Homecoming festivities will prevail this week as Port Allen heads into the third game of the District 8-2A season, but the Pelicans cannot afford to put the celebration ahead of the opponent.
The Pelicans return to action at Guy Otwell Field to face Episcopal (5-1) in what could be the toughest league foe of the season for PAHS.
The Knights head into action against the Pelicans after a 56-12 rout over The Church Academy (formerly Christian Life).
EHS has built itself a reputation as an offensive power, averaging more than 40 points per game. The Knights opened with a 42-13 win over St. Michael of Class 4A and a 24-14 victory at St. Thomas Aquinas, but fell 31-23 against Metairie Park Country Day.
Episcopal’s 2-0 district record includes a 65-46 triumph over Northeast and a 54-14 win at Capitol.
“They’re a good, fundamentally sound program that is great at running the ball,” Port Allen coach Don Gibson said. “What makes them even tougher is that they do an equally good job of keeping the ball away from their opponent.
“They play a really good schedule, and their record is a very strong indication of what they are like on the field,” he said. “But if we play fundamentally sound football, we’ll give ourselves the chances we need to win.”
The Pelicans opened the week with a strong showing in practice, an encouraging sign for Gibson after his team stumbled in a 42-0 loss to Loranger in non-district fare.
“It’s easy to really start feeling down after a loss like that, but morale has been great this week,” he said. “We’ve had a tough non-district schedule with teams like Plaquemine and Donaldsonville, and we knew it would be tough – maybe one of the toughest non-district schedules in the state.”
Senior Kade Edenfield returns as starting quarterback, while fellow upper classmen Cameron Dumas and Caden Dickinson will start as running backs. Edenfield will also look three wide receivers – junior Grant Cretin, and seniors Luke Foster and Jason McCollister. Potential leaders on defense include senior end Scott Wicker, senior tackle Alec Escuider, junior Joe Dupuis and senior linebacker Charles Barksdale.