District 3-5A Midseason Evaluation
District 3-5A is always a powder keg of talent, and any number of teams around Acadiana could take hold and run with it down the stretch.
If the vote for "Wildest District in Louisiana," District 3-5A would be a solid yearly candidate. Hot streaks, cold spells, drama and passion envelope the group of teams, and we've already had our fair share of all of it already. Who's poised to take control of 3-5A? We might not know until late in the season, but let's take in what's happened so far.
Last season, the Acadiana Wreckin' Rams tripped out of the starting blocks but picked up the pieces on their way to a state championship. The script reads similarly in 2015.
After getting embarrassed by Ponchatoula and dropping a game to Carencro late, the Rams bounced back for consecutive district wins over Sulphur and Barbe. Never doubt a Ted Davidson coached team. They proved it last year, and if Jayrin Wilson, Kevin Moore, Malik George and their talented crew can create some chemistry...5A be warned.
Speaking of Barbe, the Rams rival, the Bucs sit at 2-3 (losses to Acadiana, Byrd and Mandeville), which can't be settling to their loyal and passionate fan base. Two back-to-back high scoring affairs in district (35-41 loss to Acadiana, 49-35 win over New Iberia) prepares them for the fireworks late in the season, so don't count them out yet.
Three more teams sit at 2-3. Lafayette High's roller coaster started at the top of the hill after scoring 87 points on their way to a 2-0 start, but the 0-3 descent to follow has the Mighty Lions ailing. When they're good and RB Keshawn Young is getting the rock, LHS can beat anybody; however, the consistency is lacking halfway through the year. Side note, MLB James Brown and the LHS front seven are pretty nasty. Bring your chin strap.
NISH picked up wins against Westgate and LHS, and all three of their losses have been in competitive games. The Yellow Jackets are definitely more dangerous than their record indicates. Again, 3-5A is hard to read on a week to week basis and their biggest loss was by 14 points. Better come prepared to play to the finish against them.
Offensive consistency eludes Doug Dotson's Comeaux Spartans, and if his son can figure it out at the QB position, they could become underdogs in the district. Unfortunately, against the rest of the stack, they're already behind with an 0-2 record and still trying to find some offensive identity.
The last two teams to complicate the race to the finish are Sam Houston (1-0 in district) and Sulphur (1-1). Both teams on the western fringe of 3-5A sport diverse offenses, fueled by potent running games. If there are "quality" losses, they're on these schedules. Sam Houston's only downfalls have come to LaGrange and Catholic High-BR, while Sulphur got tripped up by STM and Acadiana. All of those teams will be in the playoffs, which is where they hope to be too.
Of all the local districts, 3-5A might be the hardest to predict. As Acadiana proved last season, most of the time the finish is more important than the start. Halfway through, we're still looking at a murky pool to predict from. Any guesses?