West St. John at St. James
Last year: West St. John won 35-7.
The buzz: Tonight marks the opening of St. James’ state-of-the-art stadium on La. 20. The game will be televised statewide as the LHSAA Game of the Week. The last time St. James beat West St. John was in 2007.
Grace King at De La Salle
Last year: De La Salle won 27-0.
The buzz: Victor Gaines returns to run the offense for the Cavaliers, ranked No. 7 in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 for small schools. Gaines is one of six returning starters. The Stuart Bott era begins at Grace King, coming off a one-win season in 2013.
The Irish are once again playing an independent schedule.
Thibodaux vs. Shaw
(At Hoss Memtsas)
Last year: Did not play. Thibodaux won 28-14.
The buzz: Running back Trey Ragas is expecting an even bigger season after piling up 1,300 yards as a sophomore for Shaw. The Eagles won four straight games after losing to Thibodaux in season opener last season, so this win could be a springboard to a big season. Tigers, led by senior quarterback Peyton Bonvillian, will be solid once again.