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District 3-5A......................7 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 District 4-1A......................67 East Beauregard.............68 Elton...................................70 Hamilton Christian........72 Merryville.........................74 South Cameron..............76

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DISTRICT

District 3-5A once again comes into a football season with a standout team and two teams that hope to turn things around this season. The Barbe Buccaneers finished the 2013 season with a respectable playoff run that was cut down by a team they lost to in the regular season. Contrast that with a disappointing season for the Sulphur Tors and the Sam Houston Broncos, neither of which were able to make it to the post-season. Moving into the 2014 season the Bucs will have to hold on to their defensive supremacy in order to keep their name alive, while the Broncos and the Tors will need to make major changes on both sides of the ball if they are going to survive. The old guard of Southwest Louisiana football must be vigilant if they are going to stay on top, or redeem past mistakes.

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BHS

Mike Cutrera Head Coach

Steven C. Floyd, Brok Cell: 337.274-.684 Photography by: Summer Boudreaux Photography sfloyd@inglesafari.com www.inglesafari.com They are the best in their district whether you go by Defensively the Bucs have senior Bradley Bryant at number of recent wins or sheer points scored on their linebacker for pressure and a plan to stop the ground opponents. While the Barbe Buccaneers, headed by game, while free safety Keelyn Jackson patrols the Coach Mike Cutrera, made it to the playoffs last year, backfield, looking to keep Buc airspace free of deep they were stopped dead in their tracks by Acadiana’s passes. 10-point win in their last game, replaying a regular The Bucs are the hard hitters in Southwest season loss against that team. Louisiana, and they have what it takes for another What will Cutrera4 andBedroom, his team have to do inBath, order waterfront run at the championship. The question is do they Executive 3.5 to make a return trip to the state finals, and maybe have the will? home in championship? an established subdivision! Family bring home the The heartfeatures of a football team is often its quarterback, Room 18ft ceilings, fire place, large which means senior Matthew Cutrera will need to with view of water findwindows a rhythm for his team to rally around. He’ll be and fountain. filling the shoes of graduating senior and quarterback Granite counters, deep sink, island with Kennon Fontenot, whose quick passes and handoffs were crucial in & the downdraft, Bucs’ success last season. Matthew stovetop walk-in pantry, cabinets is joined by a squad of 31 seniors, just over half of galore. Trey windows, his/her Barbe’s varsity roster, andceiling, will need to bay leverage his leadership ofLarge those seniors to gain points and make closets. walk-in shower anda whirlpool tub run for the playoffs.



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••••• BARBE High School •••••

BUCcaneerS District 3-5A OVERALL RECORD: 10-3 (.769 w%)

9/5/2014

WASHINGTON-MARION

9/12/2014 LAGRANGE

10/3/2014 ACADIANA*

POINTS FOR: 545 (41.9 avg ) POINTS AGAINST: 272 (20.9 avg)

10/10/2014 LAFAYETTE* 10/17/2014 NEW IBERIA*

2013 results W 52-12 W 48-18 W 27-19 W 47-23 L 33-35 W 55-7 L 28-31 W 42-14 W 42-21 W 70-35

Opp. score

9/26/2014 CARENCRO*

DISTRICT 3-5A RECORD: 5-2

REGULAR SEASON

BHS score

9/19/2014 WEST MONROE

2013 STATS

Washington-Marion LaGrange West Monroe Carencro* Acadiana* Lafayette* New Iberia* Comeaux* Sulphur* Sam Houston*

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South Lafourche Hahnville Acadiana

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SHHS

Vaughn Eggleston Head Coach

District 3-5A is one of the most challenging in the Lake Area area, a fact that the Sam Houston Broncos, headed by Vaughn Eggleston, cannot help but aware of. Three years ago the Broncos moved up in classification and have struggled to find their balance ever since. That struggle, Eggleston said last year, was largely a matter of inexperience. “We aren’t looking at the playoffs just yet,” he said in the 2013 edition of Playbook, “We are still looking for our first win in this district…then we’ll look onto other things.” That win came on October 18 with a razor thin win over Carencro. Now the Broncos have to make good on Eggleston’s vision of other things. Doing so may be difficult as the team lost 15 seniors to

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graduation. Coming up in their footsteps are players like the 5’4”,150-pound quarterback Dewayne Brown, the 6’2”, 265-pound center Alex Andrade and 6’2”, 215-pound defensive tackle and fullback Chaye Williams, all seniors this year. It will take leadership and endurance for the Broncos to make their mark in this district. Only time will tell if Coach Eggleston’s boys will be able to find their stride and break into the playoffs.

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•••• Sam Houston High School ••••

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9/5/2014 ST. LOUIS 9/11/2014 WASHINGTON-MARION

09/19/2014 WESTLAKE

2013 STATS OVERALL RECORD: 4-6 (.400 w%)

09/26/2014 COMEAUX*

DISTRICT 3-5A RECORD: 2-5

10/03/2014 SULPHUR•*

POINTS FOR: 235 (23.5 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 288(28.8 avg)

10/10/2014 NEW IBERIA*

2013 results REGULAR SEASON

St. Louis Washington-Marion Westlake Comeaux* Sulphur* New Iberia* Carencro* Acadiana* Lafayette* Barbe*

Opp. score

10/17/2014 CARENCRO* 10/24/2014 ACADIANA*

W 38-21 L 17-18 W 34-12 L 28-34 L 14-28 L 0-28 W 17-14 L 17-35 W 35-28 L 35-70

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SHS

Jeff Wainwright Head Coach

Coach Jeff Wainwright has his work cut out for him, particularly in the arena of team morale. The 2013 season ended with a pair of district losses to Barbe and Comeaux. That, coupled with their losses throughout the rest of the season, means that the Tors will not be able to bank on the rush of a great previous year to buoy player’s spirits. It will be tough going, but the Tors offense has a leader in the 6-foot, 144-pound junior Garrett Brame, a Tors offensive veteran and the quarterback for the 2014 season. Brame is paired with a couple of lightning fast wide receivers: the 5’10”, 177-pound Jake Smith and the 6’1”, 173-pound Jordan Chargois, both seniors. Defensively the Tors will have to give up the

practice of losing yards and points to mishandled reads. Much of that will fall on Wainwright’s shoulders. It will be incumbent on him to drill into the defense’s heads that small losses add up to big plays deep into Tors territory. It will be up to Wainwright to show Sulphur football fans that the 2013 season was just a case of shaking things out, and that big things are in store for the future.

