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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) will look to guide his team back to the playoffs and beyond this season. The Saints open up regular season play when they host the Houston Texans next Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Michael C. Hebert)

Overcoming dissapointment

We all know the heartbreak and disappointment that was the 2018 season for the New Orleans Saints.

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The Sacred Heart Trojan defense gets ready to attack the Bunkie Panther offense in their scrimmage this past Friday night. Because the Trojans have to reload on the defensive side of the ball, head Coach Josh Harper and his staff are hoping to have them ready come game one. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Ready for the lights?

Losing a ton of senior experience usually does not bode well for any gridiron team.

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Pine Prairie High’s Elijah George (2) pushes a pile of St. Ed Blue Jay defensive players trying to add to his yardage in their scrimmage this past Friday. George, a freshman, is one of the fresh new faces that the Panthers are hoping can come around to fill in for a big graduating class. (Gazette photo by Sylis Manuel)

Starting over

How do you replace a senior class that has changed the tone and makeup of your program over the last four years?

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Mamou High’s Daylon Ardoin (8) makes a play on a Ville Platte High running back during the 2018 Evangeline Parish Jamboree. Ardoin is one of 18 seniors that Head Coach Dwight Collins will count on to help bring the Demon football program to a winning season and a playoff game. (Gazette file photo)

Senior focus

In 2018, the Mamou Demons came under new leadership when Dwight Collins was named the head coach.

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Basile High’s Logan David (17) plows forward for some extra yards while carrying several defenders with him in the Bearcat’s scrimmage with Dequincy last Thursday. David, a first team all-parish selection last year will be one of six seniors that will be expected to lead the way for Basile. (Gazette photo by Sylis Manuel)

Basile High School Bearcats

BASILE – There are only five seniors on the Bearcats football team this season, but Basile head coach Kevin Bertrand believes that group can help lead the way to a District 4-1A championship.


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