Tonight’s SW La. high school football schedule

Published 4:05 pm Friday, September 16, 2022

7 p.m. kickoff unless otherwise noted

Barbe at Sam Houston

RECORDS: Barbe 1-1, 0-1; Sam Houston 0-2, 0-1.

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LAST WEEK: Barbe lost 50-29 to Carencro; Sam Houston lost 35-24 to New Iberia.

OUR TAKE: The Bucs could not get out of their own way last week, turning the ball over four times against Carencro, which turned each of the ensuing possessions into a touchdown. The Bucs were otherwise able to move the ball, gaining 299 yards. Sam Houston faded late against NISH, allowing two fourth-quarter TDs to the Yellow Jackets. The Broncos allowed NISH to move the ball on the ground (143 yards) and through the air (208 yards) and will need to find a way to make Barbe one dimensional to have success.

WORTH NOTING: Barbe has the area large schools leader in passing TDs (Will McClain, 6) and receiving TDs (Jamaal Levi, 3).

Sulphur at Lafayette

RECORDS: Sulphur 1-1, 0-1; Lafayette 2-0, 1-0.

LAST WEEK: Sulphur lost to Acadiana 49-0; Lafayette beat Comeaux 54-20.

OUR TAKE: The Tors are looking to rebound after a lopsided loss to No. 6 Acadiana and now face an undefeated Lafayette team on the road. Sulphur will need to focus on Lions dual-threat quarterback Grayson Saunier (244 rushing, 273 passing, 11 total TDs) to stop the Lions’ prolific offense (55 ppg). Sulphur was shut out for the first time since 2011 last week, but the last time that happened the Tors responded with a 49-27 win over LaGrange.

WORTH NOTING: Sulphur kicker Ethan Piaz is 6-for-6 on point-after kicks and launched a 55-yard punt last week.

Kaplan at LaGrange

RECORDS: Kaplan 0-2; LaGrange 0-2.

LAST WEEK: Kaplan lost 36-8 to Berwick; LaGrange lost 44-14 to Haughton.

OUR TAKE: The Gators have shown the ability to move the ball through the air with quarterback Jason Wilson and receivers Omarion Randolph and Kameron Darmond. Key to getting into the win column will be converting drives into points. Kaplan has struggled offensively, averaging 10 points per game. The Pirates allowed more than 320 rushing yards last week.

WORTH NOTING: Wilson is the area’s second-leading passer among large schools, 1 yard behind McClain with 345 yards.

Iowa at Leesville

RECORDS: Iowa 2-0; Leesville 2-0.

LAST WEEK: Iowa beat Rayne 43-0; Leesville beat Jena 21-14.

OUR TAKE: Both teams have used tough defense and productive running games to undefeated starts. Wampus Cats sophomore running back Xavier Ford is the area’s top large schools rusher with 396 yards and three TDs. Iowa’s Ronald Young ranks fourth with 317 yards. Iowa’s defense has given up six points but will be tested by the Wampus Cats. QB Parker Maks is a dual-threat for Leesville. He ran for a TD last week and threw for more than 1,300 yards last season.

WORTH NOTING: Iowa has allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards in both games.

Lake Charles College Prep at Opelousas

RECORDS: Lake Charles College Prep 1-1; Opelousas 1-1.

LAST WEEK: LCCP lost 20-12 to Westgate; Opelousas beat Natchitoches Central 27-7.

OUR TAKE: LCCP lost a battle of top-10 teams to defending Class 4A champion Westgate last week after the score was tied 12-12 late in the fourth quarter but held strong at No. 6 in the 3A polls. Opelousas relies heavily on the run, averaging 260 yards per game. The game will be the last of a three-game road trip for the Trailblazers.

WORTH NOTING: LCCP’s offense is averaging 33 points per game.

S. Beauregard at DeQuincy

RECORDS: South Beauregard 0-2; DeQuincy 0-2.