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••••••• Sulphur High School •••••••

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2013 STATS

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9/26/2014 NEW IBERIA•*

OVERALL RECORD: 3-7 (.300 w%) DISTRICT 3-5A RECORD: 2-5

10/3/2014 SAM HOUSTON•*

POINTS FOR: 135 (13.5 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 234 (23.4 avg)

10/10/2014 CARENCRO*

10/17/2014 ACADIANA•*

2013 results REGULAR SEASON

St.Thomas Moore Holy Cross Washington-Marion New Iberia* Sam Houston* Carencro* Acadiana* Lafayette* Barbe* Comeaux*

Opp. score

10/24/2014 LAFAYETTE*

L 7-10 L 13-38 W 14-0 L 7-35 W 28-14 L 14-22 L 3-28 W 21-17 L 21-42 L 7-28

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In District 3-4A, high school football fans will have the pleasure of watching a real rivalry in the making. The first team in this contentious pairing is the DeRidder Dragons. Having moved up into the district last year, they went on to dominate almost every team that showed up, losing only their third–round playoff game. On the other side of this duel stands the Leesville Wampus Cats, who endured a 2-8 season. But it would be a mistake for DeRidder or the other 3-4A teams to grow complacent, because nothing galvanizes a community or a team like being an underdog. DeRidder’s defense will have to shore up gaps and their offense will have to keep an eye on the end zone, while Leesville will need to focus on playing proficient football and learning how to exploit the mistakes that their opponents make. Both teams will need to keep an eye on the squads from Tioga, Bolton and Grant football to keep them from taking advantage of the rivalry.

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DHS

Eric Parmley Head Coach

If you’re going to be the new kid on the block, you could do worse than becoming the new king. The DeRidder Dragons dominated their newfound district in 2013, setting up an expectation in District 3-4A that they are the team to beat. The Dragons only lost two games last season, a false start to Westlake early on and their playoff loss to Neville which ended a run for the state championship. DeRidder will be losing at least 15 seniors to graduation, which will shake up the plans that head coach Eric Parmley has both offensively and defensively. However, the same thing happened in 2013.

“On paper we only return one starter on offense and three on defense,” Parmley said last year. “But that’s because we’ve moved some guys around to fill some gaps.” The Dragons have proven themselves in District 3-4A with a remarkable first showing. Now the team has to look to the season ahead to keep up their dominating presence and momentum as they sprint for the state championship.

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••••••• DeRidder High School •••••••

Dragons

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9/19/2014 JENNINGS

2013 STATS OVERALL RECORD: 11-2 (.833 w%)

9/26/2014 S. BEAUREGARD

DISTRICT 4-4A RECORD: 5-0

10/3/2014 SOUTHWOOD

POINTS FOR: 347 (28.9 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 158 (13.2 avg)

10/10/2014 LEESVILLE*

2013 results REGULAR SEASON

Opp. score

10/17/2014 BOLTON*

Westlake L 0-7 Natchitoches Central W 28-19 Jennings W 8-7 South Beauregard W 22-7 Southwood W 24-0 Leesville* W 36-7 Bolton* W 46-17 Grant* W 35-7 Peabody* W 34-18 Tioga* W 59-28

10/24/2014 GRANT*

PLAYOFFS:

Woodlawn W 31-0 Breaux Bridge W 24-0 Neville L 0-41

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LHS

Tommy Moore Head Coach

There can be something empowering about being the underdog, and if anyone qualifies as an underdog, the Leesville Wampus Cats are it. The Wampus Cats followed up a disappointing 2012 one-win, nine-loss season with a lackluster 2013 showing. Part of that was the emergence of DeRidder in the district, who steamrolled over almost everyone else, but another part of it was serious missteps that must be corrected if Leesville will attempt to reclaim their 2010 district champion title. Returning at quarterback is 6’0”, 180-pound senior Kory Jones. Jones will have to rally his offensive line to protect him against blitz play by an aggressive district, while directing his receivers to make big plays.

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••••••• Leesville High School •••••••

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9/19/2014 MENARD

2013 STATS OVERALL RECORD: 2-8 (.200 w%)

9/26/2014 WINNFIELD

DISTRICT 3-4A RECORD: 2-3

10/3/2014 PINEVILLE

POINTS FOR: 137 (13.7 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 276 (27.6 avg)

10/10/2014 DERIDDER* 10/17/2014 GRANT*

2013 results REGULAR SEASON

Buckeye Many Menard Winnfield Pineville DeRidder* Grant* Tioga* Bolton* Peabody*

Opp. score

10/24/2014 TIOGA*

L 6-15 L 7-34 L 14-17 L 0-27 L 7-37 L 7-36 W 35-28 W 26-14 L 28-48 L 7-20

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DISTRICT

District 4-4A could see some of the hardest games in the area, all in part because of middling seasons in 2013. That’s made the Washinton-Marion Charging Indians and the LaGrange Gators both very hungry, and both eyeing each other and the other players in the district. Last year, district newcomers Crowley, Eunice and Rayne came in with hopes of making a big impact. After all three posted 4-2 district records last season, they’ll look to continue their success. This ambition promises to make the road a little tougher for both the Gators and the Charging Indians. Each team in the district is returning stars to offense and defense, so area football fans should take care not to blink too often during games, because it’s possible you might miss a highlight play, and have to watch their team drive to victory on the late night news.

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LGHS

Jules Sullen Head Coach

There’s something to be said for a team that can take a series of losses in stride, fix their mistakes and come back halfway through the season to make a playoff run. The LaGrange Gators lost a string of games against teams both big and small early in the 2013 season, including a 48-18 contest against the Barbe Buccaneers. However, something must’ve broken through in early October, because the Gators, led by Coach Jules Sullen, managed to pull out a victory over Eunice, and from then they were hard to beat.

If the Gators are going to take another shot at the playoffs this year, they’ll have to do better while away from their home turf and win more than three games while in hostile territory. Breaking even might be solid for some sports but in high school football, it’s a losing proposition. The Gators will have to have to risk big in order to make big gains.

