Football Forecast: Acadiana vs Comeaux, St. Martinville vs Breaux Bridge, AES vs VC [VIDEO]
Week Five certainly didn't disappoint, and Week Six of the Football Forecast is loaded with big time matchups too. Dig in, football fans.
Last week, Acadiana and Comeaux went west on I-10 and came back with two wins in District 3-5A, Rayne blocked two kicks to beat Eunice by one point, and other teams like Notre Dame, Ascension Episcopal, Carencro and Catholic High-New Iberia flexed muscle and remained undefeated. The frying pan is heating up, and district play is starting to get serious.
In this week's Football Forecast, we have another throwdown in District 3-5A, a game that could determine District 5-4A, and a possible changing of the guard in District 7-1A. This week is so loaded, R.B. even threw in a bonus game with a team that is 5-0 for the first time in their program's history. Having fun yet?
With so many good games to talk about, let's not waste any time. Before we dive into Week Six, who shined in Week Five?
Players Of The Week: Elijah Mitchell, Brontre Griffin, Dillan Monette
BONUS: Nate Cox, Cameron Gibson
Did you guys really think we would go an entire season without giving love to Elijah Mitchell? Erath's star running back, and future Ragin' Cajun, went off in Week Five, and so did the rest of the offense.
In a 55-36 win over Berwick, Mitchell ran for over 300 yards and collected five scores, but he wasn't the only one getting in on the action. The Erath offense rushed for 597 yards, which is absolutely absurd. Mitchell is one of the players of the week, but he better share the credit with his offensive line. The big boys up front were eating, and they earned themselves a steak, medium rare.
Another running back destined to play on Saturdays shined under the Friday night lights too. Highland Baptist decided to feed the beast in a 49-48 win over Lafayette Christian Academy, and Brontre Griffin reminded everyone how he ran for 3,000 yards last season.
Brontre is a monster, and when Highland gives him the ball, good things happen. In a huge district win, Griffin rushed for 250 yards and four scores, putting the team squarely on his back. He literally carried them to a victory, so expect Highland Baptist to keep riding him, hard, as they move on in District 7-1A play.
Let's stick with the RB's before throwing in two bonus players of the week. Mitchell and Griffin have been doing it for a while, but our last running back is only a freshman...
Before Week Five, nobody knew about Acadiana's Dillan Monette. Now he's on everybody's radar, and he gives the Wreckin' Rams a dimension they didn't have before his breakout game.
Against Sulphur, Monette gashed the Golden Tors for 266 yards on 23 carries, including an 80-yard dash to the endzone, one of his two touchdowns on the night. Like I mentioned, Monnette is only a freshman, so Rams fans can look forward to three more years of pure speed, and he's only going to get better.
Monette is from a football family, but so is Comeaux Head Coach Doug Dotson. He's getting his guys ready for the smaller, speedier freshman, now it's just up to his defense to try and contain him.
All three of those running backs had gargantuan performances, but Rayne's Cameron Gibson made the two biggest plays of the entire week. Without him, the Wolves wouldn't have won.
I always say "special teams matter," and Gibson proved that point by blocking two of Eunice's kicks. One was an extra point, and the other was a field goal with only 22 seconds remaining in the game. Do the math. If Eunice gets those kicks through the uprights, Rayne loses instead of winning, 28-27. Most players are lucky to block one kick, let alone two. Cameron earned this honor, big time.
Last but not least, St. Thomas More's Nate Cox did everything humanly possible to help the Cougars win, but the game didn't play out that way. Hahnville stole one from them in the final minutes, even though Cox threw for well over 300 yards with five TD's. The Cougars might have lost, but Nate still deserves to be recognized.
Our first matchup has history on the line, and three generations of Dotsons.
GAME ONE: Acadiana vs Comeaux
Doug Dotson's father, Bill, was a legend at Acadiana High School. His name is on the stadium out in Scott, but Doug is quickly making a name for himself too.
The Spartans are one missed extra point away from an undefeated season, and they're led at quarterback by Doug's son, Brett. To paint the picture perfectly, Doug Dotson will be coaching his son on the field named after his father, with a chance to beat Acadiana at home for the first time in Comeaux's history. If they pull off the win, I can only imagine it would be a dream come true for both Spartan Dotsons.
Comeaux is proving their hot start is no fluke, and they came back in the second half against Sam Houston last week to improve their record in District 3-5A to 1-1. A win over Acadiana would create chaos at the top of the district, and it would keep the Spartans in contention for the title. Every game matters in district play, but this game has been circled, underlined, highlighted and written in bold on the calendar for a long time.
On the flip side, Acadiana suffered two painful losses to Ponchatoula and Carencro out of district, but they're already 2-0 in 3-5A play. The momentum from their rivalry win over Barbe carried over into last week's massive win over Sulphur, and a win over Comeaux would put them firmly in the driver's seat at the top of the district.
No offense to Lafayette High, Sam Houston or New Iberia, but this is the biggest game remaining on the Wreckin' Rams schedule. If Ted Davidson's team beats the Spartans, they could very well cruise to another District 3-5A title. Dotson's Spartans would love nothing more than to crash their party, and they've been practicing with a fire lit under them all week long. Can it be kickoff time already?
Our second game could also determine the district, and it features two teams trying to avenge tough losses the week before.
GAME TWO: St. Martinville vs Breaux Bridge
Every time St. Martinville and Breaux Bridge get together, there's reason to get fired up. With District 5-4A starting, both teams want to get off on the right foot with a rivalry win.
