Ben Franklin (1-2) at Houma Christian (0-3)

Last week: Ben Franklin lost to Haynes 31-7; Houma Christian lost to Sacred Heart 49-21

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: Non-district game. Ben Franklin is from District 9-4A, but plays an independent in football. Houma is from District 8-1A was the league co-champion a year ago when it was 9-1A. Ben Franklin defeated Ridgewood of District 8-1A, 30-22, in its season opener. Houma Christian opened the season 0-3 for the first time since 2011.

Central (2-1) at St. Charles (3-0)

Last week: Central defeated Tara 61-6; St. Charles defeated Vandebilt Catholic 41-7

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: Nondistrict game. Central of Baton Rouge has scored 61 points twice this season — in its opener against Mentorship Academy and again last week at home against Tara. St. Charles is the top-ranked school in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 rankings among small schools. The Comets are also ranked No. 6 in LSWA Class 2A poll. The Comets opened the season with back-to-back shutouts of Thibodaux and Thomas Jefferson, and through three games have outscored their opponents 108-7.

Cohen (0-3) at Morgan City (3-0)

Last week: Cohen lost to St. Helena 58-0; Morgan City beat North Central 57-0

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: Nondistrict game. Cohen of District 8-2A remains in search of its first victory since November 29, 2011. The Hornets have rendered scoreless twice in three games, while the defense is allowing 52.3 points per game. Morgan City of District 7-4A has posted shutouts in each of its past two games and has outscored its opponents 89-7. Morgan City aims to start the year 4-0 for the first time since 2012.

Country Day (3-0) at St. Martin’s (0-3)

Last week: Country Day defeated Episcopal 53-14; St. Martin’s lost to Hannan 50-19

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: Nondistrict game. Country Day of District 8-2A is ranked fifth in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 among small schools. Country Day is off to its first 3-0 start since 2004. First-year coach Joe Chango, who served as Jesuit’s offensive coordinator in 2014, has helped the Cajuns average 49.3 points per game. They snapped an eight-game skid against nemesis Episcopal last week. First-year St. Martin’s coach Scott Simpson, meanwhile, was an assistant at Holy Cross last season. St. Martin’s of District 8-1A began the year 0-3 for the second time since 2013. Under first-year coach Scott Simpson, the Saints have seen an uptick in scoring output in each of their first three games (0, 7, 19).

Covenant Christian (1-2) at Vandebilt Catholic (0-3)

Last week: Covenant Christian defeated Gueydan 43-0; Vandebilt lost to St. Charles 41-7

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: Nondistrict game. Covenant Christian of District 8-1A snapped a three-game losing skid dating to with a shutout of Gueydan on the road. Vandebilt of District 7-4A remains in search of its first victory of the season. The Terriers have started off 0-3 for the second consecutive year.

Covington (2-1) at Ponchatoula (3-0)

Last week: Covington defeated Salmen 48-7; Ponchatoula defeated Loranger 34-19

Last season: Ponchatoula defeated Covington 59-28

The Buzz: District 6-5A opener for both teams. Covington bounced back from a 48-0 loss to Rummel with a 48-7 defeat of Salmen. The Lions were sparked by the return of quarterback and Nicholls State commit Marquell Hollins, who sat out the second half against Rummel with an ankle injury. Ponchatoula is ranked sixth in Class 5A by the LSWA. Ponchatoula has opened the season 3-0 for the second time in as many years and a third time since 2011. Hank Tierny’s team is 11-1 in its last 12 home games dating to 2013, including the playoffs.

Crescent City (0-3) at Albany (2-1)

Last week: Crescent City lost to Centerville 38-8; Albany lost to Springfield 21-20

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: Nondistrict game. Crescent City remains in search of its first victory of the season and removed Nick Walker as head coach earlier in the week. Crescent City of District 8-1A will travel to Albany, marking the start of a four-week stretch in which the team will play away games. Five of Crescent City’s first six games will be on the road. Albany of District 7-3A opened the season with back-to-back shutouts of Cohen and East Iberville before dropping its first game against Springfield by one point last week. Albany has outscored its opponents 141-21 through three games.

