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Barbe, Sam Houston host Lafayette-area schools tonight

Last Modified: Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:23 PM

By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

A pair of Lafayette-area schools will be turning the clock back when they visit Southwest Louisiana tonight for the first round of District 3-5A play.

Comeaux (1-1) will visit Barbe (3-0) and Acadiana (2-1) will visit Sam Houston (1-2). Each visitor will bring an old-school offense, with Comeaux running the wing-T, and Acadiana the veer.

Barbe is coming off a dramatic 48-47 win against Evangel Christian, a game in which the teams combined for more than 1,000 passing yards. That likely won’t happen in this game with Comeaux preferring to keep things on the ground with the wing-T, still a staple among smaller schools in the state but a rare sight in the larger classes.

“You don’t see it much in 5A, but now in our district Comeaux and Carencro are running it,” said Barbe head coach Mike Cutrera.

Carencro beat Barbe and reached the Class 5A championship game last season. Cutrera said his defense must play with discipline to contain the Spartans, who are led by running back Tyrek Malveaux, who had 123 yards and a touchdown last week.

“You have to watch for misdirection, stay with your keys and react to it,” Cutrera said. “(Malveaux) is a good one; he has speed, can run with power and does a good job. Defensively the look big and run fairly well. It will be a challenge for us and we are looking forward to it.”

Cutrera said he does not think a letdown from the Evangel game will happen.

“We have talked about preparing each and every week the same way,” he said. “We went about it the same way. We want to start district 1-0 and have prepared that way.”

Acadiana piled up more than 500 yards of offense in last week’s 41-34 loss to New Iberia, including an uncustomary 327 yards passing. The Rams ran for 237 yards and usually keep things on the ground in its veer-option offense.

At LaGrange, the Gators will get a shot at revenge when it hosts O.P. Walker of New Orleans in a nondistrict game. O.P. Walker beat LaGrange 34-6 in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs last season.

The game was scheduled shortly before the season to fill a bye week for both teams. O.P Walker opened with a 20-0 win over L.W. Higgins two weeks ago but had a bye last week. The Chargers feature two Division I commitments on defense, lineman Corey Smith and linebacker Lyn Clark, both of whom have committed to play at Tulane.

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