Dutchtown dominant early in blanking Walker

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Dutchtown's Kajuan Coleman scores a touchdown against Walker in the Dutchtown Jamboree on Thursday.

DUTCHTOWN — Dutchtown football coach Benny Saia almost pronounced his team ready for the start of next week’s regular season. It was hard to find fault with the Griffins’ lights-out performance in the first half that produced 26 points en route to a dominating 32-0 victory Thursday over Walker at the LeBlanc Jamboree at Griffin… Continue reading →

Football jamborees undergoing some changes

Jay Mayet, Parkview Baptist football coach

There was a continuing theme after Jay Mayet took over as head football coach at Parkview Baptist in the spring. The Eagles longtime defensive coordinator repeated, “Not much is going to change” for several months as he transitioned into the job held by his father-in-law, PBS Athetic Director Kenny Guillot, for 15 seasons. As he prepared… Continue reading →

St. James downs Donaldsonville

DONALDSONVILLE — It had the earmarks of a showdown featuring two of the state’s top recruits, St. James sophomore Lowell Narcisse and Donaldsonville junior Stephen Sullivan. Sullivan got the LeBlancs/River Parish Jamboree off to a fast start with a big play. But it was Narcisse who finished it with a game-winning touchdown. The… Continue reading →

Jamboree scores, schedule

Thursday At Port Allen Port Allen 14, Albany 0 Kiwanis Jamboree At Yenni Stadium-Metairie Jesuit 17, Karr 15 Bonnabel 13, Grace King 0 At West St. John East St. John 24, West St. John 6 At Clark Field-Lafayette Breaux Bridge 12, Livonia 0 Kiwanis Jamboree At Teurlings Catholic-Lafayette St. Thomas More 14, Notre Dame 0 Opelousas Catholic… Continue reading →

St. Thomas More, Opelousas Catholic claim jamboree wins

Advocate staff photo by BRAD KEMP -- Saint Thomas More's John Curry (50) and Brennan Bourgeois (48) force Notre Dame's Jordan Bertrand Motte to fumble.

LAFAYETTE — Accuracy in the St. Thomas More passing game was in plentiful supply Thursday night during the 63rd annual Kiwanis Jamboree at Teurlings Catholic. STM quarterback William Bellamy completed nine of his 11 passes and a pair of first half touchdowns as STM defeated Notre Dame-Crowley 14-0. The Cougars finished with 148… Continue reading →

Breaux Bridge wins; Lafayette, Jennings play to 21-all tie

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE --  Livonia quarterback Cee Jay Powell gets a pass off while being pressured by Breaux Bridge's Orel Ledet, right, and Jocorey Houston during Thursday night's jamboree at Clark Field in Lafayette.

Breaux Bridge still has some things to work on, but it came away from its 12-0 jamboree win against Livonia feeling pretty good about where it is with the season a week away from officially kicking off. The Tigers played suffocating defense, holding the Wildcats to just 46 yards in the contest and forcing three turnovers, two… Continue reading →

Football jamboree scores, schedule

Thursday At Port Allen Port Allen 14, Albany 0 Kiwanis Jamboree At Yenni Stadium-Metairie Jesuit 17, Karr 15 Bonnabel 13, Grace King 0 At West St. John East St. John 24, West St. John 6 At Clark Field-Lafayette Breaux Bridge 12, Livonia 0 Kiwanis Jamboree At Teurlings Catholic-Lafayette St. Thomas More 14, Notre Dame 0 Opelousas Catholic… Continue reading →

Teurlings goes 3-0 at volleyball jamboree

BROUSSARD — After winning three straight matches at the Teurlings Catholic/ESA Volleyball Jamboree Thursday at Episcopal School of Acadiana, it would be easy to think that would set the tone for the season. It would be easy to be wrong, said Teurlings senior libero Kynnedie Maloz. Maloz, who was a key part of Teurlings’ 39-4… Continue reading →

Volleyball teams tip off season with jamboree

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Live Oak's Ashton Priester returns the ball  against Broadmoor during the McKinley Volleyball Jamboree on Wednesday at the Louisiana School for the Deaf.