De La Salle (3-0) at Lusher (2-1)

Last week: De La Salle defeated Union Parish 62-13; Lusher defeated Thomas Jefferson 13-7

Last season: De La Salle defeated Lusher 45-7

The Buzz: District 9-3A opener for both teams. De La Salle is ranked fourth in Class 3A by the LSWA and sits fourth in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 among small schools. Coach Ryan Manale’s Cavaliers rushed for 444 yards on the road against Union Parish to move to 3-0 for the first time since 1999. De La Salle has outscored its opponents 161-27 through three games. After dropping its season opener, Lusher has rebounded to win its previous two games by a combined score of 46-7. De La Salle has defeated its Uptown rival Lusher in each of the teams’ past four meetings dating to 2011. Lusher is ranked No. 9 in the small school rankings. Eli Poche has thrown for 526 yards and 3 TDs for the Lions.

Destrehan (3-0) at Hahnville (2-1)

Last week: Destrehan defeated Ehret 38-13; Hahnville lost to Riverside 10-7

Last season: Destrehan defeated Hahnville 24-6 in the regular season and 24-12 in the 2014 Class 5A state quarterfinals.

The Buzz: District 7-5A opener for both teams. Destrehan is ranked ninth in Class 5A by the LSWA and fourth in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 among large schools. Wildcats quarterback Kohen Granier threw for three touchdowns in a 38-18 defeat of fellow Class 5A title hopeful John Ehret. Destrehan is 2-4 against its St. Charles Parish rival in regular-season competition dating to 2009, but has won the last two meetings. The Hahnville defense has allowed 10.3 points per game this season, but had difficulty slowing down Riverside’s Herb McGee last week. The Tigers will again be tested by a Destrehan offense that is averaging 38.3 points per game.

East St. John (0-3) at H.L Bourgeois (3-0)

Last week: East St. John lost to Madison Prep 27-15; Bourgeois defeated South Plaquemines 32-16

Last season: East St. John defeated H.L. Bourgeois 49-28

The Buzz: District 7-5A opener for both teams. East St. John remains in search of its first victory under first-year head coach Alden Foster. The team has started 0-3 for the first time since 2013. This will be the final week that the Wildcats will be without quarterback Marquise Darensbourg, who was ruled ineligible to play at East St. John until Oct. 1 after his transfer from Destrehan last year. Bourgeois has won four consecutive regular-season games dating to the 2014 season after losing the previous seven. Bourgeois has not opened a season 3-0 in at least six years.

John Ehret (2-1) at East Jefferson (1-2) (Yenni)

Last week: Ehret lost to Destrehan 38-13; East Jefferson lost to Fontainebleau 44-0

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: District 8-5A for both teams. Ehret is ranked eighth in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10, but dropped out of the LSWA Class 5A rankings. Ehret dropped its first game of the season a week ago to Destrehan, and did so without the help of starting quarterback and Missouri commit Ca’Ron Baham, who tore his ACL in the season opener against Riverside. Ehret turned to Juwan Leonard as the starter, but was eventually replaced by freshman Travis Mumphry. East Jefferson fell victim to a shutout last Friday on the north shore for the first time since October 8, 2010 against Salmen. This is the Warriors’ first District 8-5A contest since moving up from 4A to 5A this offseason.

Fisher (2-1) at Pearl River (2-1)

Last week: Fisher lost to Clark 28-25; Pearl River lost to Pine Prairie 32-21

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: Nondistrict game. This game features a pair of first-year head coaches in Fisher’s Aaron Caulfield and Pearl River’s Mike LaBourdette. Fisher’s 2-0 start was the school’s best since 2010, when it opened the season 3-0. Pearl River did not win a game in 2014 and lost 15 in a row before that streak was snapped in LaBourdette’s debut this season. The Rebels’ 2-1 start is the team’s best since 2009.

