The Heritage Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game that showcased Southern University several times before its demise after the 1999 season.

Local organizers are using the same name to symbolize the start of a series that matches two inner city Baton Rouge high schools — McKinley and Scotlandville.

The teams have played before. Scotlandville scored early en route to a 19-3 victory over McKinley last fall.

However, the 7 p.m. Friday game at Memorial Stadium is set to be the first for the two schools under the Heritage Bowl umbrella. The event is the brainchild of a group of local ministers.

Plans for a pregame luncheon for the players were scrapped, according to Scotlandville Principal Calvin Nicholas, who said the idea of making the game the “Heritage Bowl” started over the summer.

“The churches have invited the players and the coaches to their services,” Nicholas said. “It was a positive experience for those who attended. We all see this as a positive event for both schools.

Southern’s marching band is set to perform at halftime. In between the first and second quarters, one student from each school will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Applicants for the scholarships were required to write essays.

“We see this as a chance for two great institutions to come together and put on not just a game, but an event,” McKinley Principal Herman Brister Jr. said.

On the mend

Most football teams made it through last week’s jamborees with no injuries.

East Ascension running back Joshua Bates injured a knee in last week’s jamboree win over St. Amant and was initially held out of contact drills, EAHS coach Paul Bourgeois said. Bates is expected to play in Friday’s season opener at Denham Springs.

Zachary wide receiver Douglas Coleman injured a knee on the first series of Friday’s jamboree loss to West Feliciana. Coleman, a senior, was one of the area’s top receivers as a junior.

Zachary coach David Brewerton is taking a wait-and-see approach as Coleman has the knee checked out again by doctors.

Around the state

Neville senior defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence was rated Louisiana’s top player by MaxPreps on Tuesday.

MaxPreps picked one player from each state and released its list.

Former Calvary Baptist quarterback Shea Patterson also made the list as the top player in Florida. Patterson, also a senior, transferred to Florida-based IMG Academy over the summer.

  • And speaking of Calvary, Cavaliers coach John Bachman Sr. has taken a temporary leave of absence and was not on the sideline for last week’s jamboree, according to The Shreveport Times.

The Times reported that Calvary Principal Rhonda Honea said the leave was “voluntary” and that she expects it to be short.