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No. 9/9 Teurlings Catholic (5-0) at No. 1/1 Westgate (5-0)
Westgate Stadium • New Iberia, Louisiana • Friday, Oct. 7 • 7 PM
The undefeated Teurlings Catholic certainly has the tools needed to make the long and difficult march in search of a state championship appearance.
However, that trek must make a stop in New Iberia as the Rebels prepare for one of their biggest matchups in recent years against top-ranked Westgate.
The Tigers, winners of 13 consecutive games, have shown no signs of slowing down having averaged nearly 48 points per game while only giving up 12 total points in home contests.
Teurlings Catholic has put together an impressive resume so far this season having allowed only 13 points per game along with victories over traditional powers St. Charles and Notre Dame as well as a much-improved Opelousas squad.
Westgate has won four of the last five in this series with Teurlings’ last victory coming in 2017. Will the Tigers make it 14 straight or can the Rebels shock the world in their bid for a spot on top of the mountain.
Other Top Area Games: Carencro at Lafayette; Catholic-PC at Sacred Heart; St. Charles at Abbeville
No. 5/4 Zachary (3-1) at Woodlawn-BR (2-3)
Woodlawn Stadium • Baton Rouge, Louisiana • Thursday, Oct. 6 • 7 PM
In a game set to be broadcast to a nationally-televised audience by ESPN, the Zachary Broncos look to begin District 4-5A play with a huge win over a talent-laden Woodlawn squad.
To do so, Zachary will need to get by without the help of Alabama commit Eli Holstein, who was injured in the loss to St. Augustine. The Broncos seemed to get back on track last week in a 49-14 win over out-of-state foe Winona, Miss.
Most would look at Woodlawn’s record and think this may not be the best game to have televised on ESPN. On the contrary, it makes for an even better storyline as all three of the Panthers’ losses have come to opponents who hold a combined record of 11-4. With the likes of four-star athlete Rickie Collins at quarterback as well as defensive back Jordan Matthews, Woodlawn hopes to begin play in its new district with a bang.
What better way than to upend the defending Class 5A champions at home in front of millions of viewers?
Other Top Area Games: Denham Springs at Walker; Plaquemine at Brusly; Scotlandville at Central-BR; Tylertown, Miss., at University Lab
No. 7/5 Ruston (4-1) at Alexandria (3-2)
ASH Football Stadium • Alexandria, Louisiana • Friday, Sept. 30 • 7 PM
After beginning the season with an 0-2 start in losses to Carencro and St. Thomas More, Alexandria has rolled out three straight victories.
The Trojans hope to make it four consecutive but it will take their best game of the season as the visiting Ruston football team comes to town having played one of the toughest pre-district slates in Louisiana. The Bearcats enter Friday’s contest with a 4-1 overall mark on the year and hold wins over the likes of Jesuit, Lafayette Christian and Neville.
ASH has one win in the last nine meetings against Ruston in a 2017 victory over the Bearcats. That game was played in Alexandria which certainly gives the Trojans a sense of home-field advantage heading into Friday.
Other Top Area Games: Franklin Parish at Grant; General Trass at Ferriday; St. Mary’s at LaSalle
Greater New Orleans & Northshore
Bogalusa (4-1) at No. 6/5 Amite (4-1)
Amite Stadium • Amite, Louisiana • Friday, Oct. 7 • 7 PM
Bogalusa has certainly seen its fair share of comebacks in the 2022 season as head coach Cyril Crutchfield has turned the Lumberjacks into a championship-caliber program.
On Friday, they make the trip to test their mettle once again, this time against a true champion. Last year’s Class 2A title winner Amite welcomes their new district foe into town after rattling off four consecutive victories including a 14-6 win over Kentwood last week.
Bogalusa’s Ashton Levi has thrown for over 1,088 yards this season and proves to be one of the dark horse quarterbacks in Louisiana. However, Amite has allowed an average of 12 points in their last three wins.
Will the Warriors defense have enough to calm the Bogalusa attack this week?
