A summer of uncertainty turned the corner recently when the LHSAA and the state officially announced plans for the 2020 high school football season to go forward.
The bright lights and the popping of the pads commences Thursday as local teams hit the field for scrimmages in anticipation of the regular season beginning the week of Oct.2-3.
Key guidelines that have been implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic include masks required inside the stadium gates at all times and seating limited to 25 percent fan capacity per game.
Union Parish will head to West Ouachita for a 6 p.m. scrimmage on Thursday.
The Farmers hope to be right back in the hunt for the District 2-3A championship in 2020. The experience on offense is just the ticket for the Farmers led by senior quarterback Trent Ginn and sophomore running back Treyvion Holly.
West Ouachita made the jump up from 4A to 5A last year. The Chiefs love to get in the shotgun and sling the ball around when they are given the opportunity so Coach Matt Middleton’s offense will give the Farmer secondary a good challenge to begin live action. West Ouachita was 6-5 and made the playoffs out of District 2-5A last season.
At D’Arbonne Woods Charter, the Timberwolves are preparing to host Tensas on Friday at 7p.m. in scrimmage action.
The Timberwolves are looking for consistency and ability to show they have learned from past mistakes.
“Practice is going well, the boys are working hard toward having a great season,” DWCS coach T.J. Mc-Broom said. ““Within the scrimmage, I’m looking at us to compete each and every play. When you make a mistake, learn from it. We’re looking to set the tone for the upcoming season.”
Quarterback Luke Chapman is the top returning offensive weapon for DWCS. The defense has a strong core group back as well led by linebacker Will Brantley and defensive lineman Nathan Greer (two-time all-district selection).
“We are more rounded with great leadership,” McBroom said. “We have a large junior class of 15 which is big for our school. We lost running back Jordan Hill. But Chapman won our Iron Man competition this summer. He took care of business all summer. One thing that has grown is discipline. When you have the kids who are disciplined and want to get it done it makes your job a lot easier.”