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Your 2013 Regional Guide to High School Football Editors and Publishers Kristy Armand Christine Fisher Barbara VanGossen Creative Director/Layout Shonda Manuel Assistant Editor Katie Harrington Assistant Designer Kris Roy Compiled/Written Chris LeBlanc Production Coordinator Katie McDaniel Advertising Sales 337.310.2099 Shanteé Gotte shantee@thriveswla.com

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Barbe..................................8 Sam Houston..................10 Sulphur..............................12

District 3-4A......................15 DeRidder...........................16 Leesville............................18 District 4-4A......................21 LaGrange..........................22 Washington-Marion.....24 District 4-3A......................29

Iowa....................................30 Jennings............................32 St. Louis.............................34 South Beauregard.........36 Westlake...........................38

Weekly Schedule.............40, 43 District 4-2A......................47

DeQuincy.........................48 Kinder................................50 Lake Arthur......................52 Vinton................................54 Welsh.................................56

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s the dog days of summer come to a close, an excitement builds. The heavy summer gulf air is pushed back by a cool crisp north wind. There is a smell and a buzz that accompanies it. It’s an excitement like that of Christmas, New Years and Mardi Gras all wrapped into one.

Football in Louisiana is less about the X’s and O’s of the game and more about the tradition. The fire of competition that burns in the hearts of young men is entwined in the collective soul of the south.

This is more than a game. It is a rite of passage. This baptism in blood and sweat is the stage upon which young men find themselves, where they become the men they will be for the rest of their lives. These gladiators of the gridiron struggle, work and strive to be part of something larger than themselves. They claw and scratch in their first attempts to carve their names, in some small way, onto the edifice of humanity. Football, for those lucky enough to experience it, is a cultural phenomenon. It is a ritual celebrating the unique themes intrinsic to the human experience. As these Friday nights fade into the ether in a swirl of music and cheers and garish colors, memories are made, hearts are broken, boys become men and champions are born.

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District 3-5A, which produced five wins in the 2012 playoffs, as well as the 5A state runners-up, just got a bit tougher. The Yellow Jackets of New Iberia High School are moving in from district 7-5A to challenge the old guard of Southwest Louisiana football. Last season the Yellow Jackets cruised to a 9-3 record and a playoff victory. The high-powered Jackets offense scored 40 points or more in seven of last season’s 12 contests. Although New Iberia lost several of their starting 22 to graduation, they should reload with enough talent to compete with the traditional members of district 3-5A. For the returning area members of the district, expect much of the same. As is the norm, look for the defending district champion, and state finalist, Barbe Bucs to reload. Returning offensive star power should be enough to keep the Bucs at the top of the league again this season. Meanwhile, the Sam Houston Broncos and the Sulphur Golden Tors are hoping to turn the corner, both are coming off tough 2012 seasons with sub-.500 records.

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As Coach Mike Cutrera and his Barbe Bucs prepare for the 2013 season, the specter of legendary head coach Jimmy Shaver no longer hangs over their heads. The pressure felt by Mike Cutrera the Bucs this season is of their own Head Coach making. In the two seasons since Coach Shaver retired, Coach Cutrera’s team has taken the ball and run with it—literally and figuratively. Last season the Bucs took 5A football by storm, working to an undefeated district championship, a 14-2 season ranking, and an appearance in the 5A State Championship. Six Barbe players were named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) All-State team. Quarterback Kennon Fontenot was named the LSWA’s “Most Valuable Player” in all of 5A football. And, not to be outdone by his players, Coach Cutrera was named the LSWA’s 5A “Coach of the Year.” Coming into the 2013 season, Barbe will be considerably thinner in terms of experience than they were a year ago, as the Bucs will return just thirteen starters. Offensively, this season Barbe may have a few growing pains. Returning just four starters, Coach Cutrera will have to find ways to

plug holes left by star tight end and LSU signee Desean Smith, as well as the team’s leading rusher, All-State running back, Courtney Galentine. On the offensive line, the team will be anchored by senior center, Nick Fontenot. Unfortunately, Fontenot will be the only returning starter of the front seven. It isn’t all bad, however, as the Bucs will return quarterback, Kennon Fontenot who put up video-game numbers last season, running up nearly 5,000 all-purpose yards and scoring a jaw-dropping 56 touchdowns (both on the ground and in the air). Also returning is electric wide receiver, Trey Quinn. Receiving offers from nearly every BCS top 25 team, Quinn is highly regarded as one of the best offensive players in the nation. The connection between Fontenot and Quinn in the upcoming season should prove as explosive as in the last. On Defense, the Bucs are largely intact in terms of returning starters. On the line, seniors Bren Canaday and Jake Lee will lead the team. The defense also returns a pair of senior linebackers in Cory Manuel and Beau Jordan, an LSU baseball commit. In the secondary, the Bucs will return junior defensive back, Cannon Cart, senior free safety, Nick Abshire, and junior free safety and track star, Keelyn Jackson. Although the Bucs are thin on returning starters, they are long on upper classmen with a larger incoming senior class. The Bucs should have enough depth on their roster to remain solvent in 2013.

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3-5A/BARBE high school STATS OVERALL RECORD: 13-2 (.867 w%)

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DISTRICT 3-5A RECORD: 6-0 Points For: 598 (39.9 avg )

District champs

2012 results W 29-14 W 47-14 W 48-47 W 42-0 L 35-42 W 31-28 W 41-37 W 49-7 W 50-37 W 56-35

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9/13/2013 LaGrange 9/20/2013 West Monroe 9/27/2013 Carencro*

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opponents record: 115-60 (.657 w%)

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Points Against: 407 (27.1 avg)

LaGrange Washington-Marion Evangel Comeaux* St. Thomas More Acadiana* Carencro* Sam Houston* Sulphur* Lafayette*

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Terrebonne W 24-7 Bi-District C.E Byrd W 38-21 Regional Parkway W 45-35 Quarterfinals West Monroe W 49-48 Semi-Finals Archbishop Rummel L 14-35 Finals ~ Improved on last year’s mark by 4 wins ~ Lost in qtr finals in 2011 ~ Miracle on McNeese Street

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Since moving up in classification two years ago, the Sam Houston High School Broncos are still struggling to find a foothold in 5A football. The Broncos have struggled to a mark of Vaughn Eggleston just 2-8 during each of the last two Head Coach seasons. Asked what has been the largest obstacle to his success during recent seasons, Sam Houston Head Coach, Vaughn Eggleston, said it was largely a matter of inexperience that plagues his team. “Again last season we had a lot of young guys without much experience,” Eggleston said. In 2013, however, his Broncos will return considerably more experience than they have in recent years. Sam Houston returns thirteen players, five on offense and eight on defense. “We feel like we have some solid talent and experience moving into this season. We have a lot that we can build on,” said Eggleston. Leading the charge for the Bronco offense is offensive lineman, Ty Fontenot. The 6-foot-1-inch, 235-pound senior will anchor the line and guide younger players in the huddle. Defensively, the

Broncos will be led by experienced middle linebacker, Kendall Nugent. Looking ahead into the 2013 season, Coach Eggleston is looking to improve on his standing in a very difficult district, one step at a time. “We aren’t looking at the playoffs just yet,” he said, “we are still looking for our first win in this district… then we’ll look on to other things.”

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3-5A/sam houston high school STATS OVERALL RECORD: 2-8 (.200 w%)

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DISTRICT 3-5A RECORD: 0-6 Points For: 155 (15.5 avg)

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Washington-Marion

9/20/2013 Westlake 9/27/2013 Comeaux*

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opponents record: 54-53 (.504 w%)

2012 results regular season

9/6/2013 St. Louis

10/4/2013 Sulphur*

Points Against: 316 (31.6 avg)

St. Louis Leesville Westlake Acadiana* Carencro* Loyola Prep Sulphur* Barbe* Lafayette* Comeaux*

Opp. score

10/18/2013 Carencro* *10/25/2013 Acadiana*

l 7-23 W 24-7 L 24-34 L 13-49 L 14-33 W 38-31 L 15-41 L 7-49 L 0-28 L 13-21

11/1/2013 Lafayette* ~ Matched last year’s mark

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At the end of last season, following a pair of sub-.500 seasons, the former head coach of the Sulphur Golden Tors, Harold Fuselier stepped down. The Sulphur administration wasted no time in hiring Jeff Wainwright. A Jeff Wainwright 10 year head coaching veteran at Head Coach Kinder High School, Wainwright has ample experience in maintaining a successful program. Asked about possible changes on the horizon for the Tors, Wainwright responded emphatically, “You’re going to see a big difference.” “My style of football puts an emphasis on defense and implements a ball controlling run style offense. We just want to put our guys in the best possible position to win on Friday nights.” This year’s revamped Golden Tor team will feature several players with experience, but few true “position starters” due to the radically different schematic and personnel changes. “We changed all the schemes,” Wainwright explained, “So that ‘returning starter’ stat is a little skewed… We have a lot of guys on offense and defense who got a lot of play time last year, just at different positions.” The Tors offensive unit will feature returning starting quarterback,

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Seth Bohannon. The senior signal caller will be protected by a powerful and experienced front seven. Returning to the offensive line are seniors, Kendrick Edwards, Logan Desselle, Jacob Hogg, and Shawn Hensen. With his run-first style of play, Coach Wainwright knows that his success this season will lean heavily on the play of his o-line. “As long as our offensive line stays healthy,” he said, “we’re going to have a real good season.” Defensively, Wainwright will have a wealth of speed and athleticism to work with. Anchoring the unit will be linebackers Cody Cross and Leo Bell, along with safety Joel Peterson, who Wainwright calls an “explosive athlete.” On the D-line, Matthew Perez will lead the charge. Looking forward to the impending season, Coach Wainwright is not intimidated by the prospect of leading a team in the state’s top level of football. “My style of football will not change,” he said, “I’ll just coach to our strengths each week. I know it’s going to be tough. We just have to play good football at all three phases of the game to give ourselves some opportunities to win.”

