When one recruiting door closed for Live Oak’s Jalen Lee, another one opened.
Brett Beard confirmed Friday, Nov. 22 that he’ll be the new head football coach at Denham Springs, leaving Hwy. 16 rival Live Oak after five seasons.
SCOTT – With three opportunities this season to get a look at teams with past Class 5A state championship pedigree, Walker High came away feeling Friday it may have run into the very best team.
ZACHARY – If ever there was a small crevasse to allow Live Oak to possibly ever get into Friday’s Class 5A state playoff opener, reigning two-time state champion Zachary was there to quickly spoil any such hopes.
ZACHARY – When Walker High’s Brian Thomas launched his 6-foot-4 frame to block a potential game-sealing field goal, the Wildcats found new life trailing by a touchdown with less than two minutes to play.
DENHAM SPRINGS – This Friday’s game at Scotlandville will mark the final game for Denham Springs football coach Bill Conides after three seasons at the school.
WALKER – Before the season began, Walker coach Chad Mahaffey believed his team was capable of winning all of its district games.
BATON ROUGE – Having twice turned away Scotlandville’s potent offense with a pair of turnovers in the first and third quarters, Live Oak’s defense simply lost its grip on a tenuous one-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
WATSON – Live Oak coach Brett Beard didn’t want to limit the scope of his praise for senior cornerback Darian Ricard.
CENTRAL – Should Walker High go on to close out a remarkable run to the District 4-5A championship, the Wildcats will look back favorably at Friday’s come-from-behind 26-24 victory over previously undefeated Central.
DENHAM SPRINGS – The divide became greater between the football programs at Live Oak High and Denham Springs.
WALKER – When the effects of Live Oak’s 17-play, 99-yard drive that resulted in a first-quarter touchdown had worn off, Walker High linebacker Zach Lacour believed the Wildcats defensive unit came to a quick understanding.
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WALKER – What were the odds that senior Roger Brooks would be his team’s second leading tackler this season and rank in a tie for seventh in the parish?
WATSON – Live Oak’s defense did its best to hold Walker High wide receiver Brian Thomas to a series of base hits in the first half.
DENHAM SPRINGS – Denham Springs fell behind in the first quarter, came back in the second quarter, and kept it close in the third quarter.
WATSON – With just over four minutes to play and trailing the two-time reigning state champions by five points, Live Oak got the ball back amid a frenzied home crowd.
CENTRAL – Central took advantage of some well-timed explosive plays to quickly put away their rivals Denham Springs 42-13 in Friday’s 4-5A opener.
WATSON – Live Oak football coach Brett Beard addressed his 29-member senior class following last week’s 35-0 homecoming win over Sci Academy that pushed their record to 5-0 for the first time in 17 years.
WALKER – With his team on the brink of District 4-5A play, Walker High’s first-year coach Chad Mahaffey was candid in his assessment of his team’s chances in the ultra-competitive league.
WALKER – Walker spent the entirety of Friday’s first half in Broadmoor’s territory and ultimately in the Buccaneers' end zone, turning homecoming into a happy occasion.
WATSON – Live Oak scored on its four first possessions against Sci Academy and never looked back, cruising to a 35-0 victory Friday night.
WALKER – While his father, Walker High’s first-year defensive coordinator Chris Womack toiled in his office after spring practice, senior-to-be Aubrey Womack slowly went through the introductory process with his soon-to-be new teammates.
WATSON – Through four weeks of a 4-0 season, Live Oak coach Brett Beard has walked away from each game with a similar sentiment.
DENHAM SPRINGS – Through the first four weeks of the season, Denham Springs has run the gamut of emotions.
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KENTWOOD – Heading into Friday’s game at Kentwood, Live Oak coach Brett Beard was curious to see how his team would handle a road test against one of the state’s top programs.
NEW ORLEANS – This time there would be no denying Brian Thomas, Demetri Wright and the rest of the Walker Wildcats Friday night.
WALKER – Walker High running back Demetri Wright’s a part of the team’s senior class that still remembers the team’s last trip to face Landry-Walker at Behrman Stadium.
DENHAM SPRINGS - Denham Spring senior outside linebacker Kaydon Berard decided to make his biggest statement against a 6-foot-6, 250-pound quarterback bound for Tigertown.
WATSON – A couple of Live Oak’s offensive assistant coaches were joking around with senior linebacker Bret McCoy before the start of Wednesday’s practice.
DENHAM SPRINGS – For a split-second Denham Springs’ sideline and home half of Yellow Jacket Stadium went silent.
BAINS – Behind a stifling defensive performance, Live Oak cruised to a 29-0 victory Friday over West Feliciana to remain undefeated on the season.
MANDEVILLE – After opening the season with a win over Madison Prep two weeks ago, Walker was hoping success would continue throughout the season.
PONCHATOULA – Denham Springs football coach Bill Conides saw some of the growth he was looking for from his team in Friday’s game at Ponchatoula.
WATSON – Live Oak’s secondary didn’t wait several weeks into the season to provide the answer their coaching staff and observers of the program were looking for.