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••••••• LaGrange High School •••••••

GATORS

District 4-4A OVERALL RECORD: 6-6 (.500 w%)

Opp. score

9/5/2014 NOTRE DAME 9/12/2014 BARBE

9/26/2014 CALVARY BAPTIST

DISTRICT 4-4A RECORD: 5-1

10/3/2014 RAYNE*

POINTS FOR: 296(24.7 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 282 (23.5 avg)

10/10/2014 EUNICE*

2013 Results REGULAR SEASON

LGHS score

9/19/2014 UNIVERSITY LAB

2013 STATS

Notre Dame L 14-28 Barbe L 18-48 University Lab L 22-33 Calvary Baptist L 6-35 Rayne* L 12-14 Eunice* W 19-7 Crowley* W 52-27 Beau Chene* W 52-14 Opelousas* W 36-0 Washington-Marion* W 26-14

SCHEDULE

10/16/2014 CROWLEY* PLAYOFFS

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10/24/2014 BEAU CHENE* 10/31/2014 OPELOUSAS* 11/7/2014

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WMHS

Freddie Harrison Head Coach

With only 11 seniors returning to the 2014 roster, the Washington-Marion Charging Indians have a big goal to get their team trained, ready and able to do better than a rough 2013 season. The Charging Indians had serious missteps in the 2013 season, which was unexpected following their stellar record in 2012. Head Coach Freddie Harrison described the situation at Washington-Marion as ‘a winning atmosphere’ in 2013. This will be his fifth year as head coach of the Charging Indians. In a recent interview with louisianafootballmagazine.com, Harrison said that his approach was to try and cultivate a college like football team while in a high school program, something that allows his team to stand out. “We want to make sure that we track the eye of the incoming freshman,” Harrison said in the interview. “We want to show that we care for the

interest of our upper class men. We have upgraded our facilities, spent $25,000 in the weight room, and made strides in the locker room.” That emphasis on player encouragement and development could be the edge that the Charging Indians need to redeem themselves for last year’s lackluster performance.

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District 4-4A OVERALL RECORD: 5-6 (.455 w%)

9/11/2014 SAM HOUSTON

9/26/2014 RAYNE*

DISTRICT 4-4A RECORD: 3-3

10/3/2014 EUNICE*

POINTS FOR: 214 (19.5 AVG) POINTS AGAINST: 228 (20.7 AVG)

10/10/2014 CROWLEY*

2013 Results REGULAR SEASON

9/5/2014 BARBE

9/19/2014 SULPHUR

2013 STATS

Barbe L 12-52 Sam Houston W 18-17 Sulphur L 0-14 Rayne* L 21-35 Eunice* L 7-9 Crowley* W 28-21 Beau Chene* W 21-12 Opelousas* W 41-14 Carroll W 40-0 LaGrange* L 26-14

Opp. score

10/17/2014 BEAU CHENE* PLAYOFFS

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Football is, at its heart, a simple game. Two teams line up, and one team tries to get their ball downfield into the end zone, to a chorus of screaming fans and the chance to make with the celebratory dances that will certainly make the highlight reel. How it gets there can be straightforward: the star quarterback launches the ball downfield, or sneaks it through in the protective embrace of a fullback for big yardage. Sometimes, though, a more diabolical method begs to be employed. Enter the trick play. There are hundreds of variations on trick plays, but they all share one thing in common, which is to psych out the defense and catch them unawares. To be fair, play action and audible plays can catch the defense with their heads between their legs, but those aren’t considered trick plays. They don’t ramp up the deception like the following do. Take your bread and butter Statue of Liberty play. The quarterback hikes the ball, and slyly holds it out of view of the defense, and fakes throwing it, while handing the ball off to a runner for a hopeful positive yardage. If it works, the defense is blindsided and unable to stop the run. Or how about your risky Fumblerooski, a play where the QB places the ball on the ground right after the center gets his grubby hands off of it (which technically is a fumble) and runs off faking a pass or a hand-off, while a guard or back grabs the ball and sneaks it away. Any defender worth their salt would never take their eye off the ball, but in the heat of the moment, you can’t blame them for wanting to smack that quarterback and knock him down a few pegs. Of course, you also have your fake punts and fake field goals, where special-teams gets to show off their theatrical muscles, and if they’re skilled and lucky, transform a turnover or measly two points into a full touchdown.

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Then you have your real doosies, the ones where the quarterback runs to the sidelines to argue with a coach, or a running back argues with the QB. Just when the defense is wondering when this game turned into a circus, the ball is snapped to some treacherous fullback or decoy quarterback who, in the movies, uses this chance to score the game winning touchdown. Of course, in the movies, you don’t see the inevitable brawl in the parking lot after the squirrely underdogs trick the top-tier players with their deceptions. Most coaches drill their defenders to be on the lookout for such tactics, and to be ready for them, which is why offensive coaches won’t use the trick play every game, or maybe even every season. But when it does work, it is a sight to behold, and the players can think of themselves as the latest in a long line of teams that use deception and guile to get one over on their opponents. September 2014

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DISTRICT

In the wake of sweeping district alignment changes in 2013, District 4-3A underwent a transformation that is still being felt by each team within this locally packed district. Most striking is Iota’s rough 2013 season, where they lost every single game, a situation that they will look to rectify and improve upon this season. The big dogs and perennial powerhouses of the district, the Jennings Bull Dogs and the Iowa Yellow Jackets, both struggled a bit last season, a state of affairs that could be capitalized on by the Westlake Rams this go-round if the team can rally around their coach and offensive line. A wildcard in the district is St. Louis, who welcomes a new head coach to their program with new tactics coupled with a set of veteran seniors who will look to exploit any weakness in an opponent’s game. Hold onto your seats, this will be one district to watch this season.

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IHS

Sean Richard Head Coach

The Iowa Yellow Jackets 2013 season didn’t go as well as their 2014 season, but they did manage to put away seven wins before losing their momentum. Head Coach Sean Richard told Thrive last year that momentum was the word of the year, and their consecutive losses after October 25’s bout versus Westlake proves the point. The Yellow Jackets came out strong, only giving up less than two touchdowns in the majority of games played before that day, though one could see their forward march stumble during their win versus St. Louis, where they barely eked out a victory. Richard will have to steel himself and his team against such motion robbing events in the 2014 season, and look to exact revenge against the Westlake Rams. To that end Richard has senior Koby Buquet at quarterback, a veritable general who aims to rally his troops against the district defensive siege. Helping him do that is center Austin Brown.

Many of the Yellow Jacket’s players are playing ironman football, with a presence on both sides of the ball. D’Juan Rigmaiden, Ryan Danos and Chaz Key will have an affect on offense and defense, and other players on both sides of the line of scrimmage will look to them for leadership. It will be up to Richard to take care not to rob those players of their vitality as they take on one of the toughest roles that football has to offer.

