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Fambrough: LHSAA stepped up in Katrina aftermath

Advocate file photo by STEVE KASHISHIAN. Former Dutchtown running back Eddie Lacy

The LHSAA has taken more shots from critics than a worn punching bag since opting to split its football playoffs more than two years ago. This story isn’t about that. It’s about the time the LHSAA got it right when so many things went terribly wrong after Hurricane Katrina. Former LHSAA Commissioner Tommy Henry remembers it… Continue reading →

Plaquemine shuts out White Castle

PLAQUEMINE — Tyler Wesley ran for 104 yards on eight carries and Austin Mitchell accounted for two touchdowns as Plaquemine beat White Castle 14-0 in the Plaquemine Jamboree on Friday night at PHS’ Canova Stadium. Mitchell completed 3 of 8 passes for 24 yards, including a 10-yard TD pass to Michael Sproles. He also scored on a short run… Continue reading →

Football schedule

Week 1 Games are 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Thursday Baton Rouge/area Catholic-Pointe Coupee (5-1A) vs. Ascension Catholic (6-1A) at Boutte Stadium-Donaldsonville Central Catholic-Morgan City (7-1A) vs. St. John-Plaquemine (6-1A) at Plaquemine’s Canova Stadium Belaire (6-4A) at Glen Oaks (6-3A) Mentorship (7-2A) at Central (4-5A) Southeast Pope John Paul II (7-2A) at Haynes Academy (8-2A) Friday Classes 5A/4A… Continue reading →

Volleyball schedule

Monday Berwick at St. John, 4 p.m. Dominican at St. Joseph’s, 4:30 p.m. Christian Life at Episcopal, 4:30 p.m. McKinley at Brusly, 5 p.m. Ascension Christian at Catholic-PC, 5 p.m. East Iberville at Lee High, 5 p.m. Livonia at Louisiana School for the Deaf, 5 p.m. Family Christian at Runnels, 5 p.m. Southern Lab at White Castle, 5:30 p.m.… Continue reading →

East Feliciana edges McKinley on late TD in EBR Kickoff Classics

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Madison Prep head coach Michael Roach.

East Feliciana had one more big play than McKinley. Kamaron Irvin hauled in an 18-yard touchdown pass from Kavon Moore with 1:52 remaining to give East Feliciana a 20-19 victory over McKinley and close the East Baton Rouge Parish Kickoff Classic jamboree games Friday at Broadmoor. “We played well, and I commend my kids on stepping up to… Continue reading →

Woodlawn downs Southern Lab; Capitol edges Baker

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Baker quarterback Devontae Rogers (2) hands the ball off to Kyrain Moore (33) against Capitol during the Woodlawn Jamboree, Friday, August 28, 2015, at Woodlawn High School.

A special week for Woodlawn coach Daniel Luquet ended with a bang as his team rallied for a 10-6 victory over Southern Lab in the nightcap of two games played at Woodlawn on Friday in the East Baton Rouge Kickoff Classic Jamboree. The Luquets welcomed a baby girl into the family on Tuesday, and the assistant coaches… Continue reading →

EBR Scotlandville Jamboree: Scotlandville blanks Glen Oaks; Northeast cruises past Tara

Punt returner Dwayne Williams started the Robert Valdez era at Scotlandville on the right track. Less than three minutes into Friday night’s jamboree, the senior broke a 40-yard return for the first touchdown of Valdez’s tenure at Scotlandville, setting the stage for the Hornets’ 30-0 win over Glen Oaks. “It set my tone for the whole… Continue reading →

West Feliciana knocks off Zachary in jamboree

ZACHARY —The Zachary Broncos entered their jamboree Friday against West Feliciana as one of the giants in Class 5A after last year’s trip to the playoff semifinals. But the Saints knocked off the Broncos 14-6. Because it was a jamboree, the Saints didn’t get an official win, but it was a gratifying triumph for the… Continue reading →

Live Oak, Varnado take wins, Pine, Albany tie at 14

DENHAM SPRINGS — Fontainebleau mostly controlled Friday night’s jamboree, running 38 plays to Live Oak’s 21 and moving the chains seven more times. Two big pass plays on back-to-back downs swung the contest in Live Oak’s favor. Covering 80 yards in those two plays to take a quick seven-point lead, the Eagles clipped Fontainebleau 7-6 in… Continue reading →

U-High blanks Livonia 21-0 in jamboree matchup of reigning state champions

Faced with the task of replacing its two glaring holes on offense, University High showed Friday it had the answers. The Cubs filled in the blanks by turning to a senior quarterback D.J. White, who hadn’t played football in several years, and freshman running back Mike Hollins. U-High was replacing longtime starters Manny Miles at quarterback… Continue reading →

