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Mayor Pro-Tem Was Adopted Twice by Age 16

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BATON ROUGE — The future didn’t look very bright for the little boy born to a 16-year-old unwed moth-

Mike Walker as a boy and today

Prep Football: Coach Sid Says Best Wins Don’t Always Come on Friday Nights COACH SID EDWARDS with son Jack Ryan who suffers from autisim, wife Beanie, and coach J. R. Owens.

CITY OF CENTRAL — Central High head football coach Sid Edwards was honored recently as a Louisiana Sports Legend, the only high

school coach ever to receive the who rarely talks about football — honor. Two years ago, he was even to his players. He talks to named Louisiana’s 5A Coach of them about things like character, the Year. Ironically, this is a coach See FOOTBALL on Page 20

er on Dec. 31, 1948, in the small North Louisiana community of Weston. That wasn’t something that was accepted, and babies like that were often given away. But the mother was the youngest in a family of five girls, and when the girl’s father looked down at the newborn, he said, “I wanted a boy! We’ll keep him!” So, instead of being given away at birth, little Mike Hudson was adopted by his grandfather and grandmother and got to stay with his family. Although there was a lot of pain along the way and he

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MOUNTED POLICE — The Baton Rouge Police Department’s mounted unit attracted attention on Third Street last weekend.

BATON ROUGE — The United States Chamber of Commerce has announced its affiliation with the Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish. As a result, members of the local Chamber will automatically be members of the U.S. Chamber and Bob Breaux enjoy all member benefits without additional cost, Chamber EBR executive director Bob Breaux said. The new Chamber was formed in May to provide a voice for small business owners in the parish. The group said it supports free See HOW on Page 19

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BATON ROUGE — Conservative Republicans got most of what they were looking for at the Republican National Convention last week in

Tampa — with the nomination of Gov. Mitt Romney for President and Congressman Paul Ryan for Vice President. Romney is sounding more conservative all the time, and he is running on perhaps the most conservative party platform ever. His selection of Paul Ryan as Vice President was a strong sign that he plans to govern as a fiscal conservative. Ryan is perhaps the leading expert in the GOP on how to get federal spending under con-

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trol and balance the budget. There were many stars coming out of the Republican National Convention. Certainly the most popular was Ann Romney who captivated Americans’ hearts with her speech at the convention. It was potentially a game-changer that put Romney in a much stronger position with women voters. Another smash success at the convention was Paul Woody Jenkins Ryan, who showed brilliance, competence, and a terrific wit to the national television audience. He has added just what was needed to the Romney ticket, and the former governor leaves the convention immeasurably stronger than before Ryan came on board. Voters could easily see Ryan as a man capable of being President — a leader who could give you confidence in the future of the country. The other break-out star at the convention had to be Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Countless Americans wanted him to run for President in 2012 but knew that was unrealistic because he just arrived at the Senate in 2011. But his speech at the conven-

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$58 Million Facility for Magnet School Program

Newly-Renovated Baton Rouge High Draws 500 to Dedication Ceremonies

Teacher Fred Aldrich waves to crowd.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne at the Baton Rouge High dedication. Principal Nanette McCann was presented National Principal of the Year Award by Supt. Bernard Taylor

BATON ROUGE — The newly-restored and greatly-expanded Baton Rouge Magnet High School was formally dedicated in ceremonies Thursday, Aug. 23 on the steps in front of the historic school. The $58 million

project is the hallmark of the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. Since becoming a magnet school in the 1970’s, the school has developed a national reputation for academic excellence.

The school’s principal, Nanette McCann, was honored as National Principal of the Year by Supt. Bernard Taylor. Speakers included Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, Mayor-President Kip Holden, school board president

Barbara Freiberg, and Supt. Taylor. John Pasterek of WBRZ-TV served as Master of Ceremonies. Many in the crowd were alumni who returned to the school to marvel at its return to glory.

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New $46 Million Elementary and Middle Schools

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PUTTING CENTRAL ON THE MAP — Last week Central dedicated its new School Complex, a state-of-the-art 88-acre, $46 million facility with two schools for 2,400 students.

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Mayor-President’s Operations Center on Harding

Inside the Command Center During Hurricane Isaac’s Romp Through BR [Editor’s Note: David Barrow represented the City of Central at the EBR Mayor-President’s command center on Harding Boulevard during Hurricane Isaac. The Capital City News asked him to explain what went on inside that command center.]

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Assistant to Mayor of City of Central

With the approach of Hurricane Isaac, officials from across East Baton Rouge Parish began making plans last Monday, Aug. 27 when they realized that a storm was headed straight towards the Baton Rouge area with a scheduled landfall along the coast on Wednesday morning. JoAnne Moreau and her staff at the EBR Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) on Harding Blvd. were busy preparing the second floor as both a headquarters and home for the next several days for almost two dozen different agencies across the parish. In the large operations room overlooking the first-floor 911 communications center through large plates of glass, workers were making sure that the four long rows of tables containing everyone’s work stations, computers, and telephones were up and running. A dozen large screen television monitors line the four walls of the room. Upon my arrival on Tuesday afternoon around 5 p.m., the room was busy with almost 50 people from various agencies including the EBR Mayor-President’s Office, Baton Rouge Police Department, EBR Sheriff’s Office, Southern University Police, State Police, EMS, Baton Rouge Fire Department, several volunteer fire departments, EBR Department of Public Works, EBR Traffic Engineering, National Guard, Entergy, Demco, BR Water Co, Baker, Zachary, Central, as well as several volunteer organizations and agencies. Members of the news media were also there ready to cover all of the events. Everyone was gathering coordinated information to relay back to their departments and groups. Mayor Holden, Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel, and EBR Public Works Director David Guillory addressed everyone with their plans for the parish and told everyone not to panic, but to expect considerable tropical storm force winds for a sustained period. Later in the evening around 11 p.m. after realizing that the storm had slowed down in the gulf, I decided to return home to get a good night’s sleep in preparation for a couple of long days ahead. I didn’t get much sleep. I was thinking about the getting back up early to head to MOHSEP and worried about the damage that the storm was going to cause to Central and the massive cleanup that would need to be taken care of after the storm. I remember the three months of cleanup in Central that I was in charge of after Gustav and wasn’t looking forward to that again, especially after hearing the predictions that this storm could be worse than Gustav due to the new track of the storm. I woke up at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning to look out the window to see light rain falling and not much wind blowing. I checked the Weather Channel to see

Central’s Gordon Hutchinson directing traffic at Hooper and Sullivan roads

FLOODING last Thursday on Hooper Road in Central

CENTRAL FIRE STATION served as the Command Center in City of Central.

CAPT. BOBBY DALE CALLENDAR (left) of Sheriff’s Central Sub-Station with City of Central Reserve police officer Gordon Hutchinson, after the crisis passed.

that the storm was still on path for a lateevening arrival in the Baton Rouge area. I packed my bag and headed back to MOHSEP where the preparations were getting more intense. At 8:30 a.m., each agency in the room gave an update on their preparations. The Baton Rouge Police Dept. and EBR Sheriff’s Office announced they were extending shifts and putting extra officers on the streets. DPW was mobilizing tree trimming crews, barricades, and signal trucks at their Chippewa offices to be ready to go out after the storm passed. Utility companies announced they were bringing in additional crews from across the country to help with restoration. Walter Monsour, former Chief Administrative Officer to Mayor Holden, was on hand to offer his guidance and leadership. JoAnne Moreau and her staff were all acting like the professionals that they are in making sure everyone was taken care of and that everything was working according to plan. After seeing all the coordination among agencies in that room, I knew that East Baton Rouge Parish was in good hands. At 10 a.m., Mayor-President Holden gave an update, along with reports from William Daniel, David Guillory, Police Chief Dwayne White, and Fire Chief Ed Smith. Throughout the day as the winds began to increase, I coordinated this information back to Central officials who were stationed at the Central Fire Department’s command center on Sullivan Rd. DPW advised that they were not delivering any more sand to fire stations across the parish due to the winds getting stronger and hazardous conditions on the roadway. We knew it was about to get rough.

