For the first time in decades, South Lafourche and Central Lafourche won’t share a football jamboree this fall.
South Lafourche head football coach Dennis Skains announced this week that the Tarpons’ annual home jamboree has been canceled for the 2015 season because of an inability to find schools willing to travel to Galliano to compete against the Tarpons and Trojans.
South Lafourche High School had previously booked inner-city programs like Miller-McCoy Academy to play in the jamboree. But Miller McCoy disbanded in May, which led the school with a void that it couldn’t fill.
The Tarpons will now play its jamboree in Lafayette, while the Trojans will travel to Thibodaux.
“It’s really unfortunate, because I know it’s tradition and I know that a lot of the people in the community really looked forward to seeing us play on that first Friday night at home,” Skains said. “But we had some things happen that just made it impossible to continue this fall. Some schools that we usually asked to play no longer exist, and it really forced our hand and made us look to other jamborees.”
For the Tarpons, the cancellation will mean a homecoming and reunion for Skains.
While in Lafayette, South Lafourche will face Teurlings Catholic, the school that is the host of the Lafayette Jamboree. Teurlings is also Skains’ alma mater. He graduated from the Lafayette-based private school in the Class of 1996.
After attending college, Skains returned from the school and was an assistant coach for Teurlings for many seasons, working with the Rebels’ defense.
He said it won’t be easy to coach against a school that he knows so well, but added that it’ll be easier to do in a jamboree setting where the end result doesn’t matter in the regular season standings.
Teurlings Catholic is a state power. Last season, the Rebels reached the State Quarterfinals in Division I – the most competitive private school playoff bracket since the LHSAA split schools for postseason play.
The Tarpons will play the Rebels on a Thursday night (August 27) of the two-day jamboree. The game will be played on UL-Lafayette’s campus at Cajun Field.
No starting time has been set yet.
“I think playing on a college field in a big stadium is going to be a great experience for our kids,” Skains said.
“And I think playing a team like Teurlings is going to be a big-time challenge for us. I know those guys are going to have a very good team, so it’ll be a good chance for us to see where we stand before starting the season.”
While the Tarpons get on a bus and make a two-hour drive to the west, Central Lafourche will trek just up the road.
With the Tarpons Jamboree now defunct, the Trojans will hop into the multi-team jamboree that plays in Thibodaux.
Several local teams compete in the event, which is annually put on by Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.
Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard said that the Trojans would have stayed in South Lafourche if the event remained afloat. But Menard added that the opportunity to go to Thibodaux isn’t bad, either, touting that Central Lafourche will see a lot of the top teams in the area at the event.
The Trojans finished with a 4-6 record last season. The Trojans also lost several of its key offensive players from that team.
But Menard said during spring practices that he expects the Trojans to compete and push for the playoffs in what will be his third season with the team.
“We’re going to play hard and give it our best shot,” Menard said. “We know what our goals are, and we believe that we can reach them.”
Posted on Tue, July 28, 2015
by Gazette Sports Reports