Week Six: Three Things to Watch for in High School Football
Wow, I can't believe we're already at the half way point of this high school football season. Personally, as the new guy in town its flown by and its been a blast to cover these teams week in and week out.
At this point, we're really starting to get into District play which only ratchets up the level of competitiveness that we've seen. There have been plenty of great match-ups and story lines throughout the season. Here are the top three I'll be looking for in Week Six.
1). Beau Chene Continues Winning Ways Amidst Injuries
If I told you that a team came into the season with ten receiving options and half way through the year they'd be down to one, would you think that team would be 4-1? Absolutely not. However, Beau Chene under Head Coach Josh Guidry has been able to maintain consistency regardless of the injuries to his wide receivers or the other position players as well. For instance, Junior linebacker, Jacob Maddie played last week with injured ribs and still went out there and not only played but dominated the game with 18 tackles to go along with a forced fumble. When asked about Maddie coach Guidry said, “The kid is amazing, he has no regard for his body. He has no hesitation. He gives everything he’s got on every play. If he was 6-foot, 210, everybody in the country would be after him. Instead, he’s 5-7, 180.” The Blue Gators will have their hands full this week as they are taking on Terry Martin's squad, Breaux Bridge. The Tigers started off the season slow and have had to endure a ton of injuries themselves. They're currently on a two game winning streak and should be a fun game to watch to see which of these two banged up programs come away with a victory.
2). Acadiana's Next Test is a Familiar Foe
The Acadiana Wreckin' Rams have been a juggernaut half way through this season, beating their first five opponents by an average of 25 points. In addition, the defense has proved stout where they have not allowed any opponent to score more than 14 points in a game yet this year. The offense has more than pulled its weight also, that unit has averaged just over 35 points per game under Ted Davidson and his veer machine. This weeks opponent is a young group who's had its ups and downs this year in the Comeaux Spartans. The Spartans are 3-2 but the biggest story is always that Doug Dotson (Head Coach of Comeaux) his father was a very successful coach at Acadiana for which the football stadium is named after him (Bill Dotson Stadium). Comeaux will be home this year but as Broadcaster for the Wreckin' Rams, James P. Bitterman told me last week, "this is never an easy game Greg."
3). Northwest and Church Point Clash in 5-3A Meeting
The Northwest Raiders suffered an early season setback at the hands of Berwick (34-52) where they saw a couple costly turnovers derail the game along with losing their starting quarterback. Kaleb Prudhomme had sustained a concussion and the reigns were turned over to back-up quarterback, Montaz San. Since the switch, the Raiders of Northwest have gone 3-0 and coach Chris Edwards said, “Once Kaleb went down, we kind of saw a spark in the guy’s eyes when Montaz was in there,” said Edwards. “I guess with them going through summer workouts with him and going through the spring with him, it kind of gave them a little sense of confidence and relaxation. They were used to his cadence, used to his voice. The offense started to pick up a little bit, and we began to roll a little bit." As far as Church Point goes, they're 3-1 and coming off two straight victories over Pine Prairie and Eunice. This should be an intriguing 5-3A District match-up in Week Six.