A is for All-Americans
Let’s start with three players who surely will be playing in All-America games in January. Rummel CB Kristian Fulton, Curtis OL Willie Allen and Ehret LB Michael Divinity will have college coaches swarming to the Big Easy from now until Signing Day.
B is for Brother Martin
The Crusaders had one of their best seasons in recent history last year. This year, they’ll prove it wasn’t a fluke.
C is for Curtis IN THE Catholic League
This will be the most talked-about storyline of the season. The Patriots join District 9-5A with Brother Martin, Holy Cross, Jesuit, Rummel, Shaw and St. Augustine.
D is for Dome again for Jesuit?
Can Mark Songy’s Blue Jays go back-to-back? The reigning Division I select state champions bring a six-game winning streak into the season, the longest among area teams. But many of the players on that team are gone, so it won’t be easy.
E is for Easton
Warren Easton is out to prove it isn’t a one-hit wonder. WR Clyde Chriss leads a team that reached the Class 4A title game last season but now is without 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year Deshawn Capers-Smith, who put up jaw-dropping numbers.
F is for Franklinton
Franklinton was a win away from Poydras Street last season. This year, the Demons could get there.
G is for good grief
That’s what coaches will be saying when they have to go up against Destrehan’s G Force. That’s G as in Glen and Gerald — LSU commit Glen Logan and Texas commit Gerald Wilbon — who anchor the defensive line.
H is for house divided
That’ll be the case the week of the Schexnayder Bowl. That’s when twin brothers Kyle and Kody Schexnayder play each other Oct. 23. Kyle is a quarterback at Holy Cross, and Kody punts for John Curtis.
I is for injured reserve
The best player you won’t see this season is St. James junior QB Lowell Narcisse, who tore his ACL in the spring. He has committed to Auburn and will be back for 2016. Also, Riverside sophomore QB Jordan Loving will miss the first few weeks nursing a back injury.
J is for juniors to watch
Brother Martin RB Bruce Jordan-Swilling and Landry-Walker QB Keytaon Thompson are among the big names in the Class of 2017.
K is for Karr
Karr saw its run of four straight trips to the Dome snapped last season. Brice Brown takes over for Nathaniel Jones (who landed a college gig) and looks to get the Cougars back to the championship.
L is for L’s
Cohen suffered its third straight winless season last year, pushing its winless streak to 30 games.
M is for moving on up
Country Day and West St. John are making the leap from 1A to 2A, while Landry-Walker and East Jefferson go from 4A to 5A. St. Charles fell from 3A to 2A.
N is for new faces, new places
As usual, there were plenty of coaching changes. Among them, Cyril Crutchfield went from St. Aug to West Jefferson and was replaced by Al Jones. Scott Wattigny is now in at Hannan, and Chris Blocker takes over at Fontainebleau. Joe Chango went from being Jesuit’s offensive coordinator to head man at Country Day. Brandon Walters takes over at West St. John, and Alden Foster grabs the reins at East St. John.
O is for Oct. 31
It’s Rummel vs. Curtis. How long have folks waited for that one?
P is for picked off
That’s what normally happens if you throw it toward Rummel CB Kristian Fulton. One of the state’s top players, he recorded 11 interceptions as a junior.
Q is for quality QBs
No one will put up numbers like Capers-Smith did at Easton last season, but guys like St. Paul’s Kenny Sears, Landry-Walker’s Thompson and Ehret’s Caron Baham will light up scoreboards.
R is for Ragas
Shaw RB Trey Ragas rushed for more than 1,800 yards last season. A 2,000-yard season is a real possibility for a guy who could leave as Shaw’s all-time leading rusher.
S is for small-school stars
Don’t let the school size fool you. Riverside WR Herb McGee can play anywhere and will put up the numbers to prove it.
T is for turnaround at 35
Wayne Reese’s McDonogh 35 is a trendy pick to make a lot of noise. The Roneagles won two games last year but could be this season’s biggest surprise.
U is for uptown funk
Newman looks to avoid it; it must replace the two guys who won The New Orleans Advocate’s Offensive Player of the Year award the past two seasons: record-setting running back Kendall Bussey (Texas A&M) and the versatile Jay Tyler (Stanford). Miles Lapeyre has proved he is capable at QB.
V is for victory
It’s also the Roman numeral for five. That’s how many victories Rummel coach Jay Roth needs to get to career win No. 200.
W is for West Bank showdown
Mark Oct. 9 on your calendar. That’s when John Ehret and Landry-Walker tangle in a game that might not only decide who is king of the West Bank but likely will determine the district title.
X is for x’s and O’s (Orgerons)
They know plenty about defense and offense in the Orgeron household. While father Ed, an assistant at LSU, is known for being a defensive guy, his twin sons (QB Cody and WR Parker) will trigger the Mandeville offense this season.
Y is for young but talented
The cupboard is always full here, and this year is no exception. Here are a couple of sophomores whose names you may want to jot down for future reference: Landry-Walker WR Devonta Jason, Covington RB Devin Brumfield and Rummel WR Jamar Chase.
Z is for zebras
Just a few weeks ago, it wasn’t clear whether the guys wearing the black-and-white stripes were going to officiate games this season. Fortunately, the LHSAA and the officials’ association came to a compromise, and the games will go on as scheduled. Let’s get started.