Lake Area teams playing key district matches tonight

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

A pair of games tonight will feature high school football teams that will be looking to gain a grip on district titles they

were forced to share last season.

At Barbe, the fourth-ranked Bucs (4-1,

1-0) will host third-ranked Acadiana (4-1, 2-0) in a District 3-5A

battle, while Washington-Marion

(4-1, 0-0) will host St. Louis (3-2, 0-0) in a crucial District

4-4A game.

Barbe, Acadiana and Carencro tied for the 3-5A title last year, while LaGrange, St. Louis and Washington-Marion shared the

District 4-4A crown.

Last year the Bucs scored a key win at Acadiana, breaking a two-year losing streak to the Rams. Barbe suffered its first loss

last week, losing 42-35 to St. Thomas More in a nondistrict game.

Bucs head coach Mike Cutrera said the loss has not lingered.

“The kids were upset about the loss, but they came back Monday and went back to work on preparing for Acadiana, trying to

get better this week,” Cutrera said.

Acadiana beat Sulphur 40-27 last week. Rams quarterback DeEdward Cormier, a first-year starter, ran for four touchdowns in

the game. Cormier has run for 441 yards and six touchdowns and has thrown for 560 yards and six touchdowns.

“He is an outstanding athlete; he runs the offense well and can throw the football well, even though they don’t like to throw it,” Cutrera said.

“Every time we play Acadiana it is a battle and we expect the same thing this time,” Cutrera said. “They are an outstanding

team. Our games are always competitive and physical.”

At Washington-Marion, the ninth-ranked Charging Indians will host the Saints, who beat W-M 31-21 in last season’s district opener. That game marked the emergence of W-M’s Melvin Jones as an offensive force. Jones ran for 120 yards

and three touchdowns in the game, the first time he saw extensive action on offense.

W-M has been finding help for Jones lately. Senior quarterback Maruis Rideaux threw for 141 yards and two touchdowns last

week and running back Rawlin Guillory has rushed for 546 yards. Jones leads the team with 729 yards and 10 touchdowns.

“Rideaux has been coming along and playing well, building up some confidence heading into district,” said W-M head coach Freddie


“We feel more confident with him and he

feels more confident with the offense,” he said. “It helps us on the

defensive side

of the ball because Melvin does not have to come over to offense

as much and he has more energy on defense. We only have to

bring him over to offense when we need a change of pace.”

Harrison said he expects a tough game.

“St. Louis is well coached, fundamentally sound and work hard,” he said. “They play hard. It is going to be a hard-fought

game with two teams battling.”

Harrison said his team has gradually improved.

“We have improved every week in some aspect of the game,” Harrison said. “From Week 1 to Week 6, we are a totally different

football team.”