The first week of the 2014 high school football season is in the books.
What did we learn and what does Week 2 have in store?
1. Rummel is even better than we first thought.
The Raiders took East St. John to the woodshed in the season opener, limiting the Wildcats to just 43 yards rushing in a surprisingly one-sided 39-0 victory.
No, East St. John isn’t bad. They will win a lot of football games this season.
Rummel is just that good.
And the Raiders did it without one of their best players, running back Israel Tucker, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in a jamboree.
The tailback tandem of Maurice Bailey and Devin Hutton picked up the slack.
(By the way, if you are a college recruiter, you may want to go ahead and jot Hutton’s name down on a piece of paper. He’s just a sophomore. But at 6-feet. 250 pounds, he sure doesn’t look like it).
Despite their dominance, there was plenty of room for improvement for the Raiders. They committed three turnovers and were plagued by penalties.
Despite that, the team ranked No. 15 nationally by USA Today ran its winning streak to seven games going back to last season.
This week, they get a tougher test against a guy with a streak of his own.
Rummel travels to face Hahnville, which is now under the leadership of Nick Saltaformaggio.
Saltaformaggio hasn’t lost a football game since late in the fall of 2012. He reeled off 15 straight games last season at East Jefferson and then won his season opener at Hahnville last week.
Something will have to give Friday night in Hahnville.
2. Warren Easton’s offense is just as potent as we thought. The Eagles piled up 619 yards of offense in a road victory over St. Amant.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is they also gave up 449 yards and 32 points.
While the Eagles have shown the ability to win the shootouts, at some point in the season they will have to slow a team down. To their credit, they did come up with a key stop on fourth down on Friday to seal the win.
3. John Curtis is still John Curtis. The Patriots shut out Class 5A Mandeville 14-0 Friday night. Going back to last season, Curtis has shut out three of its last four opponents. They have outscored their last seven opponents 277-27 and haven’t given up more than one touchdown in seven straight games.
This week, Curtis represents Louisiana in the Battle of the Border when it plays Lufkin, Texas, on Saturday in Shreveport. Lufkin scored 44 and 43 points in its first two games this season. Lufkin is ranked No. 2 in Class 5A in Texas in the state’s prep rankings released Monday.
4. The race for second in the Catholic League is wide open. Who’ll give Rummel its toughest test? It’s too early to tell. Jesuit and Holy Cross both lost close games by identical 24-21 scores. Shaw dropped a heartbreaker to Thibodaux and St. Aug needed to rally to beat McDonogh 35. Brother Martin looked impressive, rushing for over 400 yards. If the Crusaders can put up half of those numbers against a stingy John Ehret defense, they may be the team to watch out for. We’ll know more about the Catholic League this week. St. Aug plays Karr. Jesuit plays St. Paul’s. Holy Cross play Sulphur.
5. The Oct. 17 between Newman and Riverside will be a good one. Newman had no trouble with McMain on Friday, winning, 47-14. And the most impressive win of Week One? That’s easy. It goes to Riverside. The Rebels went on the road and rallied to beat perenial power Evangel Christian, which was ranked No. 3 in Class 3A at the time.
The Greenies and Rebels play in Week 7, so we’ll wait for that one.
Let’s see what Week 2 brings.