There was a continuing theme after Jay Mayet took over as head football coach at Parkview Baptist in the spring.
The Eagles longtime defensive coordinator repeated, “Not much is going to change” for several months as he transitioned into the job held by his father-in-law, PBS Athetic Director Kenny Guillot, for 15 seasons.
As he prepared for Friday’s South Baton Rouge Jamboree at Episcopal, Mayet admitted there are some changes. And he’s embracing them. The Eagles play The Dunham School in the second portion of the 6:30 p.m. Friday jamboree. Episcopal plays Christian Life Academy in the annual jamboree’s first game.
“Things are pretty much the same,” Mayet said. “What I’ve found out is there are some administrative things I never realized were part of the job until now, and he (Guillot) gets a kick out of that. He says, ‘You used to say I didn’t do anything, well guess what.’
“We were working on something for next week earlier today, and I had to say ‘Look, can you get back with me later on this. I’ve got a game plan to finish for this week.’ ”
The South Baton Rouge Jamboree is part of a busy Friday jamboree schedule in the Baton Rouge area. The game also marks the debut of Dunham’s Neil Weiner, who moved from Zachary High after the 2013 season.
Multitasking is nothing new for Mayet, who also serves as the school’s athletic trainer and teaches athletic training classes. The athletic trainer’s role has been a notable one so far this fall. The Class 3A Eagles scrimmaged 5A Zachary last week without six injured starters and will play Friday’s jamboree without three starters.
“Not having those guys (injured starters) last week was good in a way because it gave some other guys a chance to gain experience,” Mayet said. “We were able to see what we needed to see in the scrimmage, and we’re looking to see improvement in the jamboree.
“I don’t think anybody schemes either a scrimmage or a jamboree with the idea of winning it. You just want to see where you are now and what you need to work on from here.”
Catholic High and St. Michael the Archangel were part of the All-Catholic Jamboree played at Redemptorist for years. The Class 4A Warriors and 5A Bears are set for the St. Michael Jamboree at 6 p.m. Friday at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium. The schools will square off in JV and varsity games.
The decision to make the change was not taken lightly by either school. Catholic coach Dale Weiner coached in every All-Catholic Jamboree held; St. Michael coach Paul Varnado has been part of the Redemptorist-based event since 1994.
“There were a lot of factors that went into it,” Varnado said. “One key for us was getting approval from the diocese. The more we looked at it, the more we felt it would be better for us to do something different.
“Last year you had U-High in it, and they’re not a Catholic school. This year there’s another school instead of U-High (New Orleans-based Sci Academy), and they’re not a Catholic school.”
Varnado said jamboree plans were finalized over the summer. Both schools like the option of playing earlier games on the artificial turf field at Williams Stadium. Catholic scrimmaged Breaux Bridge last week at Williams Stadium, and St. Michael has played home games there for the last three years.
Cubs to Olympia
U-High moved from the Redemptorist Jamboree to the East Baton Rouge Parish/Coca-Cola Kickoff Classic at Olympia Stadium.
The 3A Cubs face 5A McKinley in the second game of the 6:30 p.m. jamboree that should be intriguing. UHS was the Division II select runner-up last season and finished 14-1.
McKinley was 3-8 last season but is primed to be one of Baton Rouge’s surprise teams, thanks in part to a 25-player senior class.
EBR jamborees on the south side of Baton Rouge are set for Olympia and Woodlawn High. Scotlandville High is the north side venue for EBR jamboree instead of the traditional site, Memorial Stadium.
Scotlandville Principal Howard Davis said the move to SHS was based on the fact Scotlandville is the lone 5A school scheduled to compete. Mentorship Academy, Capitol Charter and Madison Prep are Class 2A or below and are expected to attract smaller crowds.
Ascension Christian was originally scheduled to travel to Metairie for the Ecole Classique Jamboree on Thursday night. However, a preseason NFL game prompted a high school game change.
The Lions are now set to travel to the Ecole jamboree for action at 6:30 p.m. Friday, thanks to the fact the New Orleans Saints played the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.
Ascension Christian meets Ridgewood at 6:30 p.m. The Lions then host Ecole Classique.