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De La Salle quarterback JULIEN GUMS (10) runs for a long gain against Edna Carr during the football game between De La Salle and Edna Karr at Tad Gormley Stadium, New Orleans LA on September 15, 2017.

Advocate Photo by STEPHEN LEW

So who's the best team in the greater New Orleans area?

After three weeks, it's too early to say.

But what we do know is that De La Salle is in that conversation.

The scoreboard at Tad Gormley told us so on Friday night when the Cavaliers defeated perennial power Edna Karr 28-26. (Well, the scoreboard didn't actually tell us anything, but we'll get to that in a minute).

De La Salle did what most didn't see coming, ending Karr's 16-game winning streak and staking their claim as the best team in town.

Outside of the people who attend school and work at 5300 St. Charles Avenue, not many thought De La Salle could stand toe-to-toe with Karr.

But the Cavs made a statement Friday night that they indeed are in the conversation.

It was arguably the biggest surprise thus far in this young season, although you can still make an argument for short-handed St. Charles' 28-4 victory over Destrehan in Week 2.

De La Salle, ranked No. 1 in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 for Small Schools, hasn't lost a regular-season game since the finale of 2015. The Cavaliers have reeled off 13 straight regular-season wins and won 22 of their last 23 regular-season games.

Friday's signature win makes De La Salle one of six area teams who have ascended into the best teams conversation this season.

John Curtis, Rummel and Warren Easton have all done their part among the large schools.

And it's hard to leave out St. Charles, which has given up just eight points all season with an aforementioned signature win of its own.

Fortunately for us, many of these debates will be settled on the field.

De La Salle still has huge games against Riverside and St. Charles.

Curtis, currently ranked No. 1 in The Super 10 for Large Schools, has dates with Easton and then a Catholic League showdown with Rummel that will help settle the large school debate.

Curtis is coming off a 66-point outing Friday against Parkview Baptist. It is the second most points Curtis has scored in its storied history, second only to the 67 points the Patriots scored in 2013 against Lusher.

Simply put, the Patriots lit up the scoreboard in Baton Rouge, which they would have been unable to do if they were playing at Tad Gormley Stadium.

The scoreboard at Gormley wasn't working on Friday night, leaving fans having to guess how much time was left on the clock.

It's the second time I've attended a game at Gormley this season when it had issues with the scoreboard. It went out briefly in the season opener between Jesuit and Easton. On Friday night, it didn't work at all.

Schools pay in the range of $2,500 to almost $3,500 to use the stadium. Those in charge owe it to the schools to give them a basic amenity like a scoreboard. They owe it to the fans. And they owe it to the coaches and players. Renting a stadium without a scoreboard is like renting a car without an speedometer.

Here's hoping that the problem gets fixed.

The stadium holds too many big games for it not to be working.

I have no doubt the folks at De La Salle would have loved to have been able to take a picture of the scoreboard Friday night after their statement win.

They didn't get to, but it's a win they won't ever forget.

It put them in the conversation.

Follow Rod Walker on Twitter, @rwalkeradvocate.