Top 10 Games in Acadiana for Week 4

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You can call Week 4 “Separation Week” for many high school football teams in Acadiana.

District play has already started for some, and getting a win this Thursday or Friday could go a long way in their respective careers.

Other squads are getting some great ranked opponents as various trainers will learn a lot about their teams.

BETTER PERFORMANCEWho had the best performances in Acadiana last week?

WEEK 4 SCHEDULEComplete list of games in Acadiana

TEURLINGS HIT ST. CHARLESHow the Rebels rallied from 12 points to beat the Comets

Here are the top 10 games during week 4:

10. Kaplan (1-2) at Rayne (1-2)

Both teams expected to have better starts to the season. And the possibility of falling to 1-3 means this matchup has a lot riding on it. Prediction: Rayne 32, Kaplan 20

9. Westgate (3-0) at St. Martinville (1-2)

Before the season opened, this game became one of the best games of the year. But St. Martinville, a Class 3A state semifinalist last season, has stumbled off the blocks. Defending Class 4A champion Westgate has run his business thus far and he looks like a machine. Prediction: Westgate 24, St. Martinville 10

8. Vermilion Catholic (3-0) at Erath (2-1)

Vermilion Catholic, No. 6 in 1A, has given up just 24 points in three games. For Erath to have a shot, his offense, led by Blake Dautreuil and the running game, will have to sustain drives and finish with points. The Screaming Eagles have a great offense, led by quarterback Jonathan Dartez. Prediction: Vermilion Catholic 37, Erath 21

7. North Vermilion (1-2) at Loreauville (2-1)

Loreauville won its first two games but ran into a buzzsaw last week at Vermilion Catholic, which smothered the Tigers in a 30-0 shutout. North Vermilion’s defense, which allows 16 points per game, gives them a great opportunity to take down Loreauville on the road. Prediction: North Vermilion 18, Loreauville 15

6. South Lab (1-1) at Opelousas Catholic (1-2)

Opelousas Catholic has played a tough opening schedule, which explains the slow start, record-wise. But many believe OCHS remains a contender for the Division IV title. The Vikings will have a chance to show they belong on Friday, hosting the reigning state champions at Southern Lab, currently ranked No. 3 in 1A. Prediction: Southern Lab 43, Opelousas Catholic 28

5. South Zone (2-1) at New Iberia (1-2)

Southside had the biggest win in Acadiana last Friday, escaping Carencro along the way. Can the Sharks keep up their momentum with another road test in New Iberia? New Iberia lost to Acadiana High last Friday. In the pecking order of District 3-5A, this matchup means a lot to both teams. Prediction: Southside 27, New Iberia 7

4. Teurlings Catholic (3-0) at Notre Dame (3-0)

Another edition of an old rivalry. And this season, both teams are very hot heading into the matchup. Teurlings just defeated St. Charles Catholic at home last week and Notre Dame, ranked No. 3 in 2A, has crushed bigger opponents this year. This game will be a barn. Prediction: Teurlings Catholic 33, Notre Dame 31

3. Acadiana (2-1) at Lafayette (3-0), Thursday

This is where we find out where Lafayette is located. The Lions are off to an undefeated start, but they haven’t faced anyone quite like the Rams yet. No. 5 Acadiana lost his first match at Lafayette Christian Academy, but has since defeated his opponents. Prediction: Acadiana 35, Lafayette 23

2. Ruston (2-1) at Lafayette Christian (3-0)

Ruston coach Jerrod Baugh has a reputation for creating the toughest schedules every season. The Bearcats’ first three games were against Warren Easton (25-19 loss), Jesuit (28-23 win) and Cabot (Arkansas) last Friday. Ruston is on trial and will be up for the challenge against the No. 1 4A team, Lafayette Christian. JuJuan Johnson continues to lead the Knights to a fiery start. This game will be a dog fight. Prediction: Lafayette Christian 22, Ruston 20

1. St. Thomas More (3-0) at Catholic-Baton Rouge (2-1)

There may not be two hotter teams in the state right now than St. Thomas More and Catholic-Baton Rouge. The Cougars, No. 2 in 4A, have defeated 5A giants Alexandria and Brother Martin in consecutive weeks. Catholic, No. 3 in 5A, has beaten Warren Easton and University Lab in their last two games. This is a state championship caliber game. Prediction: Catholic-Baton Rouge 35, St. Thomas More 32

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