Sometimes the best thing about one week of the high school football season is being able to move on to the next one.
Such was the case for several Baton Rouge area teams who found themselves on the wrong side of lopsided scores in Week 2.
I’m getting plenty of questions about a possible lack of parity. Though that may be true to some degree, the first two weeks of the season tell us, if nothing us, just how mercurial the game can be.
One week your team might give up 48 points. But take heart because the same team might score 50 the following week.
It reminds me a lot of the weather in Louisiana, which can change dramatically in less than an hour.
Right now the only thing that is certain is more change.
The comment Brusly High coach Erik Willis made Friday about his team not having an “A” game yet really hit home for me.
The fact is some teams may never find that “A” game or even a “B” game.
We’ll find out more about several teams this week.
Take Dutchtown at Destrehan as exhibit A. Catholic High was picked as the preseason favorite in District 5-5A, which makes sense. Running back Derrius Guice is playing on a another level right now. A 48-0 win over Mandeville on Friday night was impressive.
No longer the new school or someone else’s little brother, Dutchtown has a tradition of its own that includes NFL Pro Bowlers Eric Reid and Eddie Lacy. Destrehan’s hard-nosed tradition includes two state titles in the past decade.
Consider Plaquemine at Woodlawn next. What’s not to like about two unbeaten teams playing each other?
Both teams have speed, size and something to prove. Ninth-ranked Plaquemine of 4A is out to prove it is better than last year’s quarterfinals berth. Woodlawn wants to prove it can challenge the likes of Catholic and Dutchtown in 5-5A.
Port Allen at Livonia, Amite at Southern Lab and University High at LaGrange in Lake Charles also merit watching.
Even though Livonia has a new coach in Guy Mistretta, the Wildcats are recognized now as a 3A power after advancing to the title game. Port Allen wants to prove its merit before going into a rugged District 7-3A schedule that includes No. 2 University and No. 9 Parkview Baptist.
And speaking of U-High, this week could be quite interesting. Quarterback Manny Miles has been sidelined by an injury and thanks to an altercation in a 19-6 win over Southern Lab, UHS running back Nick Brossette could be forced to sit out against LaGrange, now 0-2.
Southern Lab’s march through larger classification opponents continues after losses to Destrehan (jamboree), St. Charles Catholic and UHS. The 1A Kittens play eighth-ranked Amite of Class 3A.