Many ranked teams await parish squads
The 2016 high-school football season opens with its usual anticipation and excitement, and after the state endured flooding of historic proportions, the players and coaches are even more eager to get back on the field and experience a bit of normalcy.
Part of that normalcy included the preseason Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s prep football poll.
Out of the two schools in Donaldsonville, Ascension Catholic faired the best in the poll. The Bulldogs received three votes in the 1A poll and fell into the No. 15 spot.
Oak Grove ranked fifth with both St. Mary’s and defending Class 1A state champion Kentwood tied for third. Haynesville and defending Division IV state champion Southern Lab rounded out the rest of the top five.
Ascension Catholic is looking to make a big turnaround in head coach Drey Trosclair’s second season. The Bulldogs struggled last season, finishing just 4-6 and missing out on the playoffs for the first time in three years.
Much of their struggles arose due to their brutal schedule. Unfortunately, they’ll have to try to navigate through the same mine field in 2016.
The Bulldogs will play three top-10 1A teams this season.
On Sept. 15, they’ll host sixth-ranked Central Catholic in a non-district clash. They’ll be forced to play both third-ranked Kentwood and top-ranked Southern Lab in crucial league showdowns.
Ascension Catholic will also play higher-classification teams.
This Friday, they’ll host Dunham—a team ranked 13th in the 2A poll. In their regular-season finale, they’ll play Kaplan—the seventh-ranked team in 3A.
Overall, the Bulldogs play five ranked teams and eight teams that made the playoffs in 2015.
Donaldsonville didn’t receive any votes in the 3A preseason poll.
West Feliciana started the season ranked fifth. St. James began at No. 4, but starting quarterback and LSU commit Lowell Narcisse has been lost for the season with a torn ACL.
De La Salle, Amite and defending 3A champion Lutcher round out the rest of the top five.
The Tigers are looking for vast improvements under first-year head coach Brian Richardson after finishing 3-7 in 2015.
Once again, Donaldsonville will face a challenging schedule.
Within District 6-3A, they’ll face fourth-ranked West Feliciana, sixth-ranked Parkview Baptist and eighth-ranked University.
Overall, they’ll play eight playoff teams from 2015.
3. De La Salle
4. St. James
5. West Feliciana
6. Parkview Baptist
1. Southern Lab
3. St. Mary’s
5. Oak Grove
6. Central Catholic
8. Ascension Episcopal
9. St. Frederick
10. Delhi Charter