Parish football teams eye 2015-16 schedule

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Dutchtown and running back Fitell Bolding will host parish and district rival East Ascension on Oct. 23. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

With spring practices coming to a close and with the regular season now just three months away, the official 2015-16 schedules were released recently for the parish's football teams.

For the big three District 5-5A teams of Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant, they'll have a new team to deal with in district play.

Over the offseason, the district was tweaked when Woodlawn dropped out of 5A to become part of the 4A division.

To replace them, Broadmoor was added. The Buccaneers went just 3-7 last season.

St. Amant had the best finish of the three parish 5A teams last year as they went 6-4 and landed in the No. 2 spot in district play at 3-2, only behind champion Catholic.

The Gators will start this season with a new non-district test as they open action on the road against Live Oak. The Eagles finished 4-6 last year.

Other than the opener, the Gators' schedule is pretty much identical to the schedule they've had in the past.

They host L.W. Higgins and Lutcher and though they have left the district, St. Amant will meet a familiar opponent in Woodlawn in a Sept. 25 road matchup.

Their final non-district clash will be a home test against South Terrebonne the following week.

Their clash with archrival East Ascension will go from a week-nine showdown to a week-seven encounter.

They'll have their first district clash with Broadmore on Oct. 30, before finishing against Dutchtown on Nov. 6.

They host McKinley on Oct. 9, and Catholic on Oct. 23.

East Ascension will also have a new opponent for the season opener after beginning with a tough matchup against Plaquemine for the past two years.

This season, they'll go on the road to face Denham Springs. The Yellow Jackets went 6-4 last year.

As the Spartans try to improve on a 5-5 campaign that saw them reach the second round of the playoffs, they'll welcome another new team on their schedule in Thibodaux for their home opener.

That matchup is followed by a home game with Zachary and then a road contest with Scotlandville before finishing up non-district play with a home game against St. Charles.

The non-district tilt is brutal for East Ascension. Their five opponents combined for a 39-12 regular-season record last year.

They open district play on the road against Catholic on Oct. 9. They then play parish foes St. Amant and Dutchtown back to back before finishing up with their home finale against McKinley and their season finale on the road against Broadmoor.

Dutchtown had a brutal non-district schedule last year as they played two top-five teams in Archbishop Rummel and Destrehan.

Those teams are not on the schedule this season, but they'll still face stiff non-district competition.

Like in the past, they'll open at home against Lutcher--a team that upset them last year.

They then go on the road against Central. On Sept. 18, they host Hammond before traveling to South Terrebonne the next week and finishing non-district at home against Zachary on Oct. 2.

The Griffins open district play on the road against new addition Broadmoor on Oct. 9, and travel to McKinley the week afterward.

They then host East Ascension, travel to Catholic and host their season finale against St. Amant on Nov. 6.

Ascension Christian found themselves in a new district this offseason. With West St. John moving up to 2A, the Lions were placed in District 6-1A with the likes of Ascension Catholic, East Iberville, White Castle, St. John, Southern Lab and Kentwood.

However, Ascension Christian will take a different approach this season. They have waived their ability to play for a district title in order to play more non-district opponents. They will only play three district games all year.

The Lions will open the season on the road against Gueydan, a team that went winless last season.

They will then host Crescent City for the home opener and then travel to Ridgewood. The Lions beat both schools last season.

They will then host Westminster Christian and Houma Christian before going on the road to play district and parish foe Ascension Catholic on Oct. 9.

They will then host district rival St. John before traveling to Ecole Classique, and they will finish off the season at home against district rival East Iberville--another team they beat last year.

The Lions made school history last season as they won three games. With their new schedule, they're hoping to finish with a winning record for the first time ever.