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Washington-Marion

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DISTRICT 3-5A RECORD: 2-4 Points For: 287 (28.7 avg)

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Points Against: 328 (32.8 avg)

10/11/2013 Carencro*

opponents record: 63-49 (.563 w%)

2012 results regular season

St. Thomas More LaGrange Dutchtown Leesville Acadiana* Lafayette* Sam Houston* Comeaux* Barbe* Carencro*

Opp. score

W 35-28 L 7-26 L 17-49 W 36-0 L 27-40 W 47-35 W 41-15 L 21-45 L 30-50 L 26-40

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Until recently it had been 15 years since DeRidder High School won a district football championship. Head Coach Eric Parmley and his DeRidder High School Dragons bucked low Eric Parmley expectations, after a dismal 3-7 mark Head Coach in 2011, with a 7-5 record, a playoff victory, and a share of the district 4-4A last season. Going into this season, spirits are high in the DeRidder camp. Asked about his team’s success in 2012 and his expectations for the upcoming season, Coach Parmley responded, “We had a really good season last year. We’re just really excited about our opportunity for this season.” Although the 2013 DeRidder team appears thinner than a year ago, there are actually 12 returning starters. However, there may be some growing pains in terms of learning new positions, as many of the team’s starters from last year find themselves in different positions. “On paper we only return one starter on offense and three on defense. But that’s because we’ve moved some guys around to fill some gaps,” Parmley said. The 2013 Dragon roster may be shuffled in terms of position players, but the team returns plenty of talent. At signal caller, senior

Tyler Herring was tapped as the starter. Although a bit short on experience, Herring had a good spring and looks to be more than capable in the role. In the backfield, the Dragons return D’Angelo Reder, a 5-foot-8-inch 210-pound bruiser who earned All-District honors a year ago. Defensively, Coach Parmley will be hard pressed to have an encore performance to rival that of his defense from last season. The 2012 Dragon defense gave up just over two touchdowns per game, a rare feat in high school football. The defensive backs will be led by AllDistrict senior strong safety J.J. Faciane, while seniors Carl Jackson and Tony Dewitt will anchor the front four. Although DeRidder will be slightly out of its element in 2013 as it transitions to district 3-4A, Coach Parmley and his men are not intimidated. “There are some great coaches and good football teams,” Parmley said, “But football is football. I’m excited about it and the team is excited about it.”

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STATS OVERALL RECORD: 7-5 (.583 w%)

9/27/2013 S. Beauregard

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DISTRICT 4-4A RECORD: 4-1

10/4/2013 Southwood

Points For: 285 (23.8 avg) Points Against:198 (16.5 avg)

10/11/2013 Leesville*

opponents record: 70-63 (.526 w%)

10/18/2013 Bolton*

2012 results regular season

Leesville Natchitoches Central Rosepine Jennings Westlake LaGrange* Washington-Marion* Beau Chene* St. Louis* Opelousas*

W 49-0 L 9-19 W 45-0 L 21-40 L 14-25 W 21-20 L 15-22 W 42-12 W 28-0 W 24-12

playoffs

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W 10-6 Bi-District L 7-42 Regional

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Since its last district championship in 2010, the Leesville High School Wampus Cats have had a difficult time finding their footing in 4A football. First-year head coach, Tommy Moore will work to rebound from a tough 1-9 mark in 2012. The Wampus Cats will have some problems with depth as they work their way into the 2013 season. They return just three starters from a year ago.

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WAMPUS CATS 3-4A/LEESVILLE high school OVERALL RECORD: 1-9 (.100 w%)

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DISTRICT 3-4A RECORD: 1-4

Opp. score

9/6/2013 Buckeye 9/13/2013 Many

9/27/2013 Winnfield 10/4/2013 Pineville

Points For: 127 (12.7 avg) Points Against: 348 (34.8 avg)

10/11/2013 DeRidder*

opponents record: 46-59 (.438 w%)

2012 results regular season

LHS score

9/20/2013 Holy Savior

STATS

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L 0-49 L 7-24 L 7-31 L 0-36 L 0-34 L 31-35 L 07-48 L 14-38 W 42-20 L 19-33

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Negotiating through possibly the toughest district, 4-4A, top to bottom in Southwest Louisiana will be even more difficult with some very strong additions from class 3A. Crowley, Eunice, and Rayne High Schools will move up in classification to join the ranks of district 4-4A. While Crowley had a rough season last season, Eunice and Rayne (with 2012-13 records of 11-1 and 9-3 respectively) will add considerable depth of talent to the already strong district. In 2013, with LaGrange and Washington-Marion returning playmakers on both sides of the ball, expect a four-way dogfight for supremacy between the old guard and the newcomers in district 4-4A.

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Perhaps the most jarringly successful head coaching hire in recent area history is that of LaGrange High School’s Jules Sullen. Prior to the 2008 season, the LaGrange program was in Jules Sullen shambles with a revolving door at the Head Coach head coaching position. When Sullen stepped into the spot, he was the fifth head ball coach of the LaGrange Gators in nine years. His ability to turn the program around in just four years is an impressive feat, to say the least. Last season Coach Sullen’s team chalked a record of 9-4 and clinched a share of the district title. Asked about how he will be able to carry that success over into next season, Coach Sullen points to the depth of talent and experience on his team. “The carryover from last year will be extremely consistent,” Sullen said. “Because of our success and because of our depth last year, we were able to get our younger guys, who weren’t necessarily starters, a lot of experience.” Last season’s Gators featured a myriad of talent, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. In fact, six players on last year’s squad were named to the Louisiana Sports Writers’ All-State team. Although, four of those six players graduated last May.

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Heading into the 2013 season, the LaGrange defense, which allowed just over two touchdowns per game a year ago, will again be loaded. The unit will be anchored by defensive backs Charles Wilridge (an honorable mention All-State selection last year), Markel Thomas, and Deonte Goodley. The senior trio will bring experience and athleticism to the LaGrange defensive secondary. Offensively, the Gators will return several talented and experienced players at the skill positions. Two year starter Quindon Barry will return as the signal caller in 2013. The senior quarterback will be aided by the services of senior running back, Tyler Guidry (an honorable mention All-State selection in 2012) and rangy wide receiver Martell Hawthorn. A 6-foot-3-inch, 185-pound deep ball threat, Hawthorn has gotten looks from a few division-I programs, including Texas, Alabama and Louisiana-Monroe. Looking at his opportunity this season, Coach Sullen knows that he won’t win a championship on talent alone. “We have to work to get our kids ready,” he said, “We need guys who are going to work hard and to believe in the program, so that hopefully one day we’ll get to that elite level.”

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GATORS 4-4A/LAGRANGE high school OVERALL RECORD: 9-4 (.692 w%)

Miracle on McNeese Street

DISTRICT 4-4A RECORD: 4-1

Opp. score

9/5/2013 Notre Dame 9/13/2013 Barbe

Points Against: 206 (15.8 avg)

Calvary Baptist

10/11/2013 Eunice*

opponents record: 76-69 (.524 w%)

10/17/2013 Crowley*

2012 results L 14-29 W 26-7 W 32-12 L 6-33 W 14-7 L 20-21 W 38-0 W 19-17 W 27-8 W 34-6

9/27/2013 10/4/2013 Rayne*

Points For: 313 (24.1 avg)

regular season

LGHS score

9/20/2013 University Lab

STATS

Barbe Sulphur Mansfield O.P. Walker Northside DeRidder* Beau Chene* St Louis* Opelousas* Washington Marion*

SCHEDULE

playoffs

Franklinton St Martinville Holy Cross

W 33-6 Bi-District W 42-20 Regional L 8-40 Quarterfinals

~ Won a share of the district title ~ Six All-State Defensive Players

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“A winning atmosphere” was the apt phrase Washington-Marion High School’s Head Coach Freddie Harrison used to describe the current climate surrounding his Freddie Harrison football program. Following his third Head Coach season as head coach, Harrison’s team has earned a share of the district title in two consecutive seasons and he looks to continue his winning ways. “We’re not going to get complacent,” Harrison said, “The program is right where we want it to be. People expect us to win and we’re going to work to continue to do that and to make sure that we’re playoff contenders.” The Charging Indians’ 2013 squad is shorter on upper-classmen than they are accustomed to, as they return just 12 seniors. Washington-Marion also lost 21 players to graduation last year including honorable mention All-State selection, Isaac Roberts and first team All-State selection and LSU signee, Melvin Jones. Jones, perhaps the most significant loss, is a 6-foot-3-inch, 245-pound option quarterback and linebacker. His bruising running style and punishing defensive play will likely be missed by the Charging Indians.

In spite of these losses, Harrison is optimistic about the upcoming season. “We return seven on offense and five on defense,” said Harrison. “We’ve got some athletes on this team that we can spread the ball around to.” One of the returning team leaders on offense is wide receiver Demond Delahoussaye. The 6-foot-1-inch, 180-pound senior was an honorable mention All-State selection a year ago and will likely be a difference maker for the Charging Indians in 2013. Up front, the line will be anchored by center Joshua Morrow. The defensive unit, meanwhile, will be led by 6-foot-5-inch, 300-pound, Darrien Duhon. The senior defensive lineman will almost certainly cause headaches for opponents of WashingtonMarion. In the upcoming season, District 4-4A will see a bit of a makeover, as DeRidder and St. Louis move out and Eunice, Crowley and Rayne move in. Although the district has shuffled a bit, Coach Harrison doesn’t think it has lost any steam at all. “This is one of the hardest districts in the state,” he said, “We may have lost DeRidder and St. Louis, but there are some guys coming in out of the Lafayette area who are just as tough.”

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charging INDIANS 4-4A/WASHINGTON-MARION high school OVERALL RECORD: 8-3 (.727 w%)

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DISTRICT 4-4A RECORD: 4-1

9/6/2013 Barbe 9/13/2013 Sam Houston

Points Against: 209 (19 avg)

10/11/2013 Crowley*

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2012 results W 34-12 L 14-47 W 34-20 W 27-20 W 30-0 W 14-6 W 22-15 W 45-13 W 35-0 L 6-34

9/27/2013 Rayne* 10/4/2013 Eunice*

Points For: 299 (27.2 avg)

regular season

Opp. score

9/20/2013 Sulphur

STATS

Peabody Barbe Crowley Wossman Leesville St Louis* DeRidder* Opelousas* Beau Chene* LaGrange*

WMHS score

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Northwood

L 38-42 Bi-District

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Getting Noticed The dream of playing football at the college level is infectious to high school athletes. Seeds of this aspiration are sown in the hearts of young football players from the very first moment they attend a college or professional football game. The draw of the big stage is intoxicating.

