Tonight’s SW La. high school football schedule
Published 12:43 pm Friday, September 9, 2022
7 p.m. kickoff unless otherwise noted
Carencro at Barbe
RECORDS: Carencro 1-0; Barbe 1-0.
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LAST WEEK: Carencro beat Alexandria 35-20; Barbe beat LaGrange 49-12.
OUR TAKE: Running back Eric Jones and receiver Jamaal Levi each scored two touchdowns for the Bucs, who created three turnovers, including two on special teams. Continued outstanding play in all three phases will be needed this week. Carencro won the Class 4A state championship last season and started this season with a quality win. The Bears dominated on the ground with Chantz Ceaser running for 111 yards and Ryan Kennon adding 136.
WORTH NOTING: Levi scored on an 80-yard kickoff return and 35-yard reception last week. Jones had touchdown runs of 8 and 46 yards.
Sulphur at Acadiana
RECORDS: Sulphur 1-0; Acadiana 0-1.
LAST WEEK: Sulphur beat Washington-Marion 42-8; Acadiana lost to Lafayette Christian 38-21.
OUR TAKE: The Tors opened the season with a good all-around win with the offense balanced between running (133) and passing (134). The Rams usually sure-handed split-back veer struggled last week with four turnovers in a battle of top-10 teams. The Tors were plagued by penalty problems in Week 1 and can’t afford to give the Rams extra first downs.
WORTH NOTING: Acadiana has won 21 consecutive District 3-5A games dating to a 31-30 loss to Comeaux in Week 6 of the 2018 season.
Sam Houston at New Iberia
RECORDS: Sam Houston 0-1; New Iberia 0-1.
LAST WEEK: Sam Houston lost 38-3 to Many; New Iberia lost 48-0 to Westgate.
OUR TAKE: Both teams suffered tough losses in Week 1 to top-10 teams. Sam Houston quarterback Gavin Stout had one of his best games last season against NISH, throwing for 260 yards and a touchdown. NISH has a new head coach (Josh Lierman) and a new offense, transitioning from the wing-T to the spread.
WORTH NOTING: Since 2016, Sam Houston has controlled the series, winning four of five, but all were decided by nine or fewer points.
Many at DeRidder
RECORDS: Many 1-0; DeRidder 1-0.
LAST WEEK: Many beat Sam Houston 34-3, DeRidder beat South Beauregard 26-12.
OUR TAKE: Many star QB/linebacker Tackett Curtis, a Southern Cal commitment, scored on three punt returns last week and must be accounted for at all times. RB Jeremiah James carried the Tigers offense with 172 yards and two touchdowns. DeRidder ran for 280 yards and held South Beauregard to 107 yards on the ground. Strong play along both lines will be needed for the Dragons to hang with the Tigers, who boast several college prospects at the skill positions.
WORTH NOTING: DeRidder RBs Ronnie Crosby and Alex Archield each gained 115 yards and scored two touchdowns last week.
LaGrange at Haughton
RECORDS: LaGrange 0-1; Haughton 1-0.
LAST WEEK: LaGrange lost 49-12 to Barbe; Haughton beat Red River 35-0.
OUR TAKE: The Gators were more competitive against Barbe than the score shows — two of Barbe’s touchdowns came after mishandled kickoffs and the Gators fumbled into the Bucs end zone after a long drive to miss a scoring opportunity. QB Jason Wilson and WR Omarion Randolph connected on a pair of touchdown passes. Haughton is led by QB Collin Rains, who threw for 184 yards and three touchdowns in two quarters last week.
WORTH NOTING: Haughton’s win over Red River was called at halftime due to lightning.
Leesville at Jena
RECORDS: Leesville 1-0; Jena 0-1.
LAST WEEK: Leesville beat Jennings 25-7; Jena lost 36-14 to Mangham.
OUR TAKE: RB Xavier Ford (161 yards, two touchdowns) powered the Wampus Cats last week. The Leesville defense held Jennings to 106 yards rushing. Jena was tied with Mangham at halftime last week before being outscored 22-0 in the second half. The Wampus Cats should benefit from a faster playing surface this week after throwing for 67 yards last week.
WORTH NOTING: Leesville QB Parker Maks averaged 160 passing yards per game last week.
