Walker: Plenty of good options for football’s first week _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Devon Benn gains 3 yards during a punt return in the first quarter of the DeLaSalle vs. John Curtis high school football game at Pan Am Stadium in New Orleans, on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

The 2015 season is here ... finally.

The scrimmages and jamborees are over.

Now the real games begin.

And when it comes to several local teams, Week 1 presents some REAL games.

Originally, this space was going to be used to list the top five games to see in Week One of the season.

But trimming the list to just five games was just way too hard this week.

So instead, here is a countdown of the top eight games to see this week.

8. Rummel at U-High

How good is Rummel? Well, it has moved up five spots in the MaxPreps national rankings over the past two weeks and it has yet to play a game. The Raiders started the season at No. 22, moved to No. 21 last week and are now No. 17. A lot of that, obviously, has to do with other teams in other states losing.

But the Raiders get a stiff test right out the gate when they travel to Baton Rouge, the first of four straight road trips for the Raiders.

7. Riverside at John Ehret

The 2A Rebels, ranked No. 2 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Small School Super 10, proved last week they could play with the big boys, beating 5A Mandeville in a jamboree. Now they go up against the Red Brick Wall, Ehret’s stingy defense, led by hard-hitting linebacker Michael Divinity.

6. McMain at Newman

Two top-five teams in the Small School Super 10 will meet in Uptown. The Mustangs are ranked fifth, and the Greenies are third.

5. Franklinton at Covington

Franklinton is ranked No. 9 in the large school rankings. Covington isn’t ranked, but the Lions, featuring sophomore standout running back Devin Brumfield may be a load for the Demons.

4. Warren Easton vs. Jesuit

Tad Gormley turns into a giant bird cage on Thursday when the Eagles and Blue Jays battle. Both teams made it to the Dome last season, with Jesuit winning the Division I title and Easton falling just short of the 4A crown. But many of the key pieces from both 2014 teams are in college now. What better way to start off the season than this Thursday night special.

3. St. Aug vs. McDonogh 35

The Roneagles have been the talk of the preseason so far with impressive wins over Jesuit in the scrimmage and McMain in the jamboree. But none of that will mean anything if they can’t beat St. Aug Saturday night at Tad Gormley.

2. Karr at St. Paul’s

Karr looked like typical Karr on Saturday night in its jamboree against St. Aug: Loaded once again. But now they head over to the northshore to face a St. Paul’s team that beat them 26-25 last season. The Cougars are ranked No. 10 in this newspaper’s rankings. St. Paul’s was unranked, but the Wolves were the next team in. Brice Brown will be looking for career victory No. 1 after taking over at his alma mater after 10 years as offensive coodinator.

1. John Curtis at Landry-Walker

Remember earlier when I mentioned how hard it was trying to trim the list to five?

Well, finding No. 1 wasn’t hard at all. The best game of the weekend will be a Super 10 clash at Behrman Stadium, where No. 2 Landry-Walker hosts No. 4 John Curtis. The Patriots have had their way with both schools (Landry and O.P. Walker) before the West Bank schools merged in 2013. Curtis went 6-0 against Landry and is 12-1 against O.P. Walker. Curtis’ lone loss was in 2001 when it fell 20-0 and was shut out for the first time in 303 games. The folks in Algiers will be fired up for this one. And don’t be surprised to see Landry-Walker on this list again next week when Behrman will surely be rocking again.

Next up for Landry-Walker? Karr.