The name of the game in District 6-2A this season is alignment. Not the kind that coaches put in the playbook, but the kind marked by asterisks on the LHSAA’s website.

A combination of factors has created a hybrid district made up of schools that will compete in Districts 7-2A and 8-2A in all other sports but District 6-2A for football.

“Newcomers to our district are going to make an already competitive group of teams even tougher,” Dunham School coach Neil Weiner said.

It may sound confusing, but the result is a powerful, eight-team district with five teams that advanced to the playoffs in 2014.

That number includes Madison Prep, a Division IV select state semifinalist last season that will be playing up a division this year.

“We know we’re coming into a tough district with people like East Feliciana and Episcopal and Dunham,” Madison Prep coach Michael Roach said. “But I told my kids we have to play football regardless of who is on the schedule. We play a tough nondistrict schedule beginning with Livonia, the 3A state champion, and then we’ve got White Castle and East St. John. We’ve just got to be able to line up and play.”

Here’s the roll call for the new District 6-2A: The District 7 contingent includes public schools East Feliciana and Northeast, which met last November in the Class 2A quarterfinals, with Northeast eking out a 14-12 victory. They join Madison Prep and two other select teams: Friendship Capitol and Mentorship Academy. Mentorship will be competing for district honors for the first time, and Capitol is hoping coach Johnny Duncan can lead it back to the prominence it once commanded.

Only three teams in District 8 play football. (Lee High Magnet and Runnels, the non-football schools in the district, compete in other sports.) That leaves only longtime southside rivals Episcopal and Dunham and Christian Life Academy to come into the new district from District 8.

A name that’s conspicuous by its absence is longtime power Redemptorist, which ceased to exist when the Catholic diocese closed the school in May.

The district may have a new look, but it has plenty of familiar coaches. Duncan guided Istrouma through some tough times when he took over at midseason several years ago. David Masterson of Northeast and Travis Bourgeois of Episcopal will begin their 17th seasons as head coaches at their schools.

Cedric Anderson of East Feliciana has coached his team to 40 wins in eight years, and Weiner headed successful programs at Catholic of Pointe Coupee and Zachary before taking over at Dunham last year.

Roach is the winningest coach in the district with 150 career victories; 14 of these have come at Madison Prep, where he was brought in to build the program.

The newcomers are Jeremy Gradney at Mentorship and Ben Palmer at Christian Life.

Running backs promise to be the headliners this season. Stars like Madison Prep’s Ty’juan Spurlock (Grambling), Dunham’s Chase Day (UL-Monroe) and Northeast’s Marvin Minor and Dominick Yates have graduated, but a solid stable of runners returns.

“We have three running backs (at CLA) that could start anywhere,” Palmer said. “Junior-to-be Jacob Kibodi will be a big-time recruit by the end of the season. The others are Jarod Davis and Louis Briggs.”

All-district performers T.J. Wisham of Episcopal and Christopher Chaney of East Feliciana are other running backs who will lead the offense. Madison Prep returns two running backs: 205-pound junior Quincy Banks and 250-pound senior Troy James.

Offensive linemen of note who are returning include three all-district players from East Feliciana: Darius Davis, David Odendahl and Louisiana-Lafayette commitment Travontae Booker.

Defensive end Malcolm Roach of Madison Prep was the Louisiana Magazine Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.

Defensive lineman Leroy Roddy, a 325-pound lineman from Northeast, is a three-time all-district performer and was all-metro and all-state as a junior.

Center Clayton Hale (Dunham) and offensive tackles Devin Farrell (Christian Life) and Wayne Stabiler (Episcopal) are also top linemen.

TEAM CAPSULES

Christian Life Crusaders

Coach: Ben Palmer (first season)

2014: 2-8, 0-6 in District 6-1A

Last playoff appearance: 2013 (lost in first round)

Looking back: Its 0-6 district record last season convinced the school a coaching change was necessary.

Moving forward: Palmer’s enthusiasm and a strong junior class make the glass look half-full.

Ask The Advocate: A long journey starts with a single step, and the Crusaders will start their comeback with one or two district wins.