Fontainebleau (2-1) at Mandeville (2-1)

Last week: Fontainebleau defeated East Jefferson 44-0; Mandeville lost to University 42-27

Last season: Mandeville defeated Fontainebleau 28-7

The Buzz: District 6-5A opener for both teams. Fontainebleau running back Brandon Akkawi has rushed for 435 yards and four touchdowns on 46 carries through three games, which is good for a 9.5 yard per attempt average. The Bulldogs defense shutout East Jeff at home last week, which marked the team’s first shutout since September 12, 2014 against Lakeshore, also at home. Mandeville has won six consecutive district games dating back to the 2014 regular season. The Skippers have won their last six regular-season meetings against crosstown rival Fontainebleau.

Franklinton (2-1) at West Monroe (3-0)

Last week: Franklinton defeated Bogalusa 34-20; West Monroe defeated Madison Central (Miss.) 32-22

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: Nondistrict game. Franklinton is ranked fourth in Class 4A by the LSWA. Franklinton is 6-5 against Class 5A opponents since 2009. West Monroe has started the season off 3-0 with two out-of-state victories against Lufkin (Texas) and Madison Central (Miss.). A Class 5A state semifinalist from a year ago, the Rebels are ranked second only behind Rummel in the Class 5A state poll as determined by the LSWA.

Hannan (2-1) at St. Thomas Aquinas (3-0)

Last week: Hannan defeated St. Martin’s 50-19; St. Thomas Aquinas defeated Brusly 35-31

Last season: St. Thomas Aquinas defeated Hannan 48-27 in regular season and 32-7 in the first round of the Division III state playoffs

The Buzz: District 7-2A opener for both teams. This is a re-match of the first round of the 2014 Division III state playoffs. First-year Hannan coach Scott Wattigny’s is 2-0 at home and 0-1 on the road, and must travel to Hammond to open league play. St. Thomas Aquinas has won its last three meetings against Hannan dating to 2013, including the postseason. St. Thomas Aquinas has won nine consecutive district games dating back to October of 2013.

Haynes (2-1) at Ridgewood (1-2)

Last week: Haynes defeated Ben Franklin 31-7; Ridgewood lost to Ascension Christian 34-14

Last season: Haynes defeated Ridgewood 39-0

The Buzz: Nondistrict game. Haynes of District 8-2A rebounded from being shutout in Week 2 with a 31-7 defeat of Ben Franklin. Haynes has faced Ridgewood four times since 2009 and has won all four meetings. Ridgewood of District 8-1A will have a bye week in Week 5 before delving into league play on Oct. 16. Brian Rosa has rushed 39 times for 460 yards and 6 TDs for Ridgewoood.

Helen Cox (2-1) at Higgins (0-3) (Memtsas)

Last week: Helen Cox lost to Carver 28-12; Higgins lost to McDonogh (35) 40-8

Last year: Higgins beat Helen Cox 27-20

The Buzz: District 8-5A opener for both teams. Helen Cox’s 2-1 start is the team’s best since the 2011 season. Cox is looking to snap a five-game district losing streak which dates to last year. The Higgins offense has struggled without top wide receiver Romalo Ford, who tore his ACL and LCL in his left knee during the team’s spring game in May. Through three games, the Hurricanes have amassed 35 points.

KIPP (1-2) at Sci Academy (0-3)

Last week: KIPP lost to Northlake Christian 58-16; Sci Academy lost to Belle Chasse 65-0

Last year: Did not play

The Buzz: District 9-3A opener for both teams. This marks the first year both KIPP and Sci Academy are competing for district honors. KIPP won its season opener against KIPP Houston (Texas), but has dropped its subsequent two games against in-state opponents. The KIPP defense has allowed 119 points over its last two games. Sci Academy has scored 12 points through three games this season.

