Five Baton Rouge teams ranked in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s high school football polls lost their season openers.
Another ranked team, Zachary, won despite yielding 429 passing yards.
An unranked team notched a signature win over a defending state champion.
Another team that hadn’t won since 2013 opened the season with a victory.
Ready to throw in the towel on the 2015 season? Well don’t do it.
The aforementioned numbers and several others are the very reasons Baton Rouge high school football fans should consider going to as many games as possible.
There is no guarantee of any state titles. Based on Week 1, it looks like this season will be anything but boring.
And now here comes Week 2, which offers some intriguing matchups.
The action starts Thursday with one of those matchups. Third-ranked Parkview Baptist of 3A ousted No. 8 Catholic High in Week 1. Now the Eagles travel to Reserve to take on sixth-ranked Riverside Academy (0-1) of 2A. The Thursday night game is part of the New Orleans Saints/LHSAA Game of the Week package.
Catholic (0-1) heads to Zachary (1-0) to take on the fifth-ranked Broncos to help highlight the list of Friday games.
This all-5A matchup is notable for both the coaches and the teams. The winner offers another glimpse into the two Baton Rouge Class 5A districts. Last week Denham Springs of 4-5A defeated East Ascension of 5-5A; Ditto that for Scotlandville over McKinley. St. Amant of 5-5A beat Live Oak to even the score.
What makes this one even more interesting is the coaches. Zachary’s David Brewerton squares off against his alma mater and his former coach, Dale Weiner, for the first time as a head coach. The Broncos yielded 429 passing yards in their 56-34 win over Wilkinson County, Miss.
Dutchtown (0-1) of 5-5A travels to Central (1-0) of 4-5A for another crossover game. The schools are two of the area’s most successful teams over the past decade. This is their first home-and-home two-year series and its something fans should enjoy.
Though 5-5A is traditionally considered the toughest local 5A league, 4-5A holds the big upper hand. Last week 4-5A was 5-1 and finished 2-1 in head-to-head matchups. District 5-5A was 1-5.
Class 3A University High goes from one classification extreme to the other. The top-ranked Cubs (0-1) loss 24-7 to Class 5A Rummel, the second-ranked team in Week 1. Now they’ll play second-ranked Southern Lab (1-0) of 1A. The game is set for Southern’s A.W. Mumford Stadium.
U-High won the Division II select state title last season, beating District 7-3A foe Parkview in the title game. Southern Lab was the Division IV select runner-up.
Other ranked teams that lost Week 1 games — 4A No. 6 Livonia (at West Feliciana 0-1), 4A No. 9 Plaquemine (at Port Allen 1-0) and 1A No. 10 White Castle (hosts Madison Prep 1-0) — all will be looking to get back on track.
Parkview garnered the biggest win in the spotlight by beating Catholic 33-26 last Friday. Class 2A Madison Prep’s 12-7 victory over Livonia also was one of those signature moments. Class 5A Walker, which won its first game since 2013, hosts 3A Franklin, looking to go 2-0.
Yes, this is another compelling week. There’s still plenty of football to be played over the next nine weeks.
The only thing I can predict is the unpredictable.
The Friday night death of Franklin Parish football player Tyrell Cameron will no doubt spark a debate about football safety.
Cameron, a freshman, was hit by a Sterlington blocker as he was moving into position to make a tackle on the return man on a punt and later died.
Football is king in Louisiana. It’s the sport every kid grows up wanting to play. And we know the odds of a death like Cameron’s are extremely small.
Small, at least, until they hit home. God bless Cameron’s family and FPHS.