Five Important High School Football Games In The Acadiana Area This Week
Well, it's hard to believe, but we've reached the final week of the 2013 high school football regular season schedule.
This week, we have a couple of district championships on the line, and of course, all of the potential playoff teams continue to play for seeding in the upcoming playoffs.
The playoff brackets will be unveiled on Sunday, but here are five extremely important high school football games in the Acadiana area before that.
1)---Acadiana at New Iberia
This match-up is not only for the District 3-5A championship, but could also be for one of the top seeds in the class 5A playoff brackets.
Unofficially, Acadiana is second in the 5A power ratings, while New Iberia is fourth.
The Wrecking Rams, who are ranked third in this week's LSWA class 5A poll, is 8-1, overall, and 6-0 in district play. They have won seven-consecutive games after falling to Neville, 35-28, in the second week of the season, for their only loss of the year.
The Yellow Jackets have been one of the biggest surprises of the year, but also probably remain one of the most underrated teams. After a week two loss to Teurlings (34-20), they've won seven-consecutive games, and come in with identical records as Acadiana, at 8-1, and 6-0.
New Iberia is eighth in the polls, but higher in the power ratings, due to their strength of schedule, with wins over Breaux Bridge, Westgate, Barbe, and Comeaux.
2)---St. Thomas More at Breaux Bridge
St. Thomas More will be looking to wrap up the District 5-4A title, as well as a perfect season, not to mention a high seed in the upcoming Division II playoffs.
STM, who is 9-0, overall, and 5-0 in district play, and ranked third in the class 4A poll, is unofficially fourth in the Division II power ratings.
The Cougars have been dominant all year, outscoring the opposition, 331-63, and have only allowed more than one touchdown in two games this year, while shutting out three different opponents.
Breaux Bridge, who will comes into the game at 5-3, overall, and 4-1 in district play, is playing really good football right now, having won three-straight, and five of six.
The Tigers may have three loses, but those are by a combined 11 points, against such powers as New Iberia, Notre Dame, and Teurlings.
The Tigers, who were idle last week, are unofficially number twelve in the latest class 4A power ratings, and could make a big playoff run, if they can host an opening round game, and get a friendly draw in the playoff bracket.
A win by the Cougars would give them the outright district title, but Breaux Bridge, as well as Teurlings, who are both 4-1 in district play, are both still alive.
3)---Church Point at Livonia
This one is for the outright District 5-3A championship, something Church Point has never accomplished in the history of the school.
The Bears, who are 7-2, overall, and 4-0 in district play, has won five-straight, and has outscored the opposition, 154-35, in the process.
Church Point is unofficially eighth in the latest class 3A power ratings, and a win over Livonia, who is unofficially second, would not only give them the outright district title, but a likely prime seeding in the upcoming playoffs as well.
Livonia is 9-0, overall, and 4-0 in district play. Ranked sixth in the latest 3A poll, Livonia has scored more than 40 points in five games this year, including 97 over the last two weeks.
This is one of those "old school" football games, with two great teams battling it out for the district title on the last week of the year.
4)---Notre Dame at Kaplan
Notre Dame, who is 9-0, overall, and 4-0 in district play, can wrap-up the District 6-3A title with a win.
The Pioneers, who are unofficially number three in the latest Division II power ratings, has scored 34 or more points in six of their nine games this year, while keeping the opposition out of the end zone in six games as well.
Notre Dame has outscored their opponents, 148-17, over their last four games.
Kaplan has had a great year, but has kind of flown under the radar just a little. They are 7-2, overall, and 3-1 in district play.
The Pirates, who are unofficially number ten in the latest class 3A power ratings, have solid wins over Lafayette High, a 5A school, and Church Point, with their only losses coming to 7-2 Iowa, and a one point loss to North Vermilion.
Kaplan has scored more than 40 points in four games this year, including 74 over the last two weeks.
If Notre Dame wins, they win the outright district title, but Kaplan, along with North Vermilion, who are both 3-1 in district play, are both in the race.
5)---Vermilion Catholic at Ascension Episcopal
Vermilion Catholic may already have the outright District 7-1A championship clinched, but they still have plenty to play for, with an undefeated regular season, and a possible top-seed in the upcoming playoffs on the line.
The Screaming Eagles, who are 9-0, overall, and 5-0 in district play are unofficially on top of the latest Division IV power ratings.
VC has had a tremendous year, with two wins over 2A teams, in Catholic-New Iberia and Welsh, along with 3A Erath, and 4A Eunice.
Vermilion Catholic has been a machine all year, outscoring opponents, 352-128.
A win would not only give an unbeaten regular season, but the likely top seed in the Division IV playoff bracket.
Ascension Episcopal is 5-4, overall, and 2-3 in district play.
The Blue Gators had won three of four games, before suffering a close 10-7 defeat to Highland Baptist last week.
Ascension Episcopal is unofficially 21st in the latest Division IV power ratings, but an upset win over VC would be huge, clinching a winning season for a program that is still in it's infancy, and who will be a force in the future.