Our Lady of the Angels Washington Parish Jamboree begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight

Published 1:53 pm Friday, August 25, 2017

By Chris Kinkaid
The Daily News

Fans of four local football teams will gather in one location tonight at the Our Lady of the Angels Washington Parish Jamboree, as opening week is just one week away.
The event features a doubleheader beginning at 6:30 p.m. and games are a pair of 15-minute quarters.
The first contest is between Bogalusa and Varnado.
“I’m just looking forward to it,” Bogalusa coach David Roberts said. “I think it’s good that we’re having a parish jamboree. Varnado had a good scrimmage against Independence. They run the wing-T, so that’ll be good for us because we face Chalmette in week two and they run the wing-T.
“Coach (Scott) Shaffett does a great job there. We’re glad we got the scrimmage in. We’ve been fighting through the weather like everybody else has, so that work was good for us.”
Bogalusa competed against Bonnabel in a scrimmage last week. The teams ran sets of plays before ending with a timed quarter.
Jay Baham had a pair of touchdown runs in the sets of plays.
Bogalusa won the timed portion, 14-0.
Baham threw two touchdowns with Chas Smith and Sylas McGowan on the receiving end of the scores. Kentrell Smith had a two-point conversion.
Varnado scrimmaged at Independence last week and scored four touchdowns. JaDarrell Magee had three rushing touchdowns while Jaccourious Bickham caught a 70-yard touchdown pass from James Williams.
“We’re just going out there to see where we stand before next week,” Varnado coach Shaffett said. “It’s the last week to get everything in place. It’s still preseason and we’re going to treat it like it’s preseason. This is a tool to get ready for next week.”
Shaffett said he felt his team played good at times against Independence. He said there are still some question marks on defense, and coaches need to see who will fill some holes.
The second game, which is scheduled for 8 p.m., is between Franklinton and Pine.
“The kids are excited,” Franklinton coach Stephen Burris said. “They get to play against kids they grew up with. I can’t remember the last time we played Pine, but in some cases, you have family members playing against each other. They look forward to that challenge and it’s also exciting because they get to play at home.”
Franklinton went to Live Oak last Thursday and competed in a three-team scrimmage in 10-minute games.
The Demons went 1-1, falling to Slidell in the opener, 3-0, and they won the second, 14-7, over Live Oak.
Jasper LaSalle threw a touchdown pass to Rakerian Conerly. LaSalle also ran for a touchdown. Raif Branch kicked both extra points.
Pine hosted Jewel Sumner in last week’s scrimmage.
There was goal line work, followed by series of plays and a 12-minute quarter to end it.
In the goal line work, Jakyran Handy, Donavon Kreyssig and Drake Westmoreland posted rushing touchdowns and Anderson caught a scoring pass from Joey Seal in the goal line portion.
Handy scored on a 10-yard run in the series of regular offensive plays.
Defensively, Larry Williams, Kreyssig and Westmoreland each recorded a sack.
Pine won the quarter, 7-0. Handy scored on a 9-yard run and Dakota Brooks added the extra point.
“I think we just need to build on what we did last week,” Pine coach Bradley Seal said. “I think we executed on offense and defense. I think this time of year, you’re trying to improve.”
The regular season begins for all four teams next Friday.
Admission to tonight’s jamboree is $7.

Bogalusa’s Jay Baham looks to escape pressure during the spring game held in May against Pine. Bogalusa plays Varnado at 6:30 p.m. tonight in a jamboree game. Pine and Franklinton play in the second contest at 8 p.m.