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Staying even keel could be tough with rival-filled SJH schedule

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  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • St. James
  • Posted:
  • 8/20/17 6:45pm

If you are seeking a metaphorical amusement park ride, you might want to check out St. James High School. Most coaches want to keep their players on even emotional keel from week to week but with St. James’ rival-heavy schedule, especially to open the season; that could prove to be tough for the Wildcats. “It will be an emotional roller-coaster that won’t touch down for three weeks,” said Robert Valdez,... Keep Reading

Hahnville Tigers looking for deeper Class 5A playoff run in 2017

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  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • Hahnville
  • Posted:
  • 8/20/17 2:11pm

Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio loves to sing the praises of Anthony “Pooka” Williams. “You hate to say he is a once in a lifetime guy because you hope you get them more often but he truly has special, special talents,” Saltaformaggio said of Williams. “It’s almost like the five-tool baseball player. He’s kind of a five-tool football player. He can run inside with power. He can... Keep Reading

East St. John could be poised to take its program to next level

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  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • East St. John
  • Posted:
  • 8/19/17 2:13pm

East St. John managed to go 5-5 during the 2016 regular season, including advancing to the playoffs but 2017 could be the year the Wildcats take a major leap forward under third-year coach Alden Foster. “We have a chance with kids that have bought into the program,” Foster said. “Even seniors like Chris Thompson and D’Andrea Pittman, the only coaches they know is us. It will all depend on how well we... Keep Reading

West St. John Rams boast experience, versatility, size

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  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • West St. John
  • Posted:
  • 8/19/17 12:35pm

The West St. John Rams seem to have a bit of it all entering the 2017 season. Coming off a pair of sub-.500 seasons but with quarterfinal playoff runs during a two-year stint in Class 2A, the Rams are back competing on the Class 1A level while boasting experience, versatility and size. Even at quarterback, where West St. John will be starting a sophomore, the Rams have some experience. Due to injuries to now-graduated Austin Alexander,... Keep Reading

Slidell successful scrimmage venue for both Destrehan, Hahnville

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Recap
  • Teams:
  • Destrehan, Hahnville
  • Posted:
  • 8/18/17 9:51pm

Destrehan’s first unit offense scored three times and the defense kept Salmen from scoring in the Wildcats’ scrimmage Friday in Slidell. “I thought we did pretty good. I always like going up there playing Salmen. They are physical. They have a little size up front now and Jerry (Leonard, the Salmen coach) does a tremendous job getting his team ready to play,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux. In another scrimmage involving... Keep Reading

Competitive temperament evident in LHS-West St. John scrimmage

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Recap
  • Teams:
  • Lutcher, West St. John
  • Posted:
  • 8/17/17 10:55pm

As with most scrimmages, the final score doesn’t count but the competition certainly matters. When Lutcher quarterback Kolby Bourgeois connected with Jacoby Williams from 12 yards out on the final play, the Bulldogs finished with a tie against visiting West St. John. Depending on how you keep score, it was either 28-28 or four touchdowns to four touchdowns. “We knew when we took over the ball we had to score a touchdown to... Keep Reading

Approach to scrimmages a bit different for Destrehan, Hahnville

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Preview
  • Teams:
  • Destrehan, Hahnville
  • Posted:
  • 8/17/17 1:27pm

District 7-5A contenders Destrehan and Hahnville both will be on the road in scrimmage action Friday. Destrehan will play at Salmen at 5:30 p.m., while Hahnville visits Northshore at 6 p.m. Wildcats coach Stephen Robicheaux is taking is taking a rather broad approach to Friday’s scrimmage against Salmen. “You went through the spring and you went through the summer, you’ve kind of made evaluations of who should be there... Keep Reading

Coaches view scrimmages as measuring stick for season

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Preview
  • Teams:
  • West St. John, Lutcher
  • Posted:
  • 8/16/17 5:06pm

Scrimmages on Thursday and Friday will be used as a measuring stick for the River Parish high school football squads as teams face an opponent for the first time in preparation for the 2017 season. “For us, it’s about getting some guys on the field and getting them to be in some unpredictable and uncomfortable situations. There are so many guys that are new starters, especially on the defensive side. We need to... Keep Reading

Not even lightning stops Bulldogs from first workout in pull pads

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  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • Lutcher
  • Posted:
  • 8/12/17 3:03pm

As a current two-time champion, few opponents have beaten the Lutcher Bulldogs over the past couple of years. You now can add Mother Nature to the list. After three days of practice in helmets and shorts, Lutcher could have put on full pads for the first time in fall practice on Thursday. Since that was the first official day of school, the Bulldogs opted to make it Picture Day, delaying the first day of full... Keep Reading

Tired Rams good practice sign to West St. John coach Walters

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  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • West St. John
  • Posted:
  • 8/10/17 11:36am

West St. John coach Brandon Walters knows the signs of a good workout. “The guys are leaving tired every day,” the third-year Rams coach said following Tuesday’s practice. “That’s kind of what we want. We try to simulate the same thing we would see in a game as far as conditioning. We want to push them as far as they can go and then a little bit more. ... Keep Reading