Unfortunately, the process through which young athletes, and their families, must navigate during the recruitment process is fraught with confusion, strategy and politics. In an effort to curb some of this confusion for young college hopefuls and their families, we’ve compiled several helpful tips from the prevailing college football recruiting help centers.

Talent Evaluation

Increasing Player Profile

This initial step involves self-awareness and honesty as well as a touch of political savvy.

Coaches won’t recruit players they have never heard of. Every year great high school players, particularly from small schools, go un-recruited because they aren’t on anyone’s radar as viable recruits.

• Parents and athletes alike need to make an honest assessment of the individual’s football prowess. Although it may be difficult, an objective measurement should be taken of the athlete’s size, athleticism, and skill-set to decide if the goal of playing at the next level is a realistic one (cue the “Rudy” chant). Odds are in their favor, though, because roughly 96% of all high school players will play college football. • The opinion of the child’s high school coaches should also be sought. Coaches provide honest insight on young athletes’ athletic prospects, as well as their work ethic and character, to recruiters. Furthermore, if the coach likes an athlete’s chances to get picked up by a university (or just likes the young man as a person), he can be a huge boon in the recruiting process. 26 www.thriveswla.com

To raise their level of exposure, players should attend camps in the offseason, as well as make highlight videos to post online and send to coaches. Camps Several offseason camps are hosted every year by universities, former professional athletes, and some major high schools. Prior to attending these camps, players should scout the attending recruiters to find out who they are and which universities they are from. Athletes should also be physically prepared. Camps are like auditions for college football, it is not prudent to show up out of shape. Highlight Videos Videos sent to university coaches should include a highlight reel, a full game video, and the athlete’s vitals (name, height, weight, 40 time, position, graduating class, and pertinent stats). Bear in mind that college coaches recruit positions, not people. They are looking to fill needs, so athletes should do some research to ascertain which schools on will need their services most. Web videos should be highlight reels, no more than 2-3 minutes in length, and should include the player’s vitals at the beginning. Several recruiting websites (both paid and unpaid) are available, including: NCSASports.com, hudl.com, BeRecruited.com, MaxPreps.com, and TruPreps.com. YouTube.com is also a viable free option. Thrive PLAYBOOK

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Offers and Committing

LOOK AT ME!

Once you’ve got their attention, they’ll want yours.

After standout athletes have garnered the interest of major universities, the balance of power in the relationship shifts. Coaches begin to court players, rather than vice versa. Here are a few things to bear in mind when choosing which university is the best fit.

Academic Requirements

The primary responsibility of a “student athlete” is to focus on academics before athletics. College coaches tend to stray away from athletes with academic troubles. This is primarily because there are a limited number of scholarships available each year. Any instability in a players’ academic eligibility creates instability in the number of players on scholarship. NCAA academic requirements for incoming freshmen are on a sliding scale. The requirements for the 2016 graduating class are as follows: • Student athletes are required to complete 10 of 16 available NCAA “Core Academic Courses.” Of those 10 courses completed, 7 must be in English, Math, or Science. • The minimum cumulative GPA requirement in Core Courses is 2.3, with a minimum SAT score of 900, or a minimum ACT sum score of 75. The requirement scale can be viewed through the NCAA’s Academic Clearinghouse at http://web1.ncaa.org/.

• Accepting money or gifts from coaches, players, faculty, administration, or boosters of prospective schools is a BIG no-no. Although major universities make millions every year on the revenues of college sports, under NCAA mandate, college athletes are not allowed to be coerced by the prospect of material gain. Accepting improper gifts can result in fines and sanctions against the school as well as the athlete. • A commitment to a particular university is little more than an informal promise. Commitments are regularly made and rescinded, although this is considered poor etiquette and is frowned upon. • The formal process for choosing a school is the signing of a “Letter of Intent” (LOI). This is a legally binding document which is essentially an agreement between the university and the athlete. The athlete agrees to attend the university for at least one year, and the university agrees to provide financial assistance to that athlete during that time. • The deadline for all college athletes to sign their LOI’s is “National Signing Day” in early February.

*Information gathered from MaxPreps.com, RecruitedForScholarships.com, CollegeCoachConnection.com, and NCAA.org.

Play it Safe this Season Stay hydrated, stay healthy. Before the first whistle is blown or the first ball is snapped, the biggest threat of injury may lurk on the practice field. Athletes are especially susceptible to heat-related injuries, such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana urges all area athletes and coaches to play it safe with these tips at practice and during the game:

• Drink plenty of water and sports drinks. Avoid caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee and cola, as these can lead to dehydration.

• Wear light-colored, lightweight, tightly-woven and loose-fitting clothing. • Choose Practice Times Wisely: Schedule vigorous practice sessions for cooler times of the day. • Take frequent water breaks and allow athletes to “wet down” or mist themselves with a spray bottle to avoid becoming overheated.

• Allow time for a proper warm-up and cool-down at each practice session.

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District realignment, which is seemingly endemic as of late in Louisiana high school football, will make its mark on district 4-3A in the 2013-2014 season. Notre Dame High School will shift over to district 6-3A, Iota High School is on the way in after making the jump in classification from district 5-2A, and St. Louis High School will drop into the district after falling in classification from 4A. Newcomer Iota may have its hands full in the coming season, as the Bulldogs struggled in a lower classification last season, only managing a record of 2-8 in 2A play. The St. Louis Saints, however, have been granted a bit of a reprieve from the gauntlet that is district 4-4A. This season the Saints hope to improve on last season’s 5-6 mark in 4A play. Meanwhile, the returning members of district 4-3A will benefit from the absence of state power, Notre Dame. The vacuum of power leaves room for remaining league leaders Jennings and Iowa to compete for the district title. Westlake, however, should not be counted out. The Rams return a bevy of talent and could emerge as a district dark horse before season’s end.

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“Momentum” will be the word of the year for the upstart Iowa Yellow Jackets. Last year saw Head Coach Sean Richard, in just his third season as Iowa’s skipper, improve vastly on Sean Richard the prior year’s 4-6 mark, going 10-3 Head Coach with a quarterfinal appearance in the playoffs. Iowa’s success last season came by way of stellar play on both sides of the line of scrimmage. The Yellow Jackets gave up two touchdowns or fewer in nine of last season’s 13 games, while the offense scored 45 points or more in six of those contests. Asked about the key to the team’s upswing, Coach Richard credits his team’s success to the commitment of his players to preparation during the season and offseason alike. “Last year we had a committed group of kids,” Richard said, “Those guys did a tremendous job during the summer to get ready. This group of guys this year is working just as hard five days a week to get ready.” Although they will have to replace some offensive firepower at wide receiver, as well as a veteran, and All-State honorable mention, quarterback in Austin Theriot, the Jackets should be able to maintain momentum with a largely intact offensive line. The running back

corps will also return considerable strength with junior All-State kick returner Chaz Key leading the pack. Key put on a special teams clinic last season, returning 10 kicks for six. His efforts as a sophomore garnered interest by several in-state schools including LSU and Tulane. Defensively, according to Coach Richard, Iowa lost some depth in the secondary. However, the defensive backs will be anchored by junior standout strong safety Jarel Picquet. Meanwhile, the defensive line, which lost very little last season, will will be led by right tackle Terrence “TJ” January. The 6 foot 3 inch, 230 pound senior has been a force on both lines for the Jackets in recent years. January’s play has gotten him attention from several division 1 recruiters, including Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, and McNeese State. Losses notwithstanding, the Yellow Jackets will have to play well early and often in the 2013 season. The Jackets’ early schedule features opponents in 4-A, including a visit from Woodlawn High School (Shreveport) as well as a trip to Tioga. Iowa then faces a tough Kaplan team in 3A play, before setting up for district play versus 1A White Castle. In district play, competition will be more open than ever, with the absence of Notre Dame High School. Iowa will, however, still have to contend with the likes of Jennings, Westlake, and a gritty rebuilding St. Louis team to contend for league crown. public relations graphic design media relations social media copywriting photography advertising strategic planning video production website development event planning corporate communication

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IHS score

4-3A/iowa high school OVERALL RECORD: 10-3 (.769 w%)

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DISTRICT 4-3A RECORD: 3-2

9/13/2013 Woodlawn

Points Against: 180 (13.8 avg)

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opponents record: 69-75 (.479 w%)

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2012 results W 21-14 W 47-6 W 60-6 W 48-7 W 70-28 W 14-6 L 13-28 W 45-0 W 28-6 L 18-21

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Points For: 441 (33.9 avg)

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9/6/2013 Erath

9/20/2013 Tioga

STATS

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Opp. score

playoffs

Buckeye* W 49-6 Bi-District North Vermilion W 28-17 Regional Notre Dame L 0-35 Quarter-Finals

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The Jennings High School Bulldogs football team’s very strong 2012 season met a heartbreaking end. The Bulldogs fell to Livonia in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs in a Rusty Phelps two overtime contest by a field goal. Head Coach This marks the second consecutive season in which the Bulldogs lost close games in the quarterfinals. The 2011 Jennings team lost to Marksville by just a point. On the heels of consecutive strong seasons, the Bulldogs’ team will feature several new faces. The 2013 season will be somewhat of a rebuilding year for 19 year Head Coach Rusty Phelps, as his team returns just eight total starters (four on offense and four on defense). Asked about continuing his success with a team so thin on experience, Phelps said, “We are going to have to depend on some underclassmen who don’t have as much experience as we’re used to.” With so few returning starters, the Bulldogs will lose some defensive firepower, including all state defensive back Keagan DeVille, but they look to retool their offensive approach in order to exploit their strengths. The 2011 and 2012 Bulldogs were notorious for close games. In fact, seven of last season’s games were decided by a margin of 10 points or

fewer. According to Phelps, this is due to his offensive philosophy. “We like to control the football late in games,” Phelps said, “We play good defense and sound special teams.” This tried and true philosophy has been successful in controlling the tempo of games at all levels of football. However, with a team, somewhat thin on experience on the defensive side of the ball, Phelps will look to open things up a bit on offense. “We’d like to have a bit more comfort late in the game,” he said, “One thing we will do this season is throw the ball downfield. We’ve got some great wide receivers and a real good tight end who we want to get the ball to.” Phelps will look to 6-foot-3-inch, 190-pound senior wide-receivers Brance White and Malik Williams, as well as 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound junior tight-end Curtis Bell, to set a more up-tempo tone for this year’s Bulldogs. This season, the Bulldogs will face a somewhat different power dynamic in district 4-3A. The reigning district champion and perennial powerhouse, Notre Dame Pioneers, will move out of the district and St. Louis Saints and Iota Bulldogs will move in. Although Notre Dame is on its way out, Phelps does not believe the gauntlet that is district 4-3A will be any easier. “Westlake, Iowa, and St. Louis all play really good football,” Phelps said, “I don’t see that changing any time soon.”

