Before the season began, Friday's game between John Curtis and Rummel was supposed be the best game of Week 9.
Heck, some of us thought it could be the best game of the season.
But after Rummel lost two of its past three games, we'll have to bump the Catholic League battle down a few notches on best games of the week.
1. De La Salle at St. Charles Catholic
The top teams in The New Orleans Advocate Small Schools Super 10 meet in LaPlace. De La Salle has been more like De La Stroy this season, manhandling nearly every team it has played. Other than the 28-26 victory over Edna Karr in Week 3, the Cavaliers haven't really been tested this year. St. Charles, plagued by injuries all season long, gets its turn. There's a chance this game won't live up to the hype, either, but it's hard to keep a 1 vs. 2 matchup out of the top spot. De La Salle is one of just four undefeated teams remaining in the area, along with Covington, Lakeshore and Newman.
2. Warren Easton vs. McDonogh 35
The Eagles and Roneagles are no longer in the same district, but this battle of Class 4A heavyweights should still be huge. Lance Legendre and the Eagles boast one of the best offenses around, but the defense isn't too shabby either. The Roneagles' defense has been rock solid all season as well. Don't be surprised if these two teams meet again in the playoffs somewhere down the road. This is the first of back-to-back tough games for Easton, which plays Edna Karr next week.
3. Rummel vs. John Curtis
OK, so this game is two spots lower than we thought it would be after the Raiders lost to Holy Cross and Brother Martin over the past three weeks and escaped with a win over Jesuit in between. Curtis, meanwhile, has taken care of business all season long, with its only loss against a team from Georgia. Curtis can pretty much wrap up its second straight Catholic League championship with a victory on Friday at the Shrine on Airline. But the Raiders, who slipped to No. 10 in this week's Super 10, may have enough firepower to end the Patriots' recent dominance in District 9-5A. Curtis has won 11 straight games against teams in the Catholic League. Rummel's past three games have been decided by a total of six points.
4. Holy Cross vs. St. Augustine
The Purple Knights still have a long-shot chance of winning the Catholic League. They'll need to win out and hope Curtis somehow loses its next two games (OK, that's highly unlikely). St. Aug is battle-tested, with its two losses coming against the No. 1 team in Large School Super 10 (Curtis) and No. 1 team in Small School Super 10 (De La Salle).
5. Newman at Assumption
The last time Newman finished the regular season with a perfect record, some guy named Peyton Manning was a senior for the Greenies. If Newman can go on the road and beat Class 4A Assumption on Friday night and then Fisher next week, the perfect season will be complete.