In the music industry, a successful crossover is a song that becomes big enough to rank on more than one chart that gauges popularity.
Some songs rank on pop and country music charts. In high school football, the scenario is somewhat different.
Crossovers do happen. And what takes place when they happen definitely counts.
So what happens when third-ranked East Feliciana (2-0), of Class 3A, crosses over to play an unbeaten 5A team like Zachary (2-0) is a big deal. Game time is 7 p.m. at ZHS’ Bronco Stadium. The game helps highlight a busy Week 3 schedule of nondistrict games.
The impact of 3A vs. 5A teams was measured last week when up-and-coming Scotlandville (2-0) ousted seventh-ranked Parkview Baptist (0-2), 29-6. Zachary is ranked just outside the Class 5A top 10.
“They may be a 3A team, but they have a lot of talent,” Zachary coach Neil Weiner said. “And along with that talent they have a lot of size on the line. Depth may be a factor, and we’ll have the advantage there. East Feliciana is a team that is very good and can score from any place on the field.”
Quarterback Kendell Beckwith, who helped lead EFHS to the Class 2A semifinals last season, is one of the potential game breakers. Beckwith is a physical runner and has also thrown for more than 200 yards. He also plays linebacker and defensive end for the Tigers.
Conversely, EFHS coach Cedric Anderson sees Zachary as a challenge. The Broncos are led by quarterback Mason Pace (430 yards passing) and running backs Ron Pennington and Ladarrius Vessell.
“They’re a big team that has a lot of weapons,” Anderson said. “The quarterback does a nice job managing the game for them. Everybody gets involved. We have to find a way to slow them down and a ways to score ourselves.”
The EFHS-Zachary is not the only notable 5A-4A game. Second-ranked Dutchtown (2-0), of 5A, goes on the road for the first time to face Sulphur (1-1).
Meanwhile, former Sulphur coach Paul Bourgeois leads an East Ascension squad looking to go 3-0. The Spartans host Walker (0-2).
Two other intriguing games feature teams experiencing some reversal of fortune. Catholic High (0-2) travels to play Denham Springs (2-0) in a 5A game that matches former district rivals. The Bears, of 5-5A, are 0-2 for the first time since 2008, while 4-5A DSHS looks to beat Catholic for the first time since 2008.
Woodlawn (1-1), of 5-5A, travels to 4-5A Central (1-1). Both teams scored more than 40 points to open the season and lost in Week 2. Two other teams are looking to go 3-0.
McKinley (2-0), of 4-5A, faces what might be its stiffest challenge to date, traveling to Lafayette to take on Northside (0-2). Class 4A St. Michael (2-0) plays a 2A team for the second straight week, traveling to Hammond to take on St. Thomas Aquinas (1-1).
Also in 4A, fourth-ranked Lutcher (1-1) hosts 5A Hahnville (1-1). Other games include: 4A Belaire (0-2) at Scotlandville, 5A St. Amant (1-1) at 5A Lafayette (0-2), 1A Southern Lab (2-0) at Istrouma (0-2), Vandebilt Catholic (1-1) at Plaquemine (1-1) and 2A Northeast (1-1) vs. Tara (0-2) at Olympia Stadium.