halftime, gain some separation with 4-yard scoring run in the third quarter and defensive back Gabriel Duffy turned in three interceptions, cementing the Bears’ 28-19 triumph over Northside.
Campbell gained 144 yards and scored four times for Carencro, which was 3-7 a year ago.
“We had two new coordinators and changed defenses last year,” said Eveland, now in his second season. “Everybody’s been together a year now and I feel like that’s helped offensively and defensively. We had a really good year in the offseason and that’s translated well to the field.”