Ascension Christian quarterback/receiver Derrick Varnado 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.

Derrick Varnado (Ascension Christian)

Sophomore Derrick Varnado took over as Ascension Christian's starting quarterback last season and put up big numbers. He helped lead the Lions to a seven-win campaign. Varnado is back in 2018, but head coach Josh Puryear is still not quite sure how they'll use him. He's a versatile guy that can play both quarterback and wide receiver.

To see the other nine players on the list, pick up a copy of the Aug. 16 edition of the Weekly Citizen or Donaldsonville Chief.