Now that jamborees are out of the way, it’s time to get it together.
It’s time for the high school sports regular season and the fall roller-coaster ride it takes all of us on.
We all had our share of miscues in the preseason. The list involved more than blown assignments.
One football coach had to send someone back to school to get the coaches’ radios Friday night. When the radios arrived there was another problem — no batteries.
I can relate. As I pulled my bag out of the car trunk Thursday night I realized my binoculars were somewhere in my kitchen 40 miles away.
Execution of everyone’s game plan should be much better this week. Some questions about teams and players may take an entire season to answer. Here’s my top five team questions this week:
Can St. Amant take down Warren Easton to give Baton Rouge a win in the season’s first “Battle with New Orleans?”
The Gators can do this. St. Amant fans know that many things are possible when the Gators play in their home stadium, The Pit.
Limiting big plays by the Eagles is a must. The Gators have some big-play weapons of their own, including receiver Marquise Hampton, who caught the game-winning TD pass in Friday’s jamboree.
Is Zachary primed to give first-year coach David Brewerton a signature win over C.E. Byrd in his first regular-season game?
Maybe. Byrd is again considered to be one of the top teams in Shreveport. The Yellow Jackets beat ZHS 58-21 at home last season and they, advanced to the Division I select title game.
“Physicality” has been Brewerton’s word of choice since arriving at Zachary last spring. Maybe the band can play Olivia Newton-John’s 1970s’ hit “Let’s Get Physical.”
Win or lose, this game will give the Broncos a pretty good idea where they stand.
Can University High be better than last year?
Yes, the 3A Cubs can be. There were some key losses to graduation, but there’s plenty of talent left.
UHS’ Achilles’ heel may be depth. Several key Cubs will be asked to pull double duty, including running back Nick Brossette, who is set to also play in the secondary.
Of course, double duty will only be an issue if the players doing it get injured.
How important is McKinley vs. Scotlandville at Memorial Stadium?
Believe it or not, this could be the biggest game on the Week 1 schedule.
Why? Because everyone wants to know how good these teams are.
McKinley has a large group of seniors and is supposed to be primed for a big year after going 3-8 in 2013. But getting outgained by U-High 202-69 in the jamboree didn’t look good.
Scotlandville looked good in its 43-0 win over Capitol Charter. It was a great debut for a number of new starters, including quarterback Levi Lewis. However, there’s a big difference between playing a proven power like University and 2A Capitol, which is rebuilding.
Scotlandville won 20-19 last year and went on to finish 8-2, losing 17-14 to eventual Division I select champion Archbishop Rummel.
Will a Week 1 loss end any team’s hopes for dominance in 2014?
No way. This is just the start. Fasten you seatbelts.
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