Donaldsonville running back and return man Christian Bell is one of the 10 parish football players to watch in 2018.

The high-school football season is close. You can almost taste it.

In just one more week, teams from throughout the parish will be playing in their jamboree games. The week after that, they'll officially kick off the regular season.

The 2017 season was one of the best the parish has seen in a long time. Five of the six teams reached the second round of the playoffs. Ascension Catholic finished as Division-IV runner-up.

It should be another great year for parish football as the many standouts return from last season.

Christian Bell (Donaldsonville)

Donaldsonville lost almost everyone from their 2017 offensive unit, but they'll return a key piece in Christian "Muppetbaby" Bell. Bell is an explosive track star that has created his share of big plays for the Tigers over the past two seasons. He has made his name as a return man, but Donaldsonville will be looking for him to also lead the offense as a runner and receiver in 2018.