Blue Jays return to District 5-1A
After earning back-to-back District 4-1A titles, St. Edmund is moving to a new district with a new head football coach.
For the next two years, the Blue Jays will compete in District 5-1A against familiar foes that include Catholic High of Pointe Coupee, North Central, Opelousas Catholic, Sacred Heart of Ville Platte and Westminster Christian Academy.
Andy Hargroder spent three seasons with the Blue Jays, (2016-2018) and faced this district his first year at SEH.
Hargroder’s departure this spring opened the door for former St. Edmund athlete James Shiver to take over the Blue Jay program.
St. Edmund went 9-2 overall last season with a perfect district run before falling the Catholic High of Pointe Coupee 19-12 in the first round of the Division IV playoffs.
St. Edmund opens the season with road games at Vinton and Bunkie before three home games Avoyelles, Highland Baptist and Ville Platte.
The Blue Jays open district play at Opelousas Catholic on Oct. 10 before entertaining North Central the following week.
St. Ed’s will travel to rival Sacred Heart on Oct. 25 before the final regular season home game against Westminster.
The Blue Jays travel to Catholic High of Pointe Coupee on Nov. 8 for the district showdown against the Hornets.
Catholic-PC finished 8-3 overall last season and advanced to the quarterfinals, falling to Ascension Catholic (66-20).
Opelousas Catholic finished 2018 with a 7-3 record, earning a 35-18 win over Covenant Christian in the first round of the playoffs before falling 56-14 to eventual Division IV champions Lafayette Christian Academy.
Sacred Heart finished 7-4 last season including a 16-7 first round loss to St. Frederick.
Westminster finished 2-8 last season with a 57-44 win over North Central and a forfeit win over Ridgewood.
North Central struggled to a 1-9 regular season mark but was given a Class 1-A playoff berth as the Hurricanes fell 54-0 to Delhi in the first round.