All games 7 p.m.
Comeaux (2-0) at Breaux Bridge (1-1)
Last year: Breaux Bridge won 20-6.
The buzz: Comeaux gets a tough test against a Breaux Bridge team in damage control, after a 51-21 loss at Notre Dame last Thursday. Breaux Bridge will pay special attention to its coverage teams this week in defending against Spartans’ return man Hunter Register, who has returned three kickoffs and an interception for touchdowns in the first two weeks. Breaux Bridge looks to improve offensively after gaining 143 total yards against NDHS.
Eunice (1-1) at St. Martinsville (1-1)
Last year: Eunice won 12-7
The buzz: Eunice played poorly in last week’s 40-7 loss to Jennings, ranked among the top 10 in Class 3A. The Bobcats are especially concerned with their punt and kickoff return teams, which allowed the Bulldogs good field position. St. Martinville, a spread offense team, scored frequently in the Tigers’ close victory over Assumption.
Carencro (2-0) at St. Thomas More (2-0)
Last year: St. Thomas More won 31-0
The buzz: St. Thomas More is off to a usual quick start. The Cougars’ Trevor Begue has become one of Acadiana’s most prolific running backs. Begue ran for 134 yards and scored three touchdowns last week against Gladewater, Texas. The Cougars also feature quarterback Will Bellamy. Carencro has improved in its second season under coach Rip Eveland and offensive coordinator Kevin Faulk. The player to stop for STM is Bears running back Tyreik Campbell, who has emerged as a top back in 3-5A.
Cecilia (1-1) at Church Point (2-0)
Last year: Church Point won 21-20
The buzz: If you want to watch two effective running attacks, make your way to Church Point. Cecilia brings in running back Raymond Calais, a punishing runner who has gained over 400 yards in two games. Some consider Church Point’s Wing-T old school, but the Bars use it effectively with a one-two punch of running backs Deion Monroe and Chris Veronie. Bears quarterback Troy Matte can dial up a vertical passing game, something Church Point has lacked in past years.
Evangel (1-1) at Northside (0-2)
Last year: Evangel won 45-0
The Buzz:Northside faces another difficult opponent this week in Evangel. The Vikings have played Acadiana, last year’s Class 5A champion and a 2-0 Carencro team in successive weeks. Now it’s Evangel, the north Louisiana version of John Curtis. The Vikings held Carencro close until the mid-third quarter last week during a 28-10 loss.
Ascension Episcopal (2-0) at Opelousas Catholic (2-0)
Last year: Opelousas Catholic won 42-6
The buzz: Opelousas Catholic, under first-year coach Dane Charpentier, features one of the area’s best defenses and an offense that is slowly developing. OCHS already has three interceptions. Former UL-Lafayette quarterback Mike Desormeaux has an AES team undefeated, and a squad, Charpentier said, is a lot better than last year. The Blue Gators will test their running attack against a seasoned OCHS defense primed for its homecoming game.
Alexandria (0-2) at Lafayette (2-0)
Last year: Lafayette won 40-14
The buzz: Lafayette already has as many victories as it did in 2013. Lafayette is playing tough defense, allowing only seven points in two games. Lions coach Jay Domengeaux likes the way his team has adapted to the veer offense. Lafayette’s defense has proved solid also, allowing just seven points in eight quarters. Alexandria visits Lafayette for a second straight week. Comeaux beat ASH 36-9 last Friday.
Abbeville (0-2) at Rayne (2-0)
Last year: Rayne won 45-7
The buzz: Abbeville was victimized in a 42-0 blowout against St. Louis last week. The Wildcats will have a difficult time this week stopping a Rayne rushing attack that features several backs that mix speed and power in the Wing-T.
Basile (2-0) at St. Edmund (1-1)
Last year: Basile won 29-22
The buzz: This is one of the area’s oldest rivalries. It’s between schools in different parishes, but just a few miles apart. Basile has one of Class 1A’s more exciting runners in Kendrick Ceasar, while St. Edmund features quarterback Drew Brown, a deceptive runner and accurate passer. St. Edmund scored 35 points against Iota last week, while the Jays have to contend with Ceasar, quarterback Mark Ivory and several other weapons. It could be a game meant for calculator scoring.
Notre Dame (2-0) at Teurlings (1-1)
Last year: Notre Dame won 35-21
The buzz: One of Acadiana’s oldest parochial school rivalries. The series been dominated recently by Notre Dame, which gave coach Lewis Cook Jr. his 300th career win last week. Teurlings scored a major win over New Iberia last Friday. Notre Dame’s young secondary will be tested by quarterback Cole Kelley, who threw for 272 yards against NISH.
