Five weeks left to the high school football regular season. Five weeks to decide which team gets an automatic berth to the state playoffs as the District 6-2A champion and which teams will look to the power rankings to get to the postseason.
The District 6-2A schedule opens in earnest Friday when Loreauville plays host to West St. Mary and Jeanerette travels to Delcambre. Catholic High has a bye in district this week and begins its league slate the following week at Jeanerette.
Loreauville puts its unbeaten record (5-0) on the line Friday at home against winless West St. Mary (0-5). The LHS Tigers, ranked fifth in the statewide Class 2A polls, have won by an average margin of nearly 26 points a game, outscoring opponents approximately 53-27 per game.
The team’s lowest output of the season has been 42 points, with three games scoring in the 50s. Though the Tigers have given up a lot of points, they allowed only 7 this past week to Hamilton Christian.
Jermaine Antoine paces the Tigers’ offense and is among the state leaders with more than 630 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing, as well as 11 catches for 300-plus yards and four touchdowns. QB Raymond Bonnette has thrown for 813 yards and 12 TDs with Rhashid Bonnette leading the Tigers with 14 catches for 332 yards and five TDs. That’s despite sitting out the second half of some of the team’s blowouts.
West St. Mary has played tough despite its winless record to this point under first-year coach Marquis Newsome. Though the Wolfpack has been outscored 38.4-20.4 on average, two of those were in blowouts to Ellender and Walker, teams in Class 4A and 5A, respectively. West St. Mary’s three other losses are by an average of only 7 points, including a 1-point loss to Kaplan two weeks ago. WSM has scored at least 20 points in every game except this past week’s loss at Walker.
At Delcambre, two teams looking to turn around rough starts meet when Jeanerette visits Panther Stadium.
Scoring has been the main problem for both teams.
Delcambre (1-4) is averaging 20.6 points a game but got a big boost with a 41-point outburst in claiming its first win of the season this past week against Ascension Episcopal. The Panthers’ previous high-point output of the season was the previous week when it narrowly fell to Hanson 28-26. Prior to that, DHS hadn’t scored 20 points in a game.
Still, the Panthers are being outscored by just 28-21 on average, despite 45-point loss in its opener against Erath.
Jeanerette, which has more seventh- and eighth-graders on its roster than seniors, is going through the struggles one might expect of a young squad under first-year coach Ananias Johnson. The Tigers (0-5) have been shut out twice and got their only points in a loss to Morgan City on an interception return.
JSH has scored only 34 total points, averaging just a shade under 7 points per game, and has given up an average of 51 points per game.
Catholic High (3-2), ranked seventh in the latest Class 2A poll, has suffered its only two losses to a pair of ranked teams in higher classes — second ranked Teurlings Catholic of Class 4A and fourth-ranked Notre Dame of Class 3A.
The Panthers are outscoring opponents by an average of 30-18 per game, and that margin jumps to 42-8 per outing, rounding off to the nearest number, in its three wins.
In other games involving Teche Area teams this week, eighth-ranked New Iberia (4-1 overall, 2-0 district) plays host to H.L. Bourgeois (2-3, 0-2) and Westgate (0-5, 0-2) travels to South Lafourche (4-0, 1-0) in a pair of District 7-5A games; St. Martinville (4-1) opens District 5-4A play at home against in-parish rival Breaux Bridge (4-1), ranked sixth in Class 4A; Erath (3-2, 1-0) plays at Vermilion Parish rival Abbeville (1-4, 1-1) in a District 9-3A game and Franklin (2-3) steps out of 9-3A to play St. Mary Parish rival Morgan City (4-0); Hanson (2-3) opens District 8-A play against No. 4 Vermilion Catholic (4-1); and Highland Baptist (1-1) plays Covenant Christian (1-0) in a game of District 8-A members that does not count toward district standings. Highland and Covenant both joined the LHSAA this year and are not eligible for district honors or playoff berths this season.
All games are Friday except the Hanson-VC and Erath-Abbeville games, which are slated for today.