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bulldogs 4-3A/jennings high school STATS OVERALL RECORD: 9-4 (.692 w%)

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DISTRICT 3-5A RECORD: 3-2 Points For: 364 (28 avg)

2012 results W 35-12 L 21-28 W 29-28 W 40-21 W 50-8 L 0-23 L 12-22 W 39-14 W 55-13 W 21-18

Opp. score

9/6/2013 St. Martinville 9/13/2013 Eunice 9/20/2013 DeRidder 9/27/2013 Plaquemine

10/11/2013 St. Louis*

opponents record: 85-62 (.578 w%)

regular season

JHS score

10/4/2013 Winnfield

Points Against: 244 (18.8 avg)

Cecilia Eunice St Louis DeRidder Ferriday Notre Dame* Westlake* Crowley* South Beauregard* Iowa*

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10/18/2013 S. Beauregard* playoffs

Bogalusa Loranger Livonia

W 21-14 Bi-District W 20-19 Regional L 21-24 Quarter-Final

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On paper, 2012 looks like a season in which the Saint Louis High School football team struggled. The saints finished with a record of 5-6, losing badly in the first round of the playoffs Mike Johns to the state runner-up Neville High Head Coach School Tigers. At first glance it appears that the team is in decline after losing considerable depth in the last couple of years. However, as Head Coach Mike Johns points out, the win-loss column can sometimes be deceiving. “We were only 14 points away from being 8-2 last season,” he said. Johns pointed out that there were several losses which came by way of very narrow margins. “Our kids competed to the very end,” Johns said, “but sometimes the ball just didn’t bounce our way.” Many of the Saints’ woes last season, however, are attributed to how short they are on experience. According to Johns, in 2011 the Saints lost 19 seniors and starters. These experience issues will

remain a constant in 2013 as the team returns just four starters, two on offense and two on defense. On both sides of the ball, Coach Johns will look to a few upperclassmen to lead his team. Defensively, Johns will depend on the leadership of senior defensive backs, Andrew Darbonne and Rue Stevens. On offense, Johns will lean on the work and leadership of linemen Robbie McPherson and Brandon Bilbo to anchor his team. As the Saints segue into the new season, they will drop in classification from 4A to 3A. However, Johns says that the move will not bring about any unforeseen challenges. “We were in this district for years before we moved up to 4A,” Johns said, “So we’re really familiar with a lot of these teams.” Although the Saints will move down in classification, Johns is quick to point out that their task will not be any easier in district 4-3A. “People think it’s going to be easier since we’re moving back down,” he scoffs, “I can tell you right now, it won’t. There are some very good teams in this district.”

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DISTRICT 4-4A RECORD: 2-3 Points For: 207 (18.8 avg)

Opp. score

9/6/2013 Sam Houston 9/13/2013 Abbeville

9/27/2013 Notre Dame 10/4/2013 Marksville

Points Against: 233 (21.2 avg)

10/11/2013 Jennings*

opponents record: 68-59 (.535 w%)

2012 results regular season

SLCH score

9/20/2013 West Feliciana

STATS

Sam Houston W 23-7 East St John W 24-20 Jennings L 28-29 Notre Dame L 14-42 Cecilia W 24-7 Washington-Marion* L 6-14 Opelousas* W 35-20 LaGrange* L 17-19 DeRidder* L 0-28 Beau Chene* W 26-7

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10/18/2013 Iowa* playoffs

Neville

L 10-40 Bi-District

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In his inaugural season as head coach, Dwight Hudler’s South Beauregard Golden Knights faced some seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his quest to bring the program to football Dwight Hudler prominence. South Beauregard Head Coach worked through the 2012 season battered and bruised, amassing a record of just 2-8 on the season. Transitions from one head coach to another are usually marked by inconsistency and frustration, particularly when base formations, on either offense or defense, are altered. The defensive scheme implemented in 2012 by Coach Hudler, the 3-4 base, is considerably different than the 4-3-5 base, which the returning Golden Knights were used to (both in terms of individual assignment as well as personnel usage). This discomfort likely led to the defensive struggles for the Knights, who allowed over 30 points per game in 2012. Difficulties with schematic transitions were not the only problem faced by the Knights last season. The injury bug plagued Hudler’s team throughout the season with three starters, including All-District quarterback Zach Brady, being knocked out for the season. The Knights’ schedule last season was also far from forgiving, as

half of the teams they faced in 2012 advanced beyond the bi-district round of the playoffs; including district opponents Iowa, Jennings and Notre Dame. However, it isn’t gloom and doom for Hudler as he looks toward the 2013 season. “The silver lining on last season is that we’re building depth and we’re improving with every practice,” he said. This season the Knights will return five starters on offense and six on defense. Although somewhat slim in terms of roster size, Hudler’s team will feature plenty of star power on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Defensively, the team’s emotional leader is All-District linebacker, Bryce Navarre. At just 5-foot-7-inches and 165-pounds, Navarre does not overwhelm opponents with his size. But, according to Hudler, “He plays a lot bigger than he is.” At defensive back, the Knights feature Joe Ledet. The 6-footone-inch, 210-pound senior has shown flashes of greatness, both on defense and on offense. Listed as an “Athlete”, Ledet has gotten attention from several major universities, including LSU, LouisianaTech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Mississippi State, and Oregon. On offense, South Beauregard will look to Brandon Hare as their new signal caller, with Ledet at running back and slot receiver. While Mikey Guidry, referred to as “a workhorse of an offensive lineman” by Hudler, will anchor the front seven.

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SCHEDULE

golden knights 4-3A/south beauregard high OVERALL RECORD: 2-8 (.200 w%)

Miracle on McNeese Street

DISTRICT 4-3A RECORD: 0-5 Points For: 127 (12.7 avg)

9/13/2013 Rosepine

9/27/2013 DeRidder

10/11/2013 Westlake*

opponents record: 71-44 (.617 w%)

10/18/2013 Jennings*

2012 results W 18-2 L 20-22 L 14-36 W 25-24 L 12-14 L 7-28 L 12-55 L 0-45 L 13-55 L 6-42

9/6/2013 DeQuincy

10/4/2013 Lake Arthur

Points Against: 323 (32.3 avg)

regular season

Opp. score

9/20/2013 Welsh

STATS

DeQuincy Rosepine Welsh Iota Rayne Westlake* Crowley* Iowa* Jennings* Notre Dame*

SBHS score

10/25/2013 St. Louis*

~ Matched last year’s mark ~ First year head coach

11/1/2013 Iota* 11/8/2013 Iowa*

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On the list of new coaches in Louisiana High School Football with “big shoes to fill” in 2012, Westlake’s Shawn Demeritt, was near the top. He took over last season after former Westlake Shawn Demeritt High School Head Coach, and area Head Coach football legend, Max Caldarera retired. Despite a few growing pains and a disappointing end, last season was relatively successful for Demeritt and the Westlake Rams. The Rams finished the season with a 6-4 record, but they competed in every contest to the very end of the season. Their year was capped off with a disappointing one point loss to St. Charles High School in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Asked about how he felt about last season, Coach Demeritt expressed pride and gratitude for his team, saying, “The kids did a great job, I’m really proud of the seniors we had last year.” Heading into the 2013 season, Demeritt looks to have more team continuity. “Consistency is the keyword,” says Demeritt, “We need to put together a complete game in all three phases of the game.” The Rams will return enough experience and talent in 2013 to allow his team time to gel. Although they will lose 20 seniors this season, the Rams will return

with a crop of 20 incoming seniors. Among the returning upper classmen are 11 starters which feature some of the top talent in all of Southwest Louisiana. On offense, the Rams return a handful of skill players who will likely be playing at the next level in the near future. Leading the widereceivers are a LSU commit Jacory Washington and Tyler Johnson, who has garnered interest from Alabama, Grambling, LSU, LouisianaLafayette, Texas A&M and Tulane. At quarterback, the Rams return junior and second year starter, Tim Hamilton. Hamilton had a solid season a year ago, throwing for over 1,100 yards on the season. Defensively, the Rams return several leaders along with a wealth of speed. Anchoring both the offensive and defensive lines is senior Dylan Spikes. At linebacker and defensive back, speedy seniors Nick Latour and Anthony Cole will wreak havoc on opposing offenses. Despite the recent coaching transition, the up-and-coming Rams will not shy away from a difficult schedule in 2013. Westlake will have to face a tough run through district 4-3A, as well as some of the best teams in surrounding districts. Their out-of-district schedule will feature early tests by way of DeRidder, Kinder, as well as a very talented Patterson team.

