The Mandeville Skippers haven’t gone 3-0 to start the year since the 2011.
Now, behind twin brothers with a famous last name, the Skippers have the chance to do just that Friday night.
Mandeville (2-0) welcomes University High (1-1) to Sidney Theriot Stadium in their final nondistrict game before the start of 6-5A play. The Skippers are coming off a 22-7 victory over Barbe in Lake Charles, while the Cubs defeated Southern Lab 35-16 last week.
“I like how we are improving,” said Skippers coach Guy Lecompte. “We are also playing very hard, and that is what we are looking for as a coaching staff right now. People that know me as a coach know I’m never really satisfied, so I feel like there are still a lot of mistakes we need to correct. There is still a lot of learning we have to do right now.
“We have a lot of young players on the offensive side of the ball. We still have a ways to go like knowing our assignments better and executing them more efficiently.”
The sons of LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, Cody Orgeron is the quarterback for the Skippers, while Parker is his brother’s top target.
Through two games this season, Cody has thrown five touchdown passes, with four of them to Parker.
“Every team each year you are usually limited on what the players are capable of executing whether it is mental or physical,” Lecompte said. “I feel like this group is not as limited in that regard. The sky is the limit this season with this team.”
Meanwhile, the Cubs are coming off their first win of the season after dropping their season-opener to Rummel.
“We have a lot of experience on both sides of the ball, especially up front,” U-High coach Chad Mahaffey said. “Our defense is pretty fast, and we have the chance to really play well. Our skill guys are led by (South Carolina verbal commitment) Tre Jackson. We have good potential. We just have to get everybody on the same page.”
This is the second consecutive season the Skippers have hosted a defending state champion. Lecompte said his team is excited about another big game in front of the home crowd.
“Of course the kids are going to be more excited to play big opponents,” he said. “They look forward to those types of games and playing in that atmosphere.”
Mahaffey said he is excited as well for the Cubs’ final pre-district game before the start of 6-3A play next week against West Feliciana.
“All three of our first games have been very challenging,” he said. “Rummel is probably the top-ranked team in the state, and Southern Lab is coming off a state championship game appearance with the entire team coming back. Coach Lecompte with Mandeville is pretty much in the quarterfinals or better every year in the state’s highest classification. We want to challenge our team and get the chance to create playoff-type atmospheres.
“You get to see where you weaknesses are and work on them so they don’t come back to bite you at the end of the season.”