Large schools (5A-4A)
Team (Record) Pvs.
1. St. Thomas More (4-0) 1
Who’s going to stop the Cougars offense? They rolled up 56 points on Evangel last week and had 35 points at halftime for the second straight week. On the season, the Cougars have scored nearly 50 points per game. Coach Jim Hightower has his bunch firing on all cylinders.
2. Acadiana (2-2) 2
The Wreckin’ Rams needed a last-gasp hook-and-ladder play — or in coach Ted Davidson’s words “the hitch and pitch” — to squeak past Lafayette High last week. The Rams are better than their 2-2 record, but they aren’t playing to their full potential right now.
3. Teurlings Catholic (3-1) 4
The Rebels scored a season-high 55 points against Cecilia last week. Outside of a one-point loss to an outstanding University High team, Teurlings has assembled impressive wins in every other week, enough to move them up a spot in the rankings. They’ll have a tough test against district team Breaux Bridge this week.
4. Rayne (4-0) 3
Rayne won a tight game on the road against a Washington-Marion team that was better than its 0-3 record might have suggested. The Wolves should have an easier go of it this week at home against LaGrange.
5. Lafayette (3-1) 5
The Lions may have lost to Acadiana this week, but they opened plenty of eyes with their play against the defending 5A champs. Lafayette’s defense, which has allowed a total of 42 points in four games, is among the best in the state.
Honorable mention: Carencro, Breaux Bridge, Crowley
Small schools (3A-1A)
1. Notre Dame (3-1) 1
The Pios bounced back from a tough one-point loss to Teurlings Catholic the week before by thumping St. Louis 34-3 on Friday. They have a short week to get ready for a huge game against our No. 2, Catholic-Iberia.
2. Catholic New-Iberia (4-0) 2
The Panthers proved they weren’t a one-man army last week. Quarterback Jason Pellerin had a nice game, but it was running back Andre Bellefontaine, who averaged 12.3 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns, who stole the show in a 48-14 win against E.D. White.
3. Church Point (4-0) 4
The Bears looked like they were in for a fight last week against Loreauville, but then they outscored the visiting Tigers 27-7 in the third quarter to take control of the game. Church Point has gotten off to a fantastic start this season.
4. Jennings (3-1) 3
The Bulldogs lost to undefeated Plaquemine in a 49-47 barn-burner last week, so they drop a spot in the rankings. Jennings has played a tough schedule so far this season, but they should be able to bounce back against an 0-4 Winnfield squad this week.
5. Vermilion Catholic (3-1) NR
After a tough season-opening loss to Catholic-New Iberia, the Eagles have soared to three straight wins, including a 48-7 thrashing of Lafayette Christian Academy last week.
Honorable mention: Loreauville, Ascension Episcopal