Photos: U-High, East Ascension, Plaquemine score key wins in Week 7 Baton Rouge-area prep football _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- East Ascension coach Paul Bourgeois

Former East Ascension High School head football coach Paul Bourgeois is making a rapid recovery after Thursday’s surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.

“The morning after the surgery he was able to stand and sit in a chair,” Bourgeois’ wife, Stephanie, said. “By Friday afternoon, all of his IVs were removed except one and he’d walked 17 laps around the nurses’ station.

“There’s one thing you can say about him … if you give him a goal, he’s not only going to meet it, he’s going to exceed it.”

It was the second brain tumor surgery in eight years for Bourgeois, who had another tumor removed from nearly the same location in 2008. Stephanie Bourgeois said the only difference this time was that the tumor was closer to the optic nerve. So far, Bourgeois has been able to see out of the eye, though sight tests are pending.

Bourgeois resigned in late November as head coach at EAHS before a regular check-up that revealed the tumor. Bourgeois also is a 30-year survivor of testicular cancer.

The 52-year-old Bourgeois is expected to remain at Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center until early next week and in the Houston area until he completes a follow-up appointment.

“We’ve been so touched by the support and love we’ve gotten, from not only our family in Sulphur where we’re from, but also our family in Ascension Parish,” Stephanie Bourgeois said. “So many people — former players and other coaches — have taken the time to check in on us. One of our Ascension friends set up a GoFundMe account to help with medical expenses.

“When you coach, sometimes you have no idea how many lives you touch. I think this shows that in 28 years he’s touched a lot of people.”

Pelicans net gold

Another local school, Port Allen, received one of the NFL’s commemorative golden footballs less than three weeks before the 50th Super Bowl.

PAHS received its golden football in honor of former Pelican Tracy Porter, who made the game-clinching interception in the New Orleans Saints’ 2009 Super Bowl win. Plans for the school to honor Porter are pending, according to Athletic Director John Williams.

PBS hosts ‘Red Game’

Parkview Baptist’s basketball teams will host a “Red Game” to promote heart health awareness on Feb. 5. The Eagles host University High. The PBS teams will wear red uniforms.

Organizer Danielle Kelly said the she hopes more schools join the Jump Start Your Heart program in years to come.

Recruiting, etc.

Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. managed to make it to Maryland for a weekend visit before a blizzard blanketed the East Coast. Scott is scheduled to visit LSU next weekend. He received offers from both schools early last week.

Texas coach Charlie Strong is schedule to visit Longhorns commitment Malcolm Roach of Madison Prep at MPA on Monday.

Episcopal basketball-baseball standout Chris Beckman Jr. made a baseball visit to Nicholls State over the weekend.

Baton Rouge Community College picked up four players — three softball signees and one baseball commitment — last week. Dutchtown softball players Bailey Gilleon (outfielder), Taylor Heck (shortstop) and Whitney Hall (catcher) and John Curtis baseball player Mason Matherne all committed to play for the Bears.

Prime-time duo

Former McKinley standout Garrick Mayweather and ex-Episcopal Tylor Harris were part of the NFLPA’s Collegiate Bowl All-Star game in Carson, California, that was shown on an ESPN network. The two were teammates in the BR Rams youth football program.

Harris, a defensive lineman from Wake Forest, played on the National team, while Mayweather, an offensive guard from Fordham, played for the American team.

Compiled by Robin Fambrough