An impressive 28-6 win over Class 3A power Parkview Baptist gave Catholic High a win over a team it lost to the past two years.
Now the fifth-ranked Bears (1-0) of Class 5A face a 5A opponent they also have some notable recent history with — Mandeville (1-0). A year ago, Catholic beat the Skippers in the regular season but lost to them 28-21 in the 5A quarterfinals.
“They’re a solid program, and we’re very impressed with the things they do,” Catholic coach Dale Weiner said of the Skippers. “They have a lot of guys back. You can especially see the maturation with their quarterback. (Glen Cuiellette) can throw or scramble and make plays. Their defense pursues so well.”
The Mandeville-Catholic game set for 7 p.m. Friday at Olympia Stadium helps highlight a Week 2 schedule that features some notable rivalry games.
In Baton Rouge, few football rivalries are as long standing as the Capitol and McKinley’s Downtown Showdown. Class 5A McKinley (0-1) lost another rival game to Scotlandville 20-19 in Week 1, but has dominated the series the past few years.
However, 2A Capitol’s 27-6 victory over 3A Independence last week might indicate the Lions are primed for an upset.
“We’ll have our hands full with their defensive line,” Capitol coach Claude Coleman said. “This will really test us. Our linemen are big, but three of them are freshmen.
“I’ll match our skill guys against anybody’s. It’ll be a challenge, definitely. But if we execute and play our game, I like our chances.”
There are several area rivalries to note, too.
Plaquemine (0-1), rated ninth in 4A, gets to see both sides now. The Green Devils, who lost to 5A East Ascension last week, now face 3A westside rival, Brusly (1-0).
Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano was the defensive coordinator for Brusly coach Erik Willis at St. John-Plaquemine. Distefano also was the best man in Willis’ wedding. Also, Willis is a Plaquemine graduate.
“I love Erik to death,” Distefano said. “We’ve known each other for years and worked together. But Friday night’s a different story. Brusly is playing really well; it’ll be a war.”
While Brusly and Plaquemine come from adjoining parishes, Pointe Coupee Central (1-0) at Livonia (1-0) matches teams from Pointe Coupee Parish. Class 1A PCC ousted 1A East Iberville 38-28 in Week 1; Livonia beat 5A Live Oak 38-28.
Distefano said defensive lineman Davon Godchaux will have doctors check the knee he injured in the first quarter of the EAHS loss Monday. He hopes to have Godchaux back in the lineup within a week or two.
The news was not as good for Parkview. PBS coach Kenny Guillot said defensive lineman Austin Taylor tore an ACL during the first quarter of Friday’s loss to Catholic.
Weiner said he thinks running back Derrius Guice could be ready to play against Mandeville, despite a thigh bruise suffered against PBS. Dutchtown quarterback Patrick Thompson (ankle) also is day-to-day, coach Benny Saia said.
University High coach Chad Mahaffey said his team fared well on the injury front, but noted that freshman linebacker-running back Dylan Moses (knee) also may be evaluated Monday.