Arceneaux: Week 6 provides plenty of drama, action

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

Sign me up for four more weeks of what we had Friday night.

A winning field goal as the clock expired at Barbe. A last-minute goal line stand at Washington-Marion. A game-deciding 2-point

conversion attempt at LaGrange.

It was district football at its finest, rivals playing hard-fought, high-stakes games.

We don’t get a lot of that during the

first half of the regular season, when most games against teams from

outside the area

dominate the schedule. We still have a few good regional rivalries

such as Jennings-Eunice, Westlake-Sam Houston, DeRidder-Leesville

and Kinder-Elton, but they can’t match the drama of district

games, when teams are better conditioned and usually playing

at a higher level than they were early in the season.

In district games, there are fewer unknowns. Years of playing the same teams means the game plan of each team will be well

known by the opponent. Yards and points will be harder to come by. Every snap carries more importance, and with playoff spots and positioning on the line, the outcome of every game is increased.

Additionally, there is more pride involved. Letterman jackets, trophies and bragging rights are all at stake in district games.

A chance to become a champion. The atmosphere in the stadiums are better. Games become events.

Often, the best players shine brightest as well. That was the case at Barbe Friday night as the Bucs trio of Kennon Fontenot

(417 passing yards, 54 rushing yds., 4 TDs), Desean Smith (9 receptions, 178 yds.) and Trey

Quinn (8 rec., 171 yds., 3 TDs) delivered highlight reel performances

to help the Bucs remain atop the District 3-5A standings.

The Bucs can take control of the

district race, as well as score another big load of power points, with a

win at Carencro

in their next game. It will be a tall order against the Bears, who

were the Class 5A runner-up last season and beat Barbe

in Lake Charles. A win will put the Bucs in good shape to run the

table over the rest of the regular season, possibly giving

them a top-four playoff seed.

At Washington-Marion, two-way star

Melvin Jones scored the only two touchdowns of the game in W-M’s 14-6

win over St. Louis,

then spearheaded a defense that made a goal-line stand in the last

minute to preserve the win. The Charging Indians will also

have a shot to take control of the District 4-4A race this week if

they can win in DeRidder. The Dragons made their own defensive

stand this week, when defensive back Jarrett Floyd deflected a

pass on a 2-point conversion to preserve a key road win over

LaGrange.

The Dragons win snapped a two-game

losing streak and positioned the Dragons to be a factor in a title chase

that figures to

be close. Last year, LaGrange, St. Louis and Washington-Marion

tied for the district crown by beating everyone else and splitting

games against each other. A win over the Charging Indians will

announce the Dragons as a legitimate contender for this year’s

crown.

Iowa pulled out a close one in Crowley

in its first district game to remain unbeaten and set up a huge clash

this week when

it returns to Crowley to face Notre Dame, which shut out Jennings

23-0 in its district opener. In Jennings, the Bulldogs will

try to remain in the race when it hosts Westlake.

Let’s all hope this week’s showdown can match the drama we had this week.

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Warren Arceneaux covers high school athletics. Email him at warceneaux@americanpress.com