The St. Louis Catholic Saints suffered their first loss of the season last week falling to the Vidor Pirates 21-17, and this week they face another challenging opponent in the Kinder Yellow Jackets who remain undefeated, but the Saints are looking to get back in the win column and are ready for the challenge.
The Iowa Yellowjackets entered the 2023 season following a 2022 season in which they made the State Semi-Finals for the first time in school history and went 9-1 in the regular season. That being said, they entered the new year with high expectations, expectations of making it to the Superdome for the first time in school history, but they didn’t exactly get out to a great start as they lost in week one, but now they enter week three with a 1-1 record looking for revenge vs. Leesville.
The Leesville Wampus Cats are heading into their week one match-up against the Jennings Bulldogs with big expectations on their shoulders following an impressive 2022 season in which they made the State Playoff quarterfinals, and finished with an overall record of 10-3, but if they want to repeat that success in 2023, and potentially make a run at the Superdome, they’ll have to take it day-by-day, and it all starts on Friday vs. Jennings.
High School Football is officially back as teams from all over Louisiana begin their seasons this week, and here in Southwest Louisiana all 29 of our teams are set to play on Thursday and Friday, and 12 of those games involve two local teams.
After a disappointing 2022 season, the Hamilton Christian Warriors enter the 2023 season with their eyes set on raising the standard, and after a year hiatus, Dexter Washington is back as head coach with the expectation of doing just that.
In 2022 the Oberlin Tigers took a step forward going (8-4) overall, and this season new head coach Kurt Ware believes he can take what last years team did and then build upon it coming into the new 2023 season.
The Pickering Red Devils have had a rough couple of seasons, failing to win a game the past two years, new Head Coach John Daugherty who served as assistant football coach and Powerlifting coach at Natchitoches Central is looking to turn the program around.
It was an interesting offseason for the Rosepine Eagles, but in 2023 they're focused on building on their 2022 season in which they went 8-2 in the regular season, and made the quarterfinals before falling 14-7 to Many.
The Vinton Lions have struggled the past few seasons finishing with a record of 1-8 last year, and their last playoff appearance was in 2018 but first-year Head Coach Tyler Lavergne knows their record doesn’t define his team.
2022 was a stepping stone year for the Lake Arthur Tigers as they made the playoffs for the first time since 2019, but in 2023, the Tigers are hoping to build on their 2022 season, and win their first playoff game since 2017.
After retiring as the Rosepine head coach in December of last year, Brad Ducote is once again back with the Eagles after his replacement Troy Gardner was relieved of his duties on Thursday due to ‘personal reasons.’
The Sulphur Golden Tors and DeRidder Dragons suited up on Thursday night, and for the first time since their 2022 seasons ended, they went up against a different team. The Dragons enter the season following a 2022 season where they made the playoffs, but fell in the first round, while the Golden Tors enter the season following a year where they missed the playoffs, and enter 2023 with a new head coach in former Welsh Head Coach Cody Gueringer.
The Grand Lake Hornets haven’t lost more than three games in the past three seasons, and to head coach of the Hornets Jeff Wainwright, that success can be attributed to the toughness that has been instilled over the years.
The Iota Bulldogs had a successful 2022 season as they finished with a regular season record of 8-2, and beat Northwest 28-0 in the first round of the State Playoffs before falling to Breaux Bridge in the second round, and in 2023 they're ready to capitalize on the opportunities that may arise.
The Washington-Marion Charging Indians had a disappointing season in 2022 as they went 0-9, and failed to make the playoffs. However, while most would choose to leave a season like that in the past, and move on as soon as the offseason began, Charging Indians Head Coach Jules Sullen says they’re choosing to remember what happened last year in order to remember where they’ve been, to focus on where they want to go.
The LaGrange Gators head into the 2023 season with a new sense of hope, as year one Head Coach Idaibi Ogbanga has a belief that this team can reset the culture and take a leap from their 1-9 finish last season.
For the DeRidder Dragons, 2022 was a solid year, they went 6-4 and made it into the playoffs where they, unfortunately, fell in the first round, but entering 2023, the Dragons know they are capable of more, and they believe the 2023 season is the year they can take that next step as a team.
The Kinder Yellowjackets are coming off their first season in 3A District 3, as they finished with a record (2-8), and as they head into the 2023 season new head coach Justin Reed feels his team is ready to take the next step in their development.
The Westlake Rams finished the 2022 regular season with a record of 5-5 before beating Pine 26-24 on the road in round one of the LHSAA State Playoffs, but unfortunately fell to Rosepine in round two, and entering the 2023 season, the Rams have a sour taste in their mouths and are hoping to improve on last season.
After having what many would call a disappointing start to their 2022 season, the Jennings Bulldogs managed to turn it around as they went 3-2 in their final five games and finished with a regular season record of 3-7, but managed to squeak into the playoffs, and in their first round they upset Plaquemine on the road 28-25 before falling to Leesville in the second round.
The Lake Charles College Prep Trailblazers enter the 2023 season looking to take a step in the right direction and improve upon last season’s record of 5-7. Head Coach Erick Franklin has confidence in his team and believes the experience this year will allow the Trailblazers to get back to the top of the District 3-3A standings.
2022 was a successful season, to say the least for the Iowa Yellow Jackets as they finished the regular season with a 9-1 record, winning District 3-3A with a district record of 6-0, and they would go onto win two playoff games before falling in the Semi-Finals to North Desoto, but entering 2023, the Yellow Jackets are focused on putting their program best season behind them, and setting a new bar this season.
The St. Louis Catholic Saints enter the 2023 season following a successful 2022 campaign that saw them finish the regular season with a record of 8-2 before beating Northside 23-0 in the first round of the State Playoffs, but the playoff win was unfortunately followed up by a 6-0 overtime loss to Madison Prep in the second round.