It’ll be Baton Rouge’s District 5-5A against the New Orleans area in Week 5 of the high school football season.
Fifth-ranked Catholic High, Dutchtown, St. Amant and McKinley all are set to play nondistrict games against New Orleans area teams to close the first half of the regular season.
A week after top-ranked Rummel (4-0) ousted Catholic 17-14, Dutchtown (2-2) takes its turn, hosting the Raiders. Meanwhile, McKinley (3-1) plays Landry-Walker (3-1), rated fourth in Class 4A, at Behrman Stadium.
Catholic (3-1) heads to the Slidell area to take on 4A Salmen (0-4), while St. Amant (3-1) hosts John Ehret (3-1). If it’s about stepping out of a comfort zone, it will be mission accomplished for 5-5A.
“We’re looking at film right now, and it’s easy see (the Raiders) are a very good football team,” Dutchtown coach Benny Saia said. “We played probably our best game last week against Captain Shreve. But the bottom line is we’ve got to focus on ourselves and getting better every day.
“We’re making improvement and that has to continue. The teams in our district (5-5A) with the exception of Catholic and East Ascension won last week. The teams they lost to are two of the best. We’ll have our hands full the rest of the way.”
McKinley has won three straight since dropping its opener to Scotlandville. Last Friday’s 34-14 win over traditional District 4-5A power Central was significant for Panthers coach Robert Signater, who thinks the Landry-Walker game may be just as crucial.
“Beating a team like Central on the road was huge for us,” Signater said. “Now I can say we’re a better football team than I thought we were a couple of weeks ago. Going on the road to New Orleans to play Landry-Walker is another chance to see where we are going into district.”
While the nondistrict games are notable, league play continues in Districts 4-5A, 7-3A and 6-2A. Zachary (3-1, 1-0) made the boldest state in Week 4, running away with a with a 41-7 victory over Scotlandville (2-2, 0-1) in a 4-5A opener.
The Broncos face Live Oak (1-3, 0-1) while plenty of attention will focus Scotlandville at Central (2-2, 0-0) — a game that matches the league’s other preseason favorites.
“We’re not in a situation to take anything for granted,” Zachary coach David Brewerton said. “Live Oak is a team that has played Zachary close in recent years. It was a close game last year, and Live Oak beat Zachary two years ago. We’re pleased with the win and the intensity, but know there are things we still have to work on.”
Second-ranked University (4-0, 1-0) hosts Glen Oaks (0-4, 0-0), while No. 7 Parkview Baptist (3-1, 1-0) hosts Brusly (1-3, 0-1) in notable 7-3A games.
Unbeaten Northeast (4-0) opens its District 6-2A schedule at The Dunham School (1-3, 0-1). Meanwhile, eighth-ranked Episcopal (3-0) of 6-2A travels to 1A Ascension Catholic for a nondistrict game. ACHS is 4-0 for the first time since 1989.