LAST WEEK: South Beauregard lost 48-7 to Rosepine; DeQuincy lost 39-2 to Loreauville.

OUR TAKE: Both teams have opened with touch schedules and have struggled offensively. The Tigers were limited to 140 yards last week, all on the ground. South Beauregard ran for 128 and threw for 60. The Golden Knights ran well last year against DeQuincy with Jesse Shuff gaining 113 yards and Ethan Jurquet adding 133. With each team struggling to maintain long drives, special teams play and field position will be key.

WORTH NOTING: DeQuincy won last year’s game 21-14, with QB Reese Ashworth accounting for 127 yards of offense and a TD.

St. Louis at Vidor (Texas)

RECORDS: St. Louis Catholic 2-0; Vidor 0-3.

LAST WEEK: St. Louis beat Iota 14-11; Vidor lost 34-12 to Brazosport, Texas.

OUR TAKE: The Saints survived a late Iota drive with Luke Pierson intercepting a pass deep in Saints territory in the final minute of the game. Saints QB James Reina had his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game with 107 yards and threw for 115. Vidor went 8-2 and averaged 26 points per game last season, but has dipped to 14 points per game this season, while allowing 39 points per game.

WORTH NOTING: This is the first time the schools have met.

Westlake at Vinton

RECORDS: Westlake 1-1; Vinton 1-0.

LAST WEEK: Westlake lost 29-12 to Welsh; Vinton beat Merryville 21-18.

OUR TAKE: Westlake is smarting from a loss to Welsh at home last week after its offense was held in check by the Greyhounds. While the Lions won their season opener, they had trouble with fumbles and can’t afford to give those opportunities to the Rams’ seasoned defense. Rams RB Brandon Jupiter is looking for another productive game against the Lions after scoring three times last season.

WORTH NOTING: In his first year as the starter, Westlake QB Kevin Rideau has completed 53 percent of his passes and thrown five TDs to one interception.

Rosepine at Kinder

REORDS: Rosepine 2-0; Kinder 0-1.

LAST WEEK: Rosepine beat South Beauregard 48-7; Kinder lost 44-36 to Church Point.

OUR TAKE: Rosepine has reinvented itself as of late as a passing team led by QB Jake Smith, who has thrown nine TDs to no interceptions. But RB Grant Ducote, who ran for 266 yards and three TDs against the Yellow Jackets last season, could be ready for a breakout game, which means Kinder can’t focus on one aspect of the Eagles’ offense. Kinder averaged 7.2 yards per carry in Week 2.

WORTH NOTING: Rosepine WR/K/DB Aden Cline has scored 33 of the Eagles’ 99 points and had two picks last week.

Grand Lake at Pickering

RECORDS: Grand Lake 2-0; Pickering 0-2.

LAST WEEK: Grand Lake beat Westminster 39-6; Pickering lost 66-42 to East Beauregard.

OUR TAKE:The Hornets ran for 274 yards last week with both Ian Vigo and Brent Hardesty breaking the 100-yard mark. Grand Lake is averaging more than 300 rushing yards per game. Pickering RB Marlon Freeney is among the area leaders with 277 rushing yards. The Red Devils allowed more than 500 yards on the ground last week.

WORTH  NOTING: Vigo ranks  first among all area rushers with seven TDs.

Ville Platte at Oakdale

RECORDS: Ville Platte 0-2; Oakdale 1-0.

LAST WEEK: Ville Platte lost 35-20 to Basile; Oakdale beat Oberlin 59-29.

OUR TAKE: Cedric Allison powered the Warriors last week, rushing for 301 yards and four TDs and scoring again on a kickoff return. Cade Dauzat tossed two long TD passes and scored on a run to balance the Oakdale attack. Ville Platte has a dangerous back of its own in Darius Chargois, who had two TDs last week, including a 69-yard run.

WORTH NOTING: Allison’s 301-yard game is the best running performance by any area running back this season.

