St. Edmund-Basile open 4-1A schedule; Rivals Lake Arthur-Vinton set for clash

<p class="drop-head">In this edition of the Three Point Stance, Warren Arceneaux and Rodrick Anderson discuss Week 4 games involving area small schools.</p><div class="Content"><p class="indent"><strong>What is the most interesting game on the schedule this week?</strong></p><p class="indent"><strong>WA</strong>: St. Edmund at Basile may be the de facto District 4-1A championship game. Last year St. Ed ran the table in district and Basile’s only loss was in Eunice to the Blue Jays.</p><p class="indent">The stakes are high for the homestanding Bearcats in this one. In addition to early control of the district race, a slew of power points are on the line. Basile has been able to make the quarterfinal round consistently, but has often faced long road trips. Securing a top four seed increases their chances of hosting a QF round game this season. Beating the Blue Jays would go a long way to making that happen.</p><p class="indent"><strong>RA</strong>: Lake Arthur at Vinton. While no longer district rivals, these two teams still play like rivals, scoring at least 71 combined points in the last three meetings. The game will feature some of the best 2A running backs in the area in Vinton’s Jordan Janice (473 yards, 8 TDs), and Lake Arthur’s Torrell Levias (295 yards, 4 TDs). Both schools are coming off their first loss of the season, so there will be plenty of motivation to not make it two in a row.</p><p class="indent"><strong>What is the best in-game matchup of the week?</strong></p><p class="indent"><strong>WA</strong>: Vinton’s defense vs. Lake Arthur’s bevy of backs. The Lions gave up 7 and 13 points while winning two games to start the season, but surrendered 36 in a loss to Opelousas last week. Getting back to form this week will be needed as Lake Arthur brings their bruising running game to town. The Tigers ran for more than 200 yards and scored 21 points against a good 3A defense in a loss to Iota last week. The Tigers have a pair of 200-yard rushers in Torell Levias and Daylon Charles and have had five different players run for a touchdown.</p><p class="indent"><strong>RA</strong>: Oberlin’s defense vs. Merryville RB Cam’ron Williams. Oberlin’s defense has been lights out and didn’t give up a point until Oakdale’s Daniel Rodriguez kicked a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter last week. Oberlin has yet to allow a running back to break the century mark, but will face a big test this week in its District 4-1A opener in Panther freshman back Cam’ron Williams, who rushed for 200 yards in Week 2 at St. John.</p><p class="indent"><strong>Who is a player to watch?</strong></p><p class="indent"><strong>WA</strong>: Basile WB/SS Logan David. The Blue Jays use a lot of misdirection and play-action passes in their offense. David is adept at helping against the run after playing linebacker last season, but will need to be disciplined to prevent the Blue Jays from hitting big plays behind him if he bites for a fake. Offensively, David is capable of providing the big plays to complement workhorse running back Andre Reed.</p><p class="indent"><strong>RA</strong>: Hamilton Christian running back Reggie Jackson. Three games into the season, Jackson already has two 300-yard games and leads Southwest Louisiana with 699 yards on 90 carries and six touchdowns, but the Warriors have yet to taste victory. If Jackson can churn out some big numbers this week, the Warriors could get their first win on Thursday at South Cameron.</p></div>””Three-point Stance