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SCHEDULE

rams

WHS score

9/6/2013 DeRidder 9/13/2013 Crowley

4-3A/westlake high school

9/20/2013 Sam Houston

STATS

9/27/2013 Kinder

OVERALL RECORD: 6-4 (.600 w%)

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DISTRICT 4-3A RECORD: 3-2

10/4/2013 Patterson

Points For: 217 21.7 avg) Points Against: 211 (21.1 avg)

10/11/2013 S. Beauregard*

opponents record: 65-50 (.565 w%)

10/18/2013 Iota*

2012 results regular season

Abbeville Sam Houston Winnfield DeRidder South Beauregard* Jennings* Notre Dame* Iowa* Crowley*

Opp. score

playoffs

W 20-13 W 34-24 L 0-21 W 25-14 W 28-7 W 22-14 L 7-28 L 6-28 W 49-35

St. Charles

10/25/2013 Iowa*

L 26-27 Bi-District

11/1/2013 St. Louis*

~ Lost by one point in the Bi-District playoff round

11/8/2013 Jennings* Bold face are home games | * District games

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weekly football

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LaGrange

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9/19/13

Notre Dame

Kinder Oberlin

9/6/13

9/20/13

Barbe at Washington-Marion Sam Houston at St. Louis Sulphur vs St. Thomas More Leesville vs Buckeye DeRidder vs Westlake Iowa vs Erath Jennings at St. Martinville South Beauregard at DeQuincy Kinder at Elton Lake Arthur vs Hamilton Christian Vinton vs Abbeville Welsh at Oakdale Merryville at Rosepine South Cameron at Gueydan East Beauregard at LaSalle Oberlin vs Iota Washington-Marion vs Barbe St. Louis vs Sam Houston Westlake at DeRidder DeQuincy vs South Beauregard Elton vs Kinder Hamilton at Lake Arthur

Hamilton Christian Merryville

at St. Mary vs Pickering

9/13/13 Barbe Sam Houston Sulphur Leesville DeRidder Iowa Jennings South Beauregard Welstlake St. Louis DeQuincy Kinder Lake Arthur Vinton Welsh South Cameron East Beauregard LaGrange Washington-Marion Elton Oberlin

vs LaGrange vs Washington-Marion vs Holy Cross vs Many at Natchitoches Central vs Woodlawn-Shreveport vs Eunice vs Rosepine vs Crowley at Abbeville vs North Caddo vs Oberlin at Delcambre at Elton vs Vermillion Catholic vs Mamou at Pine Prairie at Barbe at Sam Houston vs Vinton at Kinder

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vs Oakdale vs Rosepine

Barbe vs West Monroe Sam Houston vs Westlake Sulphur vs Washington-Marion Leesville at Holy Savior Menard DeRidder at Jennings LaGrange at University Lab Iowa at Tioga South Beauregard at Welsh St. Louis at West Feliciana DeQuincy vs South Cameron Lake Arthur vs Iota Vinton vs Merryville Welsh vs South Beauregard Elton at Delcambre Hamilton Christian vs Lafayette Christian Academy East Beauregard at Bunkie Westlake at Sam Houston Washington-Marion at Sulphur Jennings vs DeRidder South Cameron at DeQuincy Merryville at Vinton

Week 2

9/12/13

Week 3

Week 1 9/5/13

9/26/13

DeQuincy

at Pickering

9/27/13

Barbe vs Carencro* Sam Houston at Comeaux* Sulphur at New Iberia* Leesville at Winnfield DeRidder vs South Beauregard LaGrange vs Calvary Baptist Academy Washington-Marion at Rayne* Iowa vs Kaplan Jennings at Plaquemine South Beauregard at DeRidder Westlake vs Kinder St. Louis vs Notre Dame Lake Arthur at Rosepine Vinton at Pine Prairie Welsh at Iota Elton vs Grand Lake* Hamilton Christian vs South Cameron* Merryville vs Basile* East Beauregard vs Oberlin* Kinder at Westlake South Cameron at Hamilton* Oberlin at East Beauregard*

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vs Rosepine

10/4/13

Barbe Sam Houston Leesville DeRidder LaGrange Washington-Marion Iowa Jennings South Beauregard Westlake St. Louis DeQuincy Kinder Lake Arthur Vinton Elton Hamilton Christian Merryville South Cameron Sulphur Iota East Beauregard Oberlin

10/11/13

10/17/13

LaGrange

10/18/13

Barbe Sam Houston Sulphur Leesville DeRidder Washington-Marion Iowa Jennings Westlake St. Louis DeQuincy Kinder Vinton Welsh Merryville Elton South Cameron Merryville Oberlin South Beauregard Lake Arthur East Beauregard Hamilton

Hamilton Christian vs Merryville* Merryville at Hamilton Christian* vs Lafayette* at New Iberia* vs Carencro* vs DeRidder* at Eunice* at Crowley* at Iota* vs St. Louis* vs Westlake* vs Mamou* at Lake Arthur* vs Welsh* vs Merryville* vs East Beauregard* vs Basile* vs Grand Lake* at Leesville* vs Iowa* at Jennings* vs Kinder* at Vinton* at Hamilton* at Elton* at South Beauregard*

vs Crowley* at New Iberia* at Carencro* at Acadiana* at Grant* vs Bolton* vs Beau Chene* vs St. Louis* at South Beauregard* vs Iota* at Iowa* at Lake Arthur* vs Vinton* at Kinder* at Mamou* vs Oberlin* at Hamilton Christian* at East Beauregard* vs Oberlin* vs Merryville* vs Jennings* vs DeQuincy* vs South Cameron* vs Elton*

Week 7 August 2013

Barbe at Comeaux* Sam Houston vs Acadiana* Sulphur vs Lafayette* Leesville vs Tioga* DeRidder at Grant* LaGrange at Beau Chene* Washington-Marion at Opelousas* Iowa at Westlake* Jennings vs Iota* South Beauregard at St. Louis* DeQuincy vs Kinder* Lake Arthur at Welsh* Vinton at Mamou* Elton at South Cameron* Hamilton Christian at Oberlin* Merryville at Grand Lake* South Cameron vs Elton* East Beauregard at Basile* Westlake vs Iowa* Iota at Jennings* Kinder at DeQuincy* Welsh vs Lake Arthur* Oberlin vs Hamilton* St. Louis vs South Beauregard

10/31/13

Week 6

Barbe Sam Houston Sulphur Leesville LaGrange Washington-Marion Iowa Jennings South Beauregard DeQuincy Kinder Vinton Elton Hamilton Christian South Cameron Oberlin DeRidder Iota St. Louis Lake Arthur Welsh East Beauregard Merryville Westlake

at Acadiana* vs Sulphur* at Pineville at Southwood vs Rayne* vs Eunice* vs White Castle at Winnfield vs Lake Arthur at Patterson vs Marksville at Oakdale at Iota at South Beauregard at Pickering at Oberlin* at Basile* vs East Beauregard* vs Grand Lake* at Sam Houston* vs Kinder at Merryville* vs Elton*

10/25/13

11/1/13

Barbe vs Sulphur* Sam Houston at Lafayette* Leesville at Bolton* DeRidder vs Peabody* LaGrange vs Opelousas* Washington-Marion vs Carroll Iowa vs Jennings* South Beauregard at Iota* Westlake vs St. Louis* DeQuincy at Vinton* Kinder vs Welsh* Lake Arthur vs Mamou* Elton vs Basile* South Cameron vs Oberlin* East Beauregard vs Grand Lake* Sulphur at Barbe* Jennings at Iowa* Welsh at Kinder* Vinton vs DeQuincy* Oberlin at South Cameron* St. Louis at Westlake*

Week 9

11/7/13

Week 10

Welsh

Week 8

Week 5 10/3/13

Merryville vs South Cameron* South Cameron at Merryville*

11/8/13

Barbe vs Sam Houston* Sulphur at Comeaux* Leesville vs Peabody* DeRidder vs Tioga* LaGrange at Washington-Marion* Iowa at South Beauregard* Jennings vs Westlake* St. Louis vs Iota* DeQuincy at Welsh* Kinder vs Mamou* Lake Arthur at Vinton* Elton at East Beauregard* Hamilton Christian at Grandlake* Oberlin vs Basile* Sam Houston at Barbe* South Beauregard vs Iowa* Westlake at Jennings* Washington-Marion vs LaGrange* Vinton vs Lake Arthur* Welsh vs DeQuincy* East Beauregard vs Elton* * District Games

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Smaller schools in the area are also not immune to the district shuffle that seems to be a hallmark of 2013. Oakdale, Pickering and Rosepine will leave district 4-2A for district 3-2A, East Beauregard will drop in classification to 1A, and Mamou will enter the district from district 5-2A. However confusing it may be, this realignment won’t upset the balance of district power as much as the shuffling of personnel will. Two of the district’s top three programs, Welsh and Kinder, will see new head coaches as they enter the 2013 season. This transitional period will threaten the defending district champion Welsh Greyhounds and could see a shift to a single district leader. The remaining teams in the district will compete heatedly with the proverbial “big three,” but they are in rebuilding years and should not significantly threaten whoever rises to the top. Look for the continuity in coaching staff at Lake Arthur to be a big factor in their success within the district this season.

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Carl Flanagan Head Coach

After a strong 6-4 start in his inaugural season as DeQuincy High School’s head coach, Carl Flanagan found 2012 to be a bit more challenging. Last season, Coach Flanagan’s Tigers gave up nearly 30 points per game on their way to a rough 3-7 record.

The amazing speed and skilled hands of senior Elijah Hollie will be a great go-to option for the man under center. On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Chas Smith will return as a junior to his post as linebacker. He will be looking to provide leadership to the team. DeQuincy will need to utilize its added depth to negotiate a difficult district slate, which includes area 2A powers Welsh, Lake Arthur, and Kinder, as well as an up-and-coming rival Vinton squad.

Despite spotty defensive play last season, the Tigers’ hopes for the 2013 season are looking up. Much of the team’s roster from a year ago will rain intact, with seven starters returning on offense and six returning on defense.

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tigers 4-2A/dequincy high school STATS OVERALL RECORD: 3-7 (.300 w%)

Miracle on McNeese Street

DISTRICT 4-2A RECORD: 3-4

SCHEDULE DHS score

Opp. score

9/6/2013 S. Beauregard 9/13/2013 North Caddo 9/20/2013 South Cameron 9/26/2013 Pickering 10/4/2013 Oakdale

Points For: 131 (13.1 avg) Points Against: 285 (28.5 avg)

10/11/2013 Mamou*

opponents record: 52-56 (.481 w%)

2012 results

10/18/2013 Lake Arthur*

regular season

10/25/2013 Kinder* 11/1/2013 Vinton* ~ Dropped three games from prior year’s mark

11/8/2013 Welsh* Bold face are home games | * District games

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After 10 years as the head ball coach of the Kinder High School Yellow Jackets, Coach Jeff Wainwright has made his exit to become the head coach at Sulphur High School. Bret Fuselier Into the vacancy steps talented Head Coach young coach, Bret Fuselier. A former assistant coach at Iota and head coach of the Elton Indians, Coach Fuselier brings several years of coaching experience with him to the position. Although there will be a transition in coaching, and possibly coaching style, Fuselier says the philosophies and formations at Kinder will not look all that different. “Jeff [Wainwright] built a great program here,” Fuselier says, “Everyone knows this is a football school and I want to keep with a lot of those traditions.” Although he wants to stay true to Kinder’s roots, Coach Fuselier cautions, “We have some new guys on the staff, and we’re not going to be doing things exactly the same way as before.” Offensively, the Yellow Jackets will likely not change their base formation as longtime offensive coordinator Kenneth “Skip” Pickle will remain on the staff. The unit will return five starters and plenty

of experience from a year ago. In the backfield, starting quarterback Austin Pickle and wide receiver Khalil LeBlanc will return for a little “pitch and catch” this season. Fuselier sees the pair as his team’s “leaders on and off the field.” On defense, the Jackets will feature a slightly different look, as they will run a 4-2-5 or “Nickel” formation rather than to the 4-3 defense the Kinder faithful are accustomed to. Leading the way for the Jackets’ defense is junior linebacker Bryce Baker. With experience in coaching in and around the district 4-2A, Coach Fuselier is well aware of the perils within this strong league. “Welsh is tough, Lake Arthur is always in the mix and Vinton is making some good improvements,” he said. “I’m not going to say any one is tougher than the other,” he continued, “because on a given Friday night, anything can happen in this district.”