After noon, lunch was prepared in the cafeteria. As I ate a sandwich, I could see out the hurricane-proof windows that the wind was starting to blow harder as the rain came down stronger. I knew it was going to be a long evening. Back in the operations center, some workers had already been in that room for 24 hours straight, but they never complained and kept doing their jobs of answering calls and giving reports. In a separate room on the 2nd floor throughout the afternoon, Mayor Holden and his city-parish staff were busy making preparations and plans for a storm that was being compared to Hurricane Betsy back in the 1960’s. I was posting updates on the city of Central’s Facebook page so that our citi-

zens would know what was going on. I knew even if they had lost power, they could still check for updates on their cell phones through our facebook page. Around 4 p.m., my station was slow, having only fielded two calls from Central residents who had called the Parish’s “311” information hot line. I could see the workers at the EBR DPW station were getting overwhelmed with calls, so I went over to help them. They were already getting calls of downed trees and utility lines. Traffic Engineering officials were making a list of road closures that ended up exceeding 50 locations. Looking through the large windows into the 911 command center, I could see the images of the DOTD interstate traffic cameras. There was barely a car on the interstates anywhere. It was decided soon after that a curfew would be placed throughout EBR Parish starting at 6 p.m. Police Chief White and Sheriff Gautreaux announced there would be no tolerance for anyone breaking curfew. Everyone was urged to stay off the streets as conditions deteriorated. Sustained winds of 65 mph were expected. However, as updates came in, we all realized that the storm had slowed and was not moving north as fast as expected. This could be a good thing for Baton Rouge. About 8 p.m., someone announced that the parking lot was flooding towards the southern side and water was about to get into several vehicles. Many people put on raincoats supplied by BR Police to brave the conditions and move their vehicles. Nearly a foot of water had accumulated in portions of the parking lot. News reporters continued to cover the unfolding events. As I looked up at one point, a TV camera was focused on me. I wasn’t sure which station it was, so I asked the cameraman, and he said he was from CBS national news. A crew arrived to film the center’s activities and speak with Mayor Holden and his staff. The Sheriff’s Dept. work station was across from me, and not many calls were coming in. The calls that were coming in were mostly to report downed trees across roadways. The Sheriff’s Office employees at that station were doing an excellent job of coordinating calls and dispatches. The Entergy spokesperson gave continued updates on outages and repair schedules. TV monitors around the room were tuned to the Weather Channel and local stations that were broadcasting storm events non-stop. I watched the reporters in New Orleans and Biloxi, and it looked bad. As the night wore on, we were informed that the winds were not quite as strong as predicted due to the fact that the storm had lost some strength due the slow northward movement. However, the wind was still blowing hard and the rain was coming down. Jay Grymes from WAFB was keeping everyone informed of the conditions. Traffic Engineering reported that nearly 50 percent of the parish’s signals were out due to electricity or damaged signal heads. William Daniel reminded viewers watching on TV to adSee INSIDE on Page 19

DAVID RATCLIFF, director of IBTS, the private company that provides city services in Central, was operating this tractor and removing debris on Sullivan Road Thursday.

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2nd Adoption Brought Walker from N. La. to Broadmoor

Hard Times Caused Mike Walker to Be Adopted Twice and Brought Him to BR

Mike Hudson (photos on left) growing up in North Louisiana and Mike Walker (photos on the right) graduating from Broadmoor High and today.

Mike’s first set of adopted parents (left); Mike growing up in Jackson Parish, and Mike campaigning for Mayor-President last month with his wife and three grandchildren.

Mayor-President Woody Dumas Saw Great Promise in Mike Walker, Naming Him to Run City-Parish Government at Ripe Old Age of 23 Continued from Page 1

never met his biological father, Mike said, “I was always loved!” Times were hard for the Hudson family. His adopted father worked at the paper mill in Hodge but it wasn’t enough and the family worked hard on their little farm to try to raise enough to eat. Mike learned to hoe the corn, plow the fields, and tend to the animals. The family raised vegetables and had a small orchard. He plowed behind his draft horse, who was named Dot. He grew strong and tall. The family attended a primitive Baptist church. There was no music in the church, and singing was a cappella. Mike was baptized in the creek. On Sundays, there was dinner on the grounds. His favorite song was Sweet Hour of Prayer. In the Weston community, everyone knew everyone else. “If the well went dry, there was always someone to give you water and help you dig your well a little deeper,” he remembered. But his adopted parents were getting older and were in declining health. Money was short, and they couldn’t afford to pay the bills. They needed to give Mike away to someone who could take responsibility for his upbringing. “My biological mother wanted

to take me back and adopt me, but she had a husband now, and he refused,” Mike said. It was 1962. Mike had only been to Baton Rouge a couple of times. It was so different from the rural area of North Louisiana where he had spent his entire life. Mike Hudson’s adopted parents asked one of their other daughters to take care of Mike, and she and her husband, John Walker, agreed. At age 14, Mike moved to Baton Rouge. Judge Pugh insisted that the Walker family formally adopt him, and he became Mike Walker. The family lived in Sherwood Forest, and Mike enrolled in the 9th grade at Broadmoor High School. “It was hard at first, being a rural kid and moving to the big city, but people at Broadmoor were wonderful to me, and I made a lot of friends,” he said. He was an unforgettable person standing over six feet tall and with bright red hair. His new father, John E. Walker, who is now 88, had also moved to Baton Rouge from North Louisiana. He was successful in real estate here, and Mike’s life changed. “I remember being able to go to Don’s and charge the meal to my dad’s account! That was something!” he said. During high school, Mike got a job at the Exxon station across from

the Putt-Putt on Florida Boulevard. He earned 60 cents an hour. “That wasn’t bad,” he said, “because gasoline was only 25 cents a gallon!” He graduated from Broadmoor High in 1966 and got a small scholarship to attend Louisiana Tech in Ruston. But the expense was a burden on his family and he returned to Baton Rouge to attend LSU. Then, during his senior year, his life changed forever. “To this day I don’t know how it all happened, but one day Mrs. Letha Carpenter, who was quite influential in parish politics, called and asked me if I would speak on behalf of Mayor-President Woody Dumas at a couple of events. I did so. Apparently, the mayor was pleased, because a few days later, I had a visit from Ray Burgess [who was DPW director] and Cotton Harris [a City Councilman], offering me the job of being Mayor Dumas’ top assistant.” It was a remarkable offer for a young 23-year-old from North Louisiana. He accepted the offer and became Chief Administrative Officer of the City-Parish government. It meant, quite literally, that he would be running the parish government —at age 23! It was a far cry from his days behind the plow on their little farm in Jackson Parish.

Woody Dumas served as Mayor for 16 years — longer than anyone in Baton Rouge’s 200-year history, and Mike Walker was his right-hand man. “I couldn’t have had a better mentor,” he said. “People tell me I’m a lot like him, and I consider that a high compliment.” Over the years, Walker served as administrative coordinator in the Clerk of Court’s office under three clerks. He built a real estate business. And he has served as a member of the Metro Council and now as Mayor Pro-Tem. But the little boy who was adopted twice will always be the essence of who he is. “It gives me perspective and an appreciation for all persons, no matter what their background. I know what it’s like to have to scrap for a meal, or to have an account at Don’s!” he laughed. His experience also made Walker a strong advocate for the right to life. “They could have decided not to have me or they could have given me away. But people chose to love me, and that made all the difference!” — By Woody Jenkins, Editor In the next issue of the Capital City News, read a profile on MayorPresident Kip Holden.

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Senator to Receive Ronald Reagan Award Sept. 14

GOP to Honor Sen. David Vitter for Service to Louisiana in U. S. Senate

BATON ROUGE — Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) will be honored by the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish next Friday, Sept. 14 for his service in the United States Senate. The party is holding the First Annual Ronald Reagan Awards Luncheon at the City Club in downtown Baton Rouge. The reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the lunch at 12 noon. Vitter became the first Republican elected to the United States Senate from Louisiana in 2004. He was reelected in 2010 for a term ending in 2016. A Rhodes Scholar, he formerly served in the Louisiana House of Representatives and in the United States Congress. Event chairman Richie Edmonds said Vitter has been a leader in the Senate for balanced budgets, lower taxes, free enterprise, and a strong national defense. Vitter said he was honored to be chosen for the award but told party leaders that he wanted to use the occasion to help elect conservative Republican candidates in East Baton Rouge Parish. As a result, the luncheon will be a fundraising event with all proceeds being used to support the local Republican Party, which will be sup-

couple. Sponsorships are $5,000 for a Gold Table of eight, and $2,500 for a Bronze Table of eight. Edmonds said it will be a small event that should afford everyone the opportunity to meet the senator and have a photo taken with him. Individuals wishing to attend the event should send checks to Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish, 7047 Jefferson Highway, Suite B, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. To reserve a table or for further information, call Richie Edmonds at 225-892-6000 or email The local Republican Party website is Regular updates are provided by “liking” Capital Republican on Facebook.

