Some teams won’t have to wait for Friday night to kick off the high school football season. Six teams are set to open their seasons with nondistrict games Thursday night.
Belaire travels to Glen Oaks for a game that matches two city rivals from different classifications. St. John-Plaquemine hosts Central Catholic-Morgan City at Plaquemine, while Catholic-Pointe Coupee travels to Donaldsonville to take on Ascension Catholic. All games start at 7 p.m.
“The kids are excited about that idea (of being one of the first games of the season),” St. John coach Oliver “Crickett” Crockett said. “It is pretty exciting to be one of the first games of the year and see where we’re going to be.”
Crockett said he’s excited to see a tough Class 1A opponent in Central Catholic even though the 1A Eagles are searching for an identity on offense after switching to the Wing-T in the middle of last year.
The Thursday games also mark the debut of three first-year head coaches.
Belaire coach Claude Coleman, who was head coach at Capitol in 2013, said he expects defense to be the key as the Class 4A Bengals prepare to play 3A GOHS.
Belaire shut out both of its jamboree opponents. The development of freshman quarterback Trayvon Miles is another pivotal point for the Bengals. Glen Oaks lost to 5A Scotlandville 30-0 in its jamboree.
“We’re where I want to be as far as defensively,” Coleman said. “On offense, we’re not really where I want to be, but if we play like we played in the jamboree against Madison (Prep) and Broadmoor, I think we’ll be fine.”
Catholic-PC and Ascension Catholic both have new coaches. ACHS has one of the state’s youngest head coaches in 25-year-old Drey Trosclair. Former Parkview Baptist and Central assistant David Simoneaux is the new CHSPC coach.
“It’s going to be pretty cool that we both get to face off with a first-time head coach,” Trosclair said. “One of us after Thursday is going to be 1-0 in our careers and the other is going to be 0-1. That adds a little extra to it.”
The Mentorship Academy at Central High game has been moved to Friday pending a Thursday decision on Mentorship’s LHSAA membership status, according to LHSAA assistant executive director Keith Alexander.
LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine ruled last Thursday that Mentorship no longer had a valid LHSAA membership.
Mentorship is appealing the decision at Thursday’s executive committee meeting.