Just when we thought we had the Catholic League figured out, Saturday happened.
It took about three quarters for Shaw to take a 35-7 lead over St. Augustine, then hang on by a thread to beat the Purple Knights 42-39.
What did the Eagles’ win mean?
It means that in the Catholic League, anybody really can beat anybody.
Here’s all the proof you need.
Through three weeks of Catholic League play, Rummel beat Holy Cross. Holy Cross beat Shaw. Shaw beat St. Augustine. St. Augustine beat Brother Martin. Brother Martin beat John Curtis. John Curtis beat Jesuit.
Jesuit, by the way, plays Rummel (the only undefeated team in league play) on Saturday and with an upset win over the Raiders, would complete the loop.
Don’t think Rummel won’t be ready for this one though.
It was Jesuit that ruined Rummel’s perfect season last year in the Division I semifinals on its way to winning the state title.
The parity in the Catholic League is good.
But not everything was good last week in high school football in the area.
There was also the bad and the ugly.
While the Catholic League parity is good, the disparity in some of the other leagues is not so good.
Warren Easton rolled past Riverdale 70-6 on Thursday night in 9-4A
Bonnabel has been outscored 113-7 in its first three district games in 8-5A.
And there was the ugly — a fight that occurred in Karr’s homecoming game against Lake Area at Behrman Stadium.
The third quarter brawl forced officials to stop the game that the Cougars were leading decisively.
The LHSAA was investigating the incident over the weekend and a decision about the possible punishments should come down any day now.
While we await that decision, here is a look at the top-five games this week.
A few honorable mentions on the list this week are Rummel-Jesuit and West Jefferson vs. John Ehret, Northlake Christian vs. Hannan, Haynes Academy vs. Thomas Jefferson, and Lutcher vs. St. James.
5. Newman vs. St. Charles
Both teams have been ranked in the top three of The New Orleans Advocate’s Small School Super 10 until Newman’s one-sided loss to top-ranked Riverside on Friday.
Now the Greenies are hoping to get back on track against a stingy St. Charles defense that has shut out three of its first six opponents. Comets can’t get caught looking ahead to next week’s highly anticipated showdown against Riverside.
4. St. Augustine vs. John Curtis
Can first-year St. Augustine coach Al Jones continue what Cyril Crutchfield was able to do against Curtis? Crutchfield beat the Patriots both times the past two seasons. The Purple Knights have arguably the district’s most exciting player in quarterback Justice McCoy. Curtis will use its potent ground attack to try to keep McCoy off the field Saturday night at Yenni.
3. St. Paul’s at Ponchatoula
Ponchatoula already has one district loss (to Mandeville) and now they get a test against the hungry Wolves defense. Only one team has scored more than two touchdowns against St. Paul’s and no team has scored more than two. A St. Paul’s win here could set up an Oct. 30 title game tilt against Mandeville.
2. Brother Martin vs. Holy Cross
Crusaders running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling is now at 26 touchdowns this season.
There are entire teams (15 local 5A teams) that haven’t scored that many touchdowns.
Friday Jordan-Swilling looks to add to that total against a scrappy Holy Cross team that played Rummel to within a touchdown.
1. McDonogh 35 vs. Easton
This Saturday night showdown at Pan-Am caps what should be an epic slate of games. It’s also the nightcap of a doubleheader, with Carver and Karr playing at 2:30 p.m. at Pan Am. Easton has shown to be just as explosive this year, even without Deshawn-Capers-Smith and Tyron Johnson. Through their first six games last season, Easton has scored 266 points. This year, they’re at 258. The Roneagles, meanwhile, are led by a stiff defense. Something will have to give as the winner of this one gets a leg up in the 9-4A race.
Overall, the schedule looks solid, so it should be a good week of games. Let’s just hope there’s no bad and ugly this time around.