East Ascension holds off St. Amant in LeBlanc Food Stores Jamboree

GONZALES — The stakes were unusually low for East Ascension and St. Amant, but the District 5-5A rivals still put on a show Friday night during the LeBlanc Food Stores Jamboree at Spartan Stadium. There were no Spartans fans wearing camouflage, and the Gators fans left their orange hunting gear at home. Otherwise, the teams… Continue reading →

Episcopal, Parkview Baptist claim victories

Three of the area’s top quarterbacks were on display at the South Baton Rouge Jamboree at Parkview Baptist’s Eagle Stadium on Friday, and all three had some big moments during the two abbreviated games they played. Parkview Baptist, Episcopal and The Dunham School played a total of four shortened games. In the first game, a Russ St.… Continue reading →

Catholic’s deep offense leads Bears to jamboree win over St. Michael

As Catholic High begins life after star running back Derrius Guice, Bears fans should go into the season feeling confident that they should still have production at Guice’s old spot. And not just in the running game. Junior running backs Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Ben Miles both impressed in Catholic’s 21-0 rout of St. Michael the Archangel… Continue reading →

Photos: Football jamborees - Woodlawn, McKinley, Madison Prep, others battle it out Friday night

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Broadmoor quarterback Tyler Woods is grabbed by Madison Prep's Malcolm Roach as he releases a pass on Friday night at Broadmoor's jamboree.

Images from Baton Rouge area jamboree’s featuring Capitol, Baker, Woodlawn, Southern Lab, Madison Prep, Belaire, McKinley, East Feliciana and Broadmoor on Friday at Broadmoor High School.… Continue reading →

Dutchtown defeats Denham Springs 21-14

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Dutchtown's Zac Kilpatrick gets wrapped up by Denham Springs' Wes Ross, left, and Jarques Jones during the LeBlanc Food Store Jamboree on Thursday at Dutchtown.

DUTCHTOWN — Neither coach knew exactly what to expect. Dutchtown got just enough — including a 40-yard touchdown pass from Jared Sparks to Brandon Ricca with a 3:28 remaining — to notch a 21-14 victory over Denham Springs in the LeBlanc Food Stores Jamboree on Thursday night at Dutchtown. “Certainly there’s a lot of… Continue reading →

Central tops Port Allen 14-6 in jamboree

PORT ALLEN — Central football coach Sid Edwards said the characteristics his team displayed in Thursday’s jamboree will ultimately define his team’s season. The Wildcats were opportunistic with second-half field position, solid on defense and executed in the kicking game. It all added up to a 14-6 victory for Central over Port Allen — with… Continue reading →

Scotlandville’s Robert Valdez doesn’t mind hectic pace of last month

Things move fast in the world of Robert Valdez these days. The first-year Scotlandville football coach wouldn’t have it any other way. “My first day at Scotlandville was July 28, so tomorrow it will be one month,” Valdez said. “There’s been a lot of ground to cover, and it’s been great so far. In fact, it’s been… Continue reading →

LHSAA sidelines Mentorship Academy

A ruling by LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine leaves the East Baton Rouge Parish Kickoff Classic jamboree with one less football team Friday night. And it leaves Mentorship Academy with a much bigger issue. When Mentorship joined the LHSAA, it was two schools operating under one roof and only one of those schools was granted membership. Officials… Continue reading →

Football jamboree report

Thursday LeBlanc Food Stores Jamboree At Dutchtown High Dutchtown 21, Denham Springs 14 Port Allen/Placid Refining Jamboree At PAHS’ Otwell Stadium Central 14, Port Allen 6 St. James Jamboree At St. James Stadium Donaldsonville vs. St. James Friday Ascension Catholic Jamboree At Boutte Stadium, Donaldsonville Houma Christian vs. Ascension Catholic JV, 6 p.m. Houma Christian vs. ACHS Format: two… Continue reading →

Gay Louisiana prep football referee hears hateful comments on job: People here think gays 'weak,' 'perverted,' 'messed up'

A Louisiana high school football referee describes to Outsports.com in a recent blog post the kind of hateful comments he hears from others about their feelings on gay people. (AP file photo)

. "Pedophile." "There is something wrong with them." "I don't want any of that rubbing off on me" It's become commonplace for one closeted, gay Louisiana high school football official to hear disparaging comments about homosexuality, he recounts in an anonymous blog posted to Outsports.com. The site granted the official anonymity,… Continue reading →

Limits tested at McKinley volleyball jamboree

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   University High's Destiny Ephrom goes for a kill against Ascension Christian during the McKinley volleyball jamboree Wednesday at the Louisiana School for the Deaf.