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SCHEDULE

yellow jackets 4-2A/Kinder high school STATS OVERALL RECORD: 8-3 (.727 w%)

Miracle on McNeese Street

DISTRICT 4-2A RECORD: 5-2

Points Against: 123 (11.2 avg)

9/13/2013 Oberlin 9/19/2013 Oakdale 9/27/2013 Westlake

10/18/2013 Vinton*

2012 results W 39-12 W 51-17 W 24-6 L 21-26 W 34-0 W 41-12 W 42-12 L 20-24 W 34-0 W 42-0

9/6/2013 Elton

10/11/2013 Lake Arthur*

opponents record: 53-64 (.453 w%)

regular season

Opp. score

10/4/2013 Iota

Points For: 361 (32.8 avg)

Elton Hamilton Christian Oakdale Welsh* Vinton* Pickering* DeQuincy* Rosepine* East Beauregard* Lake Arthur*

KHS score

playoffs

North Webster

L 13-14 Bi-District

~ Lost by one point in the Bi-District round of the playoffs ~Head coaching transition

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“Consistent” is perhaps the most accurate single adjective to describe the Lake Arthur High School football program under Head Coach Chad Lavergne. In each season since 2008, Chad Lavergne the Lake Arthur Tigers have won at Head Coach least 8 games. This season should not be any different. The 2013 Tigers will feature plenty of leadership and experience, as they return six starters on offense and six on defense this season. However, there are a few key losses, particularly at quarterback, which will need to be addressed. Two year starting quarterback, Rory Guidry, graduated last year, leaving a bit of a vacuum of experience in the offensive backfield. Coach Lavergne was ready, however, as junior running back and defensive back, Glen Guidry will be tapped to take over the spot. Although not terribly big, the nimble Guidry will fit well into the offensive scheme run by Lake Arthur. Defensively, the Tigers will be anchored by senior strong safety, James Zeno. Another word which quite accurately describes Lake Arthur is “stable.” Where other teams are transitioning into new districts or, more importantly, new coaches, Lake Arthur will maintain its staff

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and team philosophy. Strong district opponents Welsh and Kinder will see head coaching changes in the 2013 season. According to Lake Arthur Assistant Coach, Mark Deshotel, this may shake things up a bit in the district. “Kinder will be as tough as always,” Deshotel said, “They have a real good defensive head coach coming in, but they’ll run the same offense and their J.V. went undefeated last year. Welsh on the other hand is going to be interesting,” he continued. Deshotel explained that Welsh is replacing many of its assistant coaches, as well as Head Coach Robbie Gates. He was, however, careful to point out that the Tigers wouldn’t be looking past the rival Welsh Greyhounds. “They are a big rival and they’ll run the same offense that we run, so they’ll know how to stop us,” Deshotel said. “But then again we’ll have an idea of how to stop them too… it’s going to be really interesting.”

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tigers

LAHS score

9/6/2013

Hamilton Christian

4-2A/lake arthur high school STATS OVERALL RECORD: 8-3 (.727 w%)

Miracle on McNeese Street

DISTRICT 4-2A RECORD: 5-2

Points Against: 147 (13.4 avg)

9/27/2013 Rosepine

10/18/2013 DeQuincy*

2012 results W 42-20 W 21-7 W 13-6 L 12-13 W 40-0 W 41-12 W 21-14 W 35-6 W 28-0 L 0-42

9/20/2013 Iota

10/11/2013 Kinder*

opponents record: 50-66 (.431 w%)

regular season

9/13/2013 Delcambre

10/3/2013 S. Beauregard

Points For: 260 (23.6 avg)

Hamilton Christian Delcambre Iota Rosepine* East Beauregard* DeQuincy* Welsh* Vinton* Pickering* Kinder*

Opp. score

playoffs

Rosepine

L 7-27 Bi-District

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10/25/2013 Welsh* 11/1/2013 Mamou* 11/8/2013 Vinton* Bold face are home games | * District games

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Vinton High School Head Coach, Tarius Davis, was likely looking for a bit more smooth sailing in his second season at the helm. Unfortunately, the 2012 season was Tarius Davis met with more growing pains as Head Coach the Vinton Lions amassed a record of just 3-7. Coach Davis cites the difficulty of the competition his team has faced when discussing his slow start. “This district is tough,” Davis said, “There isn’t one game that will be tougher than the rest, but none of them will be easy either. Lake Arthur, Welsh, and Kinder field tough, quality teams every year.” A team which returned only six starters a year ago, Vinton is building its depth of talent and experience this season. The Lions will return just five seniors and five juniors this season. However, most of their underclassmen saw meaningful playtime last season and come into 2013 with plenty of experience. It is in these younger players that Davis says is the strength of his team. “We have a lot of underclassmen in key positions,” Davis said, “They have a year of experience and will contribute heavily this year. I feel good about our guys at the skill position,” he continued,

“I think that’s a strong point of our team.” On offense, Vinton will be led this season by sophomore quarterback, Tanner Guidry. Last season, his first as the signal caller for the Lions, Guidry passed for over 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns. At wide-receiver, the Lions’ offense will be led by sophomore standouts Anthony Dixon and James McMillain. At running-back, the Lions will have to replace All-District athlete, B.J. Reed. According to Davis, next season it will be “running-back by committee.” Brothers Tim and James Planchart, along with Ryan Breaux, will combine their efforts to make up the corps. Defensively, the Lions will be led by senior linebacker Blake Guidry. The defensive backfield will also feature efforts by Breaux, Dixon and McMillain. The thin roster may cause the Lions to struggle late in games in 2013, as many of the starters will have to play on offense and defense.

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DISTRICT 4-2A RECORD: 1-6

Points Against: 250 (25.0 avg)

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The 2013 season will mark a period of transition for several schools in Southwest Louisiana. Welsh High School is no exception. After six years as the Welsh Head Coach, John Richardson Robbie Gates will move on and Head Coach John Richardson will move in. Coach Richardson brings with him several years of experience, including several years as head coach. Richardson’s pedigree includes years at the forefront of Vinton High School, during which time he brought the team to prominence. He turned a 2-8 team into a 10-3 team within just two seasons, and was awarded the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) Coach of the Year award for the 2006-2007 season for his efforts. During the last four years, Richardson has had success as the Offensive Coordinator at Jennings High School. As an offensive specialist, Richardson will focus primarily on an offensive transition for the Greyhounds. Although, the switch won’t be quite as drastic as is often the case in a head coaching change. During his time at Welsh High School, Gates ran a variant of the “Wing-T” offense as a base formation. Richardson, on the other hand, will implement a “Split-Back Veer” formation. The two

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formations are similar in their use of speed in the backfield, by way of multiple running backs and athletic quarterbacks. This base formation fits well with the Greyhounds’ personnel. Caleb Hayes, the second-year starting senior quarterback, is a wide-receiver/defensive back convert who uses his wheels to keep the Greyhound offense moving. Also returning are several leaders on the offensive line, including Josh Gaspard and Miles Meagle. Although they will have some depth on the defensive side, the Greyhounds return five starters on either side of the ball and should compete with district rivals. Asked about the competition during the upcoming season, Richardson is fully aware of the big hitters in district 4-2A. He looks no further than traditional area rivalries when eyeing his most difficult contests for the upcoming season. “Looking at the film from last season, Kinder and Lake Arthur have a lot of talent and they are well coached,” Richardson said.

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4-2A/welsh high school STATS OVERALL RECORD: 8-3 (.727 w%)

Miracle on McNeese Street

DISTRICT 4-2A RECORD: 6-1

Points Against: 189 (17.2 avg)

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2012 results W 39-0 L 14-35 W 36-14 W 26-21 W 23-14 W 50-26 L 14-21 W 34-14 W 47-16 W 35-8

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now? Southwest Louisiana is home to a hotbed of next level football talent. The area’s rich football lineage lends itself to a solid base of recruiting for several Division 1 universities. A select few of these athletes found favor in the eyes of the football gods and earned spots on NFL rosters. Here are a few of the more recent notable area athletes who worked their way to the pinnacle of football.

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David LaFleur One of the Lake Area’s proudest sons, LaFleur played tight end and defensive end for the Westlake Rams. A high school AllAmerican and Louisiana High School Player of the Year, LaFleur played tight end four years for the LSU Tigers. One of LSU’s most prolific tight ends, he earned All-American, All-SEC (two-time), and LSU offensive MVP honors. Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1997, LaFleur had three solid seasons before a back injury from his college days sidelined him permanently. Currently, LaFleur is the part owner and managing partner of the Lafayette based medical imaging management company, COL Management. Eddie Kennison The only player in WashingtonMarion school history to have his number retired, Kennison was a two-sport star. A Parade AllAmerican wide receiver in his senior season, he signed with the LSU Tigers in 1992 as a football player and sprinter on the track team. In 1996, Kennison was drafted by the St. Louis Rams where he earned the team’s rookie of the year honor. He changed teams several times before landing at the Kansas City Chiefs in 2001, where he spent 6 years, his longest stint with any team. In 2008, his final NFL season, Kennison was released by the St. Louis Rams. He signed a oneday contract with the Chiefs in 2010, so that he could retire as a member of the team. Kennison currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri and is the owner of “Cellar and Loft,” a specialty wine store.

