Plaquemine’s in the midst of a three-game nondistrict road stretch that’s included a fierce rival in Brusly, an up-and-coming 5A program in Woodlawn and concludes this week with one of the top 3A teams in No. 3 Jennings.
For good measure, the Green Devils springboard into District 6-4A play in two weeks against a surging Class 5A program in Zachary.
“It’s coach’s talk to take it one week at a time, but that’s really what we’re trying to do,” Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. “It’s a long haul. I was crazy to set up the schedule like I did. We have six away games this year. It’s a tough stretch.”
Plaquemine successfully navigated the first three weeks with a pair of wins over Class 5A teams, further pushing its way up the Louisiana Sports Writers Assocation’s Class 4A rankings, which were released Tuesday.
With losses by No. 2 Landry-Walker (2-1) and No. 5 Franklinton (2-1), Plaquemine accumulated 78 points and jumped two spots to fifth ahead of District 6-4A rival Lutcher (3-0) with 69 points.
“We tell them the important thing is to look at the power rankings,” Distefano said. “Everything else is someone’s opinion. We appreciate the recognition, which is good for the program to be recognized.”
Catholic (3-0), which hosts top-ranked Archbishop Rummel (3-0) Friday at Olympia, continued to move up in this week’s 5A poll at No. 5 with 80 points.
Dutchtown and Zachary each earned points.
A second one-point win in three weeks was enough to keep University (3-0) positioned at No. 2 in Class 3A behind John Curtis, which garnered all 11 first-place votes and outdistanced the Cubs 132 to 119 in total points.
Parkview Baptist (2-1) won its second straight game since a Week 1 loss to Catholic High and moved up to No. 7 with Livonia (2-0) going from No. 10 to No. 9 after its 46-22 win over Port Allen.
West Feliciana (3-0) finds itself just outside the Top 10 with 16 points.
A week after moving into the Class 2A poll, Episcopal (3-0) showed it had staying power after a 20-10 victory over the previously eighth-ranked team in Class 1A Country Day.
White Castle’s first loss of the year — a 35-12 setback to Class 3A Donaldsonville — dropped the Bulldogs (2-1) two positions to No. 9 with Madison Prep (2-1), Ascension Catholic (3-0) and Southern Lab (0-3) all receiving points.
Plaquemine found itself having to dig a little deeper to come back from a first-quarter hole to defeat Woodlawn 35-21.
The Green Devils trailed 14-0 and 21-6 in the initial quarter before staging a second-quarter comeback that included 21 unanswered points for a 27-21 halftime lead on Wayne Toussaint’s 34-yard run.
“It was tough last week trying to humble them after the Brusly game which is a big rival,” Distefano said. “We brought them back down to earth, and started out slow. It showed something about the kids to be able to come back from being down 14-0 and 21-6 in the first quarter. But it doesn’t get any easier this week.”
Kittens up late
Southern Lab (0-3) hosts Donaldsonville (2-1) for a nondistrict game at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Southern University’s A.W. Mumford Stadium.
SLHS coach Nick Mitchell said the game will be played after an SU women’s soccer game.