Northeast football coach David Masterson gathered his team earlier this week before the start of practice with a stern message.
With Northeast (6-0, 2-0) holding onto a share of the District 6-2A lead with East Feliciana (4-2, 2-0) heading into Friday’s 7 p.m. road game at No. 10 Episcopal (4-2, 0-2), Masterson wanted his team’s attention squarely on the Knights and not a week ahead to the Tigers.
“We prohibited two words from coming out of their mouths and they started with E and F,” Masterson said in reference to East Feliciana. “We didn’t want any talking about it, and we haven’t heard a word about it since.”
Class 3A’s sixth-ranked Livonia (6-0, 2-0) is another team on a collision course for a Week 10 showdown with fifth-ranked Church Point, but the Wildcats are occupied with the business at hand in District 5-3A which is a home game with co-leader Ville Platte (3-4, 2-0).
“We told our kids when a team like Ville Platte is playing with confidence you better be ready early on,” Livonia coach Guy Mistretta said. “If you don’t play well early, they can feed off that confidence and get better and better.”
The winner of the Ascension Catholic-West St. John game can take a step toward the District 8-1A crown with the Bulldogs (6-1, 2-0) traveling to face the fifth-ranked Rams (5-2, 2-0). Both teams must still face No. 10 White Castle (6-1, 2-0).
“This district championship goes through West St. John,” ACHS coach Doug Moreau said. “They can say that because they’ve owned the district. For us to go there and beat them would be a heck of an accomplishment.”
Following an open date Northeast posted a 28-13 win over Capitol Charter where the Vikings limited the Lions to one offensive touchdown, 117 yards and five first downs.
Quarterback Marqueon Minor accounted for 171 yards and two touchdowns. He picked also off two passes from his safety position.
Running back T.J. Wisham tops Episcopal with 105 carries for 671 yards and 10 TDs.
“Defensively, we’re hitting on all cylinders,” Masterson said. “It’s just an offensive issue right now, and part of that is we historically focus on defense. We figure if you’re strong defensively you’ve always got a shot.”
Livonia made short work of Port Barre last week, jumping out to a 33-0 halftime lead en route to posting their first shutout of the season. They held the Red Devils to 75 total yards.
Running back Malcolm Dedrick leads the Wildcats with 117 carries for 905 yards and 16 TDs, with quarterback Cee Jay Powell combining for 1,288 yards and 18 TDs.
“We still don’t feel we’ve played our best game which is great,” Mistretta said. “It gives you something to work on. You don’t improve without making mistakes.”
Ascension Catholic has won two straight since a 19-0 home loss against Episcopal. West St. John’s riding a three-game win streak since a Week 4 loss to Holy Cross, 28-8.
Wingback Kaleb Winchester leads a balanced triple-option running attack with 30 carries for 386 yards and 3 TDs.
“This is going to be a big game for us, but it’s what we’ve been getting ready for,” Moreau said. “If we can’t get ready for that, I don’t think we can ready for anything.”