Parish teams line up for Friday night jamboree action

There’s only one more week until games count for real. So in the final warm up before the regular season, all four parish high school football teams will be in preseason action.

Webster’s three public school high school teams – Minden, Lakeside, and North Webster – will travel to Haynesville for the annual Pineland Jamboree. Also joining in on the five-team event will be the host Tors and the Homer Pelicans.

There will be five contests in Haynesville. Each will consist of one 15-minute quarter.

As follows is the Pineland Jamboree schedule:

Game 1 – North Webster vs. Homer

Game 2 – Minden vs. Homer

Game 3 – North Webster vs. Lakeside

Game 4 – Haynesville vs. Minden

Game 5 – Haynesville vs. Lakeside

The first game begins at 6 p.m. Tickets will cost $10 at the gate but can be purchased at any school location for $8. Also, tickets purchased at schools means that school keeps all of the money. Revenue from tickets bought at the gate will be split between the five teams.

While most of the action will be taking place in Claiborne Parish, the Glenbrook Apaches will be at home for an impromptu final preseason warmup against St. Mary’s out of Natchitoches.

Glenbrook was slated to participate in the NSU jamboree at Turpin Stadium on the campus of Northwestern State University. However, the new Louisiana High School Athletic Association rule that issues teams losses for games cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols led to cancellation of Friday night’s high school football jamboree.

St. Mary’s and Lakeview were slated to meet Friday in the matchup prior to Natchitoches Central’s contest with Evangel. The opening jamboree action was a battle between the NCHS junior varsity and Glenbrook, coached by former Chiefs offensive coordinator David Feaster.

After taking stock of virus trends involving their campuses, SMHS and Lakeview chose not to play each other. Lakeview coach Brandon Helms opted to take a break.

St. Mary’s football coach Aaron York was pleased to set up the 7 p.m. jamboree at Glenbrook.

“We had kids who had to go home today due to contact tracing, so we’re only taking about 18 up to Glenbrook, but they’re mostly my mainstays, my starters,” he said. “We need to see live reps, against another team, and going on the road after being home last week will be good for us. We’ll see good competition.”

Glenbrook and St. Mary’s will play two 15-minute halves.