Catholic, Dutchtown to meet in pivotal District 5-5A game _lowres

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Catholic's Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Catholic High travels to Dutchtown in one of the key high school football games Friday.

Catholic (5-1, 1-0 in District 5-5A) and Dutchtown (3-3, 1-0) are coming off comfortable wins. Derrius Guice scored four second-quarter touchdowns to help power the Bears to a 44-21 victory over St. Amant.

Dutchtown senior Alonzo Craighton had an 85-yard scoring run in a 31-14 win over Woodlawn.

Catholic, which averages 39.6 points a game, has won the past two meetings with Dutchtown.

“I think it will be a typical District 5-5A game,” Catholic coach Dale Weiner said. “Our district is very tough. We’ll have to play well for 48 minutes to win. Dutchtown is always athletic and ready to play. Both teams always look forward to this game.”

Dutchtown coach Benny Saia said his team will have to play its best game of the year to have a chance to win.

“Catholic is one of the top teams in the state,” Saia said. “They’re explosive on offense and even better on defense. They’re real quick to the ball. They held Rummel to 17 points, and Rummel has scored in the 30s against everybody else.”

Limiting turnovers will be another key factor, both coaches said.

In another important District 5-5A game, Woodlawn (4-2, 0-1) travels to East Ascension (4-2, 1-0). The Spartans have won four straight games.

“It doesn’t get any easier in this district,” EAHS coach Paul Bourgeois said after his team’s 35-19 road win over McKinley. “Woodlawn is just as good as anybody. We’ll have to play well.”

Key games in District 4-5A include Central (2-4, 0-2) at Zachary (5-1, 2-0) and Scotlandville (4-2, 2-1) at Denham Springs (4-2, 3-0). Scotlandville has held three foes to 10 or fewer points.

Zachary has averaged 48.2 points during its five-game winning streak. Central has averaged nine points during its four-game losing streak.

“We have some issues to fix,” Central coach Sid Edwards said. “I believe our kids are resilient and will keep fighting.

“Zachary is a monumental challenge for us. In my opinion, Zachary is the best football team in greater Baton Rouge area and top four in the state.

“Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott is the best player in our district.”

In District 7-3A, University (6-0, 3-0) is at Port Allen (5-1, 3-0). The University defense has held four foes to just seven or fewer points. Port Allen has scored at least 22 points in every game.

“University is a great ballclub,” Port Allen coach Guy Blanchard said. “They were in the state title game last year. Their defense is playing lights out. Manny Miles is back at quarterback, and he always has his team in the right position.”

Blanchard said this game is a good measuring stick for his team.

“We’ll have to play a nearly perfect game to have a shot,” he said. “I like my team’s character. We play hard and fast. We’ll be ready. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”

In District 6-2A, defending district champion Episcopal (4-1, 0-1) is at Dunham (2-4, 1-2). EHS is coming off a 30-17 loss to East Feliciana. Dunham snapped a two-game losing skid with its 13-6 win over Redemptorist.

“It’s a good rivalry game,” Dunham coach Neil Weiner said. “Episcopal is very good. I’m sure they’ll be excited. Defensively, we need to tackle better. Offensively, we need to convert in the red zone.”