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Locals gear up for Army Red Stick Bowl

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He wants to have a good time and focus on the players in the event, set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Denham Springs High School.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun, but in the end it comes down to very taleneted athletes on both sides of the ball. That’s what makes it fun,” Blanchard said. “We put them in position to make plays and let them do what they do and enjoy the moment. They don’t feel pressure to win or anything like that. It’s what it should be about:

The kids. I want them to enjoy the experience and play one more high school game.”

St. Amant coach David Oliver will coach the opposing Black Knights.

Port Allen standouts on the Rough Riders include  Darian Claiborne, Jestin Kelly,  Blake Carr and  Caleb Johnson.

Brusly standouts playing for the Black Knights will include  Jay Christophe, Kirkland Williams and offensive lineman Ben Crockett. 

Pointe Coupee Central quarterback Kevin Bourgeois will serve as quarterback for the Rough Riders. Other area talent includes Livonia’s Tyrus Georgetown and Brandon Armand, False River Academy’s Ryan Bossier, and PCC’s Myjorris Johnson. 

Tyree Lang and Marcellis Coleman of White Castle were also slated to play for the Rough Riders.

Parkview Baptist running back Hezekia Randolph will play for the Balck Knights, as well as Plaquemine’s Hakeem Deggs, Catholic-Pointe Coupee’s Kyle Hawkins, Parvkiew’s Victor Guiterrez, Khalil Thomas and Austin Dedon of Catholic-Baton Rouge,  and Zach Aguilar and Jarrod Franklin of University High. 

Port Allen coaches Leonard Parker and Josh Laborde, along with PCC head coach Lawrence Brown, are among Blanchard’s assistants.

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