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United States Senator David Vitter and State Rep. Valarie Hodges

porting Mitt Romney for President, Paul Ryan for Vice President, Mike Walker for Mayor-President, and other endorsed Republican candidates.

Edmonds said 100 percent of the funds raised will be used in East Baton Rouge Parish. Tickets for the event are $500 a

BATON ROUGE — Catholic Community Radio is on the air and broadcasting at 1380 on the AM radio dial. The purpose is to evangelize and share the Good News of salvation, according to a station spokesman. The station offers an “app” from the App Store. To find it, search for “Tune in Radio” and then search for WPYR. It is a free app.

EBR Republican Party to Hold Open House At New Party Headquarters Friday 4 to 6 p.m.

PARISH REPUBLICAN HEADQUARTERS — The Republican Party will open its parish headquarters Friday at 7047 Jefferson Highway, Suite B (right side of building).a

BATON ROUGE — The Republican Party of East Baton Rouge will open its party headquarters for the fall election cycle with an Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. The headquarters is located at 7047 Jefferson Highway, Suite B. Party spokesman Richie Edmonds said Republican candidates, registered Republicans, guests, and members of the media are invited to the event.

Candidates will be invited to speak briefly, and sandwiches and soft drinks will be available. Edmonds said it will be time to mix and mingle and that guests can

come and go without staying the entire time. Candidates’ yard signs and literature will be available, he said. The headquarters will be used for

BATON ROUGE — All Republican candidates from East Baton Rouge Parish in the Nov. 6 election are being invited to attend and speak

at the Ronald Reagan Newsmaker Luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Café Américain. The reception is at 11:30 and lunch at 12 noon.

EBR Candidates to Speak at Newsmaker Luncheon

phone banking and as a central point for walking door to door and distributing signs and literature. Volunteers are encouraged to stop by and sign up to work for Republican candidates during the upcoming campaign. When possible, volunteers will sign up for specific times and days of the week. Volunteers may also commit to work by emailing

Republican Party Endorsements Expected Week of Sept. 17 BATON ROUGE — The Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish has scheduled Endorsement Meetings to consider supporting Republican candidates in the Nov. 6 election. The meetings are as follows: • Thursday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. at Metro Council Chamber — Candidates for Louisiana Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. • Monday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m. at Metro Council Chamber — Candidates for U. S. Congress, Public Service Commission, Metro Council, City Judge, City Constable, and Constable SWEARING IN — Retired City Judge for Justice of the Peace Court Darrell White swearing in former Sen. Dan Endorsements are made by the Richey as a member of the PEC in April.

17-member East Baton Rouge Republican Parish Executive Committee. The PEC was elected by Republican voters in the parish during the Presidential Primary in March. The committee consists of five members elected at-large and one elected from each of the 12 Metro Council districts. They serve a term of four years. Under the Endorsement Procedures adopted by the PEC, a candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast by members who are present in person or by proxy. Each candidate is voted on separately by the PEC. As a result, the PEC may endorse one or more candidates in a race.

One of the races that is attracting a lot of attention is the election of a new Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from the district that includes East Baton Rouge. The vacancy resulted because of the resignation of Chief Justice Kitty Kimball. Republican candidates expected to seek the party’s endorsement are Court of Appeal judges Toni Higginbotham, Jeff Hughes, and Duke Welch and District Court judges Tim Kelley and Bill Morvant. The candidates have been asked to fill out a questionnaire on their judicial philosophy. Endorsements will be announced during the week of Sept. 17.

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GUIDE Fall 2012

Who’s Who: Clockwise from upper left: Christian Hebert of Episcopal; coach Keith Dooley of Christian Life; Kyle Blackburn of Central Private; coach Sid Edwards of Central; Brett Courville of Central; Catholic High players; coach Dale Weiner of Catholic; St. Michael’s players. Below: LSU greats Jimmy Taylor (Baton Rouge High), Billy Cannon (Istrouma), and Gus Kinchen (Baton Rouge High).

Will Prep Football In Baton Rouge Ever Return to Glory Days Like Those of 1950’s? See Page 21

Photos by Kevin Banes (Courville); Selser Photography (Blackburn), and all others by Woody Jenkins

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2012 Central High School Wildcats

170, Sr), WR Justin Vessell (5-10, 210, So), WR Devon Gales (5-9, 160, Sr), RB Jake Myer (6-4, 215, Jr) Defense (4-2-5) DE Ashton Stokes (5-10, 230, Jr), DE Corey Guercio (6-2, 230, Jr), DT Demetri Colomb (5-9, 240, Jr), DT John Milton (5-10, 240, Sr), LB Dalton Holdman (6-2, 220, Jr), LB Tony Ragusa (5-10, 230, Sr), LB-S Thomas Eddelman (5-10, 230, Sr), DB Paul Broussard (6-0, 185, Sr), DB Donnie Lewis (5-8, 160, Jr), DB Sean Parker (5-7, 155, Sr), DB Kevin Henry (6-0, 185, So)

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Tony Ragusa Jordan Wilkins Jake Myer Brennon Young Brett Courville Marcus Kelly Eddie Anderson Trae Ball Hunter Cazes Logan Pudhome Paul Broussard

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Mascot: Wildcats. Head coach: Sid Edwards (4th year at school, 30-7; 108-39 overall). 2011 record: 7-5. Last time in playoffs: 2011 (second round). Returning starters: 15 (7 offense, 8 defense) Offense (Spread) TE Matt Edwards (6-0, 220, Sr), SE Hunter Caze (5-9, 175, Sr), OT Thomas Garcia (6-3, 245, Sr), OG Devin Croft (5-10, 250, Sr), C Ryan Morris (5-10, 240, Jr), OG Hunter Edgens (6-0, 245, Sr), OT Tyler Abadie (6-4, 245, Sr), QB Brett Courville (510, 205, Sr), FLK Gary Triplett (5-7, 165, Jr), WR Jeremy Anderson (6-3,

Central Wildcats Sept. 1 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 18 Oct. 26 Nov. 2

Istrouma St. Thomas More Woodlawn Catholic St. Amant Zachary* Walker* Denham Springs* Scotlandville* Live Oak*

*District games

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Central Private Rebels

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Carlos Emanuel Kris Templet Mason Jordan Trey Kolb Jordan Turnley Ryan Bowman Brice Harris Mitchell Garon Mason O’Quinn Brennan Fucich Ward Leavines Logan Prather Rhett Seguin Daniel Basham Blake McCulley Caleb Kerstens Cole Kinchen Syrshawn Fitch Andrew Alexander Ryan Dupuy

Cenla Christian CHEF Silliman* ACCS Parklane Academy Bowling Green* Trinity Episcopal Oak Forest* Riverfield Academy Centreville Academy*

*District games

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2012 Central Private Rebels

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Christian Life Crusaders

Mascot: Crusaders. Head coach: Keith Dooley (35-23 overall, 17-17 in third year at school). 2011 record: 8-4. Last time in playoffs: 2011 (second round). Returning starters: 9 (4 offense, 5 defense) Offense (Spread) C Waid McDaniel (5-10, 275, Jr), OG Tyler Houston (5-10, 205, Sr), OG Ben Cross (6-1, 185, Jr), OT Jacob Alford (6-3, 240, Jr), OT Blake Johnson (6-2, 185, Sr), QB Trey Fisher (5-9, 190, Sr), SE Caleb Domingue (6-0, 175, Sr), SE Cade Williams (5-11, 170, Sr), RB Malik

