Barbe junior quarterback Kennon Fontenot. (American Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:43 PM
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.”