One Class 3A team is chasing perfection this week while a second is trying to lock up a piece of a district title.
Eunice is 9-0 heading into a Thursday home game against Church Point (6-3, 3-1 in District 5-3A).
“If we are fortunate enough (to go unbeaten), it would be only the fourth time in Eunice history that it has been accomplished,” said Eunice coach Paul Trosclair.
However, Trosclair pointed out the task will not be an easy one against the Bears, who feature a defensive line led by nose tackle Dexter Charles.
James Bellard has paced the Church Point offense, rushing for 861 yards and eight touchdowns.
“They give us fits ... period,” Trosclair said. “We were clicking along at 30 points a game last year, and we scored seven against them. Now we are at 35 a game, and we don’t know what will happen Thursday.”
One thing that has happened is Eunice has gradually become healthier as the season has advanced. Quarterback Trenon Trosclair battled through an ankle injury for several weeks.
“(Running back) John Ross Johnson had injuries and a staph infection and missed almost all of his senior year,” Paul Trosclair said. “It is a positive to get those guys back.”
Trenon Trosclair completed 13 of 15 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns last week in a 32-0 victory over Rayne.
“Trenon is really accurate throwing the ball,” Paul Trosclair said. “That is good for us to throw accurately and get big plays because we are not very big up front.
We can’t just overpower people.”
A 9-3A showdown
Meanwhile, North Vermilion (6-3, 4-1 in District 9-3A) is hosting Kaplan (7-2, 5-0) on Friday.
In order for the Patriots to tie Kaplan for the district title, North Vermilion coach Tommy Byler said patience
and efficiency will be needed.
“Kaplan does a great job holding the ball on offense 3 or 4 yards at a time and keeping it moving,” Byler said. “Their offense is sometimes their best defense. You have to make the most of your opportunities because you will get two or three less looks than normal. You have to be efficient against a Wing-T team.”
North Vermilion defensive tackle Castle Drummer will be a key factor in containing the Kaplan ground attack.
Kaplan quarterback Devontae Davis ran for 70 yards and a pair of scores in the Pirates’ 21-6 victory over Erath last week.
“Eight of the 10 teams in our schedule have been in the shotgun (on offense),” Byler said. “Our defensive line has been a strength.
“Now, they will have to play responsibility football. You can’t run yourself out of the play. Kaplan keeps your interior honest with the trap. They also spread the ball around.”
VCHS’ Davis out
Vermilion Catholic (7-1) heads into its final regular- season game against Central Catholic (6-3), VCHS will have to continue to find a way to grind out wins without the services of running back Jacoby Davis.
Vermilion Catholic coach Russell Kuhns said Davis will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury he suffered during a Sept. 28 loss to Dunham.
Before the injury, Davis racked up 1,035 yards and
14 touchdowns in five