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St. James coach Valdez expects ‘slugfest’ against Madison Prep

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  • Feature Story
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  • Team:
  • St. James
  • Posted:
  • 11/15/17 9:08pm

The deeper teams get into the high school football playoffs the more likely games won’t be the decided until the fourth quarter, many coaches seem to agree. Although his team won its Class 3A playoff opener handily over Marksville 39-0 last week, you can count St. James coach Robert Valdez with the aforementioned sentiment as his Wildcats prepare to travel to Baton Rouge to take on Madison Prep on Friday. “It will... Keep Reading

Top-seeded WSJ Rams face East Iberville after open-round bye

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Preview
  • Team:
  • West St. John
  • Posted:
  • 11/15/17 5:12pm

As the No. 1 seed in the Class 1A playoffs, the West St. John Rams earned the opportunity to able to sit back last week and wait to see who they might face in Friday night’s second-round matchup in Edgard but instead took a more proactive approach. “We took two of the days off to kind or rest and heal up a little bit. We had a good week of practice even though... Keep Reading

Ruston provides different type of hurdle for Saltaformaggio’s Tigers

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Preview
  • Team:
  • Hahnville
  • Posted:
  • 11/15/17 5:03pm

The start of the high school football playoffs had Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio thinking of a different sport. “My favorite race in track is the 110-meter hurdles, not the 110 meters,” Saltaformaggio said. “It’s my favorite race because the guy that wins that has battled through obstacles; it wasn’t a clear lane from start to finish. “Unlike the regular season, the playoffs are a sprint, but it&rsquo... Keep Reading

Destrehan to clash with Barbe in tough second-round matchup

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  • Classification
  • Feature Story
  • Game Preview
  • Team:
  • Destrehan
  • Posted:
  • 11/15/17 3:44pm

If anyone had mentioned a Destrehan-Barbe postseason matchup at the beginning of the season, many would likely have figured the encounter well after the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Yet, that’s where the teams find themselves when the Wildcats host the Buccaneers on Friday night. Destrehan, the No. 8 seed, is coming off a 33-14 triumph over Alexandria, while Barbe, the No. 9 seed, dominated Parkway 52-6. The Wildcats enter the game at ... Keep Reading

Comets host ‘scrappy’ St. Louis squad in 2017 playoff debut

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Preview
  • Team:
  • St. Charles
  • Posted:
  • 11/15/17 3:12pm

As the St. Charles Catholic Comets sat back with an opening-round bye in the Division II playoff, they were trying to get an idea of who they may host in the second round. The Comets were leaning toward one-loss E.D. White but then started to take a closer look at 3-7 St. Louis. When St. Louis rallied to edge the Cardinals 22-21, the Saints started to look a bit more formidable. “We didn... Keep Reading

Rebels looking to ‘find a way to win and move on’ against Dunham

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  • Feature Story
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  • Team:
  • Riverside
  • Posted:
  • 11/15/17 2:50pm

Given enough experience, Riverside Academy may finally have figure out all this open-date stuff. Riverside has faced three open dates this season. In the week following the first two, the Rebels lost 42-21 to De La Salle and 31-30 in overtime to Newman. Following a Week 10 bye week, the defending state champion Rebels opened the Division III playoffs at home with a 42-21 triumph over a scrappy Northlake Christian last Friday. Although the final margin... Keep Reading

Riverside point guard Jared Butler signs with Alabama

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  • Feature Story
  • Other Sports
  • Team:
  • Riverside
  • Posted:
  • 11/13/17 5:11pm

With a desire to get the recruiting process over and to focus on his final season at Riverside, senior point guard Jared Butler took advantage of the Early Signing Period and signed his National Letter of Intent Monday to play for Alabama. "It's a great day for me, it's a blessing," said Butler. "It's one of those days I've been waiting for since I was a little kid. It was a... Keep Reading

Trip to Ruston unfriendly as ESJ Wildcats knocked out of playoffs

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  • Feature Story
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  • Team:
  • East St. John
  • Posted:
  • 11/11/17 8:06am

A 21-point surge by Ruston starting in the second quarter proved to be too much for visiting East St. John to overcome in a 35-25 loss Friday night that eliminated the Wildcats from the Class 5A playoff in the opening round. East St. John, the No. 26 seed, ended its season 5-6. Ruston, the No. 7 seed, advances to host Hahnville. The Tigers, the No. 10 seed, defeated No. 23 Denham Springs 42-21. The ESJ-Ruston game was tied 7-7... Keep Reading

Lutcher’s reign comes to an end with 34-30 loss to Spartans

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  • Feature Story
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  • Team:
  • Lutcher
  • Posted:
  • 11/11/17 7:44am

When quarterback Kolby Bourgeois connected on a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Williams to put Lutcher back on top of Slidell with what appeared to be 57 seconds remaining on the clock, the Bulldogs looked like they had found a way to extend what had been a very trying season. After the score, the officials added time to bring the clock to 1:04 and the Salmen Spartans took full advantage of those extra few ticks when quarterback... Keep Reading

River Parish players major factor in quick turnaround for Nicholls

  • Tags:
  • Alumni
  • Feature Story
  • Teams:
  • Destrehan, East St. John, Lutcher, Riverside, St. James
  • Posted:
  • 11/9/17 1:12pm

THIBODAUX - A lot was on the line in Nicholls’ game last Saturday against Houston Baptist at Guidry Stadium. A 38-31 triumph the previous week at Incarnate Word gave the Colonels six wins and guaranteed Nicholls its first winning season since a 6-5 finish in 2007. A victory over Houston Baptist would allow NSU to finish unbeaten at home for only the third time in school history while solidifying its ranking in the Top 25 while... Keep Reading