Scotlandville has found its man.
Latoria Stewart thought her son was going to be a baseball player, but on National Signing Day, an emotional Kelvin Joseph signed official paperwork to play football at LSU.
NEW ORLEANS -- Zachary concluded the 2017 high school football season Saturday in emphatic fashion against Hahnville and in the process made a strong case that it has climbed to elite status in Louisiana.
ZACHARY -- Two years ago after his team captured the school’s first Class 5A state championship, Zachary coach David Brewerton said there was a distinct sound emanating throughout the state.
BOSSIER CITY -- Zachary’s postseason march continued Friday night with a 34-24 victory over Airline.
WATSON -- As the final seconds ticked away Friday and reality started to set in, there were slumped shoulders up and down the Live Oak sideline.
ZACHARY -- Offense will almost always slide into the spotlight when a football team is rolling, especially one that is averaging nearly 38 points a game.
Glory and headlines don’t exactly go hand-in-hand with playing the offensive line. In fact, anonymity is pretty much part of the gig as long as you’re doing your job and not moving into an unwanted spotlight for drawing flags.
With each season that has passed since Brett Beard took over at Live Oak, there have been palpable signs of progress.
Some games are just destined to unfold a certain way. And when a game takes on the personality of a team’s entire season and really the team itself, when you realize it has that hold-your-breath-til-the-end factor, you sit back and enjoy it.
ZACHARY -- Zachary finished its regular season with five consecutive victories – a span that included an emphatic Week 9 victory over Scotlandville for the District 4-5A championship.
BOUTTE -- Denham Springs High exhausted all of its options in Friday’s first-round playoff game against Hahnville, but the Yellow Jackets’ effort wasn’t enough to contain the Tigers’ star player.
NEW ORLEANS -- Tough as it is when a season ends, there is a tendency to compartmentalize how a game played out.
SULPHUR -- After Live Oak completed a 23-10 upset of No. 11 seed Sulphur on Friday, Eagles’ coach Brett Beard called it the biggest win in program history.
District 4-5A football was again solid pretty much from top to bottom, which is reflected by six of the league’s seven teams still working this week as the LHSAA playoffs get rolling.
Being the spiritual man he is, Walker coach Lester Ricard likes to break out parables that fit his team’s situation.
There may come a time down the road when Live Oak evolves from hunter to hunted in the Class 5A ranks of Louisiana football.
Once the playoffs arrive, one of the unique elements is teams from different parts of the state locking horns.
WATSON -- A few more days will go by this week, Live Oak’s football season will either continue or it won’t, and Brian Smith’s outlook will stay pretty much the same.
High school football is a multi-faceted thing. The journey from late July to the start of the season, the 10-week grind through a regular season when every game has a personality of its own and then the third phase when the playoffs begin.
WALKER -- It became apparent very quickly Friday night that Central’s approach against Walker was to hold nothing back.
First seasons under a new coaching staff almost always come complete with a set of growing pains unique to every program.
Predictability isn’t something that has been woven into the theme of the 2017 District 4-5A season. In fact, Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates theory fit better than anything else.
Something comfortable and familiar has helped Live Oak rediscover some late-season momentum the last few weeks.
CENTRAL -- Whether it was necessity, by design or a coincidental confluence of both doesn’t really matter. For the first time in three weeks, the Denham Springs High offense hummed at a dominant pace on Friday.
Getting most high school football players to embrace history and tradition is an understandably steep hill to climb. After all, their world is more occupied by the here-and-now.
Bottom came up fast for Denham Springs High -- or at least what the Yellow Jackets hope is the bottom -- the last few weeks.