Welcome to Week 8 of the football season, where we once again should learn a thing or two.
This week’s lesson?
The three R’s. (No, not Reading, ’Riting and ’Rithmetic).
This week, the R’s are about Respect, Riverside and Rummel.
So as we look at the top five games this week, let’s start with R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Country Day, Lakeshore and Chalmette have a combined record of 14-3.
(The Cajuns are 7-0, the Titans are 6-1 and the Owls are 5-2).
All three teams have created a bit of a buzz this season, but on Friday night they get to show that they are real championship contenders.
5. Lakeshore at Franklinton
The only blemish on the Titans’ record this season was a 24-23 loss in overtime to Assumption.
Lakeshore travels to Franklinton on Friday for a game that likely will decide who wins first place in District 8-5A.
Franklinton, which started the season ranked in The New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Super 10, also has just once loss this season. Franklinton’s loss came against Covington, which by the way, was stunned by Fontainebleau on Friday night.
For what it’s worth, Lakeshore posted a convincing 27-7 victory over Fontainebleau in the season opener.
4. Chalmette vs. John Ehret
Remember in the preseason when Distirct 8-5A was considered a two-team race between John Ehret and Landry-Walker.
Well, Chalmette already ended that talk with the eyebrow-raising victory this season when it stunned Landry-Walker.
Now, if the Owls can beat Ehret on Friday night, it would give them district supremacy.
Chalmette lost to Ehret 15-13 last season but has won eight district games in a row since then.
Can Dominic Curole and Masen Mitchell make it nine in a row against that nasty Patriots defense?
3. Country Day
No team around town has been throttling opponents the way the Cajuns have this season.
They have won their games by a combined score of 391-60, an average score of 56-9.
But only two of those wins (Episcopal and Lusher) have come against teams with a winning record.
Now they go Uptown to take on Newman in the first of a brutal three-game stretch, with Riverside and St. Charles the following two weeks.
If Country Day can somehow get through that stretch, we’ll be asking first-year coach Joe Chango to change water to wine next.
2. Speaking of Riverside and St. Charles…
The Rebels and Comets have been ranked No. 1 and 2 all season in the Small School rankings, and now it will be settled on the field Friday night in a key district showdown.
Herb McGee has been the man for Riverside, which boasts a win over 5A Hahnville.
But the St. Charles defense has been stiff all season.
1. Rummel vs. Brother Martin
Yenni Stadium should be rocking Saturday night for this one. It could likely be the Raiders’ toughest in-state test of the season.
Rummel has been ranked No. 1 all season. Brother Martin is currently ranked third.
The Crusaders’ ability to put up points in bunches (they’ve scored at least 40 every game) should be fun to see going up against one of, if not the, state’s top defenses.
Bruce Jordan-Swilling has scored 29 touchdowns this season, but as the Crusaders continue to show, there are plenty more weapons on Elysian Fields. Something will have to give.
It’s the first of Rummel’s rugged two-game stretch with Curtis up coming next week.