2012 Christian Life Crusaders

Harrison (5-8, 160, Jr), RB Tremel Johnson (5-10, 200, Sr), SE Mitch Wilkerson (6-1, 155, Fr) Defense (4-3) DE R.J. Reynolds (6-2, 185, Jr), DT Jarvis Antwine (5-8, 240, Jr), DT Jacob Alford (6-3, 240, Jr), DE Blake Johnson 6-2, 185, Sr), LB Tremel Johnson (5-10, 200, Sr), LB Langston Adams (5-10, 165, Sr), LB Tyler Houston (5-10, 205, Sr), DB Jamie Calvin (5-11, 150, Sr), DB Malik Harrison (5-8, 160, Jr), DB Caleb Domingue (6-0, 175, SR), DB Mitch Wilkerson (6-1, 155, Fr)

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RJ Hertzog Noah Dees Cade Williams Jacob Williams Caleb Domingue KP Harris Jamie Calvin Trey Fisher Trey Lewis Justin Hutchinson Tremel Johnson Mitch Wilkerson Dexter Riggteous Timothy Holland Jaylon Legard Malik Harrison Brennan Williams Dameion Lee Aaron Anderson Kyle Lavergne

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Austin Daigle Jai Wilson Daniel Fox Waid McDaniel Larry Mencer Blake Johnson Tyler Houston Gong Chen Bruce Carter Bobby Smith Pierce Prevost Jacob Alford Cornel Rowel Ben Cross Jarvis Antwine Langston Adams

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Head coach: Keith Dooley; assistant coaches: Jared Blueitt, Joshua Dyer, and Rusty Secrist; managers: Cara Alise and Peyton Hanegan

Christian Life Crusaders

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Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 18 Oct. 26 Nov. 2

Dunham Crescent City Northlake Episcopal Ascension Christian Mt. Hermon* Varnado* Southern Lab* Kentwood* Hannan*

*District games

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Catholic Bears

2012 Catholic High School Bears

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Landon Flowers Ken Ward Khalil Thomas Brendan Walsh Justin Gibson R.J. Jefferson David Losavio Clay Moffitt Nick Coomes Brennan Messina Cade Melancon David Caruso Ben Braymer Hayden Mixon Christian Brown Arthur Price Reid Mixon Derrius Guice Austin Dedon Javahn Fergurson Trevell Johnson Adam Prevot Kyle Scott Matthew Moreau

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Jack Braymer T.J. Mitchell Euclid Michel Kenneth Smith Austin Wilson Uriah Alexander Ben Grandy John Connolly Patrick Van Duzee Hayden Latour Matthew Venable Andrew Fournet Bennett Sherman Matthew Root Chandler Lemoine Brad Dubroc D.J. Rayborn K.J. Robinson John Vicari DJ Campagna Nick Cashio Ben LeJeune Michael DeJean Hunter Minton

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CATHOLIC HIGH CHEER SQUAD — (1st row, left to right) Lindsey Mouton, Claire Bradley, Callie Zumo (captain), Emily Donner, Susannah Jaques, Kassi Samson, and Claire Keaton and (2nd row) Mitchell LaBauve, Hunter Landry, Erica Frugé, Emily Sperier, Brooke Morris, Ali Simon, McKenzie Schexnayder, Matthew Patterson, and Joshua Shepherd

Catholic Bears Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 27 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 2

Zachary Mandeville Denham Springs Central Parkview Baptist Woodlawn* McKinley East Ascension* St. Amant* Dutchtown*

*District games

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Will Benoit Caleb Sutton Nathan Colter Myles Nash Adam Mitchell Branden Coniglio Jeffrey Jones Zach Minton Kirklin Roberts Max Conger Garret Broussard Harrison Terrell Cameron Tom Jireh Wrye Vincent Fetzer Tyler Chauncy Tyler Sparrow Luke Fairbanks Joseph Eaglin Aaron Wiltz

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Joseph Glover Connor Whalen Grayson Walsh Jack Gonsoulin Nicholas Deranger Bradley Thornton Trey Frugé Everett Knox Matthew Ydarraga K-Jay Anderson Zach Williams Malcolm McNiece Landon Pourciau Michael Lefeve

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Head coach: Dale K. Weiner; assistant coaches: David Bayard, Anthony Camp, Don Hood, Grant LeBlanc, Tim Lala, Storm Reeves, Caleb Williamson, and Anthony Zehyoue

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Redemptorist Wolves

2012 Redemptorist High School Wolves

Scotlandville Live Oak Parkview Baptist White Castle Calvary Baptist Northeast* Episcopal* Capitol* Dunham* University*

*District games

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Episcopal Knights

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Mascot: Knights. Head coach: Travis Bourgeois (13th season). 2011 record: 4-7. Last time in playoffs: 2011 (lost quarterfinals to Winnfield). Returning starters: 9 (4 offense, 5 defense) Offense (I-Pro) TE Weldon Rotenberg (5-11, 170, Jr), SE Jarrell Rogers (5-10, 175, Sr), T Jacob Belding (6-0, 220, So), G Turner Graham (5-10, 185, Jr), C Brennan Gulterrez (6-0, 235, Sr), G Charlie O’Brien (6-3, 170, Sr), T Matthew Saurage (5-11, 170, Fr), QB Jason Roussel (6-2, 170, Jr), RB Clement Mubungirwa (5-10, 175, So), RB James Davis (5-7, 160, So) Defense (4-3) DE Weldon Rotenberg (6-0, 185, Jr), LB John Haroy (6-0, 175, Jr), DT Brennan Gutierrez (5-11, 240), DT Charlie O’Brien (6-3, 220), LB Polk Kellum (5-11, 175, Jr), LB Turner Graham (5-9, 195, Jr), LB Ty Williams (5-8, 175, Jr), LB Christian Hebert (5-10, 170, Jr), DB Jarrell Rogers (5-10, 180, Sr), DB Josh Posner (5-9, 170, Sr), DB Brennan Bienas

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Clement Mubungirwa Kydris Washington Allen Singletary Turner Graham Daniel Rieger Ty Williams Matthew Garrett Cody Day Brennan Gutierrez Peter Broderick Aaron Miller Monty Travis Landon Foster Charlie O’Brien Blake Chandler Jacob Belding Tristen Bearden Matthew Saurage

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Episcopal Knights Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 2

Albany Ascension Catholic MP Country Day Christian Life Many University* Redemptorist* Northeast* Capitol* Dunham*

*District games

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St. Michael’s Warriors

Mascot: Warriors. Head coach: Eric Held (fifth year at school, 26-17, 42-23 overall). 2011 record: 7-4. Last time in playoffs: 2011 (first round). Returning starters: 12 (6 offense, 6 defense) Offense (Tony Franklin Spread) QB Brandon Fields (6-1, 210, Sr), RB CJ Okpalobi (6-0, 185, Sr), SE Bo Aucoin (5-9, 180, Sr), SE Peyton Drago (5-10, 175, Jr), SE Johnnie Driver (5-11, 170, Sr), SE Jeff Vaccaro (61, 180, So), OT Donnie Berg (6-2, 210, Sr), OG Corey Holmes (6-2, 280, Sr), OG Connor McLennan (6-0, 280, Sr), OT Blake Hartman (6-5, 220, Sr), C Blake Bertrand (6-2, 270, Sr), PK Ashton Fletcher (5-9, 190, So) Defense (3-4) DT Jacob Loupe (6-3, 260, So), DE Matthew Lofton (5-10, 190, Sr), DE Alex Ruch (5-11, 210, Sr), LB Brandon Davenport (6-1, 210, Sr), LB Ashton Fletcher (5-9, 190, So), LB Ben Files (6-0, 175, Sr), LB Scott Welch (5-11, 175, Sr), DB Okpalobi (6-0, 185, Sr), DB Christopher Peck (5-10, 185, Sr), DB Colin Hughes (57, 155, Sr), DB Matthew Butler (5-7, 150, So)

2012 St. Michael’s Warriors

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St. Michael’s Warriors

St. Michael’s head coach Eric Held during half-time in jamboree against Catholic.

