St. Charles Catholic, Newman top CCS rankings ahead of showdown

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St. Charles Catholic

It will be a battle of unbeatens and the ultimate battle between the unstoppable force and the immovable object.

When St. Charles Catholic hosts Newman this week, it will be a matchup between a pair of teams that made deep runs in the Division III state playoffs in 2020.

The Comets reached the championship game, falling 12-7 to Lafayette Christian, a week after LCA eliminated the Greenies 21-7.

A year ago, Newman downed St. Charles Catholic 14-7 at Lupin Field in a tough, defensive battle.

This year, led by junior quarterback Arch Manning, is averaging 51.5 points per game.

This year, led by nose guard Moses Clark, are allowing 4.7 points per game, including posting three shutouts.

The two Division II powers are chasing LCA, which has won four consecutive state titles.

St. Charles Catholic tops our Division II rankings, based on a tougher schedule to date by a very narrow margin over Newman but that will be settled on the field this week. Lafayette Christian is a close third with defending Class 2A state champion Many fourth and Amite fifth. Unbeaten Loreauville is sixth, followed by Notre Dame, General Trass, Mangham and Avoyelles. Notre Dame hosts LCA in a showdown Thursday night.

In Class 5A, Catholic of Baton Rouge rolls on to remain on top with Zachary second. Brother Martin is up to third after an impressive win over Rummel. Ponchatoula is fourth and John Curtis and head coach J.T. Curtis, who won his 600th career game last Friday, is fifth. Unbeaten Captain Shreve is sixth with Acadiana seventh, unbeaten Destrehan eighth, Ruston ninth and unbeaten Natchitoches Central moving in at No. 10.

Karr rallied in the final minute to edge rival Warren Easton 20-18 and the Cougars keep the top spot in 4A with Neville second. Westgate is up to third with Carencro fourth and unbeaten Carver fifth. Warren Easton and Teurlings Catholic fall to sixth and seventh. Huntington is eighth with unbeaten Liberty ninth and Salmen moving in at No. 10.

Unbeaten University High stays on top in Class 3A with unbeaten Madison Prep second. Sterlington is third with De La Salle fourth and E.D. White Catholic now fifth. Church Point is sixth with Iowa seventh and Lutcher eighth. Lake Charles College Prep moves in at No. 9 and St. James falls to tenth.

In Class 1A, unbeaten Ouachita Christian remains first with Calvary Baptist a close second. Unbeaten Grand Lake is third with Oak Grove fourth and unbeaten Westminster Christian fifth. Southern Lab is sixth with Ascension Catholic seventh and Opelousas Catholic eighth. St. Mary’s moves in at No. 9 and Sacred Heart is in at the No. 10 spot.

Here are your Top 10 rankings for week six:

Class 5A
1. Catholic (BR) (6-0)
2. Zachary (6-0)
3. Brother Martin (4-0)
4. Ponchatoula (4-0)
5. John Curtis Christian (2-1)
6. Captain Shreve (6-0)
7. Acadiana (4-2)
8. Destrehan (3-0)
9. Ruston (5-1)
10. Natchitoches Central (6-0)
Others to watch: St. Amant (5-0), Alexandria (5-1), Byrd, (5-1), West Monroe (3-2), Jesuit (3-1), Live Oak (4-0), Central (5-1), Live Oak (4-1), Dutchtown (4-1), St. Paul’s (4-1)

Class 4A
1. Karr (4-0)
2. Neville (5-1)
3. Westgate (5-1)
4. Carencro (4-2)
5. Carver (4-0)
6. Warren Easton (2-2)
7. Teurlings Catholic (5-1)
8. Huntington (5-1)
9. Liberty (5-0)
10. Salmen (4-1)
Others to watch: Northwood (4-2), Beau Chene (5-1), Cecilia (4-2), Leesville (4-2), DeRidder (4-2), Vandebilt Catholic (2-2), Assumption (3-2), St. Thomas More (2-4), St. Michael (3-2), Istrouma (2-2)

Class 3A
1. University High (6-0)
2. Madison Prep (6-0)
3. Sterlington (6-0)
4. De La Salle (3-1)
5. E.D. White Catholic (4-0)
6. Church Point (6-0)
7. Iowa (6-0)
8. Lutcher (4-0)
9. Lake Charles College Prep (3-3)
10. St. James (3-2)
Others to watch: Brusly (5-1), Jena (5-1), Union Parish (3-3), Donaldsonville (4-1), St. Martinville (4-2), Grant (5-1) Abbeville (5-1), Westlake (5-1), Erath (5-1), Bossier (4-2)

Class 2A
1. St. Charles Catholic (4-0)
2. Newman (4-0)
3. Lafayette Christian (5-1)
4. Many (5-1)
5. Amite (4-0)
6. Loreauville (6-0)
7. Notre Dame (5-1)
8. General Trass (6-0)
9. Mangham (5-1)
10. Avoyelles (6-0)
Others to watch: Episcopal (5-0), North Caddo (5-1), Ascension Episcopal (5-1), Dunham (4-2), Jonesboro-Hodge (5-1), Red River (4-2), Rosepine (5-1), Port Allen (4-2), Rayville (4-2), Pine (4-1)

Class 1A
1. Ouachita Christian (6-0)
2. Calvary Baptist (5-1)
3. Grand Lake (6-0)
4. Oak Grove (3-3)
5. Westminster Christian (6-0)
6. Southern Lab (3-2)
7. Ascension Catholic (3-1)
8. Opelousas Catholic (5-1)
9. St. Mary’s (5-1)
10. Sacred Heart (5-1)
Others to watch: Haynesville (4-2), Homer (4-2), Delta Charter (5-1), LaSalle (5-1), Slaughter Community Charter (4-1), Cedar Creek (3-2), St. Frederick (4-2), St. Edmund (4-2), Hanson Memorial (4-2), Vermilion Catholic (3-3)

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