Broadmoor may not start District 5-5A play until Oct. 7, but the Buccaneers are ramping up their efforts for the beginning of league play with a pair of Class 5A opponents.
Undefeated Walker (3-0) provides the surging Buccaneers (2-1) with the first leg of that challenge when the Wildcats travel to Broadmoor at 7 p.m. Friday.
“I think it sets up well for us. We just have to execute the game plan,” Broadmoor coach Elliott Wilkins said. “Walker’s well-coached. It becomes about execution of the plays presented and being mentally ready to play.”
Broadmoor continued to bounce back from a season-opening loss to St. Michael with its second straight victory. On Friday, the Bucs took a 32-12 victory over Belaire as freshman running back Jordan Bailey rushed for 178 yards and four touchdowns.
Walker, which has outscored its opponents 149-8, has opened 3-0 for the second straight season after Friday’s 57-6 triumph over Friendship Capitol.
“It’s something that’s going to get us ready for district,” Wilkins said “Friday was one of those games where we made a lot of mental mistakes. Walker will show us where we stack up. I think we’re getting better as opposed to the first game.”
The fourth week of the regular season also has games featuring some nostalgia as well as the start of district play.
Longtime friends Dale Weiner of Catholic High and Jim Hightower of St. Thomas More meet when the Class 5A No. 5 Bears (3-0) travel to the Class 4A No. 5 Cougars (2-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in Lafayette.
“We look forward to it because of the quality of their program,” said Weiner, who was a member of Hightower’s staff at Catholic-Pointe Coupee in the late 1970s. “Obviously, Jim and I have known each other for a long time and have so much respect and admiration for each other. They’re as well-coached as any group you’ll line up against.”
Hightower (388-120-1, 41st season) is the second all-time winningest coach in LHSAA history, while Weiner (310-109, 35th season) is tied for seventh.
Last year Catholic entered its game against STM with a 1-2 record and trailed 17-14 halftime. The Bears rallied for a 35-17 victory en route to their first select Division I state championship.
Weiner said LSU running back commitment Clyde Edwards-Helaire is questionable for the game after re-aggravating a hip injury in Friday’s 35-20 win over Sam Houston.
“It was a big challenge,” Weiner said of last year’s game. “It was going to be a measuring stick game for us in asking whether we were going to have the kind of season we’re capable of having. The kids really dug in deep and were able to pull it out.”
Districts 6-3A, 6-2A and 6-1A begin play Friday with a couple of featured 7 p.m. games.
No. 7 University High (1-2) visits No. 4 West Feliciana (3-0), while Northeast (2-1) visits The Dunham School (3-0) in 6-2A.
Ascension Catholic, looking to maintain the momentum of a 28-21 upset of No. 4 Central Catholic-Morgan City, travels to face No. 2 Southern Lab (2-1) in the 6-1A opener for both at Southern’s A.W. Mumford Stadium.
The Kittens, the reigning select Division IV state champions, handled West St. John 34-6 on Friday.
“The kids are really excited and believing in each other,” Ascension Catholic coach Drey Trosclair said. “They’ve bought into the system. They’re working their tails off, not only at practice, but in the film room and weight room. Things are starting to piece themselves together, and we’re starting to reap the benefits.”