Large schools (Classes 5A and 4A)

1. Crowley (7-0)


Crowley has proven itself equally capable of producing wins in blowouts or in nail-biters. Last Thursday, it took a trip to Lake Charles to play LaGrange, and took its only lead of the ball game on a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining. That touchdown came at the end of a 96-yard drive that gave the Gents a 27-25 win. The Gents go back to Lake Charles this week against Washington-Marion.

2. St. Thomas More (6-1)


Quarterback Will Bellamy and receiver Trevor Begue have hooked up a ton in their prolific careers at St. Thomas More, but last week’s show might’ve been their best yet. Against a solid Carencro defense, Bellamy and Begue connected nine times for 215 yards and four scores in Carencro’s 28-13 win over the new district foe. Up next: just some team named Teurlings Catholic.

3. Cecilia (6-1)


The Bulldogs are on some kind of a roll right now. They smashed a winless Westgate team 49-0 on the road last week and have now outscored their opponents 170-49 since suffering their only loss of the season to Crowley. Cecilia has won with its passing offense, its rushing offense and its defense so far. These last three weeks of the season will be a test, though.

4. Teurlings Catholic (5-2)


After struggling offensively during a three-week stretch — albeit against some great defenses — the Rebels have scored 34 and 56 points in their past two games. It couldn’t have come at a better time, with rival St. Thomas More about to visit. Like last season’s crazy contest, which Teurlings won despite trailing 43-17 in the third quarter, this will likely decide the district champion.

5. Acadiana (5-2)


Remember what turned around Acadiana’s 2014 season? It was the defense, which clamped down after a rough start to the season and allowed the offense to find a groove on its way to a state title. Acadiana might just be following the same script after dominating Lafayette High’s offense last week.

Honorable mention

Carencro, Breaux Bridge

Small schools (Classes 3A, 2A and 1A)

1. Notre Dame (7-0)


The weekly game continues: What else can the Pios defense do to impress the Advocate rankers? How about this? Notre Dame held West St. Mary to negative yardage in a 61-0 win last week. It hasn’t allowed a touchdown since September. Six of the nine other teams in these rankings have given up more points in a single game than Notre Dame has in all of its games combined this season (36).

2. Ascension Episcopal (7-0)


AES followed up its emotionally-draining 40-39 win against Vermilion Catholic without an issue, as it went into Centerville and emerged with a 48-8 win. Now the Blue Gators will be really tested. Two of their final three games come against Highland Baptist (5-2) and Central Catholic (6-1).

3. Vermilion Catholic (5-2)


Quarterback Hunter Frith didn’t throw the ball as much as he usually does last week against Central Catholic, but he didn’t really need to. Frith completed 10 of 19 passes in VC’s big-time 48-30 win, but those 10 completions accounted for 295 yards and four touchdowns. Frith, a converted linebacker, now has more than 2,000 passing yards on the season to go with 25 passing TDs.

4. Central Catholic (6-1)


Central Catholic’s dream of an undefeated season came to an end in a 48-30 loss against Vermilion Catholic last week. Central Catholic had a punt blocked midway through the second quarter and allowed a couple big returns on special teams, tilting the edge toward Vermilion Catholic in what was an otherwise closely played game. The Eagles will try to get back on track against Hanson this week.

5. Church Point (6-1)


Church Point rolled Pine Prairie 41-13 to win its second straight game in impressive fashion after suffering a blowout loss to Franklinton. This week’s a different challenge entirely with a 6-1 Eunice team coming to town.

Honorable mention

Eunice, Catholic-New Iberia, Opelousas Catholic