High School Sports

Evangeline Parish football teams get ready for jamboree

It is that time of the year again where football coaches around the state begin to find out who on their team is ready to play and who is not quite up to getting on the field just yet.
It is also the time where schemes are evaluated and staffs tweak their playbooks for the regular season opener.
One of the major ways that coaches can do those things is through the jamboree. So, tomorrow night, every gridiron squad in the parish will be on display in this year’s version of the Evangeline Parish Jamboree.

THE POST-SIGNAL / D. Sexton
Iota’s Luke Doucet runs through a Vermilion Catholic player last week during the Bulldogs’ scrimmage against the Eagles. Iota will take on Southside Friday at 6 p.m. in Eunice in the Joe Nagata Memorial Jamboree.

Iota, Notre Dame jayvee to compete in Joe Nagata Memorial Jamboree Friday

The sixth annual Joe Nagata Memorial jamboree will have a new twist this season with the addition of the third game to the format.
The Nagata jamboree will be held Aug. 24 at St. Edmund’s Blue Jay Field.
The Iota Bulldogs will take on the Southside Sharks at 6 p.m. in the opening game.
Eunice High’s will face Opelousas Catholic in the middle game before the host Blue Jays take on the Notre Dame junior varsity in the finale.
According to jamboree chairman Paul Brown, the new format should bring an added excitement to the already successful event.

Jamborees kick of football season

The exciting pre-season round of jamborees begins tonight in Church Point.
The Bears are coming off their first out-right district championship as Church Point plays host to the Acadia – Vermilion Parish jamboree.
Kaplan will take on Rayne at 6 p.m., followed by Church Point – Erath at 7:30 p.m.
North Vermilion will host the Friday night games.
Lake Arthur will take on Abbeville at 6:30 p.m.
Crowley will face North Vermilion at 8 p.m.
The sixth annual Joe Nagata Memorial jamboree will be held Friday at St. Edmund’s Blue Jay Field.

THE POST-SIGNAL / D. Sexton
Iota running back Kollin Guillory attempts to slip past a Vermilion Catholic defender Thursday during the Bulldogs’ scrimmage against the Eagles in Abbeville.

Iota’s offense shines against Vermilion Catholic

For the first time in 2018, the Iota High School football team had an opportunity to share the field with another team.
On Thursday, they traveled to Abbeville to practice and scrimmage against the Vermilion Catholic Eagles.
There were plenty of moments when the Bulldogs, who return 13 starters from last year’s 9-3 squad, showed why they are being predicted by some to make a return trip to the playoffs. There were also several moments that reminded Iota fans that there was still much work to do before the season begins.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Chris Quebedeaux
Crowley High’s Rapheus Joseph runs down St. Louis’ quarterback Friday during the Gents’ three-way scrimmage with the Saints and Southside High School of Youngsville.

Wall impressed with Gents in three-way scrimmage

It was only a scrimmage, but Crowley High football coach Jeptha Wall left the Gents’ first test of the 2018 season with reason to smile Friday.
The Gents hosted a three-way scrimmage with St. Louis Catholic and Southside High School and Wall walked away from the three-hour session “very pleased” with what he saw.
“You know, we played with a lot of poise and we never really got rattled,” he said. “We never hit that panic mode. They stayed calm, (players) kept their mouths shut and played the game and that was good to see.”

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