River Parish Football

Playoff journey takes St. James Wildcats to Arkansas border

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  • St. James
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  • 11/15/18 12:08pm

How close is Springhill, Louisiana, the site of the St. James Wildcats’ second-round Class 3A playoff game against North Webster, to the Arkansas border? “I think you could throw a rock and hit Arkansas,” said St. James coach Robert Valdez. It’s not quite that close, but is, in fact, less than five miles from the border. St. James in the No. 9 seed and will take on North Webster, the No. 8... Keep Reading

Former ESJ star Martin epitomizes ‘a football player’ at Nicholls

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  • Alumni
  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • East St. John
  • Posted:
  • 11/15/18 8:23am

THIBODAUX - As Ahmani Martin prepares to take part in his final regular-season game in a Nicholls uniform against visiting Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday night, the nationally-ranked Colonels are on the verge of a Southland Conference championship and an automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. None of those things were part of the same sentence when Martin was a senior at East St. John High School four years ago and was being recruited... Keep Reading

Destrehan faces battle-tested Landry-Walker in second round

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  • Destrehan
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  • 11/14/18 8:44am

Destrehan’s 22-0 win over visiting Hammond in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs last week was a bit of a departure for the Wildcats. “You have to be able to win games in different ways and I was happy we able to run the ball and get that win and get out of the first round, especially with the weather conditions Friday night,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. A... Keep Reading

New-concept Hahnville Tigers get another shot at Zachary Broncos

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  • Hahnville
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  • 11/14/18 8:26am

A new dimension has worked wonders for the Hahnville Tigers. “This is the first time since I’ve been here where people can no longer defense us with nine-man boxes,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “Just by the fact that people have to back away from us has made us better on the offensive line with the same kids that weren’t very good a month ago. “Conceptually, we... Keep Reading

Defense rules in SJH Wildcats’ playoff win over Donaldsonville

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  • Game Recap
  • Team:
  • St. James
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  • 11/10/18 3:01am

It might not have exactly been a “defense wins championships” type of game, but defense certainly won a playoff opener for St. James on Friday night in Vacherie. The Wildcats played top-notch defense all night, allowing St. James to maintain a 2-0 lead through halftime before pulling away for a 25-0 win over rival Donaldsonville in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs. “Our defense played lights out. It’s... Keep Reading

Bulldogs’ season ends with 29-28 overtime loss at Breaux Bridge

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  • Game Recap
  • Team:
  • Lutcher
  • Posted:
  • 11/10/18 1:14am

By Steve Peloquin BREAUX BRIDGE - The 2018 season came to an excruciating end for the Lutcher Bulldogs on Friday night. Lutcher, the No. 18 seed, fell to 15th-seeded Breaux Bridge 29-28 in overtime in the opening round of the Class 3A state playoffs on a cold, windy night. “It's a tough loss, but any loss that ends you season is difficult,” said Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins. “It was a good game, and... Keep Reading

Rebels’ season ends with 35-13 playoff loss at Ascension Episcopal

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  • Game Recap
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  • Riverside
  • Posted:
  • 11/10/18 12:34am

By Cody Junot LAFAYETTE - Riverside Academy’s season came to an end Friday night at the hands of the seventh-seeded Ascension Episcopal Blue Gators as the Rebels fell 35-13. Friday evening was the tale of two halves for the Rebels. In the first half, both teams traded blows, each countering the other, forcing a stalemate for much of the first 24 minutes. Offensively, Riverside was able to move the ball on the ground, rushing... Keep Reading

Two defensive scores not quite enough in ESJ’s loss to Spartans

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  • Game Recap
  • Team:
  • East St. John
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  • 11/10/18 12:12am

By Tate Roussel GONZALES - Despite two defensive touchdowns, the No. 28 seed East St. John Wildcats were defeated in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs for the second year in a row, falling 17-13 to East Ascension, the No. 5 seed, Friday night. “Our kids came out and played hard. We had our chances, but we just never capitalized. At the end, hats off to our defense. We continued to get the ball... Keep Reading

Hahnville win sets up state-title rematch with defending champs

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  • Hahnville
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  • 11/9/18 11:37pm

Hahnville amassed 338 yards of total offense while holding Walker to 141, including only 56 yards on 20 rushing attempts, as the Tigers won 35-9 on the road Friday night in the opening round of the Class 5A football playoffs. “We’ve been playing really good defensively for a while now,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “I think our kids are just getting better and better on that side of the ball. They have great... Keep Reading

Destrehan shuts out Hammond 22-0 in playoff opener

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  • Destrehan
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  • 11/9/18 9:43pm

Survive and advance. It's the motto of any team in the post-season and for 5A No. 2 seed Destrehan, a 22-0 win over No. 31 Hammond they'll be the ones advancing. A wet, windy, cold night led to sloppy execution. That was on display late in the first quarter when Hammond botched a snap during a punt attempt with the ball being kicked and eventually slapped out of the end zone for a safety giving... Keep Reading