Go inside for a look at what's happening around the state in Class 5A as the regular season winds down this week. Last Friday, Acadiana and senior OLB Claude George rallied from a 20-0 deficit to beat Comeaux...
Top-ranked Archbishop Rummel remained undefeated with a 38-17 win over long-time rival Jesuit. Senior QB Damian Williams continues to open eyes with his ability to make plays. It seems like Williams has been around forever at the controls of Rummel's offense. He was the starting quarterback as a freshman when the Raiders went to the state finals (lost to West Monroe).
Defending state champ West Monroe suffered its second loss when Florida program American Heritage downed the Rebels in surprisingly easy fashion (31-7). The game was held in West Monroe. Head coach Don Shows' squad lost earlier this season to Calvary Baptist. The Rebels feature 2014 five-star Cameron Robinson at offensive tackle.
Barbe, the preseason 4th-ranked team, handled Sulphur by a 50-30 margin. The Buccaneers have two four-star receivers in 2014 wideout Trey Quinn and senior TE Desean Smith (LSU commit). Quinn leads the state in receiving yardage. Barbe is expected to move to 9-1 this week vs. 5-4 Lafayette High.
Acadiana trailed 20-0 near the end of the third quarter vs. Comeaux, but the Rams woke up to mount a comeback largely led by junior QB DeEdward Cormier (187 yards rushing, two TDs). Head coach Ted Davidson's team is 7-2 after the inspiring 27-20 win over Comeaux. The Rams, open this week, will be rested for the playoffs.
Not many people outside the Shreveport-Bossier City area are talking about the Airline Vikings, but head coach Bo Meeks' team is poised to grab a top five seed with a week ten "W" vs. Byrd. The 8-1 Vikes have scored at least 31 points in every game. QB Hayden Hildebrand makes the offense go...
Central (8-1) edged Scotlandville, 26-25, in a Baton Rouge-area battle. Scotlandville (5-3) led 13-0 at the half before head coach Sid Edwards' Wildcats stormed back behind Lamontae Juneau's three touchdowns.
South Lafourche should enter the postseason with a perfect record. The Tarpons are 8-0 with a hard-fought (28-26) road victory over a very good New Iberia Senior High team on the resume. South Lafourche, which keeps defenses off-balance with its ability to move the chains equally well through the air or on the ground, is heavily-favored vs. 3-5 Thibodaux this week.
Westgate started the season 0-7, although head coach Ryan Antoine's troops didn't throw in the towel. The Tigers captured their second straight W on Friday with an upset of 2011 state runner-up Carencro. Tailback Jamal Sam rolled up 233 yards rushing with two TDs on 32 carries for Westgate.
Ouachita (7-2) was shackled on offense much of the night vs. Pineville, but the Lions exploded for 20 fourth-quarter points en route to a 27-24 win. Head coach John Carr has two top-flight WRs in junior Cameron Sims and senior Taijuan Thomas.
Preseason No. 2 West Jefferson is 6-2 after beating Chalmette, 29-7. The Buccaneers square off with Jesuit (7-1) in the regular season finale. Last year, Jesuit squeaked by West Jeff in a controversial 29-28 thriller.
Surprise team of the year? It's Live Oak, which is 5-4 following a win over Zachary. The Eagles won only four times over the course of the past two years. Head coach Barry Musemeche, who worked wonders at Class A St. John-Plaquemine, is in his first year at the helm of Live Oak.