Prairie View (0-1) vs. Cenla Christian (0-1), Friday, 7 p.m., at Louisiana College
In its first road test of the 2013 season, the Prairie View Spartans are matched against the Cenla Christian Lions on Friday night. Kickoff time is 7 p.m. at Louisiana College in Pineville.
Besides facing the task of slowing down the Lions' high-powered offense, the Spartans will be severely out-numbered. Cenla carries 34 players on its varsity roster. By comparison, Prairie View is expected to suit up 18. While the Spartans' entire starting lineup plays both ways, the Lions employ only four two-way players.
Both teams are looking for their first win.
Cenla came up short in a 44-34 loss to perennial power Trinity Episcopal last Friday in Natchez, Miss.
Still, the Lions put on quite an offensive display, taking a 34-32 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Drawing his first varsity start, sophomore quarterback Peyton Gauthier was 19-of-29 for 258 yards and three touchdowns. Kylynd Joiner caught three passes for 77 yards and a touchdown, followed by Kofi Bienemy with five catches for 62 yards and a score and Anthony Dunbar with five grabs for 60 stripes.
Running back Dezmond Eddie racked up 130 yards and two scores on just eight carries.
While the offense generated 477 yards of total offense (258 passing, 119 rushing), the Lions' defense surrendered 484 yards (278 passing, 206 rushing) to the Saints.
Junior linebacker Corey Hampton was the Lions' top tackler last week with 15 stops and a sack. Bienemy, an All-District honoree at Alexandria Senior High last season, and Joiner had interceptions for the Lions.
Cenla is looking to cut down on its penalties after drawing 15 flags for 142 yards against Trinity.
Prairie View, meanwhile, dropped a 16-12 verdict to Riverdale.
Trailing 16-0 at the half, the Spartans closed the gap on Lucas Crockett's 3-yard run and Matt Reed's 70-yard touchdown reception with 11 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Reed had two catches for 97 yards to lead the Spartans offensively.
One point of interest for the Spartans this week is getting its defense off the field. Riverdale held a huge edge in time of possession, especially in the first half.
Reed led the Spartans offensively with two receptions for 97 yards, while Hunter Carpenter rushed for 50 yards on five carries.
Linebacker Hunter Green recorded a team-high 11 tackles for the Spartans. Defensive tackle Nathan Tarver and Layne Gray added seven apiece.
Prairie View returns home next week against Claiborne Academy.