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Walker Dunham St. Thomas Aquinas Istrouma* Jewel Sumner Belaire* Lutcher* Plaquemine* Tara* Woodlawn*

*District games

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2012 St. Michael’s Cheer Squad

NOTICE Due to LHSAA regulations, non-school personnel are not allowed on the sidelines. Game day management and media with credentials are allowed. There are two new areas fenced off. One is for any past Central football players. If you are looking down from the stadium, to the right of the cheerleader section, you will see this area. The other area is for those people with sideline passes, and that area is located in the curve by the concession stand. Please be cooperative and understanding in following these guidelines. We have arranged these areas for your comfort and enjoyment. — Coach Sid Edwards of Central High

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Broadmoor Buccaneers Broadmoor Buccaneers Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 11 Oct. 19 Oct. 25 Nov. 2

Denham Springs Walker Live Oak Belaire* Lutcher* Plaquemine* Tara* Lafayette Istrouma* St. Michael*

*District games

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Mascot: Buccaneers. Head coach: Rusty Price (28th year, 175-152). 2011 record: 6-5. Last time in playoffs: 2011 (first round). Returning starters: 12 (5 offense, 7 defense) Offense (Veer) TE Darius Mickie (6-0, 185, Jr) SE Maurice Stewart (5-10, 171, Sr), OT Matt Willongby (6-0, 255, So), OT Jibrail Abdual-Aziz (60, 258, Jr), OG Michael Vick (6-0, 272, Sr), OG Walter Howard (5-8, 221, Jr), QB Joshua Rogers (5-10, 1 6 10 11 14 20 24 26 27

Joshua Rogers Henry Myers Maurice Stewart Sheridan Shumpert Johnel Parker Ryan Sibley Eric Green David Siggers Anthony Jackson

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155, Sr), RB Eric Green (5-8, 175, Jr) RB John Chester (5-0, 128, Sr) Defense (4-3) DB Maurice Stewart (5-10, 171, Sr), DB John Chester (5-0, 128, Sr) DB Henry Myers (5-7, 148, Sr), LB David Siggers (5-8, 154, Jr), LB Deandre Jackson (5-7, 159, Jr), LB Marquise Foster (5-10, 182, Jr), LB Raaheem Quinn (5-11, 203, Jr), DE Ryan Sibley (6-1, 183, Jr), DE Cameron Calhoun (5-10, 185, Sr), DT Michael Vick (6-0, 272, Sr), DT Braden White (5-10, 192, Jr)

John Chester Reginald Sheppard Cameron Calhoun Deandre Jackson Terry Mahoney Derwin Bates Randall Shorter Michael Vick Walter Howard

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Matthew Willonghby Gregory Ramires Antrell Johnson Jibrail Abdul-Aziz Kevin Mott Romeo Tillotson Deandre Washington Marquise Foster

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Foster Degeneres Grayson Domingue Matt Huffman Jacob Dawson

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Dylan Rizzo Abraham Wallace Ramsey Bell Ned Strasner Austin Henriksen Harrison Domingue Jyron Walker Nick Nezami

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Zack Rome Bobby Nichols Bond Rodriguez Shelby Trahan Hudson Chesteen Julian Laprairie Jon-Austin Colland Conner Quinn

Mascot: Tigers. Head coach: Guy Mistretta (2nd year, 4-7; 7525 overall). 2011 record: 4-7. Last time in playoffs: 2011 (first round). Returning starters: 10 (5 offense, 5 defense) Offense (Multiple Spread) LT Dillon McClain (6-3, 235, Jr), LG Robson Jenkins (5-11, 215, Jr), C Griffin Miller )5-9, 175, Jr), Andy Guidry (5-11, 235, Sr), RT Kirk Wilson (6-0, 250, So), TE Jacob Dawson (6-2, 190, So), WR Grayson Domingue (6-3, 210, Sr), WR Drake Davis (6-3, 210, Fr), RB Harrison Domingue (5-10,

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Drake Davis Peyton Finicial Nick Brooks Trenton Miller Chase Day AJ Holloway Andrew Mann Michael Berrigan

205, Sr), RB Austin Henrikson (59, 195, Sr), QB Nick Nezami (6-2, 190, So) Defense (3-3-5) DE Michael Berrigan (5-8, 190, Jr), NG Foster Degeneres (5-10, 215, Jr), DE Ned Strasner (6-2, 210, Jr), LB Andrew Mann (6-0, 215, Jr), LB Martin Maley (5-7, 165, Jr), LB Jon Austin Volland (5-7, 175, So), LB Trent Miller (57, 165, So), CB Jyron Walker (59, 165, So), CB Abraham Wallace (5-9, 170, Jr), SS A.J. Holloway (5-7, 160, Sr), FS Chase Day (511, 180, So)

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Dillon McClain Martin Maley Griffin Miller Kirk Wilson Andy Guidry Parker Farris

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Clayton Kavanaugh Max Mannting Brett Dupree Vinnie DeAngelo Robson Jenkins William Resweber

Dunham Tigers Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 4 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 25 Nov. 2

Christian Life St. Michael Donaldsonville Ascension Christian Vermillion Catholic Capitol* Northeast* University* Redemptorist* Episcopal*

*District games

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McKinley Panthers McKinley Panthers Aug. 31 Sept. 6 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 2

Capitol Glen Oaks Northside West St. John Scotlandville East Ascension* Catholic* St. Amant* Dutchtown* Woodlawn*

*District games

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Mascot: Panthers. Head coach: Robert Signater Sr. (fifth year, 18-23 at school, 36-36 overall. 2011 record: 4-6. Last time in playoffs: 2010 (first round). Returning starters: 13 (7 offense, 6 defense) Offense (Multiple) QB Jarrad Hayes (6-0, 170, Jr), WR-RB Brandon Butler (5-7, 160, Jr, OL Donvan McCray (64, 285, Sr), WR Tim Herring (60, 185, Sr), WR Jalen Johnson (6-1, 155, So), RB Phil Randall (5-7, 160, Sr), RB Tyrone Scott

(5-9, 190, Jr), WR Hinney Harris (6-3, 160, Jr) Defense (4-3) DE Donvan McCray (6-3, 270, Sr), DT Shawn Tolbert (6-2, 265, Sr), DE Reggie Ware (6-1, 185, Sr), DE Kirk Louis (6-0, 190, So), DB Dave White (6-2, 160, Sr), DB Delwin Rodney (6-1, 165, Sr), DB Alex James (5-7, 160, Sr), LB Javan Wwade (5-7, 175, Jr), LB Alvin Vaughn (5-10, 170, Sr), DB Trevante Bennet (59, 165, Sr), DB Dough Hines (57, 180, Sr)

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Josh Herbert Dontae Johnson Edgar Janise Darryl Lavigne Chase Atkins Jearlmiah Ward Josh DeJean Makhail Hilliard Carlos Wilkerson Lane McCaskill Vaylen Clark Gabriel Brown Robert Paxton

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Dylan Townsend Dylan Teat Brady Jones Sam Stafford Dylan Sanchez Eddie Johnson Conner Heyl Mason Tillman Quint Guerin Trey Self Justin Rivere Jude Fontenot Bryson Borne

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B.J. Calhoun Joseph Charleville Landon Thames Micah Barnett Adam Hambrick Taylor Wilson Xavier Lewis Daniel Wesley Chase Arbour Courtlin Austin Kamron Bihm Rashad Sims Tyler Adams

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DeLando brass Logan Guillory Dylan Adams Skyler Battieste Keith Sanchez Nathan Williams Jeffery Campbell Justin Iles Colby Domingue LaKendrick Paul Robert Stone Kyle Kepper Michael Perez

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Jared Elliott Edarius Anderson Tanner Boyd Blake Anderson Cameron Quin Parker Aucoin Ethan Roland Blake Guercio Jairius Moore Andrew Harris Tilor Denson Noah Dupree Nicholas Jones

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Jayce Hamilton Colin Campbell Thomas Eastwood Trevor Mason Trey Brown Cole Portune Lucas Dove Collin Sharon Kaleb Batiste Kelly London Rodolfo Perez Pryan Frioux Austin Kirby

