Another high school football regular season is in the books. Though it is too early to determine whether 2011 is a season for the ages, there are important items to note.
The list starts with John Curtis coach J.T. Curtis notching his 500th career victory late last month.
Through the years, Curtis has attracted his share of fans and detractors. Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, you have to look at the accomplishment and say, “wow.” This is equal to Hank Aaron’s original home run record and is something we’ll likely never seen again in Louisiana.
Plenty of teams and games generated their own buzz. Locally, I’d have to say that Scotlandville High is the area’s most improved team in Classes 5A-4A.
The Hornets of coach Ken Hilton didn’t get a share of the District 4-5A title, but with an 8-2 record they garnered plenty of respect.
Broadmoor High (6-4) claimed second place in District 6-4A with coach Rusty Price and his staff getting the most out of a smaller roster than most.
In District 6-3A, Parkview Baptist (6-3) survived its brutal predistrict schedule that included a host of 5A teams and finished strong.
If you take top-ranked St. Charles Catholic (10-0) and its games out of the equation, District 7-3A generated as many nail-biters as any league, including Brusly’s 28-27 win over Port Allen on Friday. Livonia (9-1) enjoyed its best season in a decade, grabbed a top-five ranking and won a share of the District 5-3A title.
University High (10-0) and Episcopal (9-1) are ranked in the top five in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association polls and were the class of District 7-2A. Too bad they played each other the first week of 7-2A play.
My pick as the area’s most improved team in the lower classes is Class 1A Christian Life.
The Crusaders (7-3) were 1-9 last year and will be in the playoffs in Year 1 of coach Keith Dooley’s second stint at the school.
And speaking of surprises, how about Pointe Coupee Central? The Cougars (5-4) won their past five games to clinch a winning season and a 1A playoff berth.
One thing I hope this season also becomes known for: is lessons learned.
Football is certainly a sport that can make people fighting mad.
Take it from someone who sometimes takes phone questions that involve a football argument over a score or a
However, players and coaches must do everything possible to stay above the fray. I know some thought the punishments handed out by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association were punitive. A message had to be sent.
Now that the LHSAA has delivered its message it’s time for teams to take it to heart and move on in a positive manner.
The good news for all us football junkies is that the regular season is not the end. Playoffs here we come.