Opelousas (1-1) at McKinley (1-1)
Last year: McKinley won 50-6
The buzz: Opelousas had problems defending Lafayette, which scored 40 points last Thursday. OHS has allowed 62 points already in two games. The Tigers have some offensive playmakers, and quarterback Ke’Andre Jones is also a running threat who likes to throw to wide receiver Darius Berard. McKinley has a size advantage and is using a spread offense to complement its playmakers.
Patterson (0-2) at Catholic-New Iberia (2-0)
Last year: Patterson won 46-25
The buzz: In preseason CHSNI coach Brent Indest said Patterson would provide his team with one of its more difficult early tests. The Panthers have started the year in dominant fashion and showed some offensive muscle last week in a lopsided win at Erath. Patterson is 0-2, but Indest is cautious because of the Lumberjacks’ athletic quality.
New Iberia (0-2) at Westgate (1-1)
Last year: New Iberia won 17-7
The buzz: The teams’ combined records may not be that impressive, but it’s an intracity rivalry. New Iberia had problems stopping Teurlings in a 36-7 loss. Westgate had the tougher time, edging Franklin 12-6. In contrast to last season, New Iberia is off to a slow start. A game like this defies pre-game predictions.
Northwest (0-2) at Crowley (1-1)
Last year: Northwest won 22-20
The buzz: Northwest coach Chris Edwards is looking for his first victory at the school. Last Friday Northwest lost 48-0 and allowed Zachary to gain 300 yards. Crowley is home at Gardiner Memorial Stadium after losing to Westlake last week. The Gents have a solid running back in Ty’Von Griffin (230 yards in the season opener) and quarterback Pate Broussard can make the difficult throws when necessary.
North Central (0-2) at Highand Baptist (1-1)
Last year: Highland won 44-6
The buzz: Highland and North Central are in regrouping mode. North Central lost to Jeanerette 52-2, while Berwick beat Highland 20-7. North Central plays a road game for a third straight week. The Hurricanes are 1-21 since 2012.
Sacred Heart-VP (0-2) at Gueydan (0-2)
Last year: Teams did not play.
The buzz: First-year coach Gary Adkins is still seeking his first win at Sacred Heart. The Trojans have had problems moving the ball in their first two games (Basile and Opelousas Catholic), but the teams SHHS has faced are both 2-0. Gueydan had its offensive problems against Grand Lake last week in a 28-0 loss. GHS has scored 12 points this season.
Hamilton Christian (1-1) at Lafayette Christian (2-0)
Last year: Lafayette Christian won 14-7
The buzz: Lafayette Christian is off to a fast start after scoring 44 in last week’s victory over Houma Christian. Dylan Hargrave is the running back to stop for LCA. Hargrave gained 108 yards in the win. Hamilton Christian has been difficult to gauge. HCA defeated Lake Arthur, then lost to St. Mary’s last week.
Erath (0-2) at Vermilion Catholic (1-1)
Last year: Vermilion Catholic won 28-19
The buzz: Erath had problems defending a talented Catholic-New Iberia offense that scored 56 last week. It might not get much easier, as Vermilion Catholic’s young offense under Roch Charpentier is beginning to uncover a path. Last week the Eagles scored 32 in the win over Welsh.
North Vermilion (0-2)
at Loreauville (1-1)
Last year: Loreauville won 34-3
The buzz: North Vermilion had difficulty stopping a Rayne offense that scored 28 last week. NVHS has another problem against Loreauville. LHS features some offensive concern with wide receiver Rashid Bonnette, who had over 100 yards receiving last week.
Hanson (2-0) at Berwick (1-1)
Last year: Hanson won 46-21
The buzz: Hanson is off to a rapid start. The defense has been stout, allowing just 12 points in two games. Berwick won its first game last week with a win over Highland Baptist.
Delcambre (1-1) at Elton (1-1)
Last year: Elton won 32-12
The buzz: Delcambre and Elton are searching for their second win. Elton’s offense has shown the propensity for scoring. The Indians, however, have allowed 60 points in the two games. Delcambre is doing its best despite limited numbers of players..
Bunkie (0-2) at East Beauregard (2-0)
Last year: East Beauregard won 14-6
Bunkie showed some offensive promise in the first game against Marksville, but last week the Panthers faltered against Buckeye (24-0) in their second loss. East Beauregard recorded a shutout last week at home in a game against Pine Prairie.