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Opp. score

9/5/2014 ERATH

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9/12/2014 WOODLAWN-SHREVEPORT

9/19/2014 TIOGA

2013 STATS OVERALL RECORD: 7-4 (.636 w%)

9/26/2014 KAPLAN

DISTRICT 4-3A RECORD: 2-3

10/3/2014 WHITE CASTLE

POINTS FOR: 290 (26.4 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 220 (20 avg)

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JHS

Rusty Phelps Head Coach

There’s this old saying: If you don’t learn from history, then it will repeat itself. Unfortunately for the Jennings Bulldogs, the 2014 season ended in much the same way as the 2013 season, with a loss to Livonia in the playoffs by five points. The season started off rocky, with close losses to St. Martinville (3 points), DeRidder (1 point), and Plaquemine (2 points.) However, after that razor thin loss to Plaquemine on November 27, the Bulldogs racked up an impressive series of wins against tough opponents like Jena, Iota and Westlake. But it was Livonia, again, that stopped the Bulldogs in their tracks. Last year, head coach Rusty Phelps said “We’d like to have a bit more comfort late in the

game.” That is doubly important this season, in order to keep his team from gaining a reputation for losing a sure thing in the last few minutes of a game. Phelps will have to put pressure on his offense to make big plays while emphasizing a defensive fortress on the other side of the ball with few weaknesses a canny opponent can use to come back.

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9/26/2014 PLAQUEMINE

OVERALL RECORD: 10-4 (.714 w%) DISTRICT 3-5A RECORD: 5-0

10/3/2014 WINNFIELD

POINTS FOR: 408 (29.1 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 254 (18.1 avg)

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9/19/2014 DERIDDER

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Charlie Cryer Head Coach

It’s a time of new beginnings for the St. Louis Saints. Head Coach Charlie Cryer, freshly arrived from St. Mary’s High School in Natchitoches, has a big task ahead of him: redirect the Saints from their 3-8 record during the 2013 season. The lackluster season didn’t seem to faze Cryer, who comes into his position looking to improve their record. “It was just that kind of year. We’re going to work hard,” he said. Cryer, who moved into Lake Charles in early June, was impressed by his team during a 10-day training session in the spring. “It really helped me out, I learned the kids and they learned me,” Cryer said. The new coach comes into his position with several seniors whose experience on the field will smooth the transition from old to new tactics, including Dillon Green at quarterback and the 6’2”, 190-pound DeKeinen Francois as a receiver, a pair that are sure to make many connections on the field. Rounding out the package is junior Terrel ‘Colby’ Rodriguez at running back.

“He runs the ball really, really well,” Cryer said. Defensively the Saints have returning senior Mac Thompson at linebacker and Jack Schwartzenburger on the defensive line. Both halves of the team must find a way to work together in order to keep a repeat of the 2013 season, which saw losses against Jennings, Iowa, South Beauregard and Westlake, among others. Cryer said that is definitely on the agenda. “We are out on the field, throwing balls, and we’re in the weight room. We’ll be ready.” St. Louis begins play against Iowa during a jamboree in August, and starts the regular season against Sam Houston High School on September 5.

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OVERALL RECORD: 3-8 (.272 w%)

9/26/2014 NOTRE DAME

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10/3/2014 MARKSVILLE

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SBHS

Dwight Hudler Head Coach

After a powerful 7-3 season last year, the South Beauregard Knights are poised to capitalize on a few mistakes they made and position themselves for another run at the playoffs. That might be difficult, however, because Head Coach Dwight Hudler is going to be working with a significantly smaller team. “We have a pretty small class coming up, with only two returning starters,” Hudler said. He is going to be leaning heavily on those starters, Kelly Corgill and Josh Helix, both veterans of Knight football. Offensively, while Hudler is proud of the Knights’ passing, it is the ground game that makes the difference. “You always try to be as balanced as

possible, but we really hang our hat on our running game,” he said. On the flipside, the Knights are changing defensive styles, going for a total defense for the 2014 season. However, Hudler lost two linebackers to graduation, and is hoping for a couple of standout players to step up into those leadership roles. “We aren’t a large school and we do have quite a few starters that are seniors. We’re training to build on our successes, and try not to get complacent,” he said.

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•• South Beauregard High School ••

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SBHS score

Opp. score

9/5/2014 DEQUINCY

District 4-3A

9/12/2014 ROSEPINE 9/19/2014 WELSH

2013 STATS OVERALL RECORD: 7-4(.636 w%)

9/26/2014 DERIDDER

DISTRICT 4-3A RECORD: 4-1

10/2/2014 LAKE ARTHUR

POINTS FOR: 220 (22.0 avg) POINTS AGAINST:173 (17.3 avg)

10/10/2014 WESTLAKE*

2013 Results

10/17/2014 JENNINGS*

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PLAYOFFS

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WHS

Shawn Demeritt Head Coach

The Westlake Rams are still experiencing growing pains as they dive into Head Coach Shawn Demeritt’s third year, a fact evidenced by the Rams’ 6-6 overall record in the 2013 season. On their home turf, after a couple of missteps and false starts, the Rams were able to dominate foes Iota (34-0 win) and St. Louis (33-0 win). They struggled early in their match-up with the district rival Iowa Yellow Jackets as their defense was unable to keep Iowa from scoring twice before they were able to right the ship and clinch the win. Obviously the squad did some things right last year, but there’s always room for improvement. “We are looking to continue to improve each and every day,” said Coach Demeritt. “I would like more consistency in practice and games.” Coming into the 2014 season, the Rams will have at least nine seniors providing leadership to the rest of the team, including the 5’8”, 175-pound linebacker Jalen Thomas, Ryan Buller at wide reciever, Bryce Cormier at running back and Blake Dawson, ironman footballer, who plays both center and defensive end. “Junior QB Hunter Racca is providing positive leadership in the huddle. He has great command of

the huddle and the offense,” Demeritt said. “Jalen Thomas (senior) calls the defense and he is a returning second team all-district player who had more than 100 tackles as a junior.” The sophomores and juniors on the team will look to those players and Coach Demeritt to provide a way past their .500 2013 season, and a shot at the playoffs. They’ll face a tough run through district, something Coach Demeritt says they’ll be ready for. “We just want to get better each day and each game. Our tough non-district schedule should help prepare us for district.”

