Week 1 of the high school football season is in the books.
What did we learn?
First, we learned that the Catholic League is likely going to be a three-team race that may be better than we even imagined.
Just based on scrimmages and jamborees, the Rummel/Brother Martin game looked like it probably would determine the district championship. But then Curtis, which looked ho-hum during the preseason, came out and blasted Landry-Walker at Behrman Stadium on Friday night.
The Raiders, Crusaders and Patriots now sit atop The New Orleans Advocate’s Super 10 large school rankings.
Second, we learned that there are two really good teams in Covington.
While St. Paul’s beating Karr wasn’t a complete surprise, the score was. Show of hands, everyone who had the Wolves beating the then-No. 10 Cougars 34-7. Nope, me neither.
St. Paul’s wasn’t the only team in town knocking off a ranked team. Covington’s defense stepped up and stuffed then-No. 9 Franklinton 14-6.
Third, Oct. 23 can’t get here soon enough. That’s when the top two teams in the small school Super 10 (St. Charles and Riverside) play in a game that likely will decide the District 9-2A title.
It’s not often that you say a team looks impressive in a loss, but Class 2A Riverside’s 29-28 defeat to Class 5A John Ehret was one of the more surprising scores of the weekend.
Meanwhile, Frank Monica’s Comets posted a 31-0 shutout of Class 5A Thibodaux. Yeah, this isn’t the Thibodaux team from a year ago, but a 31-point win is impressive.
Now let’s look ahead to this week. Last week, it was hard to trim the list to five games. This week, it was tough finding five.
But here are top five games to keep an eye on this week:
5. East St. John at John Ehret
Ehret quarterback Caron Baham went down last week in the win over Riverside. How healthy he is could be key against East St. John on Thursday night.
The Patriots will have revenge on their minds after being ousted in the first round of the playoffs by the Wildcats.
4. Easton at Evangel Christian
The Eagles showed in their season-opening win over Jesuit that there is still plenty of talent, especially on defense.
Now they must travel to Shreveport to take on one of the state’s top programs.
3. St. Charles at Thomas Jefferson
It’s one of only two games this week featuring two teams ranked in the Super 10. The Comets are No. 1 in the small school rankings, and the Jaguars are No. 7.
Both had shutouts in their openers, but St. Charles should be a much stiffer test for Thomas Jefferson than St. Martin’s was.
2. Karr vs. Landry-Walker
This game always determines bragging rights in Algiers, but this year there is more to play for: The loser will start the season 0-2.
Both teams are looking to get back on track after blowout losses last week.
1. Covington at Rummel
The Lions, No. 10 in the large school rankings, come to Yenni Stadium on Saturday night to play the top-ranked Raiders.
The Raiders will face arguably the best running back not named Trey Ragas when sophomore Devin Brumfield and the Lions make the trip from the north shore.
Rummel continues to climb in the national rankings, vaulting to No. 14 this week by MaxPreps. It’ll be the Raiders’ last game in Louisiana until October. They travel to Mississippi next week and New Jersey the following week before returning home for Catholic League play.
A win Saturday, and the next two weeks would surely vault Rummel into the top 10 nationally.