Justin Vincent During his time at Barbe High School, Vincent earned All-American honors and was the Louisiana High School Player of the year in 2002. Vincent signed with the LSU Tigers in 2003. In his freshman season, he was awarded the Most Valuable Player award for both the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship and the National Championship games. He was also named to the Freshmen All-SEC and Freshmen All-American teams. Although his subsequent seasons at LSU weren’t as successful, Vincent was signed as an undrafted free-agent by the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. Unable to gain a foothold in the NFL, he was released from the Steelers in 2010 and would not return to the game of football as a player. Vincent subsequently returned to LSU and presently serves as the Assistant Director of Player Personnel for LSU Football. Brandon Winey A former Washington-Marion standout, Winey signed with LSU in 1997. He played four years for the Tigers under then Coach Gerry DiNardo before being picked up in the 6th round of the 2001 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. Winey subsequently moved to the Redskins in 2003, and then the New York Giants in 2004 where he saw his playing career come to an end. He currently resides in Lake Charles and is the owner of music production company,“Studio 68.”

Al Woods Coming out of high school this former Elton Indian was considered a Blue-Chip recruit, and was one of the most highly touted defensive linemen in the nation. For his efforts in his junior and senior seasons (during which he recorded a staggering 209 tackles and 23 tackles for loss) Woods garnered All-America honors from Parade Magazine, USA Today, Reebok, and Tom Lemming. He was also invited to represent his home state in the U.S. Army All-American bowl. Woods signed with LSU, where he had a solid four years on the Tigers’ defensive line.Woods was drafted in 2010 in the fourth round by the New Orleans Saints. In the four years since he was drafted, he has changed teams five times, finally landing at the Pittsburgh Steelers where he is currently on the roster. Nate Livings A Blue-Chip and All-Southwest Louisiana recruit from Washington-Marion High School, offensive lineman Nate Livings was a 2002 signee with LSU. He played all four years for the Tigers, starting in three of those seasons. Although a talented and dependable O-line prospect, Livings went undrafted in the 2006 draft, before being signed as a free-agent by the Cincinnati Bengals. During his time in the NFL, he has maintained his reputation for grit and dependability, earning 63 career starts. He was active on the Bengals starting roster until 2012, when his contract expired. Livings later signed with the Dallas Cowboys, where he is currently recovering from a knee surgery which may keep him sidelined for the early part of the 2013 season.

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The longest standing high school rivalry in the state of Louisiana is Haynesville vs Homer. The game has been played since 1907.

John Curtis has won more state titles than any other Louisiana team with 25 (10 more than 2nd place Haynesville).

2012 was the only year in which all five Louisiana state champions had perfect seasons. Roughly 3-4% of all high school players play in college. The first footballs were made of leather-wrapped inflated pig bladders. This is where the name “pigskin” came from. The football field is referred to as the “gridiron” because of its resemblance to iron cooking grills. The oldest college football player in history was 61 years old. The first legal forward pass was thrown in 1906 by St. Louis University’s quarterback, Bradbury Johnson. The average salary of an NFL player is $1.9 million dollars (but the average career length is only 3.5 years).

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In 2013 the effects of district realignment will be more apparent in the 1A classification than in any class in the state. Essentially, district 5-1A will be renamed 4-1A. Every member of last year’s district 5, along with a couple of additions, are now included in district 4. Newcomers to the district include East Beauregard High School, which drops in classification from district 4-2A, as well as a newly revived Grand Lake High School team. This season area teams in the district will have their hands full yet again with 1A powerhouse Basile and defending district 5-1A champion Oberlin. Coming off of a 7-4 season, the Elton Indians return considerable talent and should remain competitive in the district. The forecast for Hamilton Christian, Merryville, and South Cameron, as well as for newcomer East Beauregard, as the four managed only seven wins between them in the 2012 season. Meanwhile, after having been absent from the varsity high school football scene for over 50 years, the Grand Lake Hornets will hope to resume and rebuild a proud football tradition beginning in 2013.

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To put it mildly, the past two seasons have been difficult for the East Beauregard Trojans. Two year Head Coach, Randy Price had a brief and difficult stint with the team. However, Gordy Glaser after consecutive sub-.500 seasons, the Head Coach Trojans will look to return to success under the administration of new head coach, Gordy Glaser. Glaser is no stranger to the East Beauregard program, as he spent 20 years on the Trojan staff, before taking the head coaching position at Merryville High School two years ago. He steps into the East Beauregard program as it drops in classification to 1A. Asked about his evaluation of the state of his team as he steps into the head role, Coach Glaser is encouraged. “This team was really young last year,” he said, “But, they had a lot of kids get some solid experience.” In 2013, the Trojans will field a more experienced bunch that they have in recent years. There will be seven returning starters on offense and seven on defense. Glaser will look to a handful of upperclassmen to be his leaders on the field. On offense, quarterback Josh Fletcher will return to lead the Trojans.

The senior signal caller is a will lend three years of experience to the unit. However, he and the rest of the East Beauregard offense will have to step up to the learning curve, yet again, as the offense will change its philosophy somewhat under Coach Glaser. Where his predecessor worked out of the “Wing-T” formation, Glaser will operate in the “Double-Wing.” This power running formation will simplify the offense and play to the strengths of the Trojan personnel. Defensively, East Beauregard will be anchored by senior lineman, Johnny Vercher and junior linebacker Thad Schecher. The Trojans defense will also transition to the 5-3 base defense. In a run, heavy league like district 4-1A, the 5-3 will lend itself to stopping opposing offenses. Although the Trojans will be playing in 1A in 2013, their slate will not be any easier. Coach Glaser and his men will have to face off against area mainstays such as Elton, Oberlin, and Basile on their way to success on the gridiron.

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4-1A/east beauregard high school OVERALL RECORD: 0-10 (.000 w%)

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DISTRICT 4-2A RECORD: 0-7 Points For: 86 (8.6 avg)

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Points Against: 327 (32.7 avg)

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Last season, in his first as the Head Ball Coach at Elton High School, Doyle Carter saw more success than most do in their inaugural seasons. Still, Coach Carter expects more from Doyle Carter himself as well as his team moving Head Coach into next season. “I’d like them to be a bit more mentally tough,” Carter said, referring to his team. “We did ok last season, but I feel like we could have accomplished more if I’d had a full season with them in the weight room.” Carter said his predecessor, Kevin Bertrand, graduated 17 of the team’s 22 starters two seasons ago, leaving him with little experience last year. In 2013, the Indians will be in slightly better shape, as the team will return seven starters. Asked about the team’s leadership during the upcoming season, Coach Carter said, “I think we’ve got a strong nucleus, but we are looking for subs to give those starting guys some breathers.” As is often the case with smaller schools, Elton High’s roster is somewhat limited in terms of depth of personnel. Thus many of the Indians’ starting lineup must play both ways. Offensively, Carter will return several talented players at the skill

positions this season. At quarterback, second year starter Carson Ortego will lead the team in 2013. The junior signal caller will be aided by the stout Marcus Lemoine, who will transition from wide receiver to the role of running back this season. At the wide receiver spot, the Indians will return Scott Ross the statistical leader from a year ago. Meanwhile, the offensive line will be anchored by Hunter LaFosse. Defensively, Carter is excited about the line, saying his front four will be “much bigger” this season. However, he looks to the defensive backs to be the strength of his defensive unit. Within their district, Elton will get no reprieve in 2013. The Indians will likely be in the thick of the dogfight for District 5-1A supremacy, pitting themselves against such perennial powerhouses as the Oberlin Tigers and the Basile Bearcats.

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OVERALL RECORD: 7-4 (.636 w%)

Miracle on McNeese Street

DISTRICT 5-1A RECORD: 3-2

Opp. score

9/6/2013 Kinder 9/13/2013 Vinton

Points Against: 191 (17.4 avg)

10/11/2013 Merryville*

opponents record: 51-68 (.429 w%)

2012 results L 12-39 W 41-14 W 34-19 W 35-6 W 37-6 W 26-0 W 34-14 L 24-30 W 44-18 L 12-28

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Looking toward the 2013 season, first year Hamilton Christian Academy (HCA) head coach Tim Sensley will attempt to right the ship for a Warrior program, which hasn’t Tim Sensley had a winning season since 2010. Head Coach The third head coach in as many years, Sensley must attempt to bring a sense of continuity to his struggling program. In spite of these obstacles, he is optimistic about the progress his team has made. “Our guys are doing well and working really hard,” Sensley said. “Since we’re such a small school, we don’t have many kids, but our guys are committed, hardworking and dedicated. Our motto is that we won’t be outworked. Building upon what he says is a solid foundation laid by last year’s Warrior head coach, Reggie Nelson, Sensley will not change much in terms of scheme for his team but says some younger guys will have to play this season.

HCA will return 11 total starters this season, six on offense and five on defense. The team will rely heavily upon the team’s only two seniors in defensive back/wide receiver/kicker Brian Jacobson and lineman Lawrence Carter. “Those two guys have really stepped up and become leaders both on and off the field,” Sensley said. The Warriors’ 2013 schedule will feature an expanded district schedule. The addition of East Beauregard High School and Grand Lake High School will balloon district slate from five games to seven. Sensley, however, likes his chances. “No one team really jumps out,” he said. “It’s an even playing field in this district. Once thing about football is it’s all about who gels and gets hot at the right time.” The Warriors will travel to Lake Arthur on September 6 to kick off their 2013 season.

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warriors 4-1A/hamilton christian academy

Opp. score

9/6/2013 Lake Arthur 9/12/2013 St. Mary Lafayette Christian

OVERALL RECORD: 3-7 (.300 w%)

Miracle on McNeese Street

DISTRICT 5-1A RECORD: 2-3

Points Against: 295 (29.5 avg)

10/11/2013 E. Beauregard*

opponents record: 62-46 (.574 w%)

10/18/2013 Elton*

2012 results L 20-42 L 7-51 W 40-24 L 0-34 L 7-47 L 0-34 L 14-34 W 13-9 W 26-8 L 0-12

9/26/2013 S. Cameron* 10/4/2013 Basile*

Points For: 127 (12.7 avg)

regular season

HCA score

9/20/2013

STATS

Lake Arthur Kinder DeQuincy St Mary Natchitoches Loreauville Basile* Elton* South Cameron* Merryville* Oberlin*

SCHEDULE

10/25/2013 Oberlin* 10/31/2013 Merryville* ~ Improved on last year’s mark by 1 win

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In recent years the football gods have not been kind to the Merryville High School Panthers. For the past two seasons consecutively, they’ve posted records of just 3 wins and 7 losses. Danny Cain When first-year head coach Head Coach Danny Cain and his Merryville Panthers take the field in 2013, they will focus on small improvements. “Being new to the program, we’re just looking to improve with every snap of the football,” Cain said. Among those improvements, Coach Cain will usher in a new offensive philosophy with the hope of improving an anemic offensive attack which averaged only 9.4 points-per-game a year ago. Where prior Panther coaches focused on a conservative offense, centered on the rushing game, Cain is in the process of implementing an up-tempo “spread” style offensive attack.