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•••••••• Westlake High School ••••••••

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WHS score

Opp. score

9/5/2014 DERIDDER

District 4-3A

9/12/2014 CROWLEY 9/19/2014 SAM HOUSTON

2013 STATS OVERALL RECORD: 6-6 (.500 w%)

9/26/2014 KINDER

DISTRICT 4-3A RECORD: 3-2

10/3/2014 PATTERSON

POINTS FOR: 249 (20.8 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 230 (19.2 avg)

10/10/2014 S. BEAUREGARD*

2013 Results

10/17/2014 IOTA*

DeRidder W 7-0 Crowley L 21-22 Sam Houston L 12-34 Kinder W 18-15 Patterson L 34-40 South Beauregard* L 18-20 Iota* W 34-0 Iowa* W 26-14 St. Louis* W 33-0 Jennings* L 20-41

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Barbe vs Washington-Marion Sam Houston vs St. Louis Sulphur at St. Thomas Moore DeRidder at Westlake Leeseville at Buckeye LaGrange vs Notre Dame Iota vs Oberlin Iowa at Erath Jennings vs St. Martinville South Beauregard vs DeQuincy Oakdale at Welsh Pickering at Mamou Rosepine at Merryville Kinder vs Elton Vinton at Abbeville Basile at Sacred Heart East Beauregard at LaSalle Grand Lake vs Ascension Episcopal Hamilton Christian vs Lake Arthur South Cameron vs Gueydan

September 12 Barbe at LaGrange Sam Houston at Washington-Marion Sulphur at Holy Cross DeRidder vs Natchitoches Central Leesville at Many Iota at St. Edmund Iowa vs Woodlawn-Shreveport Jennings at Eunice South Beauregard at Rosepine St. Lewis vs. Abbeville Westlake at Crowley Oakdale vs Avoyelles Pickering vs Merryville DeQuincy at North Caddo Kinder at Oberlin Vinton vs Elton Welsh at Vermilion Catholic Basile at Ville Platte East Beauregard vs Pine Prairie Grand Lake at Gueydan Hamilton Christian vs St. Mary South Cameron at Mamou

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September 19 Barbe at West Monroe Sam Houston at Westlake Sulphur at Washington-Marion DeRidder vs Jennings Leesville vs Menard LaGrange vs University Lab Iota vs Lake Arthur Iowa vs Tioga South Beauregard vs Welsh St. Louis vs West Feliciana Oakdale vs Kinder Pickering vs Grand Lake Rosepine vs Oberlin DeQuincy vs South Cameron Basile at St. Edmund East Beauregard vs Bunkie Elton vs Delcambre Hamilton Christin at Lafayette Christian

September 26 Barbe at Carencro Sam Houston vs Comeaux Sulphur vs New Iberia (LaGrange High) DeRidder at South Beauregard Leesville vs Winnfield LaGrange at Calvary Baptist Washington-Marion vs Rayne Iota at Welsh Iowa at Kaplan Jennings vs Plaquemine South Beauregard vs DeRidder St. Louis at Notre Dame Westlake at Kinder Oakdale vs Ville Platte Pickering at DeQuincy Rosepine at Lake Arthur Vinton at Prine Prarie Basile vs Merryville East Beauregard at Oberlin Elton at Grand Lake Hamilton Christian at South Cameron Merryville at Basile Oberlin vs East Beauregard

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October 17 Barbe vs New Iberia Sam Houston vs Carencro Sulphur vs Acadiana (at LaGrange High) DeRidder at Bolton Leesville vs Grant LaGrange at Crowley Washington-Marion at Beau Chene Iota vs Westlake Iowa at St. Louis Jennings vs South Beauregard Oakdale at Pickering Rosepine vs Many DeQuincy vs Lake Arthur Kinder at Vinton Welsh vs Mamou Basile at Grand Lake East Beauregard at South Cameron Elton vs Hamilton Christian Merryville at Oberlin

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WEEK 8

Barbe vs Acadiana Sam Houston at Sulphur (LaGrange High School) DeRidder vs Southwood Leesville vs Pineville LaGrange at Rayne Washington-Marion at Eunice Iota at Kinder Iowa at White Castle Jennings vs Winnfield South Beauregard at Lake Arthur St. Louis at Marksville Westlake vs Patterson Oakdale at DeQuincy Pickering at Vinton Rosepine vs Welsh Basile at Hamilton Christian East Beauregard vs Merryville Elton vs Oberlin Grand Lake vs South Cameron

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

October 31 Barbe at Sulphur (LaGrange High School) Sam Houston vs Lafayette DeRidder at Peabody Leesville vs Bolton LaGrange at Opelousas Washington-Marion at Carrol Iota at South Beauregard Iowa at Jennings St. Louis vs Westlake Oakdale at Many Pickering vs Menard Rosepine vs Bunkie DeQuincy vs Vinton Kinder at Welsh Lake Arthur at Mamou Basile vs Elton East Beauregard at Grand Lake Hamilton Christian at Merryville Oberlin vs South Cameron

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For District 4-2A, there’s really only one thing that dominates this year’s football season: Will Kinder be able to pull off a repeat performance of their stellar 2013 run to the Superdome? Standing in Kinder’s way with their own hopes and dreams of football supremacy is DeQuincy, Mamou, Welsh, Vinton and Lake Arthur. Each are building on solid seasons in 2013, though some are dealing with the transitions of getting new head coaches and replacing graduating starters. The Welsh Greyhounds are hungry to retake their district title, while Vinton seems to have put previous growing pains behind them. Lake Arthur’s struggles when playing on the road will be something that particular team will have to work out if they are going to compete in this aggressive district. As always, this district promises to provide some tough, exciting match-ups.

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DHS

Carl Flanagan Head Coach

2013 was a tough season for the DeQuincy Tigers. It’s one that head coach Carl Flannagan will have to look at closely in order to address offensive and defensive problems if they hope to turn things around this year. The 2013 season started off with a 0-19 loss to longtime rivals South Beauregard. The Tigers recovered and won the next two games, but ultimately were unable to keep up forward momentum, winning only three games all together during the season. Missteps such as the 0-20 loss at Lake Arthur, the 0-28 loss at Vinton and the 13-42 loss to Kinder robbed the Tigers of critical morale.

Flannagan will need to deflect that loss of morale going into this season and to do that he will have help in three senior players, quarterback Chase Dyer, cornerback Mikey Hebert and guard Joshua Skinner. He will be looking to this trio to step up and guide the younger Tigers’ players both on and off the field.

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•••••••• DeQuincy High School ••••••••

tigers

SCHEDULE DHS score

9/5/2014 S. BEAUREGARD

District 4-2A OVERALL RECORD: 3-8 (.272 w%)

9/26/2013 PICKERING

DISTRICT 4-2A RECORD: 1-4

10/3/2014 OAKDALE

POINTS FOR: 156 (14.2 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 255 (23.2 avg)

10/10/2014 MAMOU* 10/17/2014 LAKE ARTHUR*

2013 Results South Beauregard L 0-19 North Caddo W 27-14 South Cameron W 18-10 Pickering L 7-12 Oakdale L 13-27 Mamou* W 38-6 Lake Arthur* L 0-20 Kinder* L 13-42 Vinton* L 0-28 Welsh* L 12-14

9/12/2014 NORTH CADDO 9/19/2014 SOUTH CAMERON

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REGULAR SEASON

Opp. score

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KHS

Bret Fuselier Head Coach

The Kinder High School Yellow Jackets are the lone team in Southwest Louisiana who are coming into the 2014 season riding high on their 2013 2A state championship. One thing about being on top though is that you become the team that everyone aims to beat. To counter this, the Yellow Jackets are putting into play junior Welles Cooley, a new quarterback who will look to lead Coach Bret Fuselier’s championship team back to the finals and a repeat title. Last year, Fuselier was the new guy at Kinder, and stressed that he would keep the atmosphere of the program largely the same as his predecessor. That didn’t mean he didn’t have a few tricks up his sleeve.

