RightAlign.123Big schools (5A-4A)
RightAlign.123Team (Record) Pvs.
1. Teurlings (6-1) 1
There was no big-win hangover for the Rebels, who took care of business against an overmatched St. Martinville squad 37-6. After knocking off St. Thomas More a couple of weeks ago, the Rebels should have a pretty clear road to the district title with two winnable home games remaining on their schedule against Westgate and Northside.
2. St. Thomas More (6-1) 2
No Trevor Begue, no Tiger Bech, no problem. The Cougars drilled Northside on the road 55-14 to bounce back nicely from a disappointing loss to Teurlings. Like Teurlings, St. Thomas More will also close its regular season with back-to-back home games, starting with St. Martinville this Friday.
3. Carencro (6-2) 4
The Bears went on the road and pulled out a win against a New Iberia team that is much better than its 0-5 district record indicates. Carencro needed to scrape a touchdown drive together late in the fourth quarter to do it, getting a Tyler Gaspard touchdown pass with less than five minutes remaining to beat the Yellowjackets 28-24. Much like Acadiana, it’s opponent this week, Carencro isn’t always pretty but it manages to find a way to win.
4. Acadiana (5-3) 5
The Wreckin’ Rams aren’t dominating teams the way they did last year, but does it really matter? After stumbling to a 2-3 start, the Rams are winners of three straight thanks to plays like the one they made last week, when they scored on an 87-yard fumble return with less than two minutes left to break a tie game against Sam Houston. Acadiana could make a big statement against Carencro this week.
5. Crowley (6-2) NR
Rayne ran into a buzzsaw by the name of Ty’Von Griffin last week. The Crowley running back gashed Rayne for nearly 300 yards and five touchdowns in the Gents’ 33-21 win, which was impressive enough to vault Crowley and its 4-1 district record ahead of Rayne in these rankings.
Honorable mention: Breaux Bridge, Rayne
RightAlign.123Small schools (3A-1A)
RightAlign.1231. Catholic New-Iberia (8-0) 1
The Panthers took Opelousas Catholic’s best haymaker on the chin early last week, but they never lost their balance. Catholic-NI stormed back with 28 second-half points to upend the Vikings in a battle of the unbeatens on the road. The Panthers have a perfect regular season in their sights, but they certainly don’t have easy games remaining with Loreauville and Delcambre on the schedule.
2. Church Point (8-0) 2
Make it six consecutive games with 40 or more points and three straight with 50 or more. Church Point is on some kind of a roll right now. Up next is 3-5 Ville Platte, which looks like an easy win on paper, but could the Bears be looking past Ville Platte? Church Point has fellow unbeaten Livonia coming to town for the regular-season finale in what could wind up being a winner-take-all game — as long as the Bears don’t find themselves looking too far in the future.
3. Notre Dame (6-2) 3
Well, the Pios couldn’t make it three straight shutouts, but they’re still on a pretty nice roll. They cruised to a 44-21 win against a winless Abbeville team last week, giving them three straight wins since Catholic-New Iberia handed them a somewhat embarrassing 56-28 home loss.
4. Opelousas Catholic (7-1) 4
Opelousas Catholic came out with a ton of energy against fellow undefeated team Catholic-New Iberia last week and had a 19-14 lead going into halftime. But despite a valiant effort, the Vikings defense was not able to hang with the vaunted Panthers offense, as they were handed their first loss of the season, 42-26. Losing to the top team in these rankings will not drop them a spot.
5. Vermilion Catholic (7-1) 5
Things were closer than expected in last week’s 22-20 win against Eunice, but the Eagles hung on for their seventh straight win. They’ve got tough games remaining against Hanson Memorial and Ascension Episcopal, two teams that have combined to go 11-5 this season.
Honorable mention: Ascension Episcopal, Loreauville, Central Catholic-Morgan City