The revamped Panther team will feature 11 starters in total, with six returning on offense and six on defense. However, with the radical change in scheme, many players have had to focus on getting used to playing other positions. “Our scheme is so different in terms of what they used to run here. I told the guys when I got here that they may have to get accustomed to playing in positions they weren’t used to, or didn’t think they were capable of playing,” Cain explained. In spite of the shortage of experienced position players, the Panthers will return a handful of leaders from a year ago. Senior starting quarterback Coy Harrington will spearhead the team’s offensive efforts. The experienced signal caller will be aided by junior receiver, Reggie Noble and sophomore receivers, Kyle Royer and Ryan Bailey. Defensively in 2013, Merryville will be led by a strong defensive line. Anchoring the unit are junior defensive end standouts Brady Lavoi and Kyle Braneff.

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panthers 4-1A/merryville high school OVERALL RECORD: 3-7 (.300 w%)

Miracle on McNeese Street

DISTRICT 5-1A RECORD: 1-4

Points Against: 222 (22.2 avg)

9/6/2013 Rosepine 9/12/2013 Pickering

9/27/2013 Basile*

10/11/2013 Elton*

opponents record: 48-60 (.444 w%)

10/18/2013 Oberlin*

2012 results L 0-39 W 16-6 W 22-12 L 12-34 L 6-16 L 0-26 L 0-42 L 6-21 L 8-26 W 24-0

Opp. score

10/4/2013 E. Beauregard*

Points For: 94 (9.4 avg)

regular season

MHS score

9/20/2013 Vinton

STATS

Welsh Pickering East Beauregard North Caddo Montgomery Elton* Oberlin* Basile* Hamilton Christian* South Cameron*

SCHEDULE

10/25/2013 Grand Lake* 10/31/2013 ~ Matched last year’s record ~ Head coaching transition

Hamilton Christian*

11/7/2013 S. Cameron* Bold face are home games | * District games

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2012 did not go as smoothly as South Cameron High School’s Head Coach Mark Delaney had hoped. In his second season as the Tarpons’ leader, Coach Delaney was looking Mark Delaney to make strides forward in order Head Coach to return a once proud football tradition to prominence. After their first game, spirits were high. The Tarpons were building momentum after they dispatched a 2A East Beauregard team with relative ease. The high would, however be short lived. In their second week of play, the Tarpons suffered several devastating injuries in a loss to Vinton. “We lost five starters after week two. Basically we lost ten starters in a week,” Delaney said, referencing the fact that nearly all of his starters play both offense and defense. As is the case with many small schools, particularly those which were devastated by hurricanes not that long ago, the Tarpons’ small roster size is a tremendous hindrance. South Cameron, being the smallest school in 1A football in the state of Louisiana, is not as able to cope as well with injuries as larger teams are. Despite the small size of his team, Delaney is optimistic. His

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team returns seven starters this season (essentially 14, as those seven young men will likely play both ways). Both lines will be intact along with a few skill position players. What Delaney’s team lacks in depth, however, he believes they make up for it with heart. But, he says, they just need to put a complete game together. “Our kids have a lot of fight in them,” Delaney said. “They are going to compete in every game. They just need to start as strong as they finish. We can’t give up two or three touchdowns before halftime and expect to hold them in the second half and win.”

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tarpons

SCHEDULE SCHS score

Opp. score

9/6/2013 Geuydan 9/13/2013 Mamou

4-1A/south cameron high school

9/20/2013 DeQuincy

STATS OVERALL RECORD: 1-9 (.100 w%)

9/26/2013

Miracle on McNeese Street

DISTRICT 5-1A RECORD: 0-5

Hamilton Christian*

Points For: 112 (11.2 avg)

10/4/2013 Grand Lake*

Points Against: 271 (27.1 avg)

10/11/2013 Basile*

opponents record: 43-60 (.417 w%)

2012 results regular season

East Beauregard Vinton East Iberville Gueydan Northwood Lena Oberlin* Basile* Hamilton Christian* Elton* Merryville*

W 20-12 L 0-31 L 21-26 L 28-38 L 16-24 L 0-40 L 0-19 L 9-13 L 18-44 L 0-24

10/18/2013 E. Beauregard* 10/25/2013 Elton* 11/1/2013 Oberlin*

~ Matched last year’s record ~ 3 losses 10 points or less

11/7/2013 Merryville* Bold face are home games | * District games

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Football

Safety

One of the South’s favorite pastimes, football is as endemic to our culture as our spicy food and unique music. However, it’s no secret that football is a highly physical sport. As is the case with all contact sports, there is a risk of debilitating injury with every snap of the ball. There are ways to minimize the risks associated with high impact sports like football. Among the most serious injuries associated with football are concussions, spinal injuries and, in high heat areas like Southwest Louisiana, heat stroke/dehydration. Here are a few tips for prevention and diagnoses of these potentially life threatening injuries. Players suspected of having any of these conditions should seek IMMEDIATE medical attention.

Spinal Injuries

The Numbers The most immediately life-threatening injury in all of football, spinal injuries are understandably scary for all involved. Statistics show that roughly one in 100,000 high school football players will suffer a severe spinal injury each year. Since 2003 there has been a nation-wide average of 10-12 such injuries annually. Symptoms • Numbness or tingling in arms or legs • Loss of bladder or bowel control • Difficulty Walking • Stiff neck or neck pain • Headache

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Paralysis Weakness Shock Unconsciousness

Tackling Technique Proper tackling technique is preached at all levels of football, not just because it serves the ends of injury prevention, but because it is the most effective means of bringing down a ball carrier. Below are the basics of proper tackling. Break Down Before making contact with the ball carrier, slow down, get your feet under you, take a good angle, and make contact. Contact When making the hit ALWAYS KEEP YOUR HEAD UP and your eyes on the ball carrier (This keeps the curvature of the spinal column, which reduces stress on the spine). Drive your shoulder into your opponent with your head across his body.

Prevention Primarily, spinal injuries occur as a result of a player (or players) putting their heads down before impact. This straightens the spine and results in extreme pressure being placed on the spine, which results in injury. The easiest way to prevent spinal injuries in football is through the use of proper tackling technique.

Wrap-Up Upon contact wrap both arms around the ball carrier’s torso and grasp tightly. Lift and Drive Lift your opponent slightly upward and drive forward and to the ground. When implemented correctly, the proper tackling technique can reduce the risk of injury both to the defender and the ball carrier.

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Concussion

Symptoms • Headache or “pressure” in the head • Difficulty focusing or paying attention • Balance problems or dizziness • Double or blurry vision • Irritability toward light or noise

• • • • •

Feeling sluggish or “foggy” Nausea and vomiting Memory problems Confusion Not “feeling right”

Prevention The most effective means of prevention are the correct use of protective equipment and implementation of proper tackling technique. Cutting down on instances of helmet-to-helmet collisions can significantly reduce the probability of concussion for players. There has also been research which suggests that strong neck muscles can reduce the risk of concussion.

Dehydration/Heatstroke

The Numbers In high heat areas, like South Louisiana, dehydration and other heat related illnesses can be more dangerous than any football related injury. In fact, between 1995 and 2009, 31 high school football players in the U.S. died as a result of heat stroke complications. Furthermore, youth account for nearly half of all cases of heat-related illness. This is due, in large part, to the fat that 2/3 of kids show up to practice at least partially dehydrated. Symptoms • Headache • Dizziness • Weakness • Nausea • Dark urine • Fever (above 104°F) • Cramps

• • • • • • •

Irrational behavior Confusion Dry, hot, red skin Rapid, shallow breathing Seizures Rapid, weak pulse Unconsciousness

Prevention The most effective measure in preventing heat-related illness is proper hydration. Players should first be encouraged to drink plenty of water (at least 20 ounces) prior to practice, games or workouts. During activity, water breaks should be allowed every 15 minutes.

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Effects of Proposition

18

One of the hot-button topics in Louisiana high school football today revolves around the schism between the “select” and “non-select” schools created by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s “Proposition 18.” The new rules deal with the restructuring of the playoff system, particularly in creating separate playoff structures for private and public school teams into nine playoff divisions. Proposition 18 defines “select” schools as “all non-public, charter, University-Lab, and magnet schools,” as well as,“any dual-curriculum schools that include 25% of their enrollment as select admission students who do not live in attendance zones.” Meanwhile, “non-select” schools are simply all public schools. The “Select” playoff system is divided into four divisions. Division 1 includes 5A select schools, Division 2 includes the combination of 4A and 3A select schools, Division 3 includes 2A select schools, and Division 4 includes 1A select schools. Meanwhile, the “Non-Select” playoff structure maintains the 1A-5A structure. As of now, regular season and district play will maintain the current inter-league format. Since the approval of Proposition 18, there have been as many opinions on the rule change as there are coaches to express them. A common thread seems to be that 2A is the classification which will benefit the most from the split.

Kinder High School (a 2A, Non-Select team) Head Coach, Bret Fusilier expressed this sentiment, saying, “I‘d be lying if I told you it won’t affect everyone in Double-A. The playoffs are wide open now because there aren’t going to be these big traditional powers in our way. The kids feel like they have a chance to play for something now.” The head coach of 2A Non-Select Welsh High School, John Richardson, also weighed in.“I think it’s great because, in the past, you knew you weren’t going to get past the John Curtis and Evangel types. So all you had to play for was the second round of the playoffs. After the split smaller quality programs actually have a shot.” However, not all coaches agree that the split is going to be a positive move. The primary argument in opposition to the new system is that it will benefit some schools in the state at the expense of others. Elton High School Head Coach, Doyle Carter expressed his misgivings saying, “Well, now in Single-A, if you’re 10-0 or if you’re 0-10, you’re in the playoffs. There are only 27 schools in our classification and I really don’t think it’s fair for a team that doesn’t earn it to get into the playoffs. At the end of the day, agree or disagree, these are the new rules under which Louisiana high school football will operate. As St. Louis High School Head Coach, Mike Johns said, “It’s done. Complaining about it isn’t going to get me anywhere and I have 10 games to get ready for before we even get there.”

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