“We have some new guys on staff, and we’re not going to be doing things exactly the same way as before,” Fuselier said. Switching tactics while keeping his team versed in the Yellow Jackets’ strengths served his school well. Kinder’s 14-1 overall record that included an undefeated district record speaks to that.

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SCHEDULE

••••• Kinder High School •••••

Yellow Jackets

KHS score

9/5/2014 ELTON

District 4-2A OVERALL RECORD: 14-1 (.933 w%)

9/26/2014 WESTLAKE

DISTRICT 4-2A RECORD: 5-0

10/3/2014 IOTA

POINTS FOR: 482 (32.1 AVG) POINTS AGAINST: 162 (10.8 AVG)

10/10/2014 LAKE ARTHUR*

2013 Results Elton Oberlin Oakdale Westlake Iota Lake Arthur* Vinton* DeQuincy* Welsh* Mamou*

W 34-6 W 28-20 W 20-7 L 15-18 W 38-13 W 35-0 W 41-0 W 42-13 W 19-18 W 51-7

9/12/2014 OBERLIN 9/18/2013 OAKDALE

2013 STATS

REGULAR SEASON

Opp. score

10/17/2014 VINTON* PLAYOFFS

Istrouma Homer St. James Winnfield Many

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LAHS

Mark Deshotel Head Coach

The Lake Arthur Tigers will have to work on their presence in hostile territory if they hope to excel in the 2014 season. The Tigers only won two of their five away games last year, both of those early in the season. They were much more comfortable on their home turf, winning four out of six. This year the Tigers will have a number of returning players which will provide a sense of consistency to their game. Leading the offense will be the 5’9”, 155-pound Glen Guidry at quarterback. Guidry is taking over from graduating senior Rory Guidry, and will look to provide a solid sense of leadership for his team. He’ll be reinforced by a pair of fleet-footed running backs, junior Michael Ware and sophomore Trey Hargrave. Enter into the mix Mark Deshotel, who was assistant coach for 11 years. He’ll be stepping into

the head coach’s office in place of the departing Chad Lavergne who returned home to coach the Grand Lake Hornets in their second season. Deshotel is a familiar face within the program and will bring a sense of continuity and stability. All these things together leave the door wide open for the Tigers to make another run into the post-season this year.

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Tigers

LAHS score

HAMILTON CHRISTIAN

9/12/2014 DELCAMBRE 9/19/2014 IOTA

2013 STATS OVERALL RECORD: 6-5 (.525 w%)

9/26/2014 ROSEPINE

DISTRICT 4-2A RECORD: 2-3

10/2/2013 S. BEAUREGARD

POINTS FOR: 242 (22 AVG) POINTS AGAINST: 215 (19.5 AVG)

10/10/2014 KINDER*

2013 Results Hamilton Christian Delcambre Iota Rosepine South Beauregard Kinder* DeQuincy* Welsh* Mamou* Vinton*

Opp. score

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District 4-2A

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W 35-14 W 34-7 W 6-14 W 30-19 L 14-18 L 0-35 W 20-0 L 15-42 W 40-0 L 15-19

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VHS

Tarius Davis Head Coach

The great thing about growing pains is that they, naturally, accompany growth. The Vinton Lions, after a lackluster showing in the 2012 season, bounded onto the field with 10 victories and a respectable run during the playoffs during their 2013 campaign. Looking at these scores, you can tell that one of the Lion’s best assets is its defensive style which allowed only 98 points to be scored in winning games over the season. However, when the Lions faltered, they faltered badly, not scoring a single point against Kinder, losing to Welsh by 10 points, and finally being stopped at Winnfield without touching the end zone. Of course, it’s often said that the best defense is a great offense, and this is where the Lions will have to focus in order to offset any defensive missteps

in the coming season. On that note, the leadership of senior Tanner Guidry, a 6’2”, 180-pound mountain of a player who can leverage that height to better see his targets in the backfield. James Planchard, Keyshawn Bias, Dalen Guillory and Dakota Marcantel will make up the running back corps that will be key to Guidry getting the ball into enemy territory.

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•••••••• Vinton High School ••••••••

lions

SCHEDULE VHS score

9/5/2014 ABBEVILLE 9/12/2014 ELTON

District 4-2A

9/19/2014 MERRYVILLE

2013 STATS OVERALL RECORD: 10-3(.769 w%)

9/26/2014 PINE PRAIRIE

DISTRICT 4-2A RECORD: 3-2

10/3/2014 PICKERING

POINTS FOR: 346 (26.6 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 179 (13.8 avg)

10/10/2014 WELSH* 10/17/2014 KINDER*

2013 Results REGULAR SEASON

Abbeville Elton Merryville Pine Prairie Pickering Welsh* Kinder* Mamou* DeQuincy* Lake Arthur*

W 13-7 W 49-22 W 34-8 W 28-8 W 34-10 L 17-27 L 0-41 W 34-0 W 28-0 W 19-15

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PLAYOFFS

General Trass Rosepine Winnfield

10/24/2014 MAMOU*

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WHS

John Richardson Head Coach

Coach John Richardson came out swinging during his inaugural season with the Welsh Greyhounds last season, going 10-3 overall, 4-1 in district and losing only one game while on his home turf. Richardson dialed in the strengths of an already strong team in 2013, moving from a win average of .727 to .769. The Greyhounds did especially well in the playoffs, smashing Jonesboro-Hodge 42-16 and utterly destroying Red River 54-0. Welsh even put a hitch in juggernaut Kinder’s run for the Dome, losing only by a point in their November 1 bout. However, the Greyhounds have a gap to fill with the loss of Caleb Hayes, who graduated. Stepping in to fill his shoes is junior Hayden Freeland, a tall 5’11”,185-pound quarterback who will have to

use quick maneuvers and fast thinking in order to perform at Hayes’ level. It will be up to Freeland and Richardson to lead the Greyhounds into the season with an eye on Kinder and other heavy hitters in the district, but with this past year behind them, they have some heavy hits of their own to deliver.

