Queb's Picks: Rayne faces biggest test of season at LaGrange
As league play heats up in District 4-4A, the most intriguing matchup tonight pits unbeaten Rayne against preseason favorite LaGrange in Lake Charles.
Don’t let the records fool you, folks: 4-0 (Rayne) vs. 0-4 (LaGrange) doesn’t necessarily mean this one will be a cakewalk for the Wolves.
In fact, if ever records were misleading, this is one of the cases.
When you consider the strength of schedule that LaGrange has (11th in Class 4A), it is easy to see why the Gators have a zero in the win column. With games against Notre Dame, Barbe, University High and Calvary Baptist, it would have been difficult for any team to walk out of that non-district slate unscathed, much less unbeaten.
On the other hand, Rayne, which currently sits in the No. 15 slot in the unofficial power ratings, has been putting up some impressive numbers both on the scoreboard and statistically.
Will LaGrange break its losing streak or will Rayne continue to steamroll the competition?
After seeing LaGrange in Week 1 against Notre Dame, I have to say I was more than impressed. The Gators are big and physical with a ton of athletes. Add in the fact that they played University to a 33-22 ballgame and there’s no way I can go against the Gators. I have them taking a close one with a few second half scores.
Before heading into the other picks, here’s a look at last week’s contest:
Douglas J. LaCombe reigned supreme, missing just three games to win. Joe Lormand took home runnerup honors after edging out four other prognosticators with just four losses.
As for myself, I ended up missing eight games after over-thinking the bulk of the high school games.
Now for the other picks:
First off, I’m taking Notre Dame over Catholic of New Iberia.
First-year Catholic coach Brent Indest enjoyed some success against the Pios and coach Cook while he was at Crowley High, but he isn’t at CHS and he certainly doesn’t have the athletes he had when he coached the Gents. Plus, the Pios’ defense is swarming and their offense is really hitting its stride. I’ve got Cook’s club all day.
I’m also taking Crowley High over Opelousas in what should be a fairly easy one for the Gents. I’m also taking Church Point over North Vermilion and Kinder over Iota.
In other prep games I’m taking Acadiana over Barbe, Teurlings over Breaux Bridge, Patterson over Westlake, Rummel over Dutchtown and Mansfield over Richwood.
In the college ranks, I am taking: LSU over Mississippi State, Ohio State over Northwestern, Stanford over Washington, Vanderbilt over Missouri, Louisiana Lafayette over Texas State, Ole Miss over Auburn, Florida over Arkansas, Georgia over Tennessee, Virginia Tech over North Carolina and Michigan State over Iowa.