Prep football action enters Week 4

Tryve Brackin

Week four of the high school football season comes around this evening (Friday, Sept. 25) with three of the four parish prep teams in action.

PHS vs. BERWICK

Plaquemine High returns home after last week’s season-first loss at 5-A St. Amant High and the Green Devils will host 1-2 fellow Class 3-A Berwick High. The Green Devils have a clear shot at improving their season record to 3-1. Visiting Berwick has not had a winning football season in a number of years, while PHS is attempting to end a five-year winning season drought. Green Devil speed should rule the field tonight.

SJHS AT

The St. John High Eagles travel to the eastside of the river tonight to face 5-A Dutchtown High in a rare 1-A against 5-A gridiron match. At least the lower classification Eagles make the trip ranked in the top spot in 1-A.

SJHS is certainly a pre-game underdog in this one. Dutchtown has strung together several winning seasons and is coming off an upset victory over number four-ranked fellow 5-A foe Thibodaux High last week. However, the hosting Griffins could overlook the locals after such a stunning victory last week. A quick explosion of points by the Eagles could get them through the “numbers game” as the DHS staff will likely attempt to wear down the locals in the second half with their superior large-school squad depth. St. John does match well with the talented skill personnel at Dutchtown. Also, SJHS coaching staff is up to the task and will have a positive game plan.

EAST IBERVILLE VS. ELTON

The Tigers go up against an Elton High Indian team that has a 1-2 record. The Indians lost to potential district champion Delcambre High last week by a 48-20 score. They lost their opener to Kinder High 28-18. The Indians beat East Beauregard 27-20 in the second week of the season.

The Elton boys can score points, while the Tigers have struggled to hold back opponent offensives. EIHS’ victory came against first-time football participant Mount Hermon.

Based on their slates thus far, both have lost to solid opponents, but Elton’s win over East Beauregard was a more impressive endeavor than the Tigers’ rout of Mount Hermon.

The Tigers could face an uphill battle, if they can not get a bit of ball control offense going to keep the ball away from the Inidan offense.

WHITE CASTLE

The Bulldogs are idle this week and are preparing for a tough foe in Basile High next week. Coach Ferrante Dominique has a pair of outstanding backs in QB Ronald Martin and RB Tyree Bracken as major pluses as the tough District 8-A slate nears.