Other Top Area Games: John Curtis vs. Archbishop Rummel; Kenner Discovery at De La Salle; Newman at Belle Chasse; St. Paul’s at Covington
No. 7/10 St. Frederick (4-1) at No. 2/2 Ouachita Christian (4-1)
Fitzhugh Field • Monroe, Louisiana • Thursday, Oct. 6 • 7 PM
In a game that not only has huge playoff implications but could be a deciding factor in the race for the District 2-1 crown, St. Frederick hopes to see its three-game series skid against Ouachita Christian come to an end on Friday.
The Warriors currently sit at No. 7 in the Select Division IV playoff power ratings while Ouachita Christian follows close behind in the No. 10 spot. In the new playoff format, the top eight teams received a first-round bye. A victory against the Eagles would better the chances of St. Frederick receiving a top-seed and an extra week to prepare.
A win for Ouachita Christian would help boast the chances of the Eagles climbing back inside the top 10 inside the power rankings as well as rebounding after a hard-fought loss to Class 5A Ouachita Parish last week. Head coach Steven Fitzhugh always gets his team prepared for the tougher battles but make no doubt about it… the Eagles need no extra motivation this week.
Other Top Area Games: Carroll at Wossman; Lakeside at D’Arbonne Woods; Vidalia at Mangham; West Ouachita at Ouachita Parish
No. 3/7 Calvary Baptist (3-2) at No. 8/4 North Caddo (4-1)
North Caddo Stadium • Vivian, Louisiana • Friday, Oct. 7 • 7 PM
The battle between these two teams will have the casual high school football fan wanting more as Calvary Baptist prepare for its District 1-2A debut against a fiery North Caddo squad.
The Cavaliers enter Friday night’s contest not having lost a district contest since the 2012 season. An impressive winning streak coupled with the success that the Calvary program has had in recent years adds even more fuel to the fire for Johnny Kavanaugh’s North Caddo team.
The Titans have become completed of the biggest turnarounds in Louisiana high school football having brought in national attention for its playmakers, including LSU commit Omarion Miller, as well as competing well against traditional programs such as Homer, Mangham, and Neville while making a quarterfinal run in last year’s playoffs.
A win on Friday would boost North Caddo into a major player for a deep playoff run while a victory for Calvary Baptist helps strengthen their resume even more as the postseason looms near.
Other Top Area Games: Evangel at Northwood-SH; Jonesboro-Hodge at Red River; Oak Grove at Haynesville; Rosepine at Logansport
St. Martin’s (5-0) at No. 7/8 Riverside (4-1)
Riverside Stadium • Reserve, Louisiana • Friday, Sept. 30 • 7 PM
Friday night’s contest between Riverside and St. Martin’s not only opens District 10-1A play with a bang but will feature two of the top running backs in the state as each vies for the state’s rushing title.
Elijah “Bill” Davis has rushed for over 1,000 yards in five games so far this season as he remains one of the top rushing leaders but it’s St. Martin’s Harlem Berry who has everyone’s attention at the moment.
Berry has drawn offers from multiple Power 5 schools since a breakout freshman campaign. However, Davis’s work on the ground can be argued to be the best in the New Orleans area. Either way, fans will be treated to a rushing attack from both sides that will have them frozen in amazement throughout the evening.
Riverside has won the last five matchups between the two teams and with both squads near the top of the Select Division IV power rankings, look for the winner to see a major shift in their rankings following this contest.
Other Top Area Games: E.D. White at Patterson; Jeanerette at Hanson Memorial
No. 4/8 St. James (4-1) at No. 8/9 Lake Charles Prep (3-2)
Cougar Stadium • Lake Charles, Louisiana • Friday, Sept. 30 • 7 PM
If you live in the Lake Charles area and want to see an offensive showdown, then look no further than Cougar Stadium Friday night.
Lake Charles Prep welcomes traditional powerhouse St. James into town for a rare midseason contest that pits two potent offensive attacks against each other.
The Wildcats have been on a tear as of late having won four in a row since dropping their season opener to undefeated East St. John. Lake Charles Prep has split its last four contests but posted shutout victories in their previous two games.
Friday’s game is certain to provide a playoff-like atmosphere as the two programs hope to bolster their position in the playoff power rankings.
Other Top Area Games: Avoyelles at Oakdale; East Beauregard at Oberlin; Sulphur at Barbe; Welsh at Grand Lake