All eyes on Pine Prairie for annual jamboree
By: LANCE REED
The Evangeline Parish Football Jamboree will take place tomorrow night.
For the first time in history, the village of Pine Prairie will host the football event. With all of the hard work the administration, athletic staff and members of the community have put into the event, it will be a special moment.
The action on the gridiron begins at 6 p.m. All five teams from the parish will show what they have. There will be four different contests at the event. The first three games will consist of a 15-minute period and the final event will be two 15-minute periods. Ville Platte and Basile will tangle in the first contest of the night. After that match-up, the Bulldogs will take a break. Basile and Mamou will clash in the second contest of the night. Ville Platte comes back on the field in the third contest of the night. The Bulldogs and the Demons go at it for a 15-minute frame. The final game of the night will feature the host team, Pine Prairie, and Sacred Heart. The two schools play for one 15-minute period and then take a short break. After the intermission, they will meet for another 15-minute period.
It will be a historical event tomorrow night. Evangeline Parish football will be in full swing and, for the first time, it will take place in the small village of Pine Prairie. The event is bringing the football spotlight to Pine Prairie and PPHS Principal Glenn Lafleur could not be happier.
“I am really excited about Pine Prairie hosting the jamboree this year,” Lafleur stated. “If the fire marshal approves our stadium today, it could bring more interest to the sport from, not only the student body, but the entire community. The stadium represents a football era and could do wonders for the town.”
The Pine Prairie seniors on this year’s football team are the first true seniors in the PPHS football program. That in itself means something special for the school that went to Class 2A in 2005. Lafleur thinks this jamboree and the new stadium will provide some new and interesting things for the school.
“Our morale is higher now,” he remarked. “This is something the younger kids can grow into. This is a new sport to all of them. It is a contact sport they are getting used to. They have to begin to love it like their other sports.”
The jamboree will make history and the school, the community and the rest of the parish are excited for the event. From every corner of the parish, Lafleur sees people making arrangements to come to the stadium and the jamboree tomorrow night.
“It is a historical event and everyone is excited about it,” he said. “The whole parish is excited for the event. Everywhere I go, people ask me about it. It is something that never was before and hopefully we will get to see it through.”
The Pine Prairie stadium has to be approved by the fire marshal before any fans can be in attendance or any games can be played at the facility.