Scotlandville and St. Michael the Archangel are off to impressive 5-0 starts in football. Both squads feature high-powered offenses as Scotlandville averages 45.2 points per game and St. Michael 38.2 ppg.

Both schools are ranked 11th in the latest Louisiana Sports Writers Association football polls. Scotlandville received 18 points in the Class 5A poll and St. Michael earned 26 points in Class 4A. Scotlandville was 15th last week and St. Michael 14th.

The top five teams remained the same for the third straight week. St. Paul’s of Covington tops Class 5A, St. Thomas More leads 4A, St. Charles Catholic leads 3A, John Curtis leads 2A and Ouachita Christian leads 1A.

Dutchtown (5-0) continues to hold the second spot in Class 5A. The Griffins earned one first-place and 131 points. St. Paul’s had 11 first-place votes and 143 points. Acadiana and Carencro are third and fourth in 5A. Lutcher (4-1) remains fourth in Class 4A.

Amite and Independence are third and fourth in Class 3A. Defending state champion Parkview Baptist, which dropped out of the polls last week, is back in the polls at 10th. The Eagles (2-3) defeated Catholic High 47-20 last week. East Feliciana (2-3) was seventh last week and drops to 11th with 19 points.

University is third and Episcopal moved up one spot to sixth in Class 2A. The two unbeaten rivals meet Friday at EHS in a key District 7-2A contest.

“We have made a steady climb up the polls for a few weeks, and the kids enjoy being recognized,” Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois said. “The game against University means a lot to each school. Having both teams ranked and undefeated adds to the buildup.”

Scotlandville has two defensive shutouts and has held its opponents to 40 points on the season. The Hornets face Denham Springs (3-2) in their District 4-5A opener Friday at Doug Williams Stadium at Louisiana Leadership Institute.

“We’re happy to finish predistrict 5-0,” Scotlandville coach Ken Hilton said. “We know we’ve got to get it going in district, when everyone starts over at 0-0. We’ve got to keep playing and getting better each week. I think our best football is ahead of us.”

“The move up to 11th in the polls is good recognition for our program. We’ve always had a good following, but it has really improved this season with our fast start. There’s a lot of excitement in the community with our program.”

Scotlandville counts on 10 seniors, while St. Michael has 15 seniors and a large junior class.

“For us to be 5-0 midway through the season and be recognized as one of the top teams in our class is good for the kids,” St. Michael coach Eric Held said. “They deserve the recognition. We’re astronomically better on defense this season than last. These guys are playing with confidence.”

St. Michael is plus-12 in turnover margin this season. Leading the team in takeaways is free safety Peyton Drago with five interceptions, a figure that ties for the school record in single-season interceptions. Collin Hughes has 13 pass breakups. Defensive tackles Logan Patty and Stephen Scardina have played well, Held said. Senior Dash Duncan has excelled at quarterback.

“We’ve had an emergence of a running game this season and are more balanced offensively,” Held said.

St. Michael plays Belaire (1-4) on Thursday at Olympia Stadium. St. Michael is 1-0 in District 6-4A and Belaire is 1-1. The Warriors have a showdown next week with Lutcher.

Class 5A

1. St. Paul’s (11) 5-0 143 1

2. Dutchtown (1) 5-0 131 2

3. Acadiana 4-1 114 3

4. Carencro 5-0 101 5

5. West Jefferson 5-0 96 4

6. Byrd 4-0 82 6

7. Jesuit 5-0 72 7

8. West Monroe 3-2 58 8

9. Ouachita 4-1 47 9

10. Rummel 4-0 29 NR

Others receiving votes: Scotlandville 18, Parkway 15, Haughton 8, East St. John 7, Barbe 6, Higgins 4, Brother Martin 4, Covington 1, Mandeville 1, St. Amant 1.

Class 4A

1. St. Thom. More (11) 5-0 143 1

2. Breaux Bridge 5-0 128 2

3. Neville (1) 5-0 122 3

4. Lutcher 4-1 100 4

5. Assumption 5-0 95 5

6. Belle Chasse 5-0 84 7

7. Teurlings 3-2 62 10

8. Karr 2-3 41 NR

9. O.P. Walker 2-1 34 NR

10. St. Augustine 2-3 32 NR

Others receiving votes: St. Michael 26, Bastrop 17, McDonogh 35 16, South Terrebonne 7, Salmen 2, Broadmoor 1.

Class 3A

1. St. Charles (12) 5-0 144 1

2. Patterson 4-0 130 2

3. Amite 4-1 120 3

4. Independence 4-1 101 4

5. Loranger 5-0 97 6

6. Jennings 4-1 75 8

7. Livonia 5-0 72 9

8. Richwood 4-1 59 10

9. Notre Dame 2-3 42 5

10. Parkview Bapt. 2-3 29 NR

Others receiving votes: East Feliciana 19, Westlake 14, Avoyelles 10, Farmerville 8, Port Allen 4, Rayne 4, Eunice 3, West Feliciana 2, Brusly 1.

Class 2A

1. John Curtis (12) 5-0 144 1

2. Winnfield 5-0 132 2

3. University 5-0 123 3

4. Menard 5-0 104 4

5. Loreauville 4-1 91 6

6. Episcopal 5-0 82 7

7. Catholic-N.I. 4-1 67 10

8. Lake Arthur 5-0 66 8

9. Evangel 1-4 46 5

10. Calvary Bapt. 3-2 30 NR

Others receiving votes: Riverside Academy 25, Kinder 16, Many 6, Pope John Paul II 4, West St. Mary 3.

Class 1A

1. Ouachita Chr. (12) 5-0 144 1

2. St. Mary’s 4-1 113 4

3. Haynesville 4-1 111 2

4. Elton 5-0 108 3

5. Cent. Cath.-M.C. 4-1 100 5

6. Vermilion Cath. 5-0 95 6

7. Cedar Creek 4-1 67 8

8. West St. John 3-2 49 7

9. Westminster 3-2 47 10

10. Mangham 5-0 40 NR

Others receiving votes: Kentwood 18, St. John 17, East Iberville 15, Archbishop Hannan 4, St. Martin’s 4, Delhi Charter 3, Block 1.