Projected starters on offense: *TE Jason Briggs (6-3, 215, Jr.), *SE Brennan Williams (5-9, 165, Sr.), SE Austin Ash (5-10, 170, Jr.), *RB Jacob Kibodi (6-2, 205, Jr.), *RB Jarod Davis (5-10, 210, Sr.), *T Devin Farrell (6-3, 260, Jr.), *G Darob Haghigi (6-0, 250, Jr.), G Pierce Prevost (5-11, 265, Sr.), C Kade Keinzle (6-0, 225, So.).

Projected starters on defense: *DE Jason Briggs (6-3, 215, Jr.), *DT Will Shular (6-1, 340, Jr.), *DT Pierce Prevost (5-11, 265, Sr.), DE Francois-Xavier Roges (6-4, 235, Sr.), LB Lucas Broussard (6-0, 210), *LB Nick Harris (6-2, 190, So.), *DB Jarod Davis (5-10, 210, Sr.), Carter Petite (5-10, 180, Sr.), *DB Jacob Kibodi (6-2, 205, Jr.), *DB Trey Lewis (6-2, 180, Sr.), DB Louis Briggs (5-9, 170, Jr.).

Schedule

Sept. 4 at Episcopal#

Sept. 11 at Springfield

Sept. 18 at False River

Sept. 25 Mentorship Academy#

Oct. 2 Northeast#

Oct. 8 at Friendship Capitol#

Oct. 16 East Feliciana#

Oct. 23 East Iberville

Oct. 30 at Dunham#

Nov. 6 at Madison Prep#

Dunham Tigers

Coach: Neil Weiner (7-5 at Dunham)

2014: 7-5, 3-2

Last playoff appearance: 2014 (lost to Calvary Baptist in Division III select quarterfinals)

Looking back: Weiner’s first Dunham team beat Episcopal, went 7-5 and won a playoff game.

Moving forward: Sophomore QB Mike Williams, who transferred from Redemptorist, helps fill the shoes of UL-Monroe signee Chase Day.

Ask The Advocate: Dunham will have a small squad, but never bet against a Weiner.

Projected starters on offense: *T Mason Rabel (5-11, 240, Jr.), *G Grant Rabel (6-0, 185, Fr.), *C Clayton Hale (5-10, 265, Sr.), G Tyler Johnson (6-0, 245, So.), T Jaylen Esnault (6-2, 295, Fr.), RB Tony Huey (5-9, 200, Jr.), QB Mike Williams (6-3, 230, So.), *SE Abel Duhon (5-10, 175, Sr.), SE Josh Matthews (6-0, 150, Jr.), TE Mikaya Tongue (6-1, 190, Fr.).

Projected starters on defense: DT Thomas Brinson (5-9, 140, So.), DT Mason Rabel (5-11, 240, Jr.), *DE Clayton Hale (5-10, 265, Sr.), DE EJ Hitchens (6-0, 175, Jr.), *LB Tony Huey (5-9, 200, Jr.), LB Tyler Price (6-0, 180, Sr.), *LB Max Mannting (6-1, 220, Sr.), DB Derek Stingley (5-10, 155, Fr.), *DB Bobby Nichols (5-11, 160, Sr.), *DB Abel Duhon (5-10, 175, Sr.), DB Josh Matthews (6-0, 180, Sr.).

Schedule

Sept. 4 Hannan

Sept. 11 Ascension Catholic

Sept. 18 at Westminster Christian

Sept. 25 at Northeast#

Oct. 2 Mentorship Academy#

Oct. 9 at East Feliciana#

Oct. 16 Friendship Capitol#

Oct. 23 at Madison Prep#

Oct. 30 Christian Life#

Nov. 6 at Episcopal#

East Feliciana Tigers

Coach: Cedric Anderson (40-19 at EFHS)

2014: 6-5, 4-1

Last playoff appearance: 2014 (lost to Northeast in quarterfinals)

Looking back: The Tigers have a chip on their shoulder after the way last season ended.

Moving forward: All-district running back Chris Chaney leads a legitimate playoff challenge.

