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No. 3 Acadiana (1-1) at No. 1 Lafayette Christian (2-0)
Ted Davidson Field at Bill Dotson Stadium – Lafayette, Louisiana • Friday, Sept. 17 • 7 PM
You can expect nothing but hard-nosed, talent-filled high school football whenever these two programs meet up. The Knights are looking for their first win in the series with Acadiana taking the first two meetings in 2019 and 2020. The Wreckin’ Rams hope to bounce back from a loss to nationally-ranked Catholic of Baton Rouge while Lafayette Christian opened up the season with wins over larger classification programs. Don’t arrive late or you may not find a seat for this contest.
Other Top Area Games: Barbe at Tuerlings Catholic; Kinder at Loreauville; Plaquemine at St. Thomas More; Tara at St. Edmund
No. 4 Warren Easton (0-0) at No. 10 Scotlandville (1-0)
Scotlandville High School – Baton Rouge, Louisiana • Friday, Sept. 17 • 7 PM
Warren Easton is eager to begin its high school football season just weeks after having to shut down due to issues stemming from Hurricane Ida. What better way to kick of the 2021 campaign than by making the trip over to Baton Rouge for a date with Scotlandville. Both squads are ladened with talent and will most likely have a good shot of making deep playoff appearances. Are the Eagles acclimated enough to compete all four quarters or can Scotlandville take advantage of playing at home with a win already under its belt.
Other Top Area Games: Brother Martin vs. East Ascension; Mandeville at Walker; University Lab at Dunham; West Feliciana at Brusly
Eunice (1-1) at Avoyelles (2-0)
Avoyelles High School – Moreauville, Louisiana • Friday, Sept. 17 • 7 PM
Avoyelles have been on fire as of late with its no-nonsense offense averaging 54 points in the first two games of the season. With no punting formations in its playbook along with executing on-side kickoffs, the Mustangs are a force to be reckoned with during each week of the season. Eunice suffered a season-opening loss but cruised to a big win over Jennings and highly-recruited tailback Trevor Etienne. Could the Bobcats provide an answer to Avoyelles’ offensive attack and junior tailback Carlos Bazert who rushed for 378 yards and four touchdowns against Carroll.
Other Top Area Games: Alexandria at Marksville; Neville at Jena; Pine Prairie at Buckeye; Pineville at Tioga; St. Mary’s at Holy Savior Menard
Greater New Orleans
No. 1 Edna Karr (0-0) vs. No. 5 John Curtis (0-0)
Tad Gormley Stadium – New Orleans, Louisiana • Friday, Sept. 17 • 6 PM • ESPN 2
A battle of epic proportions just happened by coincidence for football powerhouses Edna Karr and John Curtis. Both teams were looking for an opponent to fill their Week 3 openings due to issues related to Hurricane Ida. Could New Orleans not have a better game to attend or even watch on national television Friday night? It will be the first game for both squads so expect some rust but don’t worry because the coaches will have their kids ready. The game is set to be televised on ESPN 2 with kickoff at 6 PM. The two schools have split the last two meetings in 2019 & 2020.
Other Top Area Games: John Ehret at Archbishop Shaw; St. Charles at De La Salle; West Jefferson at G.W. Carver; Vandebilt Catholic at Newman; Zachary at St. Augustine
No. 1 Catholic-BR (2-0) at No. 7 West Monroe (1-0)
Don Shows Stadium – West Monroe, Louisiana • Friday, Sept. 17 • 7 PM
Catholic High’s strength of schedule does not get any easier this week as the Bears make the trip north to take on one of the state’s most tradition-filled squads in West Monroe. The Rebels had to sit last week out following a last-minute cancelation and are eager to get back on the field for one of its most anticipated match-ups on the 2021 slate. Look for West Monroe to be on the top of its game and for a fully-prepared mindset with an extra week to prepare for the nation’s 20th-ranked Bears.
Other Top Area Games: Airline at Ruston; Bastrop at General Trass; Green Oaks at Wossman; Oak Grove at Sterlington
No. 4 Union Parish (2-0) at Captain Shreve (2-0)
Lee Hedges Stadium – Shreveport, Louisiana • Friday, Sept. 17 • 7 PM • =
Captain Shreve has the ultimate task. Can it take down Trey Holly and the Fighting Farmers from Union Parish? With huge wins over top-ranked Many and Class 5A’s Airline, Union is indeed one of the teams to watch for in the postseason but the Gators will have much to say about that this Friday night. With perhaps one of its best teams in recent history, Captain Shreve looks to keep its offense rolling while the defense, who has allowed just nine points so far this season, will be tasked with stopping the run game that has plagued so many teams over the last few years.
Other Top Area Games: Haynesville at Junction City, AR; Many at North DeSoto; North Webster at Minden
Archbishop Rummel (0-0) vs Slidell (0-1)
Lakeshore High School – Mandeville, Louisiana • Thursday, Sept. 16 • 7 PM
Archbishop Rummel is ready to get back to business and will have a tall task ahead as the Raiders battle Slidell at Lakeshore High Thursday night. Slidell tumbled in its first game back after Hurricane Ida with a 28-21 loss last week while Rummel was unable to play its first two originally scheduled contests. With Catholic League slated to start in two weeks, the Raiders will have to work out the kinks against some top talent in the state. Thursday’s game with Rummel will be Slidell’s last pre-district test before taking on St. Paul’s in Covington next week.
Other Top Area Games: Amite at Jewel Sumner; Bogalusa at Salmen; Catholic (NI) at St. Paul’s; St. Helena at Ponchatoula
No. 5 St. James (1-0) vs L.B. Landry (0-0)
Mumford Stadium at Southern University – Baton Rouge, Louisiana • Thursday, Sept. 16 • 7 PM
St. James started its season with a bang last weekend with a 37-27 against Class 5A Archbishop Shaw. Now the Wildcats turn their attention to L.B. Landry who take the field for the first time this season. The game, set to be played at Southern’s Mumford Stadium, will be a treat for local spectators to come out and watch some top talent battle it out in this early season showdown.
Other Top Area Games: Covenant Christian at Morgan City; Lutcher at West Harrison, MS; Slaughter Charter at Centerville
Iowa (2-0) at Sulphur (1-0)
Sulphur High School – Sulphur, Louisiana • Friday, Sept. 17 • 7 PM
Iowa is one of the hottest teams in Southwest Louisiana and will try to ride its momentum into battle against Class 5A Sulphur Friday night. The Yellow Jackets have claimed wins over Iota and Kinder, both on the road, to start the season with Purdue commit Curtis Deville leading the charge. The Golden Tornadoes look to gain ground after having to forfeit last week’s contest to Notre Dame. Sulphur owns the series since 2004 with a 2-0 lead.
Other Top Area Games: DeRidder at Jennings; East Beauregard at Rosepine; Southwood at Lake Charles Prep; Westlake at Vinton