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Parkview Baptist Eagles Mascot: Eagles. Head coach: Kenny Guillot (14th year at school, 125-28; 154-38 overall). 2011 record: 9-4. Last time in playoffs: 2011 (semifinals). Returning starters: 10 (6 offense, 4 defense) Offense (Flex Bone) TE Todd Hollingswoth (6-0, 196, Sr), TE Adam Tarver (6-1, 205, So), SE Seth Shaw (6-1, 175, Jr), OT Austin Stephens (6-2, 240, Jr), OG Austin Stephens (6-2, 240, Jr), C Luke Gomez (6-1, 265, Jr), OG Patrick O’Bryant (6-0, 246, Sr), OT Austin Speice (60, 246, So), OT Lucas Reeves (5-11, 235, Jr), QB Brennan Bozeman (6-1, 185, Sr), RB Hezekiah Randolph (6-0, 210, Sr), RB Conner Hodgeson (6-1, 220, Sr), RB Eric Martinez (6-1, 210, Jr), PK Tyler Black (5-9, 165, Jr) Defense (3-5) DE Victor Gutierrez (6-1, 216, Jr), DE Alex Guinn (5-10, 200, Jr), DT Michael Tarwater (6-0, 210, Jr), LB Ridge Womack (5-10, 160, Sr), LB Hunter Brian (5-10, 165, Sr), LB Denton Kirby (5-9, 205, Jr), DB Manny Mukes (5-9, 185, Sr), DB Tee Sparrow (5-10, 190, Jr), DB Andre Davis (5-9, 175, Sr), DB Austin Suits (6-1, 195, Sr), Dillon Harris (6-2, 180, Sr), P Tom Wing (6-3, 185, Jr) 28 Victor Guiterrez 1 Jacob Ruffin 29 Erik Martinez 2 Sam O’Brien 30 Alex Ginn 3 Zach Kelly 31 Dylan Ellender 4 Andre Davis 32 Seth Reynolds 5 Eric Wharton 33 Spencer Smith 6 Hezekiah Randolph 34 Aaron Leonard 7 Tom Wing 35 Landon Wells 9 Dillon Harris 36 Peyton Brown 10 Denton Kirby 37 Peyton Phillips 11 Peyton Cochran 38 Lane McCaughey 12 Evan Kissinger 39 Houston Robert 13 Brennan Bozeman 40 Blake Taylor 14 Eric Penn 42 Chris Rees 16 Seth Shah 43 Joel Smith 17 Alex O’Neal 44 John Emas 18 Taylor Black 45 Cole Holiman 19 Hunter Brian 46 Chris Lowrey-Dufour 20 Conner Hodgeson 48 Ridge Womack 21 Josh Stansell 49 Michael Tarwater 22 Trey Vhoories 50 Brohn Brignac 23 Manuel Mukes 51 Ben Chiles 24 Thomas Perrett 52 Jonathan Mounce 25 Haydon Salles 53 Jonathan Waguespack 26 Carter Petite 54 Andrew Lemoine 27 Tee Sparrow

2012 Parkview Baptist Eagles

55 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80

Luke Reeves Marc Caron Patrick O’Bryant Adam Tarver Austin Taylor Joseph Breland Austin Speice Daniel Landry Austin Stevens Trenton Harrington Tristan Smith Jordan Cantrell Francis Reaves J.B. McCracken Trey Speights Andrew Easterly Luke Gomez Justin Kairdolf Jackson Ferriss Dylan Griggs Tanner Shepherd Mason Moore Brant Grace Conner Aucoin Andrew Rish

81 Robert Arriaga 82 Gabriel Pedigo 83 Trey Pearl

84 Evan Gaudet 85 Tyler Frederick 86 Todd Hollingsworth

87 Austin Suits 88 Slade Stockton 90 Grant Markey

Parkview Baptist Eagles Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 27 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26

Mandeville Scotlandville Redemptorist East St. John Catholic High East Feliciana* Baker Glen Oaks West Feliciana

*District games

Canceled Away Home Home Away Home Away Home Away

Tara High Trojans Tara High Trojans Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 11 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 2

E. Ascension W. Feliciana Northeast Lutcher* Plaquemine* Sarah Reed* Broadmoor* Istrouma* St. Michael* Belaire* *District games

Canceled Away Away Away Away Home Home Away Home Away

Mascot: Trojans. Head coach: Mitch McGrew (first year). 2011 record: 9-4. Last time in playoffs: 2008 (first round). Returning starters: 10 (4 offense, 6 defense) Offense (Spread/Multiple) TE Darryl Sparks (6-3, 185, Jr), SE Kaelon Stevenson (6-3, 175, Sr), OT Alphonso Wilson (6-4, 285, Jr), OG Roshon Cody (6-0, 210, Jr), C Devonte Briley (6-2, 198, Jr), OG Malik Mosby (5-11, 280, So), OT Brian Lewis (5-11, 310, Jr), QB John Washington (511, 187, Sr), RB Leonard Williams

(5-8, 185, Jr), RB Darrick Thomas (5-9, 170, Sr), SE Donald Rheams (5-10, 168, Sr) Defense (3-3 and 4-2) DE Moroni Pointer (6-1, 190, Jr), DE Lionel Russell (6-0, 195, Sr), DT Alphonso Wilson (6-4, 285, Jr), DT Brandon Fontenot (6-0, 240, So), LB Ben Newman (5-11, 190, Jr), LB Kaleb Kador (6-0, 190, Jr), LB Devonte Briley (6-2, 198, Jr), LB Leonard Williams (58, 185, Sr), DB Donald Rheams (510, 168, Sr), DB Windell Robinson (5-10, 190, Sr)

Woodlawn Panthers Mascot: Panthers. Head coach: Don Jones (eighth year at school 35-27, 231-142-3 overall). 2011 record: 5-5. Last time in playoffs: 2010 (first round). Returning starters: 8 (4 offense, 8 defense) Offense (Multiple) TE Doss Berry (5-11, 195, Sr), SE Cameron Lazare (6-0, 185, Jr), OT Hunter Lane (6-4, 240, SR), OG Damian Brown (6-3, 270, Jr), C Jimmy Converse (6-3, 265, Jr), OG Landon Goodman (6-2, 275, Jr), OT Charles Brooks (6-1, 235, Jr), QB James McManus (6-2, 175, Jr), RB Emmanuel Stewart (6-0,

220, Sr), RB Juavon Brown (5-10, 198, Jr), RB Ricco Terell (5-7, 160, So) Defense (Multiple) DE Dandre Glasper (6-2, 240, Sr), DE Jordan Cannon (6-0, 220, Sr), DT Reginald Reynolds (6-3, 275, Sr), DT Brian Barnes (6-0, 230, Sr), LB Ricky McAdams (5-11, 198, Sr), LB Ahmad Williams (511, 215, Sr), LB Terrance Simon (6-0, 220, Sr), LB Chris Parker (5-11, 195, Sr), DB Malik Meggs (6-0, 185, JR), DB Kirkland Anderson (5-11, 175, Jr), DB Deonte Early (5-11, 165, Jr)

Woodlawn Panthers Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 2

Lafayette Denham Springs Central Northside Breaux Bridge Catholic* St. Amant* Dutchtown* E. Ascension* McKinley* *District games

L, 38-34 Away Home Home Away Home Away Home Away Away

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BATON ROUGE — Four candidates for a seat on the Louisiana Public Service Commission brought their campaigns to Baton Rouge last Tuesday at a campaign forum sponsored by the new Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge. The event at Café Américain drew a crowd of business owners and media despite the fact that Hurricane Isaac was threatening to hit the city the next day. The four candidates were Democrat Forrest Wright of New Orleans and three Republicans — Lafayette TV broadcaster Ed Roy, former Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle, and State Rep. Erich Ponti. Republican Sarah Holliday was unable to attend because of a prior commitment. The election will be held Nov. 6 to replace incumbent Jimmy Field of Baton Rouge, who is not seeking reelection. Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway. who is not up for reelection this year, explained the workings of the commission and served as Master of Ceremonies for the question-and-answer period.

