Big schools (5A-4A)
1. St. Thomas More (3-0) 2
The Cougars weathered an early storm from Carencro last week to pull away and dominate in a 56-21 win. Quarterback Will Bellamy completed nearly 90 percent of his passes against the Bears, and not all of them were easy pitch-and-catch throws.
2. Acadiana (1-2) 1
Don’t put too much stock in the Rams’ 1-2 record. They’ve played a game in Shreveport against one of Alabama’s better high school teams, then lost on the road to a talented Rummel squad. Still, the two losses are enough to drop them out of the top spot.
3. Rayne (3-0) 4
The Wolves claimed their third straight win against Abbeville last week, although their offense was slowed down by some sloppy conditions. Quarterback Jaylon Reed still found a way to throw three scoring passes in the game.
4. Teurlings (2-1) 5
There might not be anybody in the area who has matched the difficulty of Teurlings’ schedule with the results it’s produced. The Rebels’ pulled off a white-knuckle win against Notre Dame last week, a 17-14 thriller where they held off a furious Pioneer rally in the fourth quarter.
5. Lafayette (3-0) NR
The young Lions cracked our top five after taking it to Opelousas 40-7 last week. The defense that has allowed just 14 points this season will have its hands full against Acadiana this week.
Honorable mention: Carencro, Breaux Bridge, Comeaux
Small schools (3A-1A)
1. Notre Dame (2-1) 1
Quarterback Brad Stoma’s fourth-and-13 pass fell incomplete, ending a fourth-quarter rally that nearly saw the Pios come back from a 17-0 deficit. A close loss to a tough Teurlings team won’t drop Notre Dame from the rankings’ top spot.
2. Catholic New-Iberia (3-0) 2
The Panthers have shown the ability to blow teams out behind their powerful offense this season, but last week they showed the ability to win a tight one. They slipped past Patterson 28-25 to move to 3-0 and claim the top spot in the LHSAA’s 2A rankings.
3. Jennings (3-0) 3
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead then hung on in the second half against DeRidder. The Bulldogs’ three opponents this season are 5-1 against everybody other than Jennings. They’ll get another tough task against an undefeated Plaquemine team.
4. Church Point (3-0) 4
Church Point’s defense was tested against Cecilia, as they gave up 28 first-half points. But the Bears roared away in the second half to remain undefeated heading into this week’s contest against Loreauville.
5. Loreauville (1-0) 5
Loreauville moves into the rankings for the first time after posting two straight resounding victories. The Tigers have won their last two games by an 89-13 margin.
Honorable mention: Vermilion Catholic, Lafayette Christian Academy