St. Louis Catholic at Iota
RECORDS: St. Louis Catholic 1-0; Iota 0-1.
LAST WEEK: St. Louis beat Crowley 49-22; Iota lost 27-8 to Iowa.
OUR TAKE: St. Louis is riding high after QB James Reina exploded for five rushing TDs last week. The Saints would like to make up for last year’s 32-30 loss to Iota in which Jacob Cormier, now a junior, had a career night with 305 yards and three TDs. Iota will need to make adjustments in its run game after it was held to 53 yards by Iowa in Week 1.
WORTH NOTING: Iota sophomore WR Jayce Lantier leads all Southwest Louisiana big school receivers with five catches for 121 yards and a TD.
LCCP at Westgate
RECORDS: Lake Charles College Prep 1-0; Westgate 1-0.
LAST WEEK: LCCP beat Magnolia 54-6; Westgate beat New Iberia 48-0.
OUR TAKE: It will be a matchup of top-10 teams with LCCP ranked No. 6 in Class 3A and the defending state champ Tigers are No. 1 in 4A. The teams had a defensive battle two weeks ago in a jamboree game and both teams are loaded this season. Westgate held New Iberia to 84 yards of total offense and three first downs in Week 1.
WORTH NOTING: Westgate beat LCCP 28-12 last season in Week 5, forcing three turnovers.
Welsh at Westlake
RECORDS: Welsh 0-1; Westlake 1-0.
LAST WEEK: Welsh, idle; Westlake beat DeQuincy 46-14.
OUR TAKE: Although its game was canceled last week, Welsh’s defense shut down Kinder for half a game but will have to switch gears to stop the Rams’ potent balanced offense. The Rams showed their quick-strike capability with three first-quarter touchdowns in Week 1. Westlake held off a late rally last season to beat the Greyhounds 30-22.
WORTH NOTING: Westlake RB Brandon Jupiter has scored at least one TD in six of his last seven games.
Eunice at Jennings
RECORDS: Eunice 0-1; Jennings 0-1.
LAST WEEK: Eunice lost 26-12 to Church Point; Jennings lost 25-7 to Leesville.
OUR TAKE: Bad playing conditions and a slew of first-time starters combined to make things rough on the Jennings offense last week as turnovers plagued the Bulldogs’ veer attack. Defense kept the Bulldogs in the game early but faded in the second half, allowing Leesville to score the final three touchdowns. Eunice followed a similar script, allowing two scores in the final three minutes to let a chance to win slip away.
WORTH NOTING: Jennings has won four of the last six meetings in the longtime rivalry, including a 33-18 win last year.
Rayne at Iowa
RECORDS: Rayne 1-0; Iowa 1-0.
LAST WEEK: Rayne beat Beau Chene 39-0; Iowa beat Iota 27-8.
OUR TAKE: Iowa completely shutdown Iota’s run game last week, holding the Bulldogs to 53 yards. But the Yellow Jackets will be faced with something different in the Wolves’ balanced offense led by RB Darian Chevalier (220 yards, 3 TDs) and QB Dylan Judice (8-11-0, 151 yards, TD). Rayne held Beau Chene to 135 yards of total offense in Week 1.
WORTH NOTING: Iowa is looking for a 2-0 for the second consecutive season after starting 2021 8-0.
S. Beauregard at Rosepine
RECORDS: South Beauregard 0-1; Rosepine 1-0.
LAST WEEK: South Beauregard lost 26-12 to DeRidder; Rosepine beat East Beauregard 51-6.
OUR TAKE: Rosepine picked up right where it left off last season in a blowout win over East Beauregard. The Eagles know they can run the ball but also showed its passing game last week after Jake Smith threw for 273 yards and six TDs. South Beauregard is looking for its first win over Rosepine since 2014. The Golden Knights will need to contain Rosepine’s bruising RB Grant Ducote, while keeping an eye on the Eagles passing game.
WORTH NOTING: Rosepine’s Aden Cline had a career high 137 receiving yards and three TDs in Week 1.
DeQuincy at Loreauville
RECORDS: DeQuincy 0-1; Loreauville 1-0.
LAST WEEK: DeQuincy lost 46-14 to Westlake; Loreauville beat Erath 20-15.