Ask The Advocate: EFHS could be anywhere from 3-0 to 0-3 after opening district play against Episcopal, Madison Prep and Dunham. Our prediction is 2-1 with a chance at the district crown.

Projected starters on offense (multiple): *G Darius Davis (6-3, 315, Sr.), *G Travontae Booker (6-3, 320, Sr.), *T David Odenhal (6-2, 275, Jr.), Tyler Matthews (5-10, 250, Sr.), *RB Lesley Taylor (5-10, 215), *RB Christopher Chaney (5-10, 175, Sr.), *QB Kevon Moore (5-11, 170, Jr.).

Projected starters on defense (4-3): *DT Truman Seymore (6-1, 290, Sr.), DT Darius Davis (6-3, 315, Sr.), *DB TreDarius Carr (6-0, 170, Jr.), *DB Christopher Cady (5-10, 175, Jr.), *DE Treylan Dunn (6-1, 210, Sr.), LB Lesley Taylor (5-10, 190, So.), DB GeMontae Franklin (5-9, 160, Sr.) DB Cedric Anderson (6-3, 170, So.), *DB David Wright (5-10, 175, Sr.), DE Brandon Jones (6-0, 195, Sr.), LB Carven Young (6-1, 220, Sr.).

Schedule

Sept. 4 West Feliciana

Sept. 11 at Ruston

Sept. 18 Jewel Sumner

Sept. 25 Episcopal#

Oct. 2 at Madison Prep#

Oct. 9 at Dunham#

Oct. 16 at Christian Life#

Oct. 23 at Mentorship Academy#

Oct. 30 Friendshup Capitol#

Nov. 6 at Northeast#

Episcopal Knights

Coach: Travis Bourgeois

2014: 7-3, 3-2

Last playoff appearance: 2014 (lost to Northlake Christian in Division III select first round)

Looking back: That first-round playoff exit still stings.

Moving forward: Having 16 returning starters, including 10 on defense, provides plenty of confidence.

Ask The Advocate: On paper, the skill players look terrific, but they’ll have to produce to score against some rugged defenses.

Projected starters on offense (spread): WR Rashaad Jenkins (6-0, 175, Sr.), WR Sam Rotenberg (5-10, 165, Sr.), *T Wayne Stabiler (6-0, 225, Jr.), G Charles Barksdale (5-11, 180, So.), *C Matthew Garrett (6-1, 230, Sr.), G William White (5-11, 185, Jr.), T Dell Portwood (5-11, 220, Jr.), *QB William D’Armond (5-11, 165, Sr.), *RB TJ Wisham (5-11, 215, Sr.), * WR Brennan Folse (6-1, 175, Sr.), *WR David Tatman (5-11, 175, Jr.).

Projected starters on defense (4-4): *DE Kydris Washington (5-10, 185, Sr.), *DE Taylor Rotolo (6-0, 190, Sr.), *DT Joseph Scwart (6-2, 200, Jr.), DT Dell Portwood (5-11, 220, Jr.), *LB Caden Dickinson (5-9, 165, So.), *LB Howell Eglin (5-10, 170, So.), *LB Ellis Herron (6-0, 190, Sr.), *DB Sam Rotenberg (5-9, 165, Sr.), DB Rashaad Jenkins (6-0, 175, Sr.) *DB David Tatman (5-11, 175, Jr.).

Schedule

Sept. 4 at Christian Life#

Sept. 11 at North Vermilion

Sept. 18 at Country Day

Sept. 25 at East Feliciana#

Oct. 2 Friendship Capitol#

Oct. 9 at Mentorship Academy#

Oct. 15 Northeast#

Oct. 23 at Lake Area New Tech

Oct. 30 Madison Prep#

Nov. 6 Dunham#

Friendship Capitol Golden Lions

Coach: Johnny Duncan (2-8 at Capitol, 3-17 overall)

2014: 2-8, 1-4

Last playoff appearance: 2014 (lost to Northeast in first round)

Looking back: Capitol managed just six points to fall to Northeast as a No. 28 seed in the Class 2A playoffs.

