LAFAYETTE — The current times are trying for the Acadiana High Wreckin’ Rams.
The defending 5A state champions are 3-3, losers of three of their past four and coming off a 17-14 District 3-5A loss to Barbe. The Rams will look to get back on track Friday against Comeaux.
The Spartans suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss last week to Carencro 24-21. Comeaux was down 14 points in the fourth quarter before storming back to force overtime, but fell after a 23-yard game-winning field goal by Carencro’s Jake Guidry.
Acadiana and Comeaux bring in different offensive styles as Comeaux will try to get wide receiver Hunter Register in the mix as much as possible. Acadiana will ground and pound with a host of running backs led by Malik Eugene. Since Acadiana’s season-opening 55-6 win over Northside, however, the Rams offense has struggled.
Northside has seemingly found the key to success since two losses to open the season. The Vikings are currently riding a three-game winning streak after piggybacking a Week 3 upset of Evangel with wins over St. Martinville and Westgate.
Northside hosts Breaux Bridge, which is looking to bounce back from its 31-15 loss to Teurlings last week. The Tigers shut out Northside 33-0 last year, but the Vikings are vastly improved this year, the third under coach Trev Faulk.
Northside, however, is facing adversity this week after the ejection of four players at the end of the Vikings’ 38-12 win over Westgate last week. Those four players have also been suspended for the Breaux Bridge game. Among them is starting quarterback Ethan Rose.
Rose’s absence will hamper Northside’s ability to move the ball on a stingy Breaux Bridge defense that gives up 15 points per game. The Tigers pound the ball like Acadiana did to Northside in Week 1, and the Breaux Bridge defense will have one less weapon to worry about without Rose in the lineup.
After beginning the year 2-0, Lafayette Christian has lost its last three, including an 0-2 start in district play.
Injuries and other factors have left coach Derek Landry’s team far from where the season goals had them to this point.
The Knights host crosstown rival Ascension Episcopal, which is coming off a 63-0 rout of Ascension Christian. AES is 4-1 but has its toughest opponents ahead of it, including Friday at LCA.
AES running back Ja’Ceiry Linzer has stood out for the Blue Gators. Linzer needs just 68 yards against LCA to eclipse 1,000 yards for the season.
LCA running back Dylan Hargrave has yet to have his breakout game., despite a strong 2013 season. Opposing defenses are focusing on Hargrave.
AES coach Michael Desormeaux said he didn’t start talking about the LCA game until this week and said his team is handling the rivalry with maturity.
Desormeaux rested Linzer in the fourth quarter against ACS, and Desormeaux said he knows he will need his junior running back during this tough stretch.