For the second straight season, Riverside Academy goes into football season with an unexpected issue of quarterback.
But just like last year, Rebels coach Bill Stubbs said his team is in good hands.
Sophomore quarterback Jordan Loving is expected to miss at least four weeks with a nagging back injury that began during baseball season.
“It will be four weeks minimum, but we are hoping something good happens before then,” Stub said.
Loving threw for 40 touchdowns last season and helped lead the Rebels to a 12-1 record and to the semifinals of the Division III playoffs. Riverside’s high-powered offense averaged 46.9 points per game.
Loving had to step in and replace Deuce Wallace, who moved to Tennessee during the summer.
Now it will be fellow sophomore Jared Butler stepping in for Loving.
“Jared is doing really well,” Stubbs said. “The beauty of this whole thing is two years in a row it has happened. But we have been blessed to have some really good ones to come through here.”
Butler, also a guard on Riverside’s basketball team, played receiver last season.
“Jared is a smart kid, and he is extremely athletic,” Stubbs said. “We feel pretty good where we are right now. We’re just hoping some of these younger guys can step up. I am really enjoying these guys.”
Oliver commits to Nicholls
Rummel offensive lineman Joe Oliver committed to the Colonels on Tuesday, becoming the school’s fourth commitment from the New Orleans area in the past eight days.
Oliver, who plays guard for the Raiders, came just one day after De La Salle wide receiver Christian Booker pledged to Nicholls.
The guy he protects, Rummel quarterback Chase Fourcade, committed to Nichols on July 28.
St. Charles offensive lineman Tyrin Arceneaux committed Saturday.
Oliver is also the fourth Rummel player to commit to a school. In addition to Fourcade, defensive lineman Briston Guidry and offensive lineman Larry Robinson have also announced their college choices.
Guidry committed to Arkansas, and Robinson committed to Southern Miss.
Players can make their commitments official Feb. 3, national signing day.
Curtis, Easton set for event
John Curtis and Warren Easton are two of the 14 teams competing in the annual Battle on the Border Football Showcase in Shreveport.
The final schedule of the seven-game, three-day slate was announced Wednesday for the games featuring teams from Louisiana, Texas, Alabama and Arkansas.
John Curtis, last season’s Division I runner-up, will play Shades Valley (Alabama) at 6 p.m. Sept. 11.
Warren Easton, which reached the Class 4A state championship game last season, will play Evangel Christian at 2 p.m. Sept. 12
Other games on the schedule are: Sept. 10: St. Thomas More vs. El Dorado (Arkansas), 7 p.m.; Sept. 11: West Monroe vs. Lufkin, Texas, 8:30 p.m.; Sept. 12: Parkway vs. Gladewater, Texas, 11 a.m.; Neville vs. Maumelle, Arkansas, 5 p.m.; Byrd vs. Longview, Texas, 8:30 p.m.