Moving forward: Lions hope to add to last year’s win total.

Ask The Advocate: It will take more than hope to find more than one victory on Capitol’s tough district schedule.

Projected starters on offense (spread pistol): *SE Devin Joseph (5-9, 157, Jr.), T Diante Stevenson (5-9, 215, Jr.), *G Willie Robinson (5-10, 323, Jr.), *C Robert Kilbourne (5-11, 230, So.), G Thaddeus Stewart (6-3, 250, Sr.), T Christian Berthold (5-9, 230, Fr.), QB Eric Lee (6-0, 200, Sr.), RB James Graves (5-10, 165, Sr.), RB Chris Duhon (5-11, 180, Jr.), RB Jihad Furqan (5-9, 190, Sr.).

Projected starters on defense (multiple): DT Johnathon Hatton (5-11, 185, Jr.), DT *Thaddeus Stewart (6-3, 250, Sr.), *LB Chris Duhon (5-11, 180, Jr.), *LB Jihad Furqan (5-9, 190, Sr.), LB Kelsy Davison (5-10, 175, Fr.), LB De’Markus Shelton (5-10, 175, So.), DB Michael Nash (5-9, 150, Sr.), DB James Graves (5-10, 165, Sr.), *DB Devin Joseph (5-9, 157, Jr.).

Schedule

Sept. 4 at Northlake Christian

Sept. 11 at McKinley

Sept. 18 at Walker

Sept. 25 Madison Prep#

Oct. 2 at Episcopal#

Oct. 8 at Christian Life#

Oct. 16 at Dunham#

Oct. 23 Northeast#

Oct. 30 at East Feliciana#

Nov. 5 at Mentorship Academy#

Madison Prep Chargers

Coach: Michael Roach (14-11 at Madison Prep, 150-48 overall)

2014: 9-5, 2-2 in District 6-1A

Last playoff appearance: 2014 (lost to Southern Lab in Division IV select semifinals)

Looking back: The Chargers had a good run before falling to Division IV runner-up Southern Lab.

Moving forward: The Chargers have 19 starters back, so that’ll help.

Ask The Advocate: Madison Prep is big, good, experienced and ready to make a run at the state title.

Projected starters on offense (pro-style): *TE Malcolm Roach (6-3, 255, Sr.), *SE Brian Savoie (5-10, 170, Jr.), *T E’darius Anderson (6-4, 330, Jr.), *G Trey Matthews (6-3, 300, Jr.), *C Thomas Sterling (6-2, 275, Sr.), *G Damon Richard (6-3, 340, Jr.), *T Donnell *Wallace (6-3, 335, Jr.), *QB Edwin Kleinpeter (6-2, 200, Jr.), *RB Quincy Banks (6-0, 205, Sr.), *RB Troy James (6-3, 250, Jr.), *WR Charrod Brumfield (6-3, 190, Sr.).

Projected starters on defense (4-3): *DE Malcolm Roach (6-3, 255, Sr.), *DE Troy James (6-3, 250, Jr.), *DT Carl Ricks (6-0, 230, Sr.), *DT Justin Wade (6-5, 240, Sr.), LB Cedric Triplett (6-2, 220, Sr.), LB Courtland Smith (5-11, 200, Sr.), *LB Brinkley Robinson (6-2, 220, Jr.), *DB Everette Richard (6-0, 190, Sr.), *DB Charral Brumfield (6-3, 190, Sr.), *DB Braylen Bolden (5-10, 170, Jr.), *DB Tyrese Walker (5-11, 175, Jr.).

Schedule

Sept. 4 at Livonia

Sept. 11 White Castle

Sept. 18 East St. John

Sept. 25 at Friendship Capitol#

Oct. 2 East Feliciana#

Oct. 8 at Northeast#

Oct. 16 Mentorship Academy#

Oct. 23 Dunham#

Oct. 30 at Episcopal#

Nov. 6 Christian Life#

Mentorship Sharks

Coach: Jeremy Gradney (0-5 at Mentorship)

2014: 0-5

Last playoff appearance: n/a

Looking back: The Sharks have been playing for experience; now they’re eligible to play for district honors.

