Some teams are bound together by tradition or a proximity-based rivalry.
The bond is different for Class 4A Livonia (3-1) and 3A Amite (3-1). Just over 10 months removed from playing each other in Class 3A title game, the Wildcats and Warriors are at it again.
“This is definitely going to be interesting,” Livonia coach Guy Mistretta said. “We played our best game of the year last night. We’re finally getting some people healthy, and we played with a lot of energy.
“And that’s a good thing because not only is Amite talented and well coached. But you’ll know they’ll be coming at us with their ears pinned back.”
Livonia travels to Amite for a 7 p.m. Thursday game that helps highlight a Week 5 schedule that includes district and nondistrict games.
The Wildcats have won three straight since losing their season opener to Madison Prep. The two teams graduated some key players, but return others.
Quarterback Cee Jay Powell and defensive lineman Willie Baker are part of the returning contingent for an LHS team that beat Amite 43-14 in the 3A final in December. The Wildcats beat Northside 44-7 in Week 4. Amite’s list of returnees for first-year coach Zephaniah Powell is led by defensive Josh Perry, an Alabama commitment.
The Thursday schedule also includes Live Oak (2-2) at Broadmoor (4-0), a nondistrict game, and Kentwood (3-1) at East Iberville (0-4) in District 6-1A.
Friday’s schedule for Class 5A/4A includes other nondistrict games in addition to Livonia at Amite.
Perhaps the most notable will be in Lafayette as Catholic High (2-2) takes on fifth-ranked Teurlings Catholic (3-1) of Class 4A. A win would give Catholic coach Dale Weiner his 300th career victory. The Bears defeated another 4-4A team, second-ranked St. Thomas More.
“As you go on through the seasons or a season you will accumulate numbers and statistics,” Weiner said. “That’s all part of it. As far as we’re concerned this is about the Bears and the Rebels. You worry about that other stuff when the games are over. Playing the best we can against another very talented team is what we’re working torward.”
Several teams will face their toughest tasks to date. Walker (4-0) of 5A hosts 4A Assumption (4-0). Scotlandville (4-0) travels to Monroe to take on traditional power Ouachita Parish (2-1).
Fourth-ranked Zachary (3-1) travels to Dutchtown (3-1) for an intriguing matchup between teams from Baton Rouge’s two 5A districts.
District 6-2A will again be in the spotlight in Class 3A and below. Northeast (3-1, 1-0) travels to Christian Life (3-1, 1-1). East Feliciana (2-2, 0-1) meets Madison Prep (4-0, 1-0) at a site to be determined.
“We’re watching them on film right now,” CLA coach Ben Palmer said. “They’re big, they’re talented and they’re well coached, and that can be a bad combination when you’re on the other side.
“By the same token, we look forward to the challenge. This will be our biggest test so far this year.”
Top-ranked University High of 6-3A and No. 2 Southern Lab of 6-1A also continue their district schedules. U-High (3-1, 1-0) travels to Port Allen (2-2, 1-0), while Southern Lab (3-1, 1-0) hosts St. John (2-2, 1-0) in 6-1A at Mumford Stadium.
Brusly (2-2, 0-1) at No. 5 Parkview Baptist (2-2, 1-0) and Donaldsonville (1-3, 1-0) at West Feliciana (1-3, 0-1) are deceptive matchups between teams that may ultimately have a say in who wins District 6-3A.
Also in 6-2A, Episcopal (3-1, 1-0) looks to build on its win over East Feliciana. The Knights host Friendship Capitol (0-4, 0-1).
University High coach Chad Mahaffey said it will be a few days before the Cubs find out about the severity of a knee injury receiver Tre Jackson suffered in Friday’s win over West Feliciana
Mahaffey said he expects Jackson to miss “several” games. Jackson is a South Carolina commitment.
The status of Catholic running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is list as day-to-day with a turf toe injury, coach Dale Weiner said. Edwards-Helaire missed the second half of Catholic’s 35-27 come-from-behind win over St. Thomas More.
Edwards-Helaire is set for physical therapy this week.