Sole possession of first on line when Bucs face Bears tonight

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

Another week, another showdown for the Barbe Bucs, who will face their fifth ranked opponent in six weeks tonight when they travel to play Carencro.

Sole possession of first place in District 3-5A will be on the line. No. 3 Barbe (5-1, 2-0) survived a challenge from No.

5 Acadiana last week, winning 31-28 when Jamie McGee made a 25-yard field goal on the game’s final play.

Now the Bucs are faced with No. 7 Carencro (4-1, 3-0), which beat Comeaux 40-14 last week. The Bears beat Barbe 28-14 in Lake Charles last season, then went on to reach the Class 5A championship game before losing to West Monroe.

Barbe head coach Mike Cutrera said he happily accepts the difficult assignment.

“It is just good to be in this position, this is what we work for,” Cutrera said. “Good things have happened to us in games; this is where we want to be.”

Carencro has the district’s stingiest defense and scores 34 points per game with its wing-T offense.

They are like they were they were last year,” Cutrera said. “They are very good on both sides of the ball.

“They played well on defense last year

and kept the ball on offense and limited the number of opportunities we

had with the

ball on offense. Defensively, they are good up front again and

have the athletes in the secondary. They are the same way on

offense with a big line and good backs. It is going to be another

tough game, another typical district game.

“We have had close games to prepare us for games like this. We are expecting another tight one, another tough one.”

Elsewhere in the district, Sulphur (3-3, 1-1) will host Sam Houston (2-4, 0-2) with both teams looking to build on road wins

from last week, when Sulphur beat Lafayette 47-35 and Sam Houston beat Loyola Prep 38-31.

Tors head coach Harold Fusilier said he is looking for more balance.

“Offensively we played outstanding last week, couldn’t have played much better,” he said “We did not do a good job defensively

in the first half. The second half, we played a lot better, we stopped them when we had to. We did not come out with a lot

of enthusiasm. We were lethargic.”

Fusilier said his defense will have to be ready from the start against a potent Broncos offense.

“I really like the way they run their

offense; they are crisp and efficient,” he said. The quarterback (Cliff

Reid) is a threat

to go all the way every time. Defensively, they have done better

than us. It is a big rivalry. They are from right down the

road and we have the same type of kids. I am looking forward to

it. I am hoping the offense can continue to score a lot of

points, but maybe we are relying too much on them right now.”

Broncos head coach Vaughn Eggleston

said he liked what he saw last week.“We played well on both sides of the

ball,” he said. “Reid is executing our game plan and doing a few extra

things when it

comes to scrambling and escaping tackles. He is making good

decisions. Defensively, we’ve given up some things, but have stepped

up at the right time. Our pursuit of the ball and alignment is

better. Our ability to make plays at the right time is a lot

better.”

The Broncos will have to stop Tors quarterback Kale Breaux, who was 16 of 22 for 388 yards last week.

“Loyola threw it a lot, but Sulphur throws it more effectively,” Eggleston said. “They make good decisions and are well coached.

We feel like our kids are ready to meet this challenge.”