Preseason football jamborees are as much a part of Louisiana’s high school football landscape as popcorn and hotdogs
But the Louisiana Football Coaches Association has a suggestion that could change that and benefit the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/Louisiana High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Redemptorist coach Terence Williams said the coaches would like to see the LHSAA provide the option to play a full game or keep the traditional jamboree format.
The full games, like jamborees, would not count against the records’ of the teams. The proceeds, once the required LHSAA percentage is taken out, would benefit the hall of fame.
“We’d like to put together one or two big games in different parts of the state,” Williams said.
“We think it could be good for the teams and for football.”
Before this move can happen, several hurdles must be cleared. The approval of the LHSAA’s member principals will likely be required. Because the LHSAA has always received a percentage of jamboree profits, some other logistics would have to be worked out.
No time frame has been set to put this idea into to motion, but Williams said most coaches like the idea of playing a full game instead of a jamboree that is a partial game.
Crusaders in the news
One former Christian Life Academy standout saw action in a record-setting NFL game last week and another is making headlines in another state.
Former CLA offensive lineman Dillon Farrell came in to player center for the 49ers in Sunday’s 49ers-Broncos game in which ex-Newman standout Peyton Manning set the NFL’s all-time record for touchdown passes.
Farrell, a rookie from New Mexico, got his chance when an injury forced a lineup change.
Meanwhile, the lineups former CLA quarterback Stefan LeFors has put together are working just fine for Christian Academy of Louisville, Kentucky.
LeFors, who also was a quarterback at the University of Louisville, has led the Class 2A Centurions to a 9-0 record, including a 17-0 victory over defending state champion DeSales last week. LeFors is in his fourth year at CAL.