Four Things we Learned From High School Football, Week Four
Week four in High School Football provided us with a good insight into a lot of the programs as many began district play. However, some teams are still working through some kinks, but to be fair some of them are a game behind after their week one games had been cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey.
So, what did we learn in week four?
1). Acadiana is very good.
Yes they are and there's no denying it. On Friday, the Wreckin Rams dominated New Iberia in their homecoming game, 56-7. Lets first look at what the defense has done, they're 4-0, they've yet to allow more than 13 points in any game, and have only allowed 38 points over those four victories. As far as the offense goes, we know all about Ted Davidson's vaunted veer offense but he's got a ton of versatility and experience this year as well. On Friday Jalen James really shinned as he produced over 100 yards on the ground to go along with three scores and a fumble recovery that he turned into a touchdown on defense as well. A match-up with a fellow undefeated foe in Barbe is set for next week for the Rams.
2). Northside Slides to Former Coach
It was a dream start to the season for the Northside Vikings as they came out of the gates with three straight victories under new Head Coach, John Simmons. Heading into the Vikings home opener there was excitement, anticipation, and a renewed sense of confidence. For this 2017 home opener they would welcome in rival, St. Martinville and former Head Coach, Vincent DeRouen. Simmons and DeRouen shared the sidelines for many years at Northside and Coach Simmons says they're still friendly to this day. However, on Friday night the wind would be taken out of the Vikings sails as St. Martinville came in and won in dominating fashion, 48-18. Northside took care of business in their first three games and have one final non-district game against Avoyelles coming up this week. To finish the season Northside will have all tough district opponents.
3). Teurlings Catholic runs into Tough Opponents
Last week Teurlings ran into a very tough Notre Dame team that handled them pretty soundly in a 44-7 victory. However, it seemed as though Head Coach Dane Charpentier's group grew from that experience and was ready to really compete against a really good team this week in, Archbishop Rummel and compete they did. The Rebels fell to the Raiders in this one 41-23 but they really competed against an extremely talented bunch. The Raiders are an undefeated 5A school and feature a number of players who are on their way to play college football. We learned that Teurlings can hang, they're growing against very good opponents, and this should serve them well this coming week against another good team in Catholic Baton Rouge. In addition, when they get into the meat and potatoes of district play.
4). 400 Will Have to Wait for STM HC, Jim Hightower
St. Thomas More's Head Coach, Jim Hightower's career win total sits at 399 and it'll sit there for at least one more week. The Cougars traveled to a solid Catholic Baton Rouge school who sat at 3-1 on the season and were ready for the challenge. We saw an uncharacteristically frustrating performance from STM as they turned the ball over three times, had only 71 yards on the ground, and were shut out for the first time this year in a 20-0 beating. What we learned is that this team really wanted to win coach Hightower's 400th at home... Of course I'm kidding but that could be a silver lining as the Cougars take on Franklinton at home this coming Friday.