Eight teams to battle on Saturday at The Pitt

The Pitt in St. Amant will be the site of four hard-hitting games Saturday as the Southern Louisiana Youth Football Association holds its annual Super Bowl.

On the sidelines for the second game of the day will be St. Amant Wildcats youth football league president Vince Roddy.

That game will feature the Wildcats’ undefeated C team against parish rivals Galvez Tigers.

Walking the sidelines during a big game is nothing new for Roddy, who has been involved with the Wildcats for 16 years.

“I just love working with those kids,” he said.

Roddy, who has a 5-year-old and a newborn son and a 2-year-old “future little cheerleader,” said he will be part of the Wildcats association for a long time.

Roddy took a break from coaching the A team this year to serve only as league president, a job that requires him to organize volunteers for the many jobs it takes to play the weekly games.

For Roddy, football is about more than X’s and O’s. He said he tries to teach the players respect, teamwork and discipline.

That approach helped three of the association’s four teams make it to the playoffs this season.

The A team was defeated by the Central team in a tight 8-6 matchup on Nov. 7. Roddy was on the sidelines “giving them a little encouragement.”

The D team lost in the playoff on Saturday.

SLYFA action starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at The Pitt, behind St. Amant Middle School.