(Kirk Meche / Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 9:03 PM
Homecoming season is in full force, but many area high school football teams are taking to the road tonight, including a quartet of Lake Area teams that will be heading east to play teams from the Lafayette area.
Headlining the schedule is a District 3-5A game, Sulphur at Acadiana, and a nondistrict game, Barbe at St. Thomas More.
Sulphur (2-2) will be opening its district schedule, while Acadiana (3-1, 1-0) won its district opener at Sam Houston last week.
Head coach Harold Fusilier said he has seen progress from his Tors over the first four weeks.
“I think we have gotten a lot better,” he said. “We had a lot of inexperience on both sides of the ball, and now those guys have gotten a lot of reps. We have played a couple of tough opponents and that has made us better. Our kicking game has been a bright spot all along. Offensively, we have moved the ball pretty well. Defensively, we are getting better, but we are still giving up the big plays. It seems three or four times a game we give up big plays. We still need to work at eliminating those. That is what Acadiana does, hit the big ones.”
Fusilier said this year’s Acadiana team is a typical one with its powerful veer attack.
“The same things that always impress me about Acadiana this year as every year. They are fundamentally sound, they execute well and they don’t beat themselves, you have to beat them,” he said. “They seldom turn the ball over, and if they get a lead it is tough to come back because they can eat the clock so well.”
Sulphur has its own big-play threats in quarterback Kale Breaux (774 yards, 6 TDs) and running back Brian Walker (583 yards of offense, 6 TDs).
“Kale’s decision-making has gotten a lot better,” Fusilier said. “Brian has been playing well and producing a whole lot. We are going to rely on him.”
Barbe (4-0) will look to stay undefeated against a St. Thomas More (1-3) team that is coming off a 36-33 loss to Evangel.
“They are definitely better than the record shows. They have been in every game but the breaks have not fallen their way,” said Bucs head coach Mike Cutrera.
Cougars quarterback Brandon Bergeron has thrown for 1,178 yards, fourth best in the state. Barbe’s Kennon Fontenot is 10th with 895 yards.
“(Bergeron) is a very good quarterback,” Cutrera said. “He throws the ball on the money, is one of the leaders in the state and does a good job of running their spread offense.”
Bucs tight end Desean Smith, who missed last week’s 42-0 win over Comeaux, is expected to return, Cutrera said.
Carencro (2-1, 1-0), the Class 5A state runner-up last season, will host Sam Houston (1-3, 0-1) in another District 3-5A game.
LaGrange (2-2) will also play in Lafayette, visiting Northside (1-3).