Acadiana Home School (0-1) vs. Prairie View (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
Prairie View will take the old-fashioned approach against Lafayette Acadiana Home School when the two teams face off at 7 p.m. for the Spartans' homecoming game. With no film, the Spartans will simply line against the Commandos and see what happens.
"We don't have any film on them, so we don't know what to expect," Prairie View coach Bo Barton said.
On paper, the Spartans (3-0) appear to be heavily favored. AHS played its first game last week, losing to Christian Home Educators Fellowship 13-6. Prairie View crushed CHEF 42-6 two weeks ago in its home opener.
Still, Barton is somewhat leery after the Commandos played CHEF tough.
"I felt like two plays changed the whole game against CHEF," Barton said, referring to two snaps which resulted in an early 16-0 first quarter lead for the Spartans. "We scored our first touchdown on fourth-and-goal (from the 14), then we held them on fourth-and-two (in CHEF territory). We grabbed the momentum on those two plays. I thought CHEF was a better team than what they showed.
"If we don't take care of our business Friday night, we could get embarrassed."
Prairie View has spent its practice time this week working to correct the little mistakes.
"What we've done this week is work on Prairie View and make sure we're better," Barton said. "We're trying to fix a few things."
There doesn't appear to a whole lot that needs fixing as the Spartans have steamrolled past Union Christian (36-12), CHEF and Wilkinson County Christian (44-0). But as the old saying goes, there is always room for improvement.
"Obviously, when you've been winning like we have, the kids think everything is hunky dory," Barton said. "Offensively, we made some mistakes this week. We were just able to cover them up with our athleticism. There is going to come a time when we play a team faster and bigger than us, so we are trying to get rid of our mistakes."
Sophomore quarterback Hayes Crockett has completed 24-of-39 passes for 467 yards with six touchdowns and one interception, while rushing for 177 yards and three scores on 22 attempts to lead the Spartans offensively.
Among the Spartans' other primary weapons are running back Layton Rainbolt (18 carries, 168 yards, 2 TDs; 7 receptions 79 yards) and wide receiver/running back Tanner Caldwell (10 carries, 103 yards, 4 TDs; 8 receptions, 161 yards, 2 TDs).
For Barton, the place kicking remains an area of concern.
"Our kicking game has been very suspect," Barton said. "We haven't found a guy we can hang our hat on and say, 'This is our kicker.'"
Barton is confident that Austin Carroll can handle the punting, although he has been called upon only one time in three games.
Defensively, there hasn't been much to complain about as the starting unit has yet to be scored upon.
Prairie View is coming off of its most dominant outing, having allowed only two first downs and two yards of total offense against WCCA.
For the season, the Spartans have surrendered 16 first downs and 176 total yards.
"We've tackled well, lined up correctly, been where we're supposed to be, and most of the time, made the plays we have needed to make," Barton said. "WCCA threw three passes against us. Two of those were well-defended and one was intercepted, so we're getting there."
Linebackers Jacob Farrar (21 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 INT) and Carroll (21 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles) share the team lead in tackles, followed by linebacker Blake Ray (16 tackles, 2 sacks) and end Kolton Farrar (13 tackles, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries).
Riverfield visits the Spartans next Friday at 7 p.m.