Carencro found the remedy it needed to cure a pair of heartbreaking losses.
The Bears opened District 4-4A play Thursday in convincing fashion, piling up a 55-0 halftime advantage on their way to a 69-8 victory at Opelousas.
“The kids played hard in both games we lost. We just made too many errors to overcome them,” Carencro coach Roland “Rip” Eveland said. “We eliminated some of those errors and got the big snowball coming down the hill, and it was hard to deal with.”
The District 4-4A picture will begin to gain some clarity in the next two weeks with Carencro (4-2, 1-0) hosting No. 4 St. Thomas More (5-1, 1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday, while the Cougars travel to No. 6 Teurlings Catholic (4-2, 1-0) the following week.
“If we do a good job, it helps us get ready for the next game,” Eveland said.
Running back Tyreik Campbell rushed nine times for 129 yards and scored three times in Carencro’s victory over Opelousas.
Treylon Barnaba also scored a rushing TD and returned a punt for another score for the Bears, who dropped three-point losses to Sam Houston and Breaux Bridge in previous weeks.
STM has responded to its 35-17 road loss to Catholic-Baton Rouge with resounding wins over Hahnville (52-12) and Beau Chene (70-0).
“If we don’t make mistakes, we’ll be OK,” Eveland said. “It will be a good game. Can we stop them? I hope so. Our defense is pretty good when they play well.”
There will be a handful of key district games in the Acadiana area Thursday.
The highlight matchup of that group features No. 3 Crowley (6-0, 1-0) traveling to LaGrange (3-2, 1-0), while No. 7 Central Catholic-Morgan City (6-0, 3-0) hosts No. 5 Vermilion Catholic (4-2, 2-1) at Morgan City High.
“I told the team after the game we can finally say the ‘L’ word,” Crowley coach Josh Fontenot said in reference to LaGrange. “We’ve been holding off and holding off.”
LaGrange defeated Crowley the past two years, including 43-24 last season, to capture the district championship.
Crowley’s undefeated start to the season includes a dominating 41-0 win Friday over DeRidder — a game in which the Gents outgained the Dragons 467-68 and scored twice on defense.
Quarterback Pate Broussard shined again, completing 15 of 19 passes for 322 yards.
Quanterral Robinson recovered a second-quarter fumble in the end zone, and Mikal Hebert returned a fourth-quarter interception 47 yards for another score.
“The kids are going to be as ready as they can be mentally,” Fontenot said. “There’s one hump in our district we haven’t been able to cross. We’re going to be excited to play them.”
Central Catholic has the luxury of not only hosting VC but also No. 4 Ascension Episcopal (6-0, 3-0) to conclude the regular season Nov. 6.
The results of both games figure to go a long way in determining the district’s winner.
“We felt like we probably had three of the best teams in our division (IV for playoffs) in our district,” CCMC coach Tommy Minton said. “I feel like this is a game that’s going to give us a test of where we’re at right now.”
CCMC’s reached 50-plus points in five of its six games, led by running back Stefano Guarisco — the state’s fourth-leading rusher going into Friday with more than 1,000 yards.
Despite VC’s one-point loss at Ascension Episcopal, Minton sees plenty of meaning surrounding the game.
“We need to win it to stay undefeated and keep us in the running with Ascension Episcopal,” Minton said. “They need to win to stay in the hunt.”