Photo by Woody Jenkins

Candidates Tell New Chamber of Commerce PSC Could Have Big Impact on State’s Future

Inside View from Command Center During Hurricane

Continued from Page 6 here to the 4-way STOP rule if a signal was out. There was already one serious accident due to someone going through an intersection without stopping. As the events continued overnight, it appeared that the storm had lost some intensity. As daylight approached on Thursday, the winds were still blowing, but had died down as the storm had passed north of Baton Rouge during the night. Rain was drizzling. Crews were now able to get out and assess the damage. DPW sent crews out to start repairing traffic signals and cutting trees that had fallen across roadways. Many of the people in that room had been there for over 48 hours with little or no sleep. Around 8:30, all agencies gave reports. It appeared that Baton Rouge came out better than expected and experienced less damage than during Hurricane Gustav. Police Chief White thanked citizens for obeying the curfew. However, there was still a lot of work to do as phones continued to ring at the DPW line with reports of trees down and utility lines down. The coordinated efforts of everyone continued throughout the morning and afternoon. Looking back on all of this, I can say that all events at MOHSEP were handled in a professional, well-organized manner. This was not their first experience with a major hurricane, and everyone knew their roles and handled them with near perfection. I didn’t hear people complain. There was no time for that. Sure, after 48 hours of being there, some were getting a little tired, but that never stopped anyone from doing their job. I can truly say that East Baton Rouge was in good hands.

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION candidates Forrest Wright (D), Ed Roy (R), Scott Angelle (R), and Erich Ponti (R)

DEMOCRAT FORREST WRIGHT (left) addressed the new Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge. At right, Ed Roy (R).

At left, Appeal Court Judge Jeff Hughes and architect Joshua Hoffpauir; former Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle, and Rep. Erich Ponti.

PSC Commissioner Clyde Holloway, candidate Ed Roy, and Chamber EBR board members Cecil Cavanaugh and Tony Boudreaux.

How to Join Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish Continued from Page 1

enterprise, limited government, individual rights, lower taxes, and traditional values. Breaux said the group will advocate on behalf of these principles before the Metro Council, the Louisiana Legislature, and Congress. Some members of the Chamber EBR have been critical of BRAC,

the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, for its support of the ALIVE and CATS taxes and its opposition to the new Southeast Baton Rouge School System. The Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge holds a monthly Membership Meeting at 11:30 a.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Café Américain, 7521 Jefferson

Highway. The meeting is open to current and retired business owners, guests, and members of the media. Breaux said the Chamber is establishing offices at 7047 Jefferson Highway, Suite A, and will announce a grand opening soon. Membership in the Chamber EBR costs $150 a year, which includes U.S. Chamber member-

ship. For membership eligibility and a membership application, go to or call Bob Breaux at 225-279-6008. Membership in the U.S. Chamber carries with it access to a wide range of publications, conferences, educational seminars, and services. For information on the U.S. Chamber, go to

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Louisiana Sports Legend Coach Sid Edwards Says

Football Is About Building Character

COACH SID EDWARDS and son Jack Ryan, who suffers from autism. Coach Sid addressed Wildcats after 42-0 victory over Istrouma.

hard work, God, home, family, and service to the community. The Central Wildcats have won the 4-5A District Championship for four straight years and gone deep into the playoffs. But when Coach Sid speaks to his players it is about what it takes to become a man. He says without apology, “Our job is to help build men who will be great husbands and fathers — men who will be a blessing to our community and our nation.”

Central football players are required to be part of a group Coach Sid calls Men for Others. Throughout the year but especially in the summer, Central football players are found picking up trash on Central’s roads or painting an elderly person’s house or doing any other job that needs doing. Coach Sid coached at Catholic High, Redemptorist, and Jesuit before coming to Central. At Redemptorist, he coached the Wolves to State Championships in both

CENTRAL — Central Physical Therapy, 13111 Hooper Road, will again open its free Saturday morning Sports Injury Evaluation Clinic this fall. Doors will be open to all athletes from Central and the surrounding area for evaluation and recommendations on how to care for their sports injuries. Sports physical therapy specialists Erik Strahan, DPT, ATC; Richard O’Quinn, PT, and Tom Coplin, PT will be available between the hours of 8 to 10 a.m. every Saturday, now through

Nov. 10. The Saturday sessions include a Concussion Program. An athlete may utilize free sports injury evaluations any time throughout the week. Call 225-328-8376 for an appointment or go to Founded in November 2001, Central Physical Therapy offers a variety of services such as orthopedic physical therapy, pre/post-employment training, fall prevention, sports medicine, whole body vibration, cold laser, hand therapy, and health and fitness.

Continued from Page 1

Saturday Morning Sports Clinic

football and basketball in the same year — a unique feat in Louisiana coaching annals. `Having grown up in North Baton Rouge, Coach Sid has a passion for the handicapped and those in need. He and his wife Beanie, who also teaches in the Central school system, have four children. Two of them suffer from autism and require constant care and supervision. Their son Jack Ryan is especially challenging, and the Edwards household is usually chaotic. There is no time to rest and little time to sleep. “Every day, I get up determined to win a State Championship — not some time in the future but today. You can win State every day by the lives you touch, especially the young men entrusted to you. Your best victories won’t always come on Friday night!”

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CENTRAL. — Events coming up in and around the Capital area: Saturday, September 8 American Horseman Challenge 7 a.m. Join us for a fun filled day! Come test you and your horses skills at the AHCA Obstacle Challenge at BREC Greenwell Springs Park, 7550 Shady Park Dr. $5 per exhibition. For information, call Bridget Hayes at 937-7808 or visit Saturday, September 15 Celebrate My Drive Program 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is hosted by State Farm agents Anna Jones, Brian Meaux, Debbie Drury, Jeremy Jackson, Laurin Maier, Morris Anderson, and Stan Douglas at 2370 Towne Center. The event will include teen driving simulators, impaired driving simulators, adult tricycle races, a drum corps presentation, music, snow balls, teen driver safety tips, and much more. Saturday, September 29 Central Bed Race • 9 a.m. The Central Bed Race will be held at the former Starkey Academy on Joor Road. Awards for Fastest Team, Best Decorated Bed, and Favorite Sleepwear. For information, contact Kim McDonald at 261-5111 or Jennifer Hinton at 925-8900, ext. 722.

Letter to Editor

Our household of four has an additional one cat and three large dogs. Our animals are part of our daily lives, and we consider them part of our family. If you know us or have ever been to our home, you would know that our pets even have their own “voices.” Two months ago in the middle of the night, just outside our bedroom, we heard our cat Dennis howling painfully. Dennis was spasming like nothing we had ever seen — flipping his body one way and then the other. His eyes were uncontrollably twitching back and forth rapidly. We had no idea what was happening, and I am thankful our two boys were sound asleep. At midnight, we called our vet and made a trip to the clinic. Dennis had eaten a gecko, which apparently messed up his neurological system. Who knew? Our vet did! Two weeks later on a Sunday afternoon, our youngest dog Beaux was playing chase outside when our dog Sasha jumped out from hiding. (I taught her how to hide-nseek). Sasha surprised Beaux, who tried to avoid her by jumping over a spigot that stands up from the ground about two feet. He didn’t have time to estimate how high he needed to jump, because it was now his turn for bellowing out a painful cry. The spigot tore his skin off the inside hind leg down to the muscle. A call to our vet found him out of town enjoying family time. He gave us a place to go but wanted us to keep in contact with him. Beaux had a drain tube put in his leg along with several stitches. Our vet called us first thing Monday morning to get an update and start his process of caring for Beaux. He did a great job removing the tube and stitches in addition to explaining what medicines were for what and how to administer each of them. Two weeks after his stitches were removed, Beaux got us up at 5:15 a.m. on a Friday vomiting, which continued the whole day. That evening we tried feeding him and if he ate he threw it up. We did everything we could including giving him a small dose of Pepto. No food, very little water and still vomiting Monday morning (now day four). Guess who we called? Took Beaux in and found his the blood work is great, but Beaux had lost six pounds in 72 hours. Not good! Going into exploratory surgery, our caring vet found a piece of dog toy about the size of a half dollar lodged in his intestine. To make things worse, it was dangerously near Beaux’s pancreas. The dog toy was removed and Beaux got to stay with Crossroads Animal Clinic a few days so they can monitor him. Dr. Tony LoBue is blessed by God having such a great heart, spirit and thankfully talent. And I pray that God keeps Dr. LoBue and his family safe and as healthy as Doc has kept ours. — Brockwell, Chris, Caleb, and Ryan Bone (people); Abby, Sasha, and Beaux (dogs) and Dennis (cat)

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Will BR Prep Football Ever Return to Glory Days? Days of Cannon, Taylor, Kinchen Won’t Return But Prep Football Still Great to Watch Woody Jenkins

Editor, Central City News

BATON ROUGE — In the 1950’s — in the days of football greats Jimmy Taylor and Gus Kinchen (Baton Rouge High) and Billy Cannon (Istrouma High) — Baton Rougeans filled Memorial Stadium to capacity and beyond, sometimes more than 18,000 fans for a high school football game. The three football powers were Istrouma, Baton Rouge High, and sometimes Catholic High. They played in the highest classification — then AAA. Epic battles were waged against schools such as LaGrange, Bogalusa, Terrebonne, Jesuit, Warren Easton, Bolton,

Jim Taylor • Billy Cannon • Gus Kinchen

ISTROUMA INDIAN — Yoni Canales of Istrouma High walks off the field during Istrouma’s day game Saturday against Central. The Indians lost 42-0 in severe heat.

