When he scheduled four of five nondistrict games against Class 5A opponents, Parkview Baptist coach Kenny Guillot hoped it would strengthen the Eagles for league play.
His team has taken its lumps so far in losses to Mandeville and Scotlandville, but Parkview can match last year’s 3-2 start by finishing out the nondistrict slate with a pair of wins.
The Eagles (1-2) travel to face East St. John, the third of four 5A opponents, on Friday before getting Catholic High at home next week.
“We’ve just been playing some very good football teams,” Guillot said, “and hopefully it’s going to make us better down the road. We’re not happy with the record, but we’re happy with the way we’re playing. We’re getting better every week, and obviously that’s what you’re trying to do.”
Other teams in District 6-3A seem to have similar intentions.
East Feliciana (2-1) travels to Monroe for a matchup with Richwood (2-1), a perennial 3A playoff contender, a week after pushing Class 5A Zachary to the brink in a 36-32 loss.
A week after losing 28-27 at Independence, West Feliciana (2-1) is at home against Marksville (2-1), ranked 10th in the 3A poll.
District newcomer Glen Oaks (1-2) visits 5A St. Amant (2-1) after shutting out
Capitol last week for its first win.
Parkview, the reigning 3A champion, is ranked sixth in the state poll despite its slow start.
East Feliciana is ranked fifth after reaching the 2A semifinals last year, and West Feliciana has looked good despite losing a number of starters from last year’s 3A semifinalist.
“I consider our district in 3A one of the toughest in the state,” West Feliciana coach Robb Odom said. “If you can compete in our district, you have a chance to make a run in the playoffs. That’s how we look at it.”
Odom said that’s why he scheduled the likes of Independence and Marksville — to get ready for district play.
Marksville lost in the second round of the playoffs last year after going 9-1 in the regular season and returns its top playmakers on a senior-laden offense.
“They run that single wing, the Notre Dame Box, and it’s very deceptive and they’re very good at it,” Odom said. “Defensively, they’re very quick to the football and their motor never stops running. They’re well-coached. They’re a very good football team.”
Other action Friday has St. John (2-1) making the short trip from Plaquemine to face Brusly (2-1), a game that pits Panthers coach Erik Willis against the school he led to 1A runner-up finishes in 1998 and 2006. Willis coached Brusly to a 28-0 victory over the Eagles in a 2008 season opener.
Willis, who served two stints as the St. John coach, said it’s all business this time.
“I know all the kids because I’m from Plaquemine,” he said, “but I never coached any of them. They were
all in middle school when I left.”
Also Friday, the massive 6-1A begins its seven-week district schedule.
Pointe Coupee Central (1-2) welcomes St. Edmund (2-1) in its 6-1A opener, Catholic-Pointe Coupee (0-3) travels to face Opelousas Catholic (1-2) and False River (2-1) has Westminster Christian (1-2) at home.