Defending champions University High, Livonia squaring off in jamboree _lowres

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 playing U-High is part of it too.”

The jamboree matches the Baton Rouge area Class 3A teams who won state titles last year. Livonia was the 3A champion, while U-High won the Division II select title.

Action begins at 7 p.m. at UHS’ Gill Stadium/Boss Field with a JV game that will be followed by two 12-minute halves for the varsity teams.

“Of course, it’s not the same teams, but this made a lot of sense for both us,” U-High coach Chad Mahaffey said. “We’ve followed the same path the last two years. We were both state runners-up the year before and both won titles last year.

“We both do a lot of the same things (scheme wise). It’s a chance for two good teams to play.”

Closure, NCAA style

Mahaffey said the Cubs’ scrimmage last week with St. Charles Catholic last Thursday was closed to the public and media at the insistence of the LSU compliance staff.

Because the UHS field was too wet from heavy rain, the Cubs sought another alternative and inquired about using an indoor or outdoor field at the LSU’s Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

“We were originally going to put both teams on the same sideline and then let the parents and other spectators stand on the other side. When LSU informed us it had to be closed, we had a decision to make and (St. Charles) coach (Frank) Monica decided do it. It would have been closed whether we used an indoor or outdoor field.”

Jamboree and a baby

First-year Woodlawn football coach Daniel Luquet and his wife, Cori, welcomed a daughter Tuesday morning. Laken Cole Luquet weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces.

The Luquets’ second daughter arrived ahead of Friday’s East Baton Rouge Parish Jamboree at Woodlawn.

“When I agreed to become assistant head coach, Daniel told me there was one catch,” WHS assistant Brent Broussard said. “He told me the baby might come the week we play Destrehan (Week 2). She’s here and she’s healthy, that’s all that matters. We’ve got it covered if Daniel can’t be here.”

Luquet added, “You hire your staff to coach and take care of things. I have no doubt they can do that if I’m not there on Friday.”

Games on radio

Any high school in the Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Acadiana areas that have their games carried on local radio stations please contact Joe Macaluso, Advocate Sports, via email at jmacaluso@theadvocate.com with the school and the radio station, it’s call letters and its AM or FM frequency listing.

Football, etc.

The finishing touches for Walker’s artificial turf field should be complete Wednesday, giving the Wildcats the green light to host KIPP Renaissance for a Friday night jamboree, coach Brandon Lawley said.

Meanwhile, Zachary has been practicing at BREC’s Flanacher Road Park while the track surface for Bronco Stadium is being installed. That process should not interrupt Zachary’s Friday jamboree with West Feliciana.

“The teams will have to be careful when they walk on the track to get the field,” ZHS Principal Joe LeBlanc said. “Other than that, we should be good.”