Large schools (5A-4A)
Team (Record) Pvs.
1. Teurlings (7-1) 1
The Rebels easily dispatched Westgate last week to push their district record to a sparkling 5-0. They haven’t suffered any sort of letdown since their wild 56-46 win against rival St. Thomas More, and they can close out an excellent regular season this weekend against Northside.
2. St. Thomas More (8-1) 2
The Cougars turned in yet another strong performance in last week’s 42-0 shutout of St. Martinville, but that shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise. Coach Jim Hightower’s bunch has scored at least 42 points in every game this season, and they’ve held their opponents to 14 or less in four of the last five games. They’ll get a nice playoff tuneup against a tough Breaux Bridge team in this Friday’s regular-season finale.
3. Carencro (7-2) 3
The first two teams listed in these rankings have dominated their opponents all season, but that’s not really the case with Carencro — and as it proved again last week, that doesn’t matter at all. The Bears capitalized on two late Acadiana turnovers to come away with a 24-17 win last week, punctuated by a 14-yard Tyriek Campbell touchdown run with six seconds remaining to win the game. Carencro hasn’t beaten a team by more than 14 this season, but all that matters is that Carencro has beaten seven of the nine teams it’s lined up against. The Bears can lock up District 3-5A with a win on the road against Lafayette High this week.
4. Crowley (7-2) 5
Another Friday, another huge performance from Ty’Von Griffin. The running back shredded Eunice in the Gents’ 41-21 win, rushing for six touchdowns and 306 yards. If you’re keeping track at home, that’s 11 touchdowns and nearly 600 rushing yards in the last two weeks for Crowley’s budding superstar. Crowley finishes the regular season on the road against non-district opponent Madison.
5. Acadiana (5-4) 4
Turnovers have plagued the Wreckin’ Rams this season, and that much was certainly true in their 24-17 loss to Carencro last week. Here was coach Ted Davidson after that game: “I really don’t have much to say. Six fumbles, five lost? I guess that pretty much tells the story.” If Acadiana can figure out how to hang on to the ball, it’ll be an incredibly dangerous team when the playoffs arrive. The Rams will try to stay above .500 this Friday against a 2-7 New Iberia team.
Honorable mention: Breaux Bridge, Rayne
Small schools (3A-1A)
Team (Record) Pvs.
1. Catholic New-Iberia (9-0) 1
It doesn’t seem to matter who is standing in the Panthers’ way these days. They crushed a pretty solid Loreauville team 69-12 last week to move one game closer to finishing the regular season with a perfect record. Again, it was André Bellefontaine doing some heavy lifting, returning the opening kick 85 yards for a score and adding a 55-yard touchdown reception later in the first quarter. The Panthers will try to wrap up a perfect regular season at home against Delcambre this Friday.
2. Church Point (8-0) 2
The Bears didn’t display their usual level of offensive explosion last week, but it didn’t matter in a 27-0 shutout of Ville Platte. Church Point, who had scored at least 55 points in three straight weeks coming into the game, only had seven points at halftime. But the Bears found their stride in the second half, and are chugging headlong into a big-time clash with Livonia (9-0) in a battle of two undefeated squads.
3. Notre Dame (7-2) 3
Make it four straight wins for the Pioneers, who beat North Vermilion 49-7 last week. Since losing 56-28 to Catholic-New Iberia — which they did without quarterback Brad Stoma and four other suspended starters — Notre Dame has outscored opponents 192-28. By the way, Notre Dame’s only two losses this season are to both top-ranked teams in this set of rankings.
4. Opelousas Catholic (8-1) 4
The Vikings’ suffocating defense returned to its usual form last week, limiting a solid Delcambre team to just 45 total yards in a 20-3 win. Friday’s win marked the sixth time this season the Vikings have limited their opponent to a touchdown or less. Opelousas Catholic will try to cap an outstanding regular season at home against a 1-8 Westminster Christian team.
5. Vermilion Catholic (8-1) 5
For the second straight week the Eagles offense didn’t soar at its usual level, but the VC defense did its part in a 23-0 road shutout against Hanson Memorial. Make it eight straight wins for the Eagles since dropping their season opener to Catholic-New Iberia. They’ll have a tough test if they want to push that number to nine this week, as they host a battle-tested Ascension Episcopal squad.
Honorable mention: Ascension Episcopal, Central Catholic-Morgan City, Loreauville