It's going to be a great scene at Spartan Stadium this Friday night when East Ascension clashes with Denham Springs.

It's going to be a great scene at Spartan Stadium this Friday night when East Ascension clashes with Denham Springs.

Sure, it's a great matchup between two teams hungry for a win, but it's what will happen before the game that will make the night truly special for Spartan nation.

Along with celebrating Homecoming, East Ascension will induct three of the newest members into their Hall of Fame and three more into their Wall of Fame.

And to add to the nostalgia and fervent Spartan pride, the school will be celebrating its 500th football game. To properly commemorate the event, they will honor six former Spartan head coaches that prowled the sidelines donning the royal blue and yellow for so many years and that helped build the program into what it is today.

And that program all began with coach Coon Schexnaydre in 1966. In his six years as the Spartans' inaugural head coach, he won a district title and laid the foundation for what East Ascension football would eventually become.

Fred Fontenot would take the torch and so did Joe Clark. Clark would actually go on to be an assistant coach in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and ended his coaching career making stops at many high schools as the head man.

Van Lambert was a player under coach Schexnaydre on East Ascension's first team. He climbed the coaching ladder until he became Spartan head coach in 1981. In his eight years, he won two district titles and led the school to its first ever undefeated season in 1982.

Larry Dauterive took over for Lambert and coached the Spartans to district runner-ups in their 1989 season. He coached in the Canadian Football League for years before going back to high school football where he became one of only 21 coaches in Louisiana history with over 200 career victories.

Finally, there is Barrett Murphy—who took over in 1990. Murphy coached East Ascension for six years and led the Spartans to a state semi-final game in 1991.

Along with the celebration of these six coaches' accomplishments, East Ascension will welcome three new members into their Wall of Fame. This select group includes those who have made significant contributions to the school over the years.

This year's class includes the local company Merchands Interior and Hardware and long-time school maintenance worker and alum Tyler Villar.

East Ascension is also proud to induct Barbara Ann "Malaika" Favorite. Favorite courageously broke down barriers in the face of strife and discrimination and became the first ever black student to integrate into the school in 1966.

She went on to garner BFA and MFA degrees from LSU and became an art instructor there and at many other education institutions. She is an accomplished artist and has brought art shows and commissions throughout the country since the '70s.

And when it comes to athletics, the school is pleased to induct three new members into its Hall of Fame—an exclusive society only made up of 36 members. This group includes athletes like Shawn Nelson, Jeff Wiley and former LSU great and current Kansas City Chief defensive tackle Glen Dorsey.

This year's class is headed by 2001 graduate Sherryl Lynn Andrews. Andrews led East Ascension to its first and only state championship in track and in basketball, she sphere-headed an effort that won a district title and placed the Lady Spartans in the state quarterfinals.

She went on to receive a scholarship to run track at Southern.

Adrien Claiborne was a member of East Ascension's class of 1990. In his playing career, he earned all-district honors on offense and defense and received a football scholarship to play at Southern.

Finally, current Ascension Christian head baseball coach Scotty Stafford will become the 39th member of East Ascension's Hall of Fame.

He is also a 1990 graduate. He was a two-sport star for the Spartans. In football, he was a first-team all-district selection and was named district MVP. He was also honorable mention All-State. He still holds the school record for most passing yards in a game with 452 against archrival St. Amant in 1989.

In baseball, he earned a scholarship to Northwestern State where he was a four-year starter for a team that won three Southland Conference championships. In the 1994 season, he was a team captain and was named all-conference catcher.

Stafford along with all the key contributors, athletes and coaches will proudly cement their place in East Ascension lore this Friday.

Despite what happens in the game against Denham Springs, win, lose or draw, it will be a great night to be a Spartan.