The Advocate will begin publishing its weekly high school football statistical leaders this week. Schools/coaches can find an online form to use on the preps page of our website, www.theadvocate.com.

A copy of the form can also be obtained by fax or email by contacting Robin Fambrough at rfambrough@theadvocate.com.

Individual rushing, passing, receiving, punting and scoring leaders will be published each Thursday. A list of statewide leaders will also be included.

Birthday for Bates

Longtime Capitol football coach Roman Bates Jr. will celebrate his 80th birthday on Thursday.

Bates, a former Southern University football star in the 1950s, compiled a 225-158-6 record in 35 seasons at Capitol. He led the Lions the Class 4A title game 1999.

Capitol lost to John Curtis 16-0 in that 4A final, marking the only time an inner city public school from Baton Rouge advanced to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Prep Classic.

Wendy’s deadline nears

Nominations for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award will be accepted until Oct. 3. The annual awards program recognizes student-athletes for their athletic, academic and community service accomplishments. An application can be found at www.WendysHeisman.com. To date, more than 450,00 students have submitted applications.

The 12 finalists receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York for the December awards ceremony held in conjunction with the Heisman Trophy presentation. The male winner and female winner each receive a $10,000 scholarship.

Open dates

Brusly seeks opponents for six girls basketball open dates: Nov. 20, Dec. 9, Dec. 12, Dec. 15. Dec. 27 and Jan. 16.

Contact Brusly coach Shaeeta Williams at the school at (225) 749-2815 or send email to shaeetawill@yahoo.com.

Prep notables

Four players from Scotlandville’s 2010-11 football squads are on rosters for four different colleges this fall.

Chris Brown is a starting safety for first-year coach Hal Mumme at Mississippi-based Belhaven. Joshua Covington (Grambling), Jarmon Coleman (Nicholls State) and Nick Norman (Fullerton College) are the other ex-Hornets from 2010 now on college rosters.

  • Live Oak is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament starting at 9 a.m. Oct. 4 at the school. Cost is $20 per player and teams can have a maximum of four players.

There will be divisions for 19-and-over players, high school boys and junior high boys. Contact Live Oak coach Cary Verges at cary.verges@lpsb.org.