Both teams are coming off a loss, which should give them both a little attitude. St. Martinville took one on the chin, 34-20, to A.J. Ellender, and Breaux Bridge dropped to 1-4 after facing their fifth straight juggernaut in Carencro. You're not supposed to mess with a cornered animal, and both Tigers have their backs against the wall.
Breaux Bridge is hoping their brutal out of district schedule (Notre Dame, Teurlings, Carencro, Rayne, New Iberia) toughened them up for district play, and they're going to play another gritty team in St. Martinville. Breaux Bridge Coach Terry Martin knows Vincent Derouen will have SMSH jacked up and ready to loosen some chin straps.
Coach Martin hasn't made up his mind which of his two quarterbacks (Julian Leon, Cole Mouton) will get the start, and there's a possibility he will play them both. It's not that Leon hasn't been making plays. Mouton is just coming on strong. With big, physical targets on the outside, they'll both have plenty of weapons at their disposal. Speaking of weapons, St. Martinville has some of the best talent in the area.
Jared Davis leads SMSH at the quarterback position, and his two favorite targets, Deontre "Potata" James and Dylon Doucet, pose completely different threats to opposing defenses. Doucet is a classic "go get it" receiver, checking in at 6'0" and 170 lbs, and James is a shifty speedster with incredible hands. On any given play, "Potata" can fry his defender. Pick your poison, and choose wisely.
Ultimately, it will be on the defenses to make stops. Breaux Bridge is banged up, and they're hoping to have playmaking safety Sabarian Alexander back to full health. In terms of secondaries, St. Martinville is stacked, and they love laying huge hits, so it might come down to a crucial interception or forced fumble when the game's all said and done.
Whoever picks up the win will take their first step toward a district title. Our final game of the week pits a classic powerhouse against the new bully on the block.
GAME THREE: Vermilion Catholic vs Ascension Episcopal
For years, the Vermilion Catholic Screamin' Eagles ruled the roost in District 7-1A. Last year, Ascension Episcopal handed them their first district loss in what seemed like forever, and the Blue Gators are looking to chomp down on them again.
The Screamin' Eagles went through some growing pains to start the season, with three straight losses to Catholic High-New Iberia, Kaplan and Erath. A young roster learned lessons from their losses though, and they turned things around with two straight wins in district play over Highland Baptist and Hanson Memorial. After losing players like Emile Trahan, Tyler Derouen and Hunter Frith to graduation, new stars had to step up. They're starting to shine at the right time, but they're facing an entirely different beast this week.
You can't overstate Ascension Episcopal's dominance so far this season. Some people expected a slight dropoff with former Head Coach Michael Desormeaux departing to coach for the Ragin' Cajuns and bringing QB Jake Arceneaux with him. Michael's brother, Matt, picked up right where he left off, thanks to the play of Jake Vascocu.
Vascocu's been excellent, completing around 70 percent of his passes. Through five games, the Blue Gators are outscoring opponents 206-49 with weapons like RB/WR Zach Ronquillo, WR Ronald LeBlanc and do-it-all man Seth Kerstetter. Not only are they crushing people, they're putting games away in the first and second quarter. Most teams they played only scored in "garbage time" against the subs, and Ascension Episcopal is developing depth by playing so many players off their bench in the second half of their blowout wins.
This is going to be a different test though. VC wants to pay them back for last year's one point loss, and Ascension Episcopal is the new team wearing a target on their back in District 7-1A.
If the Blue Gators handle their business, they'll send a statement across the state that they're here to stay in District 7-1A. That being said, VC isn't ready to give up their seat on the throne because of one loss by one point last season.
I love Week Six so much, I even threw in a bonus game. When a team gets their first 5-0 start in program history, they deserve a spot in the Football Forecast.
BEAU-NUS GAME: Beau Chene vs St. Thomas More
Saw what I did there? Beau Chene Head Coach Josh Guidry has the Gators off to their first 5-0 start in school history, but he knows his team is going to have to basically play a perfect game to knock off St. Thomas More.
This is Guidry's fourth year at Beau Chene, and last season's 5-5 record was good enough to earn them a spot in the playoffs. They already matched their win total from last year, collecting five straight wins to kick off the 2016 season. They've been dominant too, outscoring opponents 152-32. Their defense pitched a shutout against Pine Prairie, and they held West St. Mary, Port Barre and St. Edmund to six points each...but STM isn't cut from that same cloth.
Even though the Cougars come into the game with a 2-3 record, they played powerhouses like Catholic High of Baton Rouge, Hahnville, Plaquemine, Byrd and Sulphur. All five of their opponents will be in the playoffs, and Catholic High will probably be back in the Superdome after winning the state championship last season. Even in last week's devastating last-minute loss to Hahnville, STM quarterback Nate Cox tossed five touchdowns and racked up over 300 yards through the air.
The Cougars are dangerous, but you don't have to tell Josh Guidry that.
Last season, STM destroyed Beau Chene, 70-0. Guidry's Gators remember the pain well, and they're determined not to let it happen again. If Beau Chene can pull off an upset, the entire city might be shut down do to uncontrollable partying.
In high school football, nothing is impossible. District play is where drama happens, so you might want to bring your popcorn.
Once the coin is flipped and the opening kick is booted, anything can happen. So far in 2016, we've seen a Hail Mary finish, a game won with two blocked kicks and countless incredible individual performances. Who knows what I'll be talking about in next week's Football Forecast...
We're past the halfway mark of the regular season already. The saying goes, "Time flies when you're having fun." With all the action around Acadiana, time's not just flying, it's soaring at supersonic speeds. Soak in every minute, because in a few months, we'll all be missing the glory and brilliance of the Friday night lights.