The start of District 3-5A play also means the beginning of rivalry week for Lafayette High and Acadiana.

Instead of a gradual build-up through the league to a Week 10 crescendo, the Mighty Lions put their perfect 3-0 mark on the line at No. 3 Acadiana, which dropped to 1-2 after losing 34-9 No. 1 Rummel. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Bill Dotson Stadium.

“It’s always a hard-fought game,” Lafayette High coach Jay Domengeaux said. “There’s a lot of friends on both sides of the ball, so there’s a competitive nature about that. Hopefully we’ll play tough. It’s a good game every year and we don’t expect anything less this year.”

Several other districts get underway with District 5-4A and 7-1A to highlight Week 4 action in the Acadiana area.

Teurlings Catholic (2-1) has rebounded from a season-opening 36-35 loss to University High with two wins over New Iberia and more recently, a 17-14 triumph, over their rival in Class 3A’s No. 4 Notre Dame of Crowley.

The Rebels host Cecilia (1-2) in the league’s top 5-4A game, while No. 4 St. Thomas More (3-0) entertains Evangel Christian (1-2) in its final nondistrict game.

“It feels good to be playing pretty good football,” Teurlings football coach Sonny Charpentier said. “We also understand there’s a lot of football left to be played, and we have a lot of room for improvement,”

Reigning District 7-1A and Division IV state champion Vermilion Catholic, which lost 14 seniors to graduation, has also responded to a Week 1 loss to Catholic-New Iberia with a 32-26 overtime win over Welsh and 35-30 victory over Erath.

The Screaming Eagles travel to Lafayette Christian Academy (2-1) with Hanson Memorial (3-0) visiting Ascension Episcopal (2-1) in league contests.

“They’re a good team, and we’re going to have to play well throughout district play to continue the success we’ve had,” VC coach Russell Kuhns said. “It’s a lot more balanced district than it’s been, so we’re going to have to play well. That’s good for the district. It’s good for our schedule and I’m excited about it.”

The area also features a couple of marquee nondistrict games in Class 2A’s No. 7 Loreauville (2-1) traveling to Class 3A’s No. 9 Church Point (3-0) and Class 2A’s No. 4 Catholic-New Iberia (3-0) visiting Class 3A’s E.D. White (3-0) in Thibodaux.

Lafayette surpassed its victory total of a year ago with a 44-13 win over Alexandria. The Lions relied on a balanced ground game led by Keshawn Young (95 yards, TD) and Trevin Kelly (89 yards, TD) and a defense that forced four turnovers.

“Being 3-0 is great, we’re happy and the kids feel good about themselves and that’s all well and good,” Domengeaux said. “We realize with district in front of us, and Acadiana beginning the start of it, we’ve got a long way to go and have to get a lot better every week. I think everyone’s pretty grounded right now.”

Teurlings established a 17-0 halftime lead on TD passes from quarterback Cole Kelly (23 of 40, 338 yards, 2 TDs) to Nate Arceneaux and Ike Hidalgo and wound up staving off Notre Dame in the final three minutes of the game.

“(Cecilia coach) Terry (Martin) has pointed to this year for a while,” Charpentier said. “We’re going to make sure and guard against the tendency to letdown after a big win. I think our guys will be ready and we’ve got them at home.”

Kuhns said he’s noticed a gradual improvement in his team since its 28-point loss at Catholic-NI.

A week after rallying to win in overtime, the Eagles jumped out to a commanding 21-0 halftime lead over Vermilion Parish rival Erath and survived a late comeback attempt for the five-point win. Quarterback Hunter Frith completed 23 of 35 passes for 277 yards and 3 TDs with Tyler Derouen amassing nearly 200 total yards and a TD.

“We’re still making some rookie mistakes but we’re getting better every week,” Kuhns said. “I’m happy with where we’re at going into district play.”