At times the action was fast and furious. More than anything else, Wednesday’s McKinley Jamboree offered the chance for the curious to see how competitive high school volleyball in the Baton Rouge area can be this fall. The 20-team jamboree held at Louisiana School for the Deaf didn’t disappoint. Teams showcased a wide array of abilities.… Continue reading →

Volleyball: McKinley Jamboree

At Louisiana School for the Deaf Pool A St. Joseph’s Academy JV def. Glen Oaks 21-5; Woodlawn def. LSD 21-5; SJA JV def. LSD 21-4; Woodlawn def. Glen Oaks 21-10; SJA JV def. Woodlawn 21-12; LSD def. Glen Oaks 21-18. Pool B Live Oak def. McKinley 21-7; Broadmoor def. Ascension Christian 21-15; McKinley def. Ascension Christian 21-7; Broadmoor def.… Continue reading →

Football coaches look to get different things from jamborees

What’s the significance of a football jamboree? That probably depends on who you ask. Dutchtown High School coach Benny Saia and Donaldsonville coach Benny Guilbeaux don’t see jamborees as a way to display dominance. However, the two Ascension Parish coaches have special goals as the their teams host Thursday jamborees. For Saia, it’s all about making… Continue reading →

Jared Williams will be big cog for Newman again

Advocate file photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Jared Williams, swimming for Nu Wave Swim Club this summer, was the Division IV MVP at last year's high school chamionships.

Kylie Kastes has only been on the job as Newman’s swim coach for a few weeks, but whenever she’s around the pool these days, she knows exactly who people will ask her about — Jared Williams. It’s easy to see why Williams has captured the attention of swimming fans from Sulphur to Slidell. The chiseled senior was… Continue reading →

A few minutes with Aleah Williams

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Woodlawn's Leah Williams at the  McKinley Volleyball Jamboree on Wednesday at the Louisiana School for the Deaf.

Aleah Williams is a 5-foot-8 senior volleyball player at Woodlawn. How do you think your team did at the McKinley Jamboree? “I thought we played well, but we could have done better. You can always improve. It’s definitely a good start.” What did you work on this summer? “Being… Continue reading →

St. Thomas More, Notre Dame rivalry spices up jamboree

Advocate staff photoby BRAD BOWIE -- Notre Dame football coach Lewis Cook

LAFAYETTE — That cliché about the unimportance of jamboree outcomes doesn’t apply when St. Thomas More and Notre Dame are involved. Just ask Notre Dame coach Lewis Cook, Jr. When the two schools meet Thursday night at Teurlings Catholic in the second game of the parochial and private school segment of the 63rd annual Lafayette Kiwanis Jamboree, Cook said… Continue reading →

St. Thomas More turns in strong jamboree showing

Advocate Photo by Brad Kemp St. Thomas More player Kathleen Alexander hits the ball against Rayne's  Charlyne Peltier in a volleyball jamboree Wednesday at Teurlings Catholic in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — St. Thomas More’s volleyball team, the defending Division II champions, picked up right where they left off last year in their three-game sweep Wednesday at Teurlings on the first day of the Teurlings Catholic/ESA Jamboree. The Cougars defeated Rayne 25-13 in their first match; Ascension Episcopal School 25-21 in their second match… Continue reading →

Brusly, Livonia, West Feliciana go unbeaten at Westside Jamboree

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Scotlandville's Shazlyn Jones makes a play on the ball at Brusly's Westside Jamboree on Tuesday at Brusly.

BRUSLY — Brusly, Livonia and West Feliciana finished 3-0 in their brackets to highlight Tuesday’s sixth Annual Westside Volleyball Jamboree. The 16-team field featured single games to 25 points or 19 minutes, whichever came first. Brusly defeated Catholic-Pointe Coupee 21-19, St. John of Plaquemine 25-21 and Plaquemine 26-24. A lively Brusly student section helped… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area has it share of top running backs

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKAUniversity High's Nick Brossette speeds past Parkview Baptist defenders last season.

The Baton Rouge area is neither a stranger to producing next-level running back talent or helping the hometown LSU Tigers fill their own recruiting needs. It just so happens in this year’s football recruiting cycle two of the nation’s top running backs — Catholic High’s Derrius Guice and Nicholas Brossette of University High — happen to attend… Continue reading →

Louisiana’s top 2015 recruits

State’s top 2015 recruits Jalen Bates — DE, 6-3, 235, Kaplan (Considering UL-Lafayette, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Michigan, Arizona State) Nicholas Brossette — RB, 6-0, 215, University (Committed to LSU) Kendall Bussey — RB,… Continue reading →

Amite enters season favored in District 8-3A

Loranger football coach Sam Messina knows there’s more to winning a district title than just willing it to be so. Messina’s Wolves have shared the past two District 8-3A titles with Amite. Though Loranger has 13 returning starters, Messina said it’s up to his team and the rest of the league to make their move. Until… Continue reading →

Several Acadiana area recruits pledged to Southeastern Conference teams

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Jason Pellerin, quarterback for the Panthers of Catholic High in New Iberia, makes a pass during practice on Thursday afternoon.

