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Last Modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 8:38 PM
The Barbe Bucs can clinch a share of the District 3-5A football title with a win in Sulphur tonight, while the Tors can boost their chances of making it back to the playoffs.
Not that additional motivation is required when the Bucs (7-1, 4-0) and Tors (4-4, 2-2) tangle.
“The intensity has picked up in practice,” said Barbe head coach Mike Cutrera. “Our kids are looking forward to it and I am sure their kids are too. It is always a big game, always a big rivalry.”
This year’s edition could also produce big point totals with the Bucs averaging 40.5 points per game. Sulphur averages 28.9. The Bucs feature the state’s leading receiver in Trey Quinn (64 receptions, 1,250 yards, 13 TDs) and fourth-leading passer in Kennon Fontenot (138-203-7, 2,237 yards, 21 TDs).
Sulphur sophomore quarterback Kale Breaux (116-192-6, 14 TDs) is 13th in the state in passing.
“Similar to our offense, they can move the ball and do a good job,” Cutrera said about the Tors.
Each team has shown some defensive frailties. Barbe struggled to stop the pass in a win over Evangel Christian and lost to St. Thomas More, while Sulphur gave up 427 rushing yards in a 45-21 loss to Comeaux last week.
Cutrera said he is not concerned with district title implications.
“We just try out to go out and prepare each week for the team we are playing,” he said. “We are not worried about all that other stuff, just trying to make sure we get better than we were the week before.”
Elsewhere, Washington-Marion (7-1, 3-0) can clinch a share of the District 4-4A title with a win at home over winless Beau Chene. LaGrange (5-3, 2-1) visits Opelousas tonight needed a win to keep its title hopes alive.
A win tonight, and a victory over W-M next week, would give LaGrange a share of the district title. St. Louis (4-4, 1-2) hosts DeRidder (4-4, 1-2) with each team needing a win to bolster its playoff hopes.