WOLVES VAULT TO TOP IN 5A:
For the consecutive second week, the No. 1 team in Class 5A tumbled from the top after a Friday night defeat.
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Acadiana, which replaced West Monroe as the No. 1 team on last weekâ€™s Top 10 poll, conducted by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, was beaten by No. 4 St. Paulâ€™s, 15-14. A week earlier, Byrd upset West Monroe, 30-23, which moved the Rams into the No. 1 spot.
St. Paulâ€™s jumped ahead of Dutchtown, West Jefferson and Acadiana to claim the role of No. 1.
Dutchtown remained at No. 2 and West Jefferson stayed at No. 3 following victories by the two schools. Acadiana replaced its conqueror as the No. 4 team in 5A.
Will St. Paulâ€™s meet that same fate in Week 3 when the Wolves host McDonogh 35 at their friendly confines of Hunter Stadium this week? The Roneagles, who are labeled as visitors in their first six games of the season, have had a curious start, beating St. Augustine, 50-42, two weeks ago before losing to Lutcher, 42-14, last Friday. The loss dropped them a spot in the Class 4A poll from No. 7 to No. 8.
Following that game, St. Paulâ€™s opens its District 6-5A schedule with two other unbeaten, yet unranked opponents â€“ Covington and Mandeville, both 2-0. The Wolves will make the short trip to Jack Salter Stadium to meet the host Lions, then are back at Hunter against the Skippers on Sept. 30.
St. Charles Catholic and John Curtis are two area schools that retained their No. 1 positions following their second straight wins.
All 10 voters gave the Comets a thumbs-up as the No. 1 team in Class 3A following its convincing 48-7 defeat at Vandebilt Catholic. They now play their next four games at home against four winless opponents â€“ Northshore, Miller-McCoy, Jeanerette and Donaldsonville. So it seems they are in no danger of handing their top spot to No. 2 Patterson, which beat Central Lafourche, 36-0, and meets 0-2 St. James this week.
For the second straight week Curtis has beaten an opponent of higher classification, 5A Westgate, 27-7, in the Louisiana Superdome. The Patriots opened the season by romping over Class 4A Franklinton, 34-0.
Although it did not receive all 10 first-place votes (one went to No. 2 Winnfield, also 2-0), Curtis has one more test before delving into its District 9-2A schedule of what appears to be overmatched opponents. That test will come on Friday against 1-1 East St. John at Muss Bertolino Stadium.
West Jefferson managed to get past Westbank archrival John Ehret, 21-14, a week after blowing out John McDonogh, 57-0. The Buccaneers host 1-1 Helen Cox this week, but their eyes are focused on what figures to be a highly competitive District 9-5A schedule on which they will face four unbeaten opponents, which are playing well â€“ Jesuit, Chalmette, Brother Martin and Archbishop Rummel. Jesuit is the only one of the four that is listed among the Top 10; the Blue Jays sit at No. 9 Following wins over Hahnville, 28-13, and longtime rival Holy Cross, 37-0.
Holy Cross and St. Augustine, now both 0-2 and in the throes of a rough start to the season, were considered by pundits as the top two teams in District 10-4A. East Jefferson, which outpointed Independence, 29-21, in its belated opener, now appears as the team to watch in that district. Holy Cross and St. Aug, a 30-22 loser to Gentilly rival Brother Martin last week, are off the Class 4A Top 10 list. They have been replaced by a surprisingly strong Assumption (2-0) and Teurlings Catholic (2-0), which jumped from the â€œothersâ€ list into the Nos. 5 and 6 spot, respectively.
Five teams listed among the Class 3A Top 10 were second week losers, but just one, Jennings, fell out of the Top 10. Amite slipped from No. 3 to 6, Parkview Baptist from 4 to 7, Marksville from No. 6 to 9 and Independence from 7 to 8. Notre Dame, which lost at No. 2 Breaux Bridge, 28-12, remained at No. 5.
White Castle appeared to be a solid No. 1 in Class 1A through the first week of the season until it met Central Catholic in Morgan City. A 23-14 defeat in that game knocked the Baton Rouge area team down to No. 6 and elevated Ouachita Christian, a 55-21 winner over Rayville, into the No. 1 spot. Central Catholic, now 2-0, jumped from No. 9 to No. 4.
The following five games to keep an eye on this week could significantly alter the five classes of Top 10 teams:
How strong is the Top 10 in Class 5A? There are six teams waiting in limbo and quite capable of being ranked should one or more of the elite fall in the next few weeks. They are Brother Martin, Covington, Mandeville and Scotlandville, all impressive in two early season wins, and Archbishop Rummel, a 30-9 winner over Slidell and a title contender in what may be the most competitive district in the top classification, 9-5A.