At first glance, it looks like one of the season’s best defensive matchups.
Top-ranked Archbishop Rummel’s defense features two standout lineman, Oklahoma commitment Tyrell Jacobs and Mississippi State commitment Briston Guidry.
Dutchtown’s talented defense includes a secondary led by another sought-after recruit in Justin Reid.
For Dutchtown High coach, Benny Saia it’s all about offense and how his team can generate some.
“We don’t have to average 40 points a game,” Saia said. “The bottom line is we have to find ways to move the ball. In the first half of our game with Destrehan our defense was on the field for 50 plays and that’s too much.
“Rummel is very good on offense, but their defense is special. We’ll still need to find ways to get first downs and generate some points.”
The Griffins (2-2) host Rummel (4-0) for a nondistrict game that helps top the list of Week 5 schedule in Class 5A and 4A. All games start at 7 p.m. Plaquemine (4-0), ranked fifth in 4A, hosts 1A Southern Lab (1-3) in another notable nondistrict contest.
District 4-5A enters its second week of action with a couple of intriguing games. One preseason favorite, Zachary (3-1, 1-0), plays at home. The Broncos host Live Oak (1-3, 0-1). The other two preseason favorites play each other. Scotlandville (2-2, 0-1) travels to Central (2-2, 0-0) with both teams looking to keep pace in the 4-5A race.
Two 5A teams head to the New Orleans area for nondistrict games. Fifth-ranked Catholic (3-1) travels to play 4A Salmen (0-4); 5A McKinley (3-1) plays Landry-Walker (4-0), rated third in 4A.
The Rummel game provided a watershed week for Dutchtown a year ago. The Griffins rallied from a first-half deficit to win 31-28.
Brandt Fritsche completed 10 of 11 passes during one stretch for Dutchtown in its win over Captain Shreve last week. Jared Sparks also takes some snaps for the Griffins, while Fitell Bolding and Kajuan Coleman are the top running backs for DHS.
Maurice Bailey ran for 124 yards last week for Rummel, while Chase Fourcade added 89 passing yards for the Raiders, who got two interceptions from Kristian Fulton.
The Southern Lab-Plaquemine game has the look of a trap game for the Green Devils, who have played without quarterback D’Morea Wicks much of the last two weeks because of hamstring injury. PHS coach Paul Distefano said Wicks will be a game-time decision.
“I know it sounds like I’m poor-mouthing,” Distefano said. “But we’re a little beat up after a tough four-game stretch.
“When you factor in that Southern Lab isn’t your typical 1A team, it’s a challenge. We’re going to have to come out ready to play.”
Central has had its share of injuries and has lost two straight nondistrict games. Quarterback Tyler Sansone suffered a collarbone injury just as he was settling into the starting role. The play of Sansone and Scotlandville’s first-year starter Levi Lewis may be pivotal. Central defensive back Kevin Henry, an Oklahoma State commitment, suffered a rib injury in last week’s loss to McKinley and also will be a game time decision.
“It’s a big one for either team to win,” Central coach Sid Edwards said. “Culturally for us this is something very different. We’ve been blessed with great success and haven’t lost two in a row since my first year.
“The key is for them keep believing and playing hard. Last week we played hard and just had way too many miscues.”