St. Michael the Archangel coach Rob Smith couldn’t help but smile, even though his team lost its final set at the McKinley Jamboree. “It’s very different playing early in the day,” Smith said. “The energy and the feel were quite different. We didn’t bring our energy with us. “We had a great summer and accomplished… Continue reading →

First-year Port Allen coach Nick Mitchell ready to gauge his team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Port Allen coach Nick Mitchell: 'Central has always been a very good program. They’ve been deep into the playoffs and have a very good coaching staff with some great athletes.'

More than three months after taking over Port Allen’s football program, going through a challenging offseason and preseason, coach Nick Mitchell will get an early assessment of his team. With an eye toward preparing for a rugged District 6-3A race, the Pelicans host Class 5A Central in the Port Allen/Placid Refining Jamboree at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Otwell Stadium.… Continue reading →

Football jamborees schedule

Thursday LeBlanc Food Stores Jamboree At Dutchtown High Denham Springs vs. Dutchtown, 8 p.m. JV teams play first Format: two 12-minute halves for varsity Port Allen/Placid Refining Jamboree At PAHS’ Otwell Stadium Central JV at Port Allen JV, 6:30 p.m. Central vs. Port Allen Format: two 12-minute halves for varsity St. James Jamboree At St. James Stadium Donaldsonville JV… Continue reading →

McKinley volleyball jamboree scores

At LSD Pool A: St. Joseph’s Academy def. Live Oak 25-17, St. Michael def. Episcopal 25-23, St. Joseph’s def. Episcopal 25-6, St. Michael def. Live Oak 25-15, Episcopal def. Live Oak 25-8, St. Joseph’s def. St. Michael 25-14. Pool B: SJA JV def. Dunham 26-24, Central def. Broadmoor 25-10, Dunham 25, Broadmoor 16, SJA JV def. Central 25-20, Central… Continue reading →

Defending champions University High, Livonia squaring off in jamboree

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Livonia coach Guy Mistretta

The teams aren’t the same, but the excitement surrounding Friday’s football jamboree between University High and Livonia continues to grow. “You can look at our guys and see they’ve got a little extra pep in their step,” Livonia coach Guy Mistretta said. “Part of it is because this is a jamboree. But I think… Continue reading →

Volleyball jamboree report

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Plaquemine's  Emily Falencki  hits a return against St. John during the  Westside Volleyball Jamboree on Tuesday at Brusly.

Tuesday’s scores Westside Jamboree At Brusly Pool A West Feliciana 25, Port Allen 15 Port Allen 19, St. John 18 White Castle 23, Port Allen 20 St. John 17, White Castle 15 West Feliciana 19, White Castle 17 West Feliciana 22, St. John 18 Pool B Southern Lab 22, Livonia 21 Livonia 25, Donaldsonville 15 Livonia 23, Family Christian… Continue reading →

Football jamboree schedule

Thursday LeBlanc Food Stores Jamboree At Dutchtown High Denham Springs vs. Dutchtown, 8 p.m. JV teams play first Format: two 12-minute halves for varsity Port Allen/Placid Refining Jamboree At PAHS’ Otwell Stadium Central JV at Port Allen JV, 6:30 p.m. Central vs. Port Allen Format: two 12-minute halves for varsity St. James Jamboree At St. James Stadium Donaldsonville JV… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Tara football coach Cooter Mansur’s Save the Game tries to help athletes keep playing

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Tara coach Cooter Mansur

There are life-changing experiences. And there are life-changing actions. Tara High football coach Cooter Mansur knows something about both. Mansur underwent two heart surgeries in June to alleviate 95 percent blockages in three arteries. A look at family history prompted his wife, Episcopal Athletic Director Myra Mansur, to push the 54-year-old coach to have a stress test. Suggestions… Continue reading →

City limits: Baton Rouge high school coaches, players committed to helping football thrive again

Advocate Photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- From left, Glen Oaks' Darren Evans, Belaire's Daquan Hicks,  Broadmoor's Jamil Abdul-Aziz, and Capitol's Chris Duhon in Expressway Park Saturday, August 15, 2015.

