Jamborees highlight week for Port Allen, Brusly

Written by John Dupont on .

The wait is over.

The stadiums will fill amid high energy and bright lights when high school football resumes this week throughout the state.

Jamboree action comprises the schedules for both local teams.

Port Allen kicks off its season tonight (Thursday) when the Pelicans entertain Albany in junior varsity and varsity action in the Placid Oil Refinery Jamboree at Guy Otwell Stadium.

Junior varsity action kicks off at 6 p.m. The varsity battle starts at approximately 7 p.m.

The Brusly varsity squad, meanwhile, battles False River Academy in the Live Oak Jamboree in Watson. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. The Panther JV is tentatively set to face the Denham Springs JV in a junior varsity jamboree Thursday at Live Oak.

PORT ALLEN – The 2014 jamboree marks the second consecutive year the Pelicans wrangled with Albany.

Blake Westmoreland returns for his second year as head coach for the Hornets, a program that finished 3-7 amid a rebuilding season.

Port Allen coach Guy Blanchard finds similarities in his team and Albany, both past and present.

“Albany was young last year, a lot like us, and they’ve grown up,” he said. “They’re big and solid, offensively and defensively.

“They’ll scheme people well, run the wing T, take shots on us with good receivers,” Blanchard said.

Starters on offense for the Hornets include sophomore quarterback Skylier Lehmann, junior running back Randy Ingram and senior wide receiver Ben McClain.

Defensive starters include senior cornerback Gustav Vallo, junior tackle Bryant Wright and senior tackle Gerry Williams.

The Pelicans head into action after a trip to Kentwood for scrimmage action, where the Kangaroos jumped past the Pelicans 18-6.

“We hurt ourselves with silly penalties, and they were more physical than us,” Blanchard said. “They came after us pretty good, and that’s what we needed.

“It’s always a tough, hostile environment to play in, even for a scrimmage,” he said. “We were able to run and line up and score against them, but they were physical and got after us – hopefully that was a wakeup call not to play at half-speed.”

BRUSLY – The Panthers begin their 2014 slate against False River Academy, a program looking to rebound from a 1-9 finish last season.

Ray Aucoin begins his third season as Gators head coach. After a 2013 season riddled in injuries, the expansion of the school’s conditioning program and several changes to the coaching staff (including former Sacred Heart Ville Platte mentor Doug Guillory, with more than 100 career wins) that has brought some optimism to players and coaches for the season.

FRA brings 38 players to the fold, but the Gators still lack experience in some positions.

Standouts for the 2014 Gators include senior quarterback Hagen Jarreau, junior fullback/defensive lineman DeMarcus Porche, senior running back Kyle Blanchard and senior RB Blake Fulmer.

GOING TO LIVE OAK? Advanced tickets for the jamboree are on sale for $5.00 each at Brusly High School. Tickets at the gate sell for $7.00. Live Oak Stadium is located behind the high school on La. 16. Take I-12 to Range Avenue and continue approximately 10 miles.

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