Week 5 High School football – Previews and Predictions

Tryve Brackin
PHS back Nick Thomas (13) gets around end for a gainer in recent action against St. Amant.

AFTER THREE WEEKS of play and prior to last Friday’s competition, power ratings showed some unexpected results.

Due to tough upper classification contests against 4-A Glen Oaks and 5-A St. Amant, Plaquemine High had a higher power rating than future District 8-3A rivals (including St. James) as well as this week’s foe Catholic of New Iberia. PHS was eighth overall in 3-A power rating with a 18.1 showing. Even Redemptorist was lower with a 13th rank and a 14.2 rate.

West St. Johnheld the top power rating out of the trio of area 8-A district teams. The Rams were rated third in the state Class A ranks with a 34.4 rating. St. John was fourth with a 30.5 rating, while White Castle (despite playing and losing to top-ten 2-A foes Riverside and Donaldsonville) were down at 36th place with a 10.6 power rating. West St. John’s win over 5-A Bonnabel and St. John’s victory over 4-A Belaire helped them along.

Of course, all of that changed after Friday night’s round of games. The tougher the slate, combined with a win over an upper classification foe, creates good power points.

POSTED A 22-3 record last week to boost my season mark from 80 percent to 81.4 percent (92-21 mark). I missed when Central stunned Scotlandville and this week’s Plaquemine foe CHSNI was upset by Central Catholic. Also, Southern Lab handed Baker an unexpected defeat.

The rest, however, were easy.

Here goes this week’s predictions:

PLAQUEMINE VS  CHSNI: The Green Devils catch Catholic of New Iberia down, but hosting tomorrow night. If the PHS boys head down south with commitment and understanding they could boost their image in statewide 3-A football, they could win this road game to move to 3-2 overall. I want to boost their pride, but not too much…PHS by one.

ST. JOHN VS DUNHAM: I’ve seen Dunham play East Iberville and was not too impressed. If the Eagles go to BR tomorrow night with the same commitment they had last week against powerful Dutchtown, then they could win this one against a young 2-A foe. It all comes with what the Eagles do up front on offense and defense. It will come down to that next week in the league opener and early season showdown with White Castle. The Eagle lines of last week, not two weeks ago, must show up. If they do, SJHS wins by 10-15 points. I say they struggle a bit, looking forward to the WC game, but win it by 6.

WHITE CASTLE VS BASILE: Like St. John, the Bulldogs cannot look forward to next week too soon. A competitive fellow 1-A foe comes visiting WC, but after a recent slate of teams like Redemptorist, D’ville, and Riverside, the Bulldogs should find Basile a bit of a relief. Although the visitors are a top 20 Class A club like White Castle, the hosting Bulldogs must win this one if they expect to prove they are a state title contender. WCHS by 1-10 points.

EAST IBERVILLE VS FALSE RIVER: The visiting Gators have an outstanding passing team and have played a tougher slate than the young and small-numbered hosting Tigers. FRA by 10.

THE REST: E.D. White over Brusly, Salmen over St. James, Jennings over Livonia, West Jefferson over West St. John, Central Catholic over ACHS, Kentwood over Christian Life, Southern Lab over Northeast, University over Episcopal, Donaldsonville over PCCHS, East Feliciana over Capitol, St. Michael over Belaire, McKinley over Broadmoor, Woodlawn over Glen Oaks, Istrouma over Tara, Dutchtown over Parkview, Hahnville over Vandy CHS, St. Amant over Sarah Reed, Destrehan over Lutcher, East Ascension over Bonnabel, Zachary over Denham Springs, Scotlandville over Walker, Catholic over Central.