Dunham, Episcopal on tap for Thursday night clash

Why wait to play under Friday night lights when Thursday will work just as well?

Episcopal hosts The Dunham School for a pivotal District 6-2A football game that will be the only game in town Thursday. It’s a contest that also helps highlight the Week 7 schedule.

“This is the week of our fall break, which is why we’ll play on Thursday,” Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois said. “It should be a great matchup. I guess the thing that impresses me about Dunham is their ability to get up and down the field on offense.

“They’ve got multiple targets, they can throw to down field and they like to spread it around, which gives you a lot to prepare for.”

The Knights (6-0, 2-0) and the Tigers (5-1, 3-0) haven’t garnered much recognition on the statewide level despite have a combined 11-1 record with 11 straight wins.

Both schools have beaten 6-2A preseason favorite East Feliciana (2-4, 1-2) to catapult into a battle for a district title. Episcopal’s 23-0 win over EFHS in Week 6 helped set up the showdown.

“Before the year started I think both schools were excited about the district,” Dunham coach Guy Mistretta said. “This is my third year at Dunham and I think this is the most complete Episcopal team we’ve had to play. They’re solid all around.”

In District 4-5A, Central (5-1, 2-0) hosts Zachary (4-2, 1-1) to help top the list of Friday games. ZHS is coming off a win over 4A Plaquemine. Other 4-5A games to note include Denham Springs (3-3, 2-1) at Scotlandville (4-1, 2-1).

The District 5-5A picture has shuffled a bit. Catholic High (4-2, 0-1) now goes to Dutchtown (5-1, 1-0) in need of a win. St. Amant (5-1, 1-0) travels to McKinley (2-4, 0-1) for an intriguing game.

While St. Amant overwhelmed Catholic 41-14, McKinley overcame a big early deficit in a 41-28 loss to the league’s lone unbeaten team, East Ascension (6-0,1-0). The Panthers lost to a ranked 4A team, Landry-Walker, by five points the week before. EAHS travels to Woodlawn (3-3, 0-1).

Top-ranked University (6-0, 3-0) hosts Port Allen (2-4, 1-2) and No. 6 Parkview Baptist (4-2, 2-1) travels to Glen Oaks (3-3, 0-2) in 7-3A. Capitol (4-2, 2-0) travels to Northeast (3-3, 1-1) also in 6-2A.

EA’s Palelei out for season

Another LSU commitment, East Ascension High running back Sione Palelei, is out for the year with a knee injury.

EAHS coach Paul Bourgeois said the school learned that Palelei’s injury suffered in a Week 5 win over Lutcher would end his season on Friday, before the Spartans’ win over McKinley.

Plaquemine defensive lineman Davon Godchaux suffered a season-ending knee injury during the Green Devils’ Week 1 game aginst East Ascension. Godchaux committed to the Tigers late last month after having knee surgery.

“He’s definitely out for the year and is waiting to have surgery,” Bourgeois said. “They’re going to repair the ACL and the MCL. And it’s so disappointing for us and for him. He was having the best year of any player I’ve had. He’s a play maker.”

Palelei had 752 yards rushing on 58 carries with 10 touchdowns. He also had 10 catches for 257 yards receiving with two more TDs for the Spartans through five games. He committed to LSU over the summer.