Before the season began, it appeared that District 5-5A may come down to the Oct. 19 showdown in Gonzales between East Ascension and Catholic.

Now that looks even more eminent than ever. Heading into this Friday night's matchup, both teams are undefeated in district play.

Before the season began, it appeared that District 5-5A may come down to the Oct. 19 showdown in Gonzales between East Ascension and Catholic.

Now that looks even more eminent than ever. Heading into this Friday night's matchup, both teams are undefeated in district play.

East Ascension is perfect overall at 7-0, which is their best start since 2013. Catholic is 6-1. Their only loss came to nationally-ranked powerhouse University Lab

Both teams still have two district games left to play after this week. One of those matchups includes East Ascension hosting archrival St. Amant, a team they've lost to two years in a row.

However, the Spartans and Bears will be heavy favorites in those games. And with the Gators already having a district loss to their credit, a Spartans setback against them would still most likely net EA a share of the league title--if they can beat Catholic that is.

East Ascension is hoping they can take care of business this time around.

Last year, the Spartans were in a similar position. They actually beat Catholic and headed into the season finale against St. Amant undefeated in district play.

They could have won the league outright with a victory against the Gators, but they were beaten, 22-10. It resulted in a shared district crown between them and their archrival.

East Ascension doesn't want to share this year. They want the District 5-5A championship all to themselves.

The first step in accomplishing that is beating Catholic on Friday night.

The Spartans got it done last season. They defeated the Bears in a defensive slugfest, 9-6. East Ascension limited Catholic to just 166 yards of total offense in the victory.

However, things will be much different on Friday night. In last year's matchup, the Bears were without starting quarterback Cameron Dartez.

Dartez missed multiple games, and Catholic's offense struggled mightily in his absence. But when he returned, the Bears flourished. They won their final two regular season games, and then ran the table in the playoffs, capturing the Division-I state title.

Dartez and the Bears are looking impressive again in 2018, as they've rolled to a 6-1 start.

The Catholic offense has been quite prolific. They have scored at least 31 points in all six victories. Overall, they are averaging 39 points per game.

The Spartan defense they'll be facing isn't quite as stout as last season. In 2017, they gave up just nine points per game in their five district contests.

Still, East Ascension has one of the best defenses in the area. They're giving up 15 points a game, but that number is deceptive. Multiple scores the Spartans have surrendered this year have been through turnovers and kick returns.

The Spartan front seven, led by Deshon Hall, Stanford Knockum and Dajon Jones, is special.

Their one weakness is the secondary. With the loss of all-district corner Jimel London, they have been left with some youth and inexperience.

The Bear offense will be much more potent this year with Dartez playing. Well, the East Ascension offense is much better this time around with the maturation of their quarterback Jason Wakefield.

Last year was his first as a full-time starter. He and the passing game went through their share of growing pains.

Along with that, all-district running back Ralph Williams got hurt at the beginning of the year, and offensive coordinator Kerrigan McCready left for Dutchtown.

All of these things led to the offense struggling at times. Their only constant was the running of London, but due to him also playing defense, he was limited to just 10-15 touches a game.

Things have changed.

They were so thin at running back last year, but this season, the running back position is arguably the deepest on the team.

Evan Copeland, Ethan Babin, Nick Massey and Kael Babin all see carries, and each one brings a different dynamic.

Also, Wakefield has evolved into a much better passer, and receivers Shaivonn Robinson and Steven McBride are making big plays for him downfield.

This is the best East Ascension offense I've seen since Kyran Irvin was at quarterback, but I'd even give this team the edge because of their balance.

They'll need that balance on Friday night against the Bears if they want to win.

What a game it should be in Gonzales. Two great, talented teams are squaring off with the District 5-5A title on the line.