OUR TAKE: DeQuincy has no trouble running (227 yards) the ball but may need some action in the passing game to help sustain drives after Westlake held them to seven first downs. Loreauville mounted a winning fourth-quarter drive last week and senior RB Evan Simon had 240 yards and two TDs.
WORTH NOTING: It will be the first regular-season meeting between the programs. They split a pair of playoff games in 2013 and 1994.
Pickering (0-1) at
E. Beauregard (0-1)
RECORDS: Pickering 0-1; East Beauregard 0-1.
LAST WEEK: Pickering lost to Elton 48-12; East Beauregard lost 51-6 to Rosepine.
OUR TAKE: While Pickering lost last week, it did have a bright spot in RB Marlon Freeney, who carried the ball 27 times for 212 yards and two TDs. But the Red Devils had difficulty stopping the run, something that East Beauregard does well. The Trojans had 464 yards on the ground last year against Pickering.
WORTH NOTING: East Beauregard leads the series since 2017, winning three of four.
Lake Arthur at Mamou
RECORDS: Lake Arthur 0-1; Mamou 0-0.
LAST WEEK: Lake Arthur lost 35-12 to Basile; Mamou did not play.
OUR TAKE: Mamou’s opener against South Plaquemine was canceled due to weather. The Tigers struggled to move the ball against Basile last week after opening the scoring with a Ray Levi touchdown run. Ashton Davis provided a boost with a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown, but Basile scored the final 28 points of the game. Sustaining long drives to wear down a Mamou defense that has not had any live-game action could help turn the second half tide towards the Tigers.
WORTH NOTING: Lake Arthur has won nine of the last 10 games in the series, including the most recent game, a 50-12 win in 2016.
at Hamilton Christian
RECORDS: Highland Baptist 1-0; Hamilton Christian 0-1.
LAST WEEK: Highland Baptist beat Houma Christian 20-14; Hamilton Christian lost 52-6 to Grand Lake.
OUR TAKE: The Warriors youth showed last week as the team struggled on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Cleaning up the offensive line play will help the team’s strong group of skill players shine. One of those, eighth-grader Jaron Vital, provided the team’s lone score on a 59-yard touchdown run.
WORTH NOTING: Former Hamilton Christian football and basketball coach Tim Sensley is an administrator at Highland Baptist.
Basile at Ville Platte
RECORDS: Basile 1-0; Ville Platte 0-1.
LAST WEEK: Basile beat Lake Arthur 35-12; Ville Platte lost 44-0 to Sacred Heart-Ville Platte.
OUR TAKE: Basile rolled up 244 rushing yards last week, led by Horace Edwards’ 101 and Ashton Deaville’s 95. The defense was stout and will need to prevent big plays against a speed Ville Platte team that is running a version of the wing-T offense. Another dominant performance by the offense, controlling the ball and limiting the number of Ville Platte possessions, would help the defense.
WORTH NOTING: Basile has allowed more than 14 points once in its last seven regular-season games.
Elton at Northwood-Lena
RECORDS: Elton 1-0; Northwood-Lena 1-0.
LAST WEEK: Elton beat Pickering 48-12; Northwood-Lena beat Ringgold 38-0.
OUR TAKE: Elton won its first game since restarting the program last year. Demarcus Jack, moved from receiver to RB, looked good in the new role with 217 yards on nine carries, including touchdown runs of 40 and 64 yards. Sherman Bellow added four more scores on the ground while picking up 131 yards on his own.
WORTH NOTING: Elton attempted one pass last week while running for more than 400 yards.
Oakdale at Oberlin
RECORDS: Oakdale 0-0; Oberlin 1-0.
LAST WEEK: Oakdale, idle; Oberlin beat Pine Prairie 34-13.
OUR TAKE: Oakdale was one of four teams from Southwest Louisiana that had the bad fortune of a rainout last week. Oberlin had little trouble with Pine Prairie last week, but has lost its last two to Oakdale, including 33-7 last year. Oberlin is looking for a 2-0 start for the first time since 2019.
WORTH NOTING: Warriors RB Cedric Allison ran for more than 100 yards and a TD in his last two games against Oberlin.
Compiled by staff writers Warren Arceneaux and Rodrick Anderson.