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•••••••• Welsh High School ••••••••

greyhounds

District 4-2A

SCHEDULE WHS score

Opp. score

9/5/2014 OAKDALE 9/12/2014 VERMILLION CATHOLIC

9/19/2014 S. BEAUREGARD

2013 STATS OVERALL RECORD: 10-3 (.769 w%)

9/26/2014 IOTA

DISTRICT 4-2A RECORD:4-1

10/2/2013 ROSEPINE

POINTS FOR: 364 (28 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 215 (16.5 avg)

10/10/2014 VINTON* 10/17/2014 MAMOU*

2013 Results REGULAR SEASON

PLAYOFFS

Oakdale W 37-13 Vermilion Catholic L 39-14 South Beauregard W 3-0 Iota W 23-14 Rosepine W 20-0 Vinton* W 27-17 Mamou* W 42-0 Lake Arthur* W 42-15 Kinder* L 18-19 DeQuincy* W 14-12

Jonesboro-Hodge Red River Loreauville

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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.

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Some experts feel the increase in cheerleading-related injuries can be attributed to the sheer increase in the number of young women engaged in the sport. Others feel the rise in serious injuries appears related to the increasing difficulty of the acrobatic routines cheerleaders perform and the increasingly competitive nature of the sport. Dr. Collins agrees that these factors do play a role. “Cheer teams aren’t just cheering on their school teams, they are training for competition against other squads on a regional and national level,” says Dr. Collins. “And in addition to school teams, dance studios and cheer academies have students involved and competing in the sport as well.” Now that measures are in place to monitor injuries, there is a new emphasis on safety for the sport. “Whether you’re a cheerleader, coach or parent, your main objective should be to ensure the safety of everyone involved,” says Dr. Collins. “Knowing why the majority of injuries occur will help you better understand how to prevent them.” He says most cheerleading injuries occur for some very easy-to-identify reasons: lack of conditioning, risk-taking choices, inadequate spotting, improper or unsafe equipment, and practicing or performing on non-cushioned surfaces. Dr. Collins adds that parents of cheerleaders can play a big role in helping prevent severe injuries by checking out the qualifications of those working with their children. “Don’t be afraid to ask about their experience, the safety measures they use, what types of stunts will be performed, who will be supervising every practice and their plan for handling any injuries that occur.” Just like any other sport, cheerleading brings with it some unavoidable risks, and no amount of prevention can eliminate the chance of injury, but Dr. Collins stresses that with the proper information and knowledge, the severity and frequency of injuries can be greatly reduced.

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After last year’s district reclassification, local teams in the newly christened District 4-1A had a rough time of it. Oberlin did well in district play, winning five of the seven district games and the Basile Bear Cats went 11-1 and undefeated in district, earning themselves the title of district champions. Contrast those records with Elton, who lost over half their games, and South Cameron, who had difficulty racking up points and therefore wins after a strong start. Local football fans should not give up hope, however, because nothing galvanizes a team more than being an underdog. The squads from Merryville and Hamilton Christian hope to pull together positive seasons for their head coaches who will both be in their sophomore seasons with their respective teams. Add to that the Grand Lake Hornets who will return for their second season of football under the leadership of local favorite Chad Lavergne who experienced a fair amount of success is years as head coach at Lake Arthur and you’ve got the makings of a strong district that will be tough for any of these teams to make it through completely unscathed.

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EBHS

Gordy Glaser Head Coach

2013 was a stellar year for the East Beauregard Trojans compared to their 2012 season where the Trojans won no games and scored only 86 points over ten contests. The difference from 2012 to 2013 is striking. The Trojans won eight games, and went nearly undefeated in their district, losing only to Basile. They gave up an average of 14 points per game over the season, much better than the 32 average points per game from 2012. In some ways, a losing season can be a catalyst for growth in a younger team. Head Coach Gordy Glaser, himself a 20-year-veteran of the Trojan staff, stepped back into the program after a short stint at Merryville High. Glaser works out of a ‘Double Wing’ offensive formation, which worked well last season, leading to

252 total points scored. Defensively the Trojans use a 5-3 base defense, which helps in a ground-game focused district. The road to a repeat of last season won’t be without it’s challenges in 2014, but the Trojans are fortunate to have a lot of momentum working in their favor as they look to build upon the successes of last season.

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SCHEDULE

••• East Beauregard High School •••

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EBHS score

Opp. score

9/5/2014 LASALLE

District 4-1A

9/11/2014 PINE PRAIRIE 9/19/2014 BUNKIE

2013 STATS OVERALL RECORD: 8-3 (.727 w%)

9/26/2014 OBERLIN*

DISTRICT 4-2A RECORD: 6-1

10/2/2014 MERRYVILLE*

POINTS FOR: 252 (22.9 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 154 (14 avg)

10/10/2014

HAMILTON CHRISTIAN*

2013 Results REGULAR SEASON

LaSalle (Olla, LA) L 12-18 Pine Prairie W 20 - 6 Bunkie W 14 - 6 Oberlin* W 18 - 16 Merryville* W 22 - 8 Hamilton Christian* W 30 - 20 South Cameron* W 26 - 0 Basile* L 0-34 Grand Lake* W 58 - 6 Elton* W 46 - 16

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EHS

Doyle Carter Head Coach

The Elton Indians didn’t quite do as well as Head Coach Doyle Carter had hoped during the 2013 season. Carter spoke to Thrive last year, and said that he expected more from himself and his team. Unfortunately, the Indians were unable to deliver on that expectation, sliding down to .417 win percentage, a marked decrease from the .636 win percentage for 2012 Carter’s got some aces in the hole as the Indians head into the 2014 season, however, including junior Quincy Dewees at quarterback. Dewees, who reaches 6’0” and weighs 140 pounds can use that height advantage to zero in on targets downfield, like wide receiver Jefferson Fontenot, a sophomore that matches his quarterback in height and weight. The height advantage must be coupled with bursts of speed, so it will be imperative for Fontenot to train enough to keep his routes tight and quick.

Defensively, Coach Carter’s defensive line has been bulking up, including Dalon Allison, a defensive end and senior who stands at a shorter 5’6” but weighs in at 215 pounds. Allison is sure to provide explosive hits if he can get past the offensive line. The Indians will need all the fire power they can get on both sides of the ball to make a successful run through a tough District 4-1A.

