Meanwhile, Cecilia opens its at home schedule against St. Louis of Lake Charles while St. Martinville tries to get back on track with another home contest against the Franklin Hornets.
With a 34-6 win over Teurlings Catholic last week, the Pioneers served notice that they will once again be a team to reckon with this year. Notre Dame used big plays to knock of the Rebels, with a blocked punt recovery in the end zone, a long interception return for another score and a 71 yard TD pass accounting for three of their five scores.
Breaux Bridge special teams and great efforts by wide receiver Travin Durel and quarterback Chris Huval helped the Tigers prevail in a back-and-forth battle with Westgate.
Cecilia rode the fleet feet of Montrel Carter to a 42-20 win over Avoyelles in their season opener.
Carter scored all six of Cecilia’s touchdowns, including returning a punt and two kickoffs for scores.
The caliber of competition will be quite a bit higher this week, with St. Louis coming off a lopsided 47-0 win over Mansfield.
Last year the Bulldogs eked out a 27-25 win over St. Louis in Lake Charles.
The St. Martinville Tigers stumbled badly coming out of the gate in their season opener. The Sam Houston Mustangs unleashed a stable of hard running backs against the rebuilding Tigers, exploding for more than 350 yards rushing while Mustang quarterback Evan Powell kept SM defenders off balance with three TD tosses.
Already missing a few starters due to pre-season injuries, the Tigers were also physically banged up in the loss to Sam Houston.
Coach Marc Broussard will try to regroup his team in preparation for Franklin. Broussard is 2-1 against the Hornets in his three years at the Tiger helm. And all three games were nail-biters.
In 2007 Franklin escaped with a 12-6 overtime win on a rain-soaked field. In 2008 St. Martinville picked up a rare victory by edging the Hornets 30-26 at home, again in OT.
And last year Franklin pulled out a 7-2 victory, with muddy conditions severely hampering both offenses on a very sloppy, red ant-infested Hornet gridiron.
Franklin opened its season with a 25-22 loss to Central Catholic of Morgan City, so both teams will go into the game hungry for a redeeming victory.