E. Beauregard at Mamou

RECORDS: East Beauregard 1-1; Mamou 0-1.

LAST WEEK: East Beauregard beat Pickering 66-42; Mamou lost 32-14 to Lake Arthur.

OUR TAKE: The Trojans piled up the points last week behind the running of fullback Gage HIldreth, who gained 280 yards and scored five TDs. The other Trojans combined for 220 yards as the Trojans rolled up more than 550 yards of offense. Mamou led twice last week, getting scores on big plays from Devin Ardoin, but allowed Lake Arthur the score the game’s final 24 points.

WORTH NOTING: Ardoin scored TDs on a 35-yard reception and a 96-yard kickoff return.

Jeanerette at Lake Arthur

RECORDS: Jeanerette 2-0; Lake Arthur 1-1.

LAST WEEK: Jeanerette beat Morgan City 26-6; Lake Arthur beat Mamou 32-14.

OUR TAKE: Jeanerette has rebounded from a 13-game losing streak to start the season 2-0, including a win over 4A Morgan City last week. Lake Arthur made improvements on the defensive side last week going from 35 points allowed in Week 1 to 14 plus two safeties. The Tigers will face a defense that is allowing seven points a game.

WORTH NOTING: Lake Arthur is looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since Week 7-8 of the 2019 season.

Merryville at LaSalle

RECORDS: Merryville 1-1; LaSalle 2-0.

LAST WEEK: Merryville lost 21-18 to Vinton; LaSalle beat Sicily Island 48-0.

OUR TAKE: LaSalle has won its first two games via shutout and has scored 86 points. QB Clay Clark has run for 223 yards and five TDs. Merryville QB Remington Coody has thrown for 265 yards and three TDs and will need another big game if the Panthers are to keep up with the Tigers.

WORTH NOTING: LaSalle beat Merryville 32-20 last year. Coody did not play in that game.

Sacred Heart at Basile

RECORDS: Sacred Heart-Ville Platte 2-0; Basile 2-0.

LAST WEEK: Sacred Heart beat Marksville 53-16; Basile beat Ville Platte 35-20.

OUR TAKE: Basile is 2-0 for the first time since 2015, riding a steady run game with Horace Edwards and Ashton Deaville toting the ball. Sacred Heart has blasted a pair of 3A teams by a combined total of 97-16 over the last two weeks. Basile thrives on controlling the time of possession and has converted 13 of 24 on third down and 3 of 4 on fourth down.

WORTH NOTING: Sacred Heart shut out Basile 19-0 last year, holding the Bearcats to 127 yards of total offense.

Elton at Montgomery

RECORDS: Elton 2-0; Montgomery 0-2.

LAST WEEK: Elton beat Northwood-Lena 49-6; Montgomery lost 33-6 to Lakeview.

OUR TAKE: Elton is enjoying a resurgence after two winless seasons. The Indians’ ground game is averaging 394 yards a game led by RBs DeMarcus Jack and Sherman Bellows. Elton is in line for another big game against a Tigers defense that is allowing 373 yards on the ground per game.

WORTH NOTING: Montgomery has turned the ball over five times in two games, all on interceptions.

Sicily Island at Oberlin

RECORDS: Sicily Island 0-2; Oberlin 1-1.

LAST WEEK: Sicily Island lost 48-0 to LaSalle; Oberlin lost 59-29 to Oakdale.

OUR TAKE: Despite last week’s loss to Allen Parish rival Oakdale, Oberlin’s offense is averaging an impressive 499 yards a game but needs a faster start after falling behind 14-0 in Week 2. Sicily Island has lost eight consecutive games and 16 of its last 17 and has yet to score.

WORTH NOTING: Junior DeSean Deville leads Oberlin’s defense with 19 tackles, including two tackles for a loss.


Compiled by staff writers Warren Arceneaux

and Rodrick Anderson