Lakeshore (3-0) at Assumption (3-0)

Last week: Lakeshore defeated Northshore 21-20; Assumption defeated Terrebonne 21-7

Last year: Did not play

The Buzz: Nondistrict game. Lakeshore of District 8-4A has started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2013. Last week, Titans quarterback Nathan Faciane rushed for two touchdowns to lead a second-half comeback against Northshore. Assumption of District 7-4A has raced out to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2011.

Landry-Walker (2-1) at Chalmette (1-2)

Last week: Landry-Walker defeated St. Augustine, 13-6; Chalmette lost to Holy Cross 35-20

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: District 8-5A game. Landry-Walker is ranked sixth in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 among large schools. Landry-Walker is competing in its first district game since moving up in classification to 5A. Last week, junior quarterback Keytaon Thompson exited Landry-Walker’s game against St. Aug with an injury. Tevin Bush filled in at quarterback. Thompson is not expected to start Friday night, he said, but may be available to play. Chalmette is riding a five-game district win streak dating to the 2014 season. The Owls defeated Grace King in league play in Week 2 and are 0-2 against nondistrict foes. Masen Mitchell (288 rushing yards, 5 TDS) and Dominic Curole (385 passing yards, 183 rushing yards) lead the Owls.

McMain (0-3) at Lutcher (2-1)

Last week: McMain lost to Warren Easton 62-20; Lutcher lost to St. Amant 21-20

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: District 9-3A opener for both teams. McMain is ranked 10th in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 among small schools. Last week, senior quarterback Darnell Williams threw for 292 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, while also rushing for 107 yards on 15 carries. The Mustangs have not started 0-3 in at least six years. Lutcher is coming off its first loss of the season against St. Amant. The Bulldogs are preparing for their first game in District 9-3A after moving down in classification from 4A this offseason.

Northlake Christian (3-0) at Independence (2-1)

Last week: Northlake Christian defeated KIPP 58-16; Independence defeated Pine 42-6

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: Nondistrict game. Northlake Christian is ranked seventh in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 among small schools. Northlake Christian of District 7-2A is off to a 3-0 start for the third consecutive season under coach Tony Agresta. The Wolves are 10-0 against non-district opponents dating to the 2012 season. Independence of District 7-3A has faced three consecutive teams from District 7-2A to open the year.

Northshore (1-2) at St. Paul’s (2-1)

Last week: Northshore lost to Lakeshore 21-20; St. Paul’s defeated Denham Springs 27-7

Last season: St. Paul’s defeated Northshore 55-14

The Buzz: District 6-5A opener for both teams. Northshore held a seven-point halftime lead against visiting Lakeshore before losing, 21-20, in Week 3. St. Paul’s is ranked 10th in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 among large schools. The Wolves dropped 27 points on Denham Springs in Week 3 after the Yellow Jackets had not allowed a point through their first two games. St. Paul’s has won its annual regular-season tilt with Northshore six consecutive years dating to 2009.

Plaquemine (1-2) at Riverside (2-1)

Last week: Plaquemine lost to St. Thomas More 35-34; Riverside defeated Hahnville 10-7

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: Nondistrict game. Plaquemine of District 6-4A was a Class 4A state semifinalist in 2014. Riverside of District 8-2A is ranked second in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 among small schools and fifth in Class 2A by the LSWA. The Rebels have leaned on wide receiver Herb McGee at quarterback in each of the team’s first three games. McGee, a senior, has thrown for 330 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in relief of the Jordan Loving and Jared Butler, who have been sidelined because of injury dating to the preseason.