McKinley High football coach Robert Signater offers an analogy few would dispute. “People ask me what it’s like to compete against the other 5A teams in our district,” he said. “I tell them, ‘We’ve got a hammer and nails. Everybody else has a nail gun.’ “Now that doesn’t mean we can’t get things done. But it… Continue reading →

Prep volleyball jamborees ready to serve

The volleyball season starts anew this week with jamborees. Two new coaches are replacing longtime coaches and hoping to make their mark. Brusly’s Kayla Sarradet takes over for Karen Wooley, now the Livonia coach. McKinley’s Bridget Bowman replaces Brenda Simon. Brusly hosts the 16-team Westside Jamboree at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. The 20-team McKinley Jamboree is at 3:30 p.m.… Continue reading →

Lutcher, St. James rekindle District 9-3A rivalry; coach: 'I don’t have enough words in my vocabulary to describe the intensity'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Lutcher quarterback Jontre Kirklin

The football battle for St. James Parish returns this fall as Lutcher and St. James rekindle a series that hasn’t been played in more than a decade. The Bulldogs and Wildcats last matched up in 2004, the last time the schools shared a district. With Lutcher dropping from Class 4A and St. James rising from 2A,… Continue reading →

10 big storylines for 2015 Baton Rouge-area high school football season

Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER --  Catholic coach Dale Weiner

1. It’s a new year with new challenges. LHSAA schools finally may be settling into a select/nonselect football playoff routine, but a new two-year districting plan shakes things up. One key change sends Livonia, last year’s 3A state champion, into Class 4A and District 6-4A. Woodlawn drops from 5A to 4A and also… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Super Superdome finishes? Baton Rouge-area high school football teams are all-in for those

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --University High defensive back Tre Jackson

Stability is one thing every high school football coach yearns for. And for the first time in three years, LHSAA schools will have it … at least when it comes to the state finals format. Here’s the good news: The LHSAA’s split football playoff format remains the same for the second straight year. Title games… Continue reading →

District 5-5A Louisiana high school football preview: Nobody overlooks Catholic, but Ascension Parish rivals have plenty at stake too

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Catholic's Clyde Edwards-Helaire

It’s hard to imagine any team in District 5-5A overlooking perennial power Catholic High, but that doesn’t mean the Bears are the most important game on everyone’s schedule. With Ascension Parish district members St. Amant, Dutchtown and East Ascension emphasizing local rivalries, at times Catholic can get lost in the shuffle, if not on the field.… Continue reading →

District 4-5A Louisiana high school football preview: Zachary, rivals aim to go from making waves to making trend

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr.

It happened 24 years ago. But the emotion resonating through Zachary football coach David Brewerton’s voice makes it seem like it was yesterday. “I’ve told my guys it was the worst feeling in the world,” Brewerton said. “And I’ve told them it’s a road you don’t want to go down. To this day, I can’t… Continue reading →

District 6-4A Louisiana high school football preview: Livonia on rise, boosting difficulty in already challenging league

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Livonia quarterback Cee Jay Powell

Second-year Livonia coach Guy Mistretta knew exactly where to look to find a similar scenario. Mistretta, then a defensive coordinator, reached back 12 years to when he was part of the Redemptorist coaching staff that guided the Wolves to consecutive state championships in Class 3A and 4A. Fast-forward to 2015 as Mistretta hopes to push all… Continue reading →

District 6-3A Louisiana high school football preview: University High, Parkview Baptist eager for more marquee matchups in state's top 3A league

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- University High's Dylan Moses prepares for a collision with Teurlings' Luke Gossen

The downside to playing in the state championship game is that there can only be one winner. Of course, the teams in District 6-3A might beg to differ. “The last image a lot of people have from last year is that game,” University High coach Chad Mahaffey said. “It was such a great game. We were behind… Continue reading →

District 6-2A Louisiana high school football preview: Realignment creates hybrid league featuring on-the-rise Madison Prep

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Episcopal's TJ Wisham

The name of the game in District 6-2A this season is alignment. Not the kind that coaches put in the playbook, but the kind marked by asterisks on the LHSAA’s website. A combination of factors has created a hybrid district made up of schools that will compete in Districts 7-2A and 8-2A in all other sports… Continue reading →

District 6-1A Louisiana high school football preview: Baton Rouge area features just one 1A league for first time in ages

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY-- Southern Lab quarterback Bladrick Veal

Southern Lab and White Castle have one of Louisiana’s most storied boys basketball rivalries. The teams seem to meet on a yearly basis. They’ve combined to decide Class 1A state titles and played more memorable games than you can count on two hands. Football has never really been in the equation — until now.… Continue reading →

Livonia defensive end Willie Baker commits to Louisiana Tech

There was an underlying current that seemingly drew Livonia defensive end Willie Baker to Louisiana Tech for as long as he could remember. Whether it was because his two primary recruiters — Blake Baker or Joe Sloan — set a foundation during the early stages of his recruiting process, Willie Baker had a high enough opinion… Continue reading →