DENHAM SPRINGS -- Denham Springs High scored on two of its first three offensive plays Friday en route to a large enough lead to weather a McKinley comeback attempt.
SLIDELL -- When it seems like it can’t get any worse for Springfield, it does. And when it seems like nothing can go right for the Bulldogs, more and more goes wrong.
ALBANY -- Cheyenne Labruzza took the handoff, lowered his shoulder and plowed through a pair of Sophie B. Wright defenders before falling into the end zone.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- Two weeks into a strange and winding road of a football season, Denham Springs High has tasted the euphoria of an easy victory and felt the sting of getting smacked around by a veteran team with plenty of talent.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- Combine soggy conditions from a persistent rain, some shaky special-teams play, a battle for field position and an opponent that is just physically better at this point.
WATSON -- Derek Turner rolled to his left, harassed yet again by a suffocating Live Oak defense, and somehow found Khari Robinson in the front corner of the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown.
ALBANY -- Running back Kamryn Mayers summed up the first three weeks of the 2016 football season pretty well for him and his Albany teammates Friday night.
ALBANY -- They say you can throw out the record books when a rivalry game is at hand, and that always seems to be the case when it involves the east side of Livingston Parish.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- Any notion of a normal beginning to the 2016 season fell by the wayside several weeks back for the Denham Springs High football team.
WALKER -- The parking lot outside Wildcat Stadium was filled 90 minutes before kickoff on Friday night, forcing latecomers to park on the opposite side of Burgess Avenue.
WATSON -- Live Oak never threw a pass against KIPP Renaissance on Friday night, but never found itself in a position of needing to throw the ball.
BATON ROUGE -- What started to look like a shutout, quickly turned into a game of catch-up for Springfield on Friday night on a road game Christian Life Academy.
Walker spent the 2015 season establishing that its offense could move the ball, generate yards and put points on the scoreboard.
Last week marked the start of my 13th season covering football in Louisiana, and while there isn’t exactly the same crisp fall air or leaves changing color as the kind of hints that I grew up with in Kansas, you can always tell that there’s a newness in the air.
In a state where college baseball stacks up with any place in the country, there are plenty of roster spots to fill and a bevy of in-state high school players eager to get their opportunities.
A lot of variables have to blend together for a football season to reach a successful pinnacle.
WATSON -- Of all the coaches’ adages in high school football, there is one that the Live Oak players will likely be encouraged to latch onto for the next several days.
Easton Cifreo and Judd Lockhart had been through a lot during a friendship that stretches back to when the biggest decision of the day was whether to choose white or chocolate milk at lunch time.
PRIDE -- Frustration sank in as the Walker football team trudged off the field following back-¬to-¬back scoreless possessions to begin its season-opening match against Northeast on Friday.