Pointe Coupee Central climbs to 8th in Class 1A poll

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- University High's Malik Antoine runs the ball back after an interception agains Teurlings Catholic on Friday. U-High, ranked third in Class 3A, travels to Southern Lab on Friday night. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- University High's Malik Antoine runs the ball back after an interception agains Teurlings Catholic on Friday. U-High, ranked third in Class 3A, travels to Southern Lab on Friday night.

Pointe Coupee Central made the biggest jump among local-area teams in the latest Louisiana Sports Writers Association High School football polls released Tuesday.

The Cougars (1-0) climbed two spots to eighth in Class 1A. Springfield, which was unranked last week, is 10th in Class 2A.

University (1-0) remains third in Class 3A. The Cubs earned 104 points in the voting. Defending Class 2A champion John Curtis (120 points) and Evangel (105 points) are ranked first and second in Class 3A.

West St. John, Kentwood and Vermilion Catholic, all 1-0, remain third, fourth and fifth in Class 1A.

The other ranked local-area teams dropped slightly in the polls. Catholic (1-0) fell from fifth to sixth in 5A. Parkway, which beat Calvary Baptist 53-13, jumped two spots to fifth in Class 5A.

Lutcher (0-1) dropped a spot and is tied with Teurlings Catholic (0-1) for sixth in Class 4A. Parkview Baptist (0-1) dropped three spots to sixth in Class 3A.

Barbe (1-0) is the top-ranked team in Class 5A, Karr (1-0) leads Class 4A and Ouachita Christian (1-0) leads Class 1A. St. Augustine (1-0) moved up a spot to second in Class 5A.

University at Southern Lab: Southern Lab (0-1) faces its second straight ranked Class 3A team. Seventh-ranked St. Charles Catholic beat the Kittens 42-14 last week. University is coming off an impressive 41-14 win over Teurlings.

“Southern Lab is a talented team,” University coach Chad Mahaffey said. “Our kids played well last week. It’s a nice honor to be ranked so high. Our kids have really worked hard. We’ve got 17 seniors and good team chemistry.”

Mahaffey said he was pleased that his first-team defense created three turnovers and had a goal-line stand.

Southern Lab coach Nick Mitchell said his team is finally getting healthy but made too many mistakes last week.

“We’re going to have to be very focused and play our best game to have a chance against University,” Mitchell said. “University is very talented and definitely worth the price of admission. This game will have a playoff atmosphere and help us in the long run.”

Pointe Coupee Central at Livonia: With 15 returning starters leading the way, Livonia (1-0) knocked off Class 5A Live Oak 38-28 last week. Livonia is just outside the Top 10 in the Class 3A rankings.

“We do have good team chemistry,” Livonia coach David Brewerton said. “Pointe Coupee Central can score points in a hurry. This is one of the only games on our schedule where the opposing team is faster than us. Our defense will have to play well.”

Pointe Coupee Central’s speedy players include receiver/defensive back Delfontay Powell, defensive back Raequan Powell, receiver Stephen Guidry and Altonio Johnson.

“We are a pretty fast team,” PCC coach Cleotha Johnigan said.

“It’s a great honor to be ranked. In order to stay there, we’ve got to continue to perform. We think we have a solid team and our 40-man roster is the largest in some time.”

It will be the first regular-season game between the Pointe Coupee Parish teams since they were in the same district in the middle of the last decade. The schools are about 20 miles apart.

“Livonia has some great athletes and is a very good team,” Johnigan said. “We’ll need to play well defensively.”