LaGrange dedicating football game as LC-B homecoming celebration

By By Ashley Withers / American Press

LaGrange High School expects to see its football stadium packed with fans Friday night, but instead of the school’s traditional

purple, the stadium will host a sea of red.

LaGrange is dedicating this week’s home game to Lake Charles-Boston High School, allowing the alumni to have a homecoming

experience even though the school no longer exists.

“We’re trying to provide alumni and the former LC-B administration and teachers the opportunity to celebrate homecoming. The

school shut down, and it’s not fair for them,” said head football coach Jules Sullen.

“They still need somewhere to come together, to have reunions and to have a sense of Lake Charles-Boston pride.”

The football players will wear red jerseys with “Cougars” emblazoned on the back, and the dance team and cheerleaders will

also wear LC-B-style uniforms.

Sullen said the alumni he has spoken to have been grateful for the gesture.

“It’s been awesome. They are so appreciative that we would do this, especially wearing the red jerseys. We think it will be

fitting. The objective is just to get the LC-B family together again.”

Sullen was a football coach at LC-B in 1997-1998 and said he distinctly remembers the school’s homecoming game.

“I remember how exciting it was. It was a great way to bring everyone together,” he said. “I think this game will bring everyone

together and will let them know that though they may be gone, they are not forgotten.”

Sullen is not the only person at LaGrange with LC-B ties. He said several of the teachers are LC-B graduates and some are

even former LC-B teachers.

A few members of the football team also have familial ties to the old school. Several players have siblings or relatives who

played for the Cougars.

Freddie Williams, a LaGrange senior football player, said two of his brothers were on the LC-B football team.

“It will mean a lot to them to see me playing in red,” he said. “They’re really excited. They’ll be the first ones there Friday

night.”

Williams’ teammate Nicholas Pitre said his cousin, another LC-B alumnus, will join them in the stands.

“When I told him, he called all of his friends and said, ‘They’re playing one for us,’ ” Pitre said.

“I would want someone to do that for us if LaGrange closed down. All they have is memories now. They can’t go back and watch

their team.”

“It’s going to be different, but they’re going to be amazed,” Williams said. “It’s great that we get to play for them.”

Sullen said the LC-B homecoming at a LaGrange football game will not be a one-time event.

“I made a promise: As long as I’m the head coach we’ll do it,” he said.

The Lake Charles-Boston homecoming celebration will be held during the LaGrange vs. Mansfield home game at 7 p.m. Friday.