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••••••••• Elton High School •••••••••

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EHS score

9/12/2014 VINTON 9/19/2014 DELCAMBRE

2013 STATS OVERALL RECORD: 5-7 (.412 w%)

9/26/2014 GRAND LAKE*

DISTRICT 5-1A RECORD: 3-4

10/3/2014 OBERLIN*

POINTS FOR: 301 (25.1 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 441 (36.8 avg)

10/10/2014 MERRYVILLE* 10/17/2014

2013 Results Kinder Vinton Delcambre Grand Lake* Oberlin* Merryville* Hamilton Christian* South Cameron* Basile* East Beauregard*

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9/5/2014 KINDER

District 4-1A

REGULAR SEASON

SCHEDULE

HAMILTON CHRISTIAN* PLAYOFFS

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HCHS

Tim Sensley Head Coach

The Hamilton Christian Warriors are entering the 2014 season with a renewed spirit with hopes of honoring the memory of one of their own. Shaun Edwards, who would have been a senior on the Warrior roster this season, passed away earlier this summer. The team posed for their annual team picture holding Edwards’ No. 18 jersey and they’ve had t-shirts made, declaring him their team’s 12th man. There’s also a poster in their gym with his number that reads, “Always a Warrior!” Despite the tragedy of losing a teammate and fellow student, Warrior nation remains strong. Second-year Head Coach Tim Sensley will have at least seven seniors on the team and each will be in a prime position to offer leadership towards the other players in order to bring this team back to District 4-1A supremacy. “We are fortunate to have great leadership with our senior class,” Sensley said. “We are looking forward to beating the injury bug that really hurt

us last season. We have a lot of depth in our line positions on both sides of the ball. Solid play is something the Warriors will need to focus on as they prepare themselves for a tough run through district play. “We are just going to take it one game at a time,” said Sensley. “We will focus on the things we can control and work hard to be mentally and physically prepared for the task ahead.”

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District 4-1A

Opp. score

9/5/2014 LAKE ARTHUR 9/12/2013 ST. MARY LAFAYETTE CHRISTIAN

OVERALL RECORD: 3-8 (.272 w%)

9/25/2013 S. CAMERON*

DISTRICT 5-1A RECORD: 3-4

10/3/2014 BASILE*

POINTS FOR: 171 (15.5 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 257 (23.4 avg)

10/10/2014 E. BEAUREGARD*

2013 Results REGULAR SEASON

HCA score

9/19/2014

2013 STATS

Lake Arthur L 14-35 St. Mary L 7-48 Lafayette Christian Academy L 7-14 South Cameron* W 21-0 Basile* L 3-38 East Beauregard* L 20-30 Elton* L 21-28 Oberlin* L 14-52 Merryville* W 0-16 Grand Lake* W 41-0

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10/17/2014 ELTON* PLAYOFFS

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MHS

Danny Cain Head Coach

The Merryville Panthers begin a new season, working toward wins for 2014. Head Coach Danny Cain will be in his second year in 2014, and hopes that small improvements will build up over the season towards an improved record. “Being new to the program, we’re just looking to improve with every snap of the ball,” Cain said last year. Those improvements couldn’t come fast enough. The Panthers only scored an average of 19 points over the course of 2013, while they allowed an average of 28. With small teams like those at Merryville, each player has to have the stamina and ability to play multiple positions, and that can be mentally and physically exhausting. Cain will have to condition his players for this punishing style of football if the Panthers are going to succeed in 2014 but there are many reasons to be optimistic. The squad will see 12 starters

return, including first-team all-district 4-1A and all-Southwest Louisiana first team small school linebacker Kyle Branett. His leadership on the defensive side of play will be critical to the Panthers’ success. On the offensive side of the ball last year’s weapons for the spread attack, second-team alldistrict receivers Ryan Bailey, Skyler Stapleton and running back Reggie Noble will be in position to guide Seth Powell, the new starting quarterback.

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• • • • • Merryville High School • • • • •

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MHS score

Opp. score

9/5/2014 ROSEPINE

District 4-1A

9/12/2013 PICKERING 9/19/2014 VINTON

2013 STATS OVERALL RECORD: 3-8 (.273 w%)

9/26/2014 BASILE*

DISTRICT 5-1A RECORD: 3-4

10/2/2014 E. BEAUREGARD*

POINTS FOR: 216 (19.6 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 308 (28 avg)

10/10/2014 ELTON*

2013 Results REGULAR SEASON

SCHEDULE

10/17/2014 OBERLIN*

Rosepine L 12-33 Pickering L 14-28 Vinton L 8-34 Basile* L 6-42 East Beauregard* L 8-22 Elton* W 48-21 Oberlin* L 30-50 Grand Lake* W 28-12 Hamilton Christian* L 0-16 South Cameron* W 42-21

PLAYOFFS

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L 20-29

10/24/2014 GRAND LAKE* 10/30/2014

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SCHS

Mark Delaney Head Coach

The South Cameron Tarpons come into 2014 trying to shake off a disappointing 2-9 record from their 2013 campaign. They are hoping to turn the tide in 2014 with a little optimism and grit. Last year, the Tarpons came out swinging with a massive win over Gueydan, 50-0. However, that win unfortunately did not last, as the boys from South Cameron, led by head coach Mark Delaney, suffered three losses in a row, similar to a rough 2012 season where the Tarpons lost several starters to injury in the second game. Even a single injury can mean a big problem for both the offense and defense. Delaney will have to work with the 20 or so players he has at his disposal, nine of which are starters from last year’s team. In a recent interview Delaney talked about some of the difficulties a coach with only 20 players to choose from faces. “There isn’t a lot of hitting going on because of our numbers. I’m moving some guys around that played defensive line last year that may have to play a skill position this year.”

Working in his favor though is the fact that Eric Stelly, a two-year returning starter on the defensive line, will once again suit up for the Tarpons. Controlling the ball on offense will be a big focus for the season as well as conditioning to make sure the guys are in top physical shape. Ironman football will be the name of the game for the Tarpons so staying fresh will be key if the Tarpons hope to make a run for the post season.

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• • • South Cameron High School • • •

tarpons

SCHEDULE SCHS score

9/5/2014 GEUYDAN 9/12/2014 MAMOU

District 4-1A

9/19/2014 DEQUINCY

2013 STATS OVERALL RECORD: 2-9 (.182 w%)

9/25/2014

HAMILTON CHRISTIAN*

DISTRICT 5-1A RECORD: 1-6

10/3/2014 GRAND LAKE*

POINTS FOR: 196 (17.8 avg) POINTS AGAINST: 333 (30.3 avg)

10/10/2014 BASILE* 10/16/2014 E. BEAUREGARD*

2013 Results REGULAR SEASON

Opp. score

Gueydan W 50-0 Mamou L 17-35 DeQuincy L 10-18 Hamilton Christian L 0-21 Grand Lake W 43-28 Basile L 19-58 East Beauregard L 0-26 Elton L 15-35 Oberlin L 14-28 Merryville L 21-42

PLAYOFFS

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10/31/2014 OBERLIN* 11/6/2014 MERRYVILLE* Bold face are home games | * District games

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