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High school stadiums, like Kaplan High's, have been empty because only 25 percent seating capacity. Now, the governor raised it to 50 percent, starting Friday.

More people will be allowed to attend high school football games

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced during a press briefing on Thursday that he will allow high school football stadiums to have 50 percent capacity that went into effect this past Friday.
That is great news for area high school football programs because it meant twice as many people will be allowed into the stadiums.
Edwards announced he will amend his current Phase 3 order Thursday to allow outdoor high school football stadiums to move to 50 percent capacity, rather than 25 percent in parishes with positivity rates of 5 percent or less for two consecutive weeks.

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North Vermilion teammates surround Benny Freeman (11), who scored three touchdowns and ran for 134 yards against Crowley.

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NV's Collin Arnould (5) looks for a hole to run through.

North Vermilion hangs on to beat Crowley

KAPLAN - The North Vermilion Patriots beat the Crowley Gents 35-20 in front of a homecoming crowd, and one would think Patriot head coach Brett Blakey would be happy.
Blakey was far from being happy.
In the first half, the Patriots manhandled the Gents and led 28-7 behind 220 rushing yards.
But then the second half started, and things went south for the Patriots’ offense.
North Vermilion ran only 13 plays and gained only one first down in the entire second half. That first down came with two minutes to play in the game.

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NV quarterback Dale Martin hands the ball off to Benny Freeman in the first game of the year. The Patriots played a home game in Wildcat Stadium in Abbeville.

North Vermilion 's homecoming game being played in Kaplan

This football season has been unique for the North Vermilion Patriots (1-1).
In their second year in Class 4A, the coaching staff and players have to adapt to what has been thrown at them, such as COVID 19 and Hurricane Delta.
The Patriots have one of the smallest home stadiums in the parish despite being the largest school. When Gov. John Bel Edwards mandated allowing only 25 percent capacity for football stadiums, that was not good news for high school teams, especially the Patriots due to their small stadium.

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Above - Saul Dartez (1) catches one of his three passes for VC. Tackling him is Gabe Primeaux for Erath. Also in the photo is EHS defender Jose Valenzuela.

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VC's J. Rob Allums hauls in a pass with EHS defender Jose Valenzuela tackling him.

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VC defender Alec Broussard intercepts a pass.

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VC's Thomas Bellaire catches one of his three passes and is swarmed by Bobcats.

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Erath receiver Austin Hebert (11) stiff arms VC defender Saul Dartez, who is trying to tackle him.

VC too much for Erath

ERATH - After a 7-0 first quarter lead, the Vermilion Catholic Eagles scored 27 points in the second period and cruised to a 47-0 victory over the Erath Bobcats.
The Eagles, who are ranked at No. 9 in the Class 1A poll, racked up 394 total yards while the VC defense held EHS out of the end zone for four quarters.
VC senior quarterback Drew Lege threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns. In only two games, Lege has thrown for just over 600 yards.

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BATON ROUGE – The LSU at Florida football game of October 17 has been postponed due to positive tests and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Florida football program, consistent with Southeastern Conference COVID-19 management requirements. The game is tentatively rescheduled for December 12 in Gainesville.
The SEC’s COVID-19 management requirements, as developed by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force, are available on