Moving forward: It’ll be a baptism by fire for the newcomers.

Ask The Advocate: Madison Prep went from newbies to state contenders in a few short years. Maybe Mentorship can do the same.

Projected starters on offense (multiple): QB Terrion Williams (5-10, 190, Sr.), *TE Kaleb Adams (6-3, 205, Sr.), RB Arthur Henry (5-10, 185, Sr.), *RB Garry Jackson (5-10, 165, Sr.), *SE Jacob Genovese (5-10, 160, Jr.), SE Domaniqic George (5-10, 160, So.), *T Marcus Greene (6-3, 215, Sr.), *G Cedrick Williams (6-0, 230, Sr.), C Erron Duncan (6-1, 280, Fr.), G Luis Morelos (5-10, 200, Jr.), T Michael Hayes (6-0, 220, Fr.).

Projected starters on defense (multiple): *DE Marcus Greene (6-3, 215), *DE Garred Goins (5-11, 180, Jr.), DT Naajee Robinson (6-0, 230, Fr.), *LB Kamron Douglas (5-10, 160, Jr.), *LB Earnest James (6-0, 200, Sr.), *LB Jasper Barnes (5-6, 170, Sr.), *DB Khyren Wells (5-8, 160, Sr.), *DB Derek Moore (6-0, 170, So.), *DB Kwazi McKinney (5-11, 145, Sr.), *Jamion Jenkins (6-0, 170, Jr.), *DB Donald Varnado (6-2, 185, Sr.).

Schedule

Sept. 4 at Central

Sept. 11 at Belaire

Sept. 18 at Baker

Sept. 25 at Christian Life#

Oct. 2 at Dunham#

Oct. 9 Episcopal#

Oct. 16 at Madison Prep#

Oct. 23 East Feliciana#

Oct. 30 at Northeast#

Nov. 6 at Friendship Capitol#

Northeast Vikings

Coach: David Masterson (78-81 at Northeast, 91-100 overall)

2014: 10-3, 3-2

Last playoff appearance: 2014 (lost to Many in state semifinals)

Looking back: Ten wins, with two of them coming over rival East Feliciana, made the 2014 season one to remember.

Moving forward: There are 17 new starters, including a freshman and six sophomores.

Ask The Advocate: The Vikings may have to live on memories this year while their youngsters mature.

Projected starters on offense (multiple I): WR Keelum Hogan (6-3, 185, Jr.), *TE Dailon Traylor (6-1, 185, Sr.), WR Johnny Selders (6-1, 175, Fr.), C Christopher Johnson (6-2, 275, So.), G Jacoery Henderson (5-11, 275, Jr.)l, *G Derrion Haney (6-0, 350, Jr.), *T John Marshall (6-4, 255, Sr.), T Edward Spears (5-10, 200, So.), RB Tyrio Kelly (5-9, 165, So.), RB Camerin Manning (5-11, 175, Jr.), QB Quinshawm Kelly (5-11, 175, Sr.).

Projected starters on defense (multiple 40): DE Andre Snowden (6-1, 185, Sr.), DE Josh Cole (6-3, 195, Sr.), DT Jacorey Henderson (5-11, 275, Jr.), *DT Leroy Roddy (6-1, 325, Sr.), LB Kadarius Sanders: 5-9, 210, So.), LB Corey Tolliver (5-9, 210, So.), LB Curtis Keaton (5-10, 175, So.), DB Tauus Hamilton (5-10, 170, So.), DB Kendall Titus (6-3, 170, So.) DB Tyrese Chambers (5-9, 150, Jr.), DB Damon Parker (5-7, 165, Sr.).

Schedule

Sept. 4 at Walker

Sept. 11 Baker

Sept. 18 at Glen Oaks

Sept. 25 Dunham#

Oct. 2 at Christian Life#

Oct. 8 at Madison Prep#

Oct. 15 at Episcopal#

Oct. 23 at Friendship Capitol#

Oct. 30 Mentorship Academy#

Nov. 6 East Feliciana#

* — returning starter; # — district game