There’s a certain Southeastern Conference flair to the Acadiana area’s football recruiting scene in 2015. More specifically, a distinct SEC’s Western Division motif. Arguably the toughest side to the nation’s most arduous league has added two of the area’s top prospects with Acadiana High’s Bry’Kiethon Mouton committing to LSU and Catholic High of New Iberia’s… Continue reading →

Defending state champion Teurlings hosting jamboree

LAFAYETTE — Winning the school’s first volleyball state championship last year has left no shortage of pressure on coach Terry Hebert and the Teurlings Catholic Rebels. With the Teurlings volleyball jamboree set to begin Wednesday, Hebert said he thinks his team has a legitimate chance to make another state championship run this season. “My… Continue reading →

Coaches try to outdo each other at ‘Crying Towel’ event

Trev Faulk

Woe is me! That was the message from 12 Acadiana-area public high school football coaches Tuesday afternoon, as they tried to convince the other coaches and members of the Kiwanis Club that their team was too slow, small and young to compete this year as part of the annual Crying Towel luncheon, which serves as the unofficial… Continue reading →

Livonia, Donaldsonville ready for Thursday jamboree action

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLANDDonaldsonville quarterback Tyler Brown drops back to pass at practice earlier this month.

Livonia High knows the sweet taste of football success after advancing to the Class 3A championship game a year ago. And that’s what Donaldsonville High is craving. The two 3A teams on the outer limits of the Baton Rouge metro area are primed to push things to the limit. Livonia of District 5-3A and Donaldsonville of 9-3A… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville & Livonia Capsules

Donaldsonville Tigers Head coach: Benny Guilbeaux (5-7 overall) 2013: 5-7 (1-3 District 9-3A) Last playoff appearance: 2013 (lost to Church Point in 3A regional round) That was then: The Tigers had their ups and downs with new starters in key positions during Guilbeau’s… Continue reading →

McKinley, Brusly to host volleyball jamborees

Brusly and McKinley will put on two major volleyball jamborees this week. Brusly hosts the 16-team Westside Jamboree on Tuesday beginning at 3:45 p.m. at Brusly. Each team will play three matches up to 25 points or 19 minutes, whichever comes first. The last matches are set for 8:10 p.m. Wednesday’s McKinley Jamboree begins at 3:30… Continue reading →

Clinic set to serve injured football players after games

Baton Rouge Physical Therapy-Lake and the Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic will team up once again to host a free Friday night clinic for athletes who are injured during the high school football season. Each Friday starting Sept. 5 injured players can come to the Surgical Specialty Center between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. for treatment.… Continue reading →

Jamboree schedules

Football Thursday Dutchtown Jamboree At Dutchtown Walker vs. Dutchtown JV freshmen, 6 p.m. Walker vs. Dutchtown freshman, 7 p.m. Walker vs. Dutchtown varsity, 8 p.m. Format: not set Lafayette Kiwanis Jamboree At Clark Field-Lafayette Livonia vs. Breaux Bridge, 6 p.m. Lafayette vs. Jennings Format: not available… Continue reading →

Tip for fans, et al: brace yourself

It’s almost game week. After months of anticipation, lifting weights and sultry days spent doing 7-on-7 the 2014 high school football season makes its unofficial debut this week. Note I said almost here. This week’s football jamborees are just a dress rehearsal for the season ahead that starts the following week. I have two words… Continue reading →

Transition going well for Capitol Charter School football team

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  Capitol's Chris Duhon (42), along with a couple other Lions defenders bring down Sophie B. Wright's quarterback during their scrimmage on Saturday at Capitol Charter School.

Two men cautiously approached Capitol Charter School coach Cleotha Johnigan Jr. near the end of football practice Wednesday. Soon it was obvious this wasn’t a parent with a complaint It was one Capitol High alumnus introducing another to the school’s first-year head coach. “I did know what to expect when I got here,” Johnigan said later.… Continue reading →

Football scrimmage schedule

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Tara High running back Kaleb Kador (11) runs past Southern Lab linebacker Bladrick Veal (9) during the Coca-Cola Kickoff Classic at Olympia Stadium on Friday.

Friday Redemptorist vs. Southern Lab at Louisiana Leadership, 5 p.m. East Feliciana, Jewel Sumner, Hammond High at Hammond, 5:30 p.m. Tara at Episcopal, 5:30 p.m. Belaire at Northeast, 6 p.m. H.L. Bourgeois… Continue reading →

CHEF kicks off season vs. Prentice Christian

The Christian Home Educators Fellowship football team hasn’t secured a stadium yet for its home opener next Friday. “The thing is, we don’t have brick and mortar,” CHEF coach Jim Moslander said. However, the lack of physical resources won’t keep CHEF from setting lofty goals — such as contending for the National Homeschool Football Association tournament… Continue reading →