Salmen (0-3) at Bogalusa (0-3)

Last week: Salmen lost to Covington 48-7; Bogalusa lost to Franklinton 34-20

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: Nondistrict game. Salmen of District 8-4A is off to its third consecutive 0-3 start under coach Jerry Leonard. The Salmen offense is averaging 7.3 points per game through three games. Bogalusa of District 7-3A is also in search of its first win of the season. Wallace Duplessis has rushed for 214 yards for the Spartans, while QB LJ Leoanard has thrown for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Slidell (0-3) at Hammond (0-3)

Last week: Slidell lost to Pearl River Central (Miss.) 15-7; Hammond lost to Dutchtown 23-13

Last season: Slidell defeated Hammond, 34-16

The Buzz: District 6-5A opener for both teams. Slidell has not started 0-3 in at least six years. Slidell has won seven of their last eight against Slidell, including the last three meetings in the series. Hammond is riding a nine-game district losing streak dating back to 2013. Hammond’s last league win came against Northshore on October 25, 2013. Wayne Griffin has thrown for 358 yards for Slidell.

Springfield (1-2) at Pope John Paul II (0-3)

Last week: Springfield defeated Albany 21-20; Pope John Paul lost to Newman 42-7

Last season: Springfield defeated Pope John Paul II 49-20

The Buzz: District 7-2A opener for both teams. Springfield went 4-2 in district play in 2014 and has beaten Pope John Paul II in three consecutive meetings. Overall, Springfield holds a 4-2 edge in the series since 2009. Pope John Paul II is riding an 11-game losing streak dating to last season.

St. Augustine (0-3) vs. Jesuit (2-1) (Gormley)

Last week: St. Augustine lost to Landry-Walker 13-6; Jesuit defeated Escambia, Florida, 28-17

Last season: Jesuit defeated St. Augustine, 34-20, and 42-21 in the first round of the Division I state playoffs

The Buzz: District 9-5A opener for both teams. St. Augustine remains in search of its first win under first-year coach Al Jones. St. Augustine has started 0-3 for the first time since the 2011 season. The Knights went 1-4 in Catholic League play a year ago. Jesuit is ranked ninth in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 among large schools after winning two consecutive games. The defending Division I state champions are 4-1 against St. Aug, including the playoffs, since 2009. Connor Prouett has rushed for 322 yards for Jesuit. DL D’Andre Christmas-Giles, a Tennessee commit, leads St. Aug sold defensive front.

St. James (2-1) at Clark (1-2)

Last week: St. James defeated E.D. White 28-26; Clark defeated Fisher 28-25

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: District 9-3A opener for both teams. St. James is ranked eighth in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 among small schools and 10th in Class 3A by the LSWA. The Wildcats are playing without quarterback and Auburn commit Lowell Narcisse, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. Clark is making its debut in Class 3A after moving up a classification in the offseason. After being rendered scoreless in their first two games, the Bulldogs dropped 28 points on Fisher to notch their first win of the season.

Warren Easton (2-1) at Belle Chasse (3-0)

Last week: Warren Easton defeated McMain 62-20; Belle Chasse defeated Sci Academy 65-0

Last season: Warren Easton defeated Belle Chasse 38-17

The Buzz: District 9-4A opener for both teams. Easton is ranked seventh in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 among large schools and 10th in Class 4A by the LSWA. Easton has defeated Belle Chasse in each of the teams’ meetings the past two years. Last week, four-star wide receiver Clyde Chriss piled up more than 300 all-purpose yards and four total touchdowns, including 205 receiving yards. Quarterback Tyriek Starks threw his first touchdown of the year and finished the game with five. Belle Chasse is 3-0 for the third year in a row. Linebacker and Tulane commit Kazmi Antoine had 10 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in Belle Chasse’s 65-0 win over Sci Academy last week.

West St. John (2-1) at Kentwood (2-1)

Last week: West St. John lost to Southern Lab, 26-14; Kentwood lost to Amite, 34-22

Last season: Did not play

The Buzz: Nondistrict game. West St. John of District 8-2A is ranked sixth in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 among small schools. West St. John is off to a 2-1 start for the third season in a row, this time under first-year coach Brandon Walters. Kentwood of District 6-1A is ranked third in Class 1A by the LSWA. Kentwood is led offensively by four-star wide receiver Shyheim Carter, who’s being recruited by LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia, among others.