Big schools (5A-4A)
Team (record), Pvs.
1. St. Thomas More (6-0), 1
The Cougars’ trip to New Iberia last week turned out to be a fun one, as they had a 42-7 lead by the time the first quarter came to a close. They put it in cruise control for the remainder of the game, coasting to a 63-13 win to head into its huge matchup with Teurlings Catholic undefeated.
2. Teurlings (4-1), 3
The Rebels enjoyed an open date last week, giving them two weeks to prepare for STM. Give coach Sonny Charpentier two weeks to prepare for anybody and he’ll probably have something dangerous drawn up. Should be a fantastic game this weekend.
3. Rayne (5-1), 5
It looked like Rayne might be suffering from a bit of a hangover from its loss to LaGrange the previous week … and then the second quarter arrived. After going scoreless in the first period against Morgan City, the Wolves erupted for 32 second-quarter points to get back in the win column.
4. Lafayette (4-2), 3
The Lions had Barbe on the ropes last week but couldn’t finish it off at home. Barbe outscored Lafayette 20-0 in the second half to steal a win from the Lions on their home turf. LHS will try to bounce back on the road against Comeaux this week.
5. Carencro (4-2), 4
The Bears were very nearly bumped out of this set of rankings in favor of Acadiana, which got back on track with a 28-0 shutout of Comeaux last week. But we’ll give Carencro, who was playing without star tailback Tyriek Campbell, the benefit of the doubt after last week’s 42-31 loss to district 3-5A leader Sulphur.
Honorable mention: Acadiana, Crowley, Breaux Bridge
Small schools (3A-1A)
1. Catholic New-Iberia (6-0), 1
What makes the Panthers so dangerous is that they don’t have to rely solely on megastar quarterback Jason Pellerin to beat you. Last week, it was senior running back Andre Bellefontaine’s turn to bask in the glory, as he ran for more than 250 yards and five touchdowns in Catholic’s 63-6 win over Jeanerette. It was the second time the Panthers have scored 63 points this season, and they’re averaging 50 points per game this year.
2. Church Point (5-0), 2
There aren’t many teams playing better ball than Church Point is these days. The Bears have won their last two games by a combined 96-9 margin after blowing out Pine Prairie 55-6 last week.
3. Notre Dame (4-2), 3
After getting thumped at home by Catholic a couple weeks ago, the Pios got right back on track by destroying a winless West St. Mary squad 58-0 at home.
4. Opelousas Catholic (6-0), NR
The Vikings haven’t made this list yet this season, but they proved last week that perhaps they’ve belonged all along. They handled a solid Loreauville squad 27-6 in their 5-2A opener to move to 6-0, getting a big game from quarterback David Labbe, who topped 100 yards both on the ground and through the air.
5. Vermilion Catholic (5-1), 5
Quarterback Hunter Frith continued his solid season with 235 passing yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 48-0 win against Gueydan. VC has now won five straight after a tough loss to Catholic-New Iberia in the season opener. It gets a tough home draw this week in a 5-2 Highland Baptist squad.
Honorable mention: Jennings, Ascension Episcopal, Loreauville
Numbers to know
7 -- Want to know how well St. Thomas More coach Jim Hightower has his offense running right now? His guys scored touchdowns on seven of their first 14 offensive plays in the Cougars’ 63-13 win over Westgate. Quarterback Will Bellamy continues to exploit mismatches with Tiger Bech and Tyler Begue, as he found each for a touchdown in the first quarter. Bech scored three times.
75 -- The Acadiana veer offense still hasn’t found a way to dominate teams like it has in years past, but if its defense keeps playing the way it did last week, the Wreckin’ Rams will be a tough team to beat come playoff time. Acadiana held the Comeaux offense to just 75 yards of offense while pitching a shutout at home last week. If it weren’t for a turnover deep in their own territory and a silly penalty on a kick return, the Rams might not have allowed the Spartans to run a single play in Acadiana territory.
11 -- Ascension Episcopal running back Ja’Ceiry Linzer has rushed for 11 touchdowns in the last three weeks, and perhaps none of them was bigger than his final one. Linzer punched it in from a yard out with 18 seconds remaining last week to put the Blue Gators ahead of Lafayette Christian Academy 28-21. Lafayette Christian defense was able to keep him in check for the most part, but he produced when it counted. His game-winning score was his third touchdown of the night. The 5-1 Blue Gators will host a 4-2 Central Catholic-Morgan City squad.
255/5 -- Raymond Calais had a monster game for Cecilia. Here’s why it matters this week: Calais’ efforts finally resulted in a win for the Bulldogs. Cecilia was tough-luck losers to three of the area’s better teams in the last three weeks, dropping games to St. Thomas More, Teurlings and Church Point. But Calais’ 255 yards rushing and five touchdowns were enough to power Cecilia to a 47-23 win over district rival St. Martinville.