Gear up for Week Nine of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Thursday Night Football Game of the Week
Welcome back for another week of LHSAA Game of the Week football. We had a District 3-5A matchup last week with the Lafayette Lions visiting the Southside Sharks. Since this game could determine playoff implications, it was expected to be a close game on the scoreboard, but that’s why games are decided on the field. The Sharks started fast, gaining more than 300 yards passing and putting up 42 points in the first half alone. Lafayette did not quit, as they outscored the Sharks in the second half after the damage had been done. In the end, it was a dominating 63-35 win for Southside. The Sharks moved to 5-3 and inched closer to solidifying a playoff berth in its first varsity season of football. Lafayette slipped to 4-4, making its post-season attempt much harder.
Heading into week nine, we a Saturday afternoon matchup that features Catholic League rivals Archbishop Shaw Eagles (2-6) and the St. Augustine Purple Knights (3-4). Kickoff will be for 2:30 at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans’ picturesque City Park.
Shaw enters its week nine contest on a five game losing streak, but the Eagles continue to battle hard against its district opponents. The lone Catholic League school on the Westbank, Shaw alum and head coach Tommy Connors will lead his squad across the river for an opportunity to pick up their first district win.
The Purple Knights lost 16-12 against an undefeated Archbishop Rummel squad. St. Augustine led 12-0 with just under two minutes in the game and fought valiantly, only to lose in the end. The Knights have played tough this season, bowing to both Rummel and John Curtis late in both meetings with the Division I powers, while overcoming adversity off the field.
As we move down the stretch of the season, every win counts when thinking about power ratings for the Division I playoffs. Shaw is looking for a win to climb into the mix as a single-digit seed, while St. Aug is working to increase its standings with hopes of hosting a first round game. All high school fans should look forward to this matchup as LSU has a bye week and the Eagles and Purple Knights battle on what should be a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the Crescent City.
[LHSAA Games of the Week 2019] Get ready for this week’s Saturday afternoon match-up and download the LHSAA Live app on your electronic device to stay updated. The broadcast team of LHSCA Director Eric Held on color; Ken Trahan, owner of Crescent City Sports, as play by play announcer; and Kate Adams, Director of Communication and Media Relations for the LHSAA, is on the sideline. Be sure to tune in live every Thursday for live streaming and updates on prep sports. And remember that your week nine game is on Saturday!