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Woodlawn QB Rickie Collins warms up before going back in during the Seven-on-Seven football event at Zachary High featuring Zachary, Woodlawn, Central and Port Allen.

Staggered start … again

Class 5A Woodlawn opens its regular season by traveling to play top-ranked U-High (1-0) of 3A in one of Friday’s marquee matchups, thanks to Hurricane Ida. It is the second straight later start for the Panthers. Last fall, COVID-19 protocols kept Woodlawn from playing its first game until Week 3.

They’re off in 7-3A

Thanks to a nine-team configuration, most teams in District 7-3A begin league play this week. U-High and Madison Prep are key exceptions. Brusly travels to Parkview Baptist for one pivotal matchup. Baker takes on Mentorship Academy and Glen Oaks heads to West Feliciana.

Liberty debut Take 2

Damage caused by Hurricane Ida forced Liberty to cancel its first Class 4A varsity home game against 1A Cedar Creek at Olympia Stadium last week. This week the Patriots travel to play 1A White Castle at Plaquemine High’s Andrew Canova Stadium on Saturday night.

Lights out

First-year Broadmoor coach Vernon Langley would love to see his team play “lights out” in their debut Friday night. But for the Bucs, lights out is not just a figure of speech. A downed power pole near the school has knocked out the stadium's lights for the time being. So, the Bucs will host Springfield at Istrouma.

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