Prep football jamborees set for Thursday, Friday (with schedules)

By By Troy LaFleur / American Press

Southwest Louisiana high school football fans will get their first taste of action this week as area teams play their annual


The action kicks off tonight as Iowa hosts St. Louis Catholic in their annual preseason clash at 6 p.m.

The Yellow Jackets and Saints have made

a tradition of squaring off with one another prior to the start of the

regular season,

but will now meet a second time, in October, with district title

implications. The jamboree will allow the teams to get a

closer look at their opponents, but it will serve more as a

measuring stick to see where they are in regards to being prepared

for the season, which opens next week.

“Of course we are playing a district

opponent, and it’s nice to get a look at them, but we are going to treat

this as just

another scrimmage, except there will be more attention with more

fans in the stadium and the media coverage,” said Iowa head

coach Sean Richard. “We are still in the process of replacing a

great quarterback that just graduated so the added pressure

will allow us to get a better look at the candidates for that job

in a real game situation.”

The Yellow Jackets and Saints enter the season as two of three favorites to win District 4-3A.

In Lake Charles, another pair of district rivals will square off as the LaGrange Gators play host to the Washington Marion

Charging Indians.

Unlike Iowa and St. Louis, the Gators and Indians have played one another in district competition in each of the past two

seasons. Kickoff at John J. Mims Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m.

On Friday night, McNeese State’s Cowboy

Stadium will once again play host to Southwest Louisiana’s Lake Area

Jamboree. The

gridiron showcase will be played at the stadium for the sixth

consecutive year and will feature its four traditional teams.

The Sam Houston Broncos will battle the Sulphur Golden Tors at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Barbe Bucs and Westlake Rams at

8 p.m.

This season the Bucs and Rams will go head to head, each sporting a future LSU Tiger. Barbe will be led by All-American wide

receiver Trey Quinn and Westlake by receiver/tight end JaCory Washington. Sulphur and Barbe have each gotten the better of

their counterparts in the past five years.

Other jamborees Friday include the Allen Parish and Jeff Davis Parish jamborees. Kinder plays host to Oakdale and Oberlin

in the round-robin Allen Parish, while Lake Arthur and Elton visit Welsh in Jeff Davis Parish.

Thursday's Jamborees

St. Louis at Iowa, 6 p.m.

Washington-Marion at LaGrange, 6 p.m.

DeRidder at Eunice, 7 p.m.

Vinton Jamboree (at Vinton High): Merryville vs. DeQuincy, 6 p.m.; South Beauregard vs. Hamilton Christian; Vinton vs Sam Houston JV.

Grand Lake Jamboree (at Grand Lake High School): Grand Lake vs. South Cameron, 6 p.m.; South Cameron vs. East Beauregard; Grand Lake vs. East Beauregard.

Acadia Parish Jamboree (at Rayne High School): Iota vs. Rayne, 7 p.m.

Friday's Jamborees

Lake Area Jamboree (at McNeese State Cowboy Stadium): Sam Houston vs. Sulphur, 6:30 p.m.; Barbe vs. Westlake, 8 p.m.

Allen Parish Jamboree (at Kinder High): Kinder vs. Oakdale, 6 p.m.; Oakdale vs. Oberlin; Kinder vs. Oberlin.

Jeff Davis Parish Jamboree (at Welsh High): Welsh vs. Elton, 6 p.m.; Elton vs. Lake Arthur; Welsh vs. Lake Arthur.

Lafayette Kiwanis Club Jamboree (at Louisiana-Lafayette): Jennings vs. Breaux Bridge, 6:30 p.m.

Evangeline Parish Jamboree (at Sacred Heart-Ville Platte): Basile vs. Mamou, 7 p.m.

Rosepine at Pickering, 6 p.m.