By Grant Smith and Ethan MaCloud
Week 5 of LHSAA football was highlighted by one of the best games of the decade.
In this instant classic, Catholic High (BR) hit a game winning 34-yard field goal to top St. Thomas More, 52-50. The two teams combined for 102 points and 1,184 yards of total offense. Catholic will play their fourth straight Top 20 opponent, East Ascension, next week as they continue to bolster their case for the top spot.
Speaking of the top spot, John Curtis continues to roll with a 61-14 victory over Lake Placid (FL). John Curtis' stacked Class 5A District 9 heats up with district play next week, with the Rummel Raiders taking on Brother Martin.
West Monroe and Rummel both stay undefeated with wins over Neville and Archbishop Shaw, respectively. In addition to star WR and LSU commit Koy Moore, Rummel's defense continues to impress, giving up only 6 points on the season.
VYPE Top 20
- 1. John Curtis Christian (River Ridge)
- 2. Catholic (Baton Rouge)
- 3. Archbishop Rummel (Metairie)
- 4. St. Thomas More (Lafayette)
- 5. West Monroe (West Monroe)
- 6. Acadiana (Lafayette)
- 7. Brother Martin (New Orleans)
- 8. Edna Karr (New Orleans)
- 9. Haughton (Haughton)
- 10. Hahnville (Boutte)
- 11. Notre Dame (Crowley)
- 12. St. James (St. James)
- 13. Neville (Monroe)
- 14. Zachary (Zachary)
- 15. Destrehan (Destrehan)
- 16.East Ascension (Gonzales)
- 17. St. Augustine (New Orleans)
- 18. Bastrop (Bastrop)
- 19. University Lab (Baton Rouge)
- 20. Warren Easton (New Orleans)
By Mike Coppage
The concept of elite 7-on-7 football — skill position players competing in a game of touch on a 40-yard field — doesn't convey its popularity or controversial nature.
Receivers, defensive backs and quarterbacks, the latter of whom have four seconds to throw a pass before an electronic timer is sounded, love it.
Hardcore recruiting fans flock to websites like 247Sports and Rivals, where readers can learn about prospects from across the state who combine to form all-star 7-on-7 teams that travel to tournaments in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
High school coaches, meanwhile, have a variety of opinions about select 7-on-7, which requires players to spend time away from their own school's team.
"I've dedicated five years to learning as much as I can about it," St. Thomas More offensive coordinator Shane Savoie said. "Right now we're in Year 3."
All three of Savoie's quarterbacks at STM dot the rosters of the two premier 7-on-7 programs in the state: the EPS Blaze and the Louisiana Bootleggers.
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