Byrd, and even State Champions from other states, such as Nederland, Texas, and Pensacola, Florida. The power and intensity of the rivalries and the game day atmosphere compared favorably with the best in America. Will those days ever return? Probably not. In those days, the top schools were much larger than schools are today. For example, Istrouma had 1,850 students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. This resulted in intense competition and a high quality of athlete. The 1962 Istrouma state championship team had 15 seniors who won college football scholarships. Today, the demise of the East Baton

Rouge Parish school system and the rise of private schools and new community school systems have resulted in many more high schools with smaller student bodies. On the other hand, the Baton Rouge area has far more student athletes playing football today than it did in the 1950’s. An All-Parish team of today could probably compete very well against an All-Star team of the 1940’s, 1950’s, or 1960’s, except perhaps in the mid-1950’s. So what does high school football today have to offer? A lot! The competition is more even,

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and anything can happen and often does. Example: Two Fridays ago, I arrived at Redemptorist Field on Plank Road around 9:15 p.m. just in time for the third jamboree game of the night, which was between Catholic High and St. Michael’s. It was raining cats and dogs but no one was leaving the stadium. The Catholic student section was packed with at least 500 students, all of whom were screaming and carrying on with an intensity that surpassed anything I remember from the 1950’s or 1960’s. They never let up throughout the game, even when the Bears fell behind. Across the way, St. Michael’s was just as packed and perhaps even crazier. The rumble and roar of the crowds was infectious. The cheerleaders on both sides performed with intensity, and the bands played on and on. It was as exciting a high school game as I have ever seen, and it was only a jamboree! High school football in the parish is far more exciting than the college or professional game. Everyone who loves prep football should read Robin Fambrough on the Advocate sports pages. She does a masterful job. HHH One disturbing thing is the plight of some of our inner city high schools. At some schools, few parents attend games, and crowds can be sparse. The kids at those schools are getting good mentoring from their coaches but many of them need more father figures in their lives. Hank Henagan, Istrouma Class of 1966, is one of those who still goes back to his old alma mater to mentor the youngsters there. If you’d like to help, call Hank at 225-229-6839.

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Most BR Teams Play First Game Friday High School Football In Coverage Area of Capital City News Thursday, Sept. 6 Glen Oaks at McKinley Friday, Sept. 7 Broadmoor at Walker Mandeville at Catholic St. Thomas More at Central ACCS at Central Private Crescent City at Christian Life St. Michael’s at Dunham Ascension Catholic at Episcopal Parkview at Scotlandville Live Oak at Redemptorist Tara at W. Feliciana Woodlawn at Denham Springs SETTING THE BAR — The student section at Catholic High often sets the standard for team spirit and general madness.

WEEK ONE — (Left) Caleb Domingue of Christian Life. (Center) Central Private quarterback Kyle Blackburn laterals to Ryan Bowman against Silliman. (Right) Former Central Wildcats playing for Louisiana College. Shown after an intrasquad game are (left to right) Daniel Hebert, Zack Edgens, Logan Metcalf, and Joey Jarreau. Not shown is Gregg Morris.

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Central Hosts St. Thomas More Friday After Beating Istrouma 42-0 in Day Game

Central High’s Brett Courville and Hunter Cazes on sidelines

Interception by Cade Campbell (31)

Donnie Lewis of Central races for long gain against Istrouma Saturday.

Coaching staff for Istrouma High School; new head coach is Justin Joseph, 4th from left.

Wildcats’ John Milton

Photos by Jolice Provost

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Columnist Elizabeth Dent and the Old State Capitol RONALD TRAHAN of Frenchtown Road has been feeding hummingbirds for 18 years. Since Isaac, hundreds have dropped by.

A Capital Town By Elizabeth Dent

BATON ROUGE — With every storm, drive we did, for over 24 hours! A play

there is a silver lining — the friends we make, the people we help, the people who help us, and maybe even something unexpected, such as the return of the hummingbirds! In late August 2005, my Fred and I were in Asheville, NC, to attend a family wedding. We watched TV accounts of the devastation in New Orleans caused by Katrina’s visit to Elizabeth Dent our beloved Louisiana. Flights home were not available, and we wanted to return home ASAP. Our only option to return to Baton Rouge was to rent a car and drive. And

by play of our return trip home would take too many words. However, I recall when we arrived in Vicksburg, we rested in the lobby of a Holiday Inn whose kind inn-keeper welcomed weary travelers. We waited in line for hours and once the fuel deliveries arrived, filled our tank for the last leg of our trip. Well, here we are once again. We have just faced the devastation of Isaac. Brave first responders from all over the United States joined our Louisiana FR team. Citizens are challenged, some like never before! As I watched the events unfold, my heart went out to those rescued from attics and roofs of flooded homes, many clutching their pets with such affection. I paused and reflected about working with Harmony: Louisiana Spirit for two years after Katrina and the stories shared by evacuees

from all over our state. I was reminded of the resilience of our citizens and their ability to bounce back with such conviction, courage, and an abundance of faith, hope and love. During Isaac, friends from NOLA were my house guests along with another friend from BR who lives alone, lost electricity and joined us. In spite of the wind gusts and torrential rains, we managed to enjoy our three days of togetherness, cooking, discussing, and solving all the problems in the world gathered around Grandma Grace’s dining room table that sits in my Caribbean kitchen! When my now “dearer friends” Steve and Althea Sabludowsky of Bay-

Ronald Trahan now has 18 feeders.

ou Buzz, headed back to NOLA, he created this Thank You that I wanted to share with each of you. It touched my heartstrings and, prayerfully, it will touch yours. PROSE OF ISAAC by Steve J “Advice to the wary and the Isaac weary: If you want to stay safe and dry, illuminated and uplifted, stay thee in a house of worship. Thank heavens, that is what my wife and I did to weather the storm that has caused total disruptions in virtually everyone’s life who calls Louisiana home. My wife Althea (and cat Snoball) were delighted to accept the very welcomed invite from Elizabeth Dent to stay in her churchconverted beautiful home in Spanish Town, Baton Rouge. Elizabeth lives in a beautiful old church built in the early 1900’s and originally converted into an office, and now a home, by the Herrin family of BR. It is a graceful and welcoming abode with hearth and everlasting warmth. While the building is no longer an official place of worship, the spirit and the love are still present and breathing. As other poor souls have dreadfully lost their houses, hope, and ever more this week, our own trip to safety and security turned out to be sanctity of wonderful fellowship with bountiful of comfort. Fortunately, electricity lightened our frightened and frittered lives throughout the storm’s duration as the clouds of anger passed over us. Considering the inundation of deep waters and the lack of light met by others, I consider our Isaac moment indeed a true blessing!” — Stephen and Althea and Snoball HHH For Ronald Trahan of 16352 Frenchtown Road, the aftermath of Isaac has been a wonderful time that has seen the return of his beloved hummingbirds who have sought sanctuary — by the hundreds — at his home! He and wife Patricia have been feeding these miracles of God’s hand for 18 years. They use 3:1 water to sugar. Every year the birds return to brighten their days, but never like this year! What a Capital Town! Please send me news tips at!

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