A crossover is a term normally associated with basketball.
Ex-NBA star Allen Iverson and former LSU/Capitol High star Seimone Augustus of the WNBA are among the players who perfected a crossover, as in the crossover dribble.
As Baton Rouge’s high school football teams tackle the second week of the regular season the term crossover takes on a new meaning.
Sixth-ranked Catholic High (1-0) goes on the road to Mandeville (0-1) to take on another Class 5A opponent. However, most of the area’s 5A-4A teams are set to step up or down in classification for nondistrict games on Friday night.
“Last week I thought we played extremely hard,” Dutchtown coach Benny Saia said. “Some of the little things we didn’t take care of. When you put the ball on the ground and turn it over it’ll get you beat.
“I think (the Tigers) are better. For the first time in a while they’ve got some linemen. If we’re not ready to handle our business, they’re capable of taking it to us.”
Saia’s Class 5A Griffins host 3A Donaldsonville, an Ascension Parish rival in one of several notable crossover games set for the Baton Rouge area. All games begin at 7 p.m.
Other notable crossovers include 4A Plaquemine (1-0) at 3A Brusly (1-0), Patterson (0-1) at East Ascension (0-1), 5A McKinley (0-1) vs. 2A Capitol (0-1) at Memorial Stadium, 4A Higgins (0-1) at 5A St, Amant (0-1), 1A Madison Prep (1-0) at 5A Woodlawn (1-0) and 5A Denham Springs (0-1) at 4A Salmen (0-1).
Fumbles and an interception were a part of Dutchtown’s 19-14 loss to 4A Lutcher last week.This time they face a DHS team led by receiver Stephen Sullivan, a 6-foot-6 LSU commitment and 6-4 Jaquel Gant.
A year ago, the Griffins shut out Donaldsonville, but Saia said the improvement of Tigers quarterback Tyler Brown also changes the complexion of this year’s matchup.
“Last year they had trouble getting to their playmakers, and this year he can do that,” Saia said.
Those factors along with Dutchtown’s secondary led by Justin Reid and Alonzo Craighton could make this matchup intriguing.
Another notable crossover game is 4A Plaquemine (1-0) at 3A Brusly (1-0). The two rivals are from neighboring Westside parishes. PHS is ranked ninth in 4A and is coming off a huge win over East Ascension; Brusly ousted another Westside team in 1A St. John last week.
“We had a philosophy to win every day. and we’re coming off a great practice yesterday,” Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. “It’s a rival game that probably means more to the coaches because we all know each other.
“Last week we scored 28 unanswered points. We expect this week to be different, especially since we run such similar offenses.”
Quarterback/running back D’Morea Wicks ran for 139 yards last week in Plaquemine’s Wing-T attack. Brusly’s balanced Wing-T tallied 211 rushing yards.
Distefano said the Green Devils are 1-1 against the Panthers during his tenure. Already this week, Brusly won the junior varsity game, and Plaquemine won the freshman game.
“This one is the rubber match,” Distefano said.