Touchdown Live Top 7 List - Week 8

KPLC’s Brady Renard ranks the top seven best teams in Southwest Louisiana according to class

Touchdown Live Top 7 List - Week 8
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SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - With the high school football season in full force, KPLC is ramping up its Touchdown Live coverage this season. This off season, KPLC brought you the 7-in-Seven countdowns. This preseason, KPLC brought you TDL Two-A-Days. Now, every week of the regular season, KPLC's Brady Renard will post his TDL 'Top 7 List' of the best teams in Southwest Louisiana. He'll also hand out the best team performance each week according to expectations coming in.

With the results last week, there is another major shake up among our coverage teams. For the first time in a few weeks, there is a new number one.

We present our Touchdown Live Top 7 List after week seven of the regular season.

Note: *These are not head-to-head rankings. The rankings are in comparison to class.*


1. IOTA BULLDOGS
2018 record: 7-0  
Last Week's Ranking: No. 2

The Bulldogs move into my top stop based on resume. The Bulldogs have five wins over teams with winning records including the number three team in Class 3A, Church Point. Against those Bears, Iota had to overcome a 12-0 halftime deficit to win, 15-12. With that win, not only do the Bulldogs top my list, Iota is now the number one team in Class 3A according to power ratings. The Bulldogs have proved me right every step of the way and are re-setting the standard in Iota back to where it was during the early 2000's.


2. WELSH GREYHOUNDS
2018 record: 5-2  
Last Week's Ranking: No. 1

The Hounds fall a spot, although it's more like Iota leapfrogged them following an impressive win. The Hounds will have their chance to do the same in a few weeks vs. Notre Dame. Welsh took care of business in week seven with a blowout win over rival Lake Arthur. The Tigers brought in their best team in quite some time and despite hanging around well into the third quarter, the Hounds used a 21-point fourth quarter to seal the deal. The passing game didn't click against the Tigers' athletic secondary, but Welsh still pounded out over 330 rushing yards. Both Jaheim Simon and Austyn Benoit tallied over 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns apiece.


3. LAKE CHARLES COLLEGE PREP TRAILBLAZERS 

2018 record: 6-1 
Last Week's Ranking: No. 5

The Blazers move up despite a loss because I think they showed the state they could hang with perennial power Notre Dame– even with a slow start. LCCP looked outmatched in the first half running only two plays for positive yards and clinging onto a 26-0 deficit. But credit goes to the coaching staff and the players for making some halftime adjustments and attacking the Pios. Dillon Simon's running ability stood out in the second half and it opened throwing lanes over the middle. The sophomore quarterback ran for 54 yards and threw for 131 in the comeback effort. Simon and the Blazers would open the third with three straight scoring drives to cut the lead to five heading into the fourth. LCCP would get the ball back with the chance to take the lead, but Notre Dame stepped up on defense and closed it out with a touchdown and a safety. The Blazers won't celebrate a loss (nor should they), but the game proved LCCP's worth to many.


4. SAM HOUSTON BRONCOS
2018 record: 6-1   
Last Week's Ranking: No. 3

The Broncos, like LCCP, fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in week seven. Acadiana started fast thanks to a Sam Houston fumble and stayed in front due to three turnovers by the Broncos. Sam Houston struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the game due to a solid Rams defense and the loss of superstar running back, Gerron Duhon. Duhon left the game sue to injury on the second play from scrimmage and didn’t return to the field. His presence was missed and the Broncos didn't play clean enough to overcome the loss. Good news for Sam Houston though, not only do the Broncos control their own district destiny, but Duhon is expected back vs. Barbe.


5. LEESVILLE WAMPUS CATS
2018 record: 7-0 
Last Week's Ranking: No. 6

The Wampus Cats remained undefeated to keep their name in the statewide conversation. Leesville outmatched Grant and it was obvious with a 35-0 halftime lead. Jacob Mount continued to improve at quarterback, throwing a season-high 233 yards. Darius Sawyer was his main weapon with 130 yards and two touchdowns on just two catches. The Cats also had a pair of defensive touchdowns by Nigel McCoy and Christian Person. The battle for the Hooper Trophy is up next for Leesville.


6. ROSEPINE EAGLES 
2018 record: 7-0  
Last Week's Ranking: No. 7

The Eagles continued their march to a 10-0 season with the drubbing of rival Pickering, 41-0. It wasn't very long ago the shoe was on the other foot in that rivalry. Eagle fans can appreciate the season Brad Ducote and company have put together thus far. A trip to Oakdale is next on the docket. While paper says Rosepine should win this one going away, remember, the Warriors held a 14-7 lead in the fourth quarter in this game a year ago.


7. BASILE BEARCATS

2018 record: 5-2   
Last Week's Ranking: No. NR

Basile rises back onto the list following a blowout over Elton. The Bearcats have quietly been one of the best teams in Class 1A with losses to St. Edmund and Iota. Andre Reed continues to be a difference maker on offense and defense as he rushed for over 100 yards vs. the Indians on just five carries. His big-play ability helped Basile hold a 49-12 halftime lead. The Bearcats, like a couple others on the list, have a stiff test this week as they travel to Oberlin to face the one-loss Tigers.



Next three up:
 Kinder Yellow Jackets (4-3), Lake Arthur Tigers (5-2), Sulphur Golden Tors (4-3)
 
Best team performance from Week 7: Westlake Rams

The Rams turned some heads with a 21-14 win over district favorite Jennings. Special teams may be one-third of the game, but it resulted in two-thirds of the Rams' touchdowns in the game. Timothy Jourdan's blocked kick return gave Westlake a 14-0 advantage in the second quarter and Jourdan followed up that with a kick return touchdown in the fourth for the game-winning score. The Rams were off to a 1-5 start, so it'll be interesting to see how this win sparks the Rams the rest of the way.

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