We've seen plenty of ups and downs thus far in high school football. Some teams have been riding high, some teams have gotten off to slow starts, while others are still trying to find their footing dealing with injuries. Nevertheless, I've got three major things I'm looking at game wise during Friday night's action.

1). Jim Hightower Gets a Shot at 400 at Home

Yes, the wonderful man that is Jim Hightower is getting a chance to get his 400th career victory in front of the St. Thomas More faithful on Friday night. After a shutout loss last week at Catholic Baton Rouge, the Cougars are home this week to take on the 2-2 Franklinton Demons. The usually strong running game was stifled last week for STM and they committed an uncharacteristically three turnovers. I can't see them getting away from the running game as it's their bread and butter to take control of games. Cut out the turnovers, continue to run the football, and take shots through the air when you can. If they're able to do that, Hightower should be able to "exercise the Demons" so to speak and gather his 400th win.

 

2). The Undefeated Clash

The Acadiana Wreckin Rams and Barbe Buccaneers are set for a Friday night, undefeated clash at Acadiana. In recent history between these two rival schools in the last ten meetings it's split at five games apiece but the Rams have dominated of late winning four of the last five. However, Barbe holds the all-time series record between these two teams at 19-11. When these two teams get together it's usually a tight game, in the last seven of ten meetings, the games have been decided by six points or less. Coach Ted Davidson of Acadiana said this week, "It almost always ends up being a great game, a couple of years ago, both of us were 1-2 and it was still a good game." He also added, "It's a fun week every year. The kids on both teams know how big a game it is. It's always an exciting week of preparation." Look for tons of jarring between both teams and a hard nosed battle where somebody will remain undefeated and somebody will have to deal with their first loss.

 

3). Teurlings Looks to Right The Ship

Its been a rough last two games for the Rebels after starting off Head Coach, Dane Charpentier's tenure with two straight wins. This week won't be any easier as they take on a team, Catholic Baton Rouge, who just took out previously undefeated St. Thomas More in 20-0 fashion. The Rebels have been dealing with injuries to their running back corps in Jakyre Journet and Hayden Judice. Quarterback Welsey Blazek has been burdened to shoulder the load for the team and it hasn't been easy. In their game against Notre Dame Blazek threw three interceptions trying to do whatever he could to get his team back into a game that they ultimately lost 44-7. I'm looking at this Teurlings squad to come out and play their hearts out before they begin their 4-4A District play schedule next week.