Fambrough: Football season off to good start

Overall, the first official week of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association was a decent one.

Lightning delays kept football games from starting on time at several sites Friday night. So we got our first bad weather games out of the way. I’ll take that over a hurricane-related delay any day.

Unfortunately, one of the area’s top athletes, St. Amant senior Toni Rodriguez, suffered a serious knee injury during a Thursday volleyball contest against Mount Carmel Academy.

Rodriguez, a University of Tennessee commitment, will be examined again by doctors this week, SAHS Allison Leake said.

Upon further review, I give the LHSAA a passing grade for its actions on the week, though I’m sure some will disagree.

The executive committee’s decision to overturn the first ruling to make Central quarterback Jarrad Hayes eligible was correct because it was consistent with other rulings.

While I don’t necessarily agree with all the methods and concepts, the LHSAA-on-the-Geaux meeting gave coaches and administrators the chance to review potential rule changes that may be voted on in January in a low-key setting.

Looks like we might finally be over some of the emotion that follow the principals’ Jan. 2012 vote to split the football playoffs. Now the key is agreeing on some ideas/concepts that unite schools, which will be challenging.

Coaches, etc.

Two familiar faces, football coach Lawrence Brown and basketball coach Chauncey Moore, are now in different places.

Brown is now the defensive line coach at his alma mater, St. Augustine in New Orleans.

A year ago, Brown led Pointe Coupee Central to its second straight 1A playoff berth and was The Advocate’s All-Metro Coach of the Year for Classes 3A and below.

Moore, most recently an assistant at Zachary, is now the head boys basketball coach at Belaire, succeeding Mike Banks, who retired last spring. Moore was previously the head boys coach at McKinley.

Edens commits

St. Michael the Archangel baseball standout Austin Edens has committed to Samford University located in Birmingham, Ala.

Edens earned All-Metro, All-District 6-4A and Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association All-State honors as a junior after hitting .457 with 15 doubles, eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 32 games.

As a pitcher, Edens was 4-2 with two saves and a 1.28 earned run average. He carries a 3.98 grade point average and will receive athletic and academic scholarships.

Games needed

Parkview Baptist seeks ninth-grade boys basketball games for 2013-14.

Contact PBS coach Yancy Wilmot by email at Yancy.wilmot@parkviewbaptist.com.

University High seeks junior varsity baseball opponents to play at UHS on March 7, March 12, April 14 and April 25. The Cubs also need an away game for their freshmen team on March 14. Email UHS coach Burke Broussard at wbrous1@lsu.edu.

Alumni event

St. John-Plaquemine and its alumni association will honor former coaches, football players, pep squad members, cheerleaders and dance team members at its Friday game with Episcopal at CoPac Stadium.

Special recognition will be given to the schools first football team, the 1953 squad. A reception will be held in the school’s old band room at 5:30 p.m. All alumni are invited to attend.

Prep notables

Former Dutchtown High soccer player Adam Pittman, of Mississippi College, was voted the American Southwest Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.

A freshman goalkeeper, Pittman earned all-tournament honors at the Sonny Carter Invitational and also had five saves in a win over Oglethorpe.