A snapshot: Looking at local teams at the midway point of the season

Friday marked the midway point of the regular season for local high school football teams.



Local coaches are mostly in the moment — some didn’t even realize it, when asked.

But they all agreed that there’s a lot of football to be played and everyone’s goals are still on the table — even for those who are struggling.

So in true “school” fashion, we decided to create a “progress report” of sorts for all 11 of our local teams so far at the midway point in the year.



CLASS 5A

Central Lafourche

Current Record: 4-1

Current Power rating: No. 15



The Trojans are a few heroic plays from Luke Alleman away from being 5-0. The Trojans have arguably the best player in our area in halfback Deon Jenkins and their passing game is slowly evolving, too. If the Trojans can get healthier and a little more consistent in the second half of the season, we think there’s a better than good chance that they’ll be both hosting the playoffs and also contending to play a home game.

H.L. Bourgeois

Current Record: 1-4



Current Power rating: No. 48

The rebuild in Gray is taking a while, but that’s to be expected. The Braves are still in the process of learning their new, Wing-T offense and they’re still in the process of replacing a ton of defensive starters that were lost last year. It’s highly unlikely that the Braves make the playoffs this season. They’d need to likely go 4-1 in the final 5 games and pull off several big-time upsets. But those final games are still huge in building momentum for next fall.

Terrebonne



Current Record: 2-3

Current Power rating: No. 26

Terrebonne will be in a mad scramble in the second half of the season. They’re 2-3, but still have meetings with East St. John, Central Lafourche, Destrehan and Brother Martin on the schedule. The Tigers desperately have to find a way to find some of those ballgames coming home. Close losses against both Hahnville and Thibodaux in consecutive weeks could really hurt the team later on.



Thibodaux

Current Record: 5-0

Current Power rating: 8



Thibodaux is, at least to me, the story of the 2019 prep football season locally. These guys won just 3 games total last season, but are already 5-0 with wins over Central Lafourche, Terrebonne and McDonogh 35. Right now, the Tigers are No. 8 in Class 5A, which means they have a little cushion, because the Top 16 teams play at home in the first round of the playoffs. But with all three river schools still left to play, the Tigers could do some serious damage and earn an even better seed.

CLASS 4A/DIVISION II

E.D. White

Current Record: 2-3



Current Power rating: 6 (D-II)

E.D. White is maybe the toughest local case to crack in 2019. Some weeks, they look really good. Other weeks (like on Friday), they commit a million penalties and struggle to move the ball. The good news for Cardinals fans is that by being in Division II, they’re already in the playoffs, so there’s not as much pressure.

Ellender



Current Record: 1-4

Current Power rating: 43

Ellender has to get hot fast, currently sitting at No. 43 in Class 4A — a bracket where 32 teams make postseason. But there will be opportunities for the Patriots to win ballgames in a wide-open district. Coach David McCormick has said all along that he thought his team would be a second-half of the season team. Now, is the time to find out!



South Lafourche

Current Record: 0-5

Current Power rating: 38



It’s crazy that an 0-5 team even has a snowball’s chance in you know where to make the playoffs, but that’s where South Lafourche sits at the midway point, thanks to a brutally tough schedule. The Tarpons have played five-straight brutally tough opponents, including two Class 5A foes. If they get hot and win 3-4 district game, they’re going to make the dance.

South Terrebonne

Current Record: 4-1



Current Power rating: 13

The Gators’ win against E.D. White on Friday was huge for playoff positioning. South Terrebonne is 4-1 in the non-district slate and they’re currently slated to play a home game in the playoffs (if postseason started today). Now healthier, there’s no reason to think that the team will slow down anytime soon.

Vandebilt



Current Record: 2-3

Current Power rating: 11

Vandebilt is getting better, which means that they have chances to punch a spot in the Top 8 of the Division II playoffs, which would mean a home playoff game. The Terriers’ defense is playing very well and has been forceful throughout the season. If the offense can continue to click, look out.



Division III

Houma Christian

Current Record: 0-5

Current Power rating: 13



It’s been a rough year for Houma Christian. The Warriors are brutally young and they’re facing a Class 2A district for the first time. That’s come with some serious growing pains. This likely will not be the year for Houma Christian, but if they can stick together, things will be looking up.

Division IV

CCA

Current Record: 2-2



Current Power rating: 16

CCA is firmly on the bubble. A total of 16 teams make the playoffs in Division IV, so the Lions have to have a strong second half of the season to get in. But what this team has done this season is incredible. The Lions are young and have limited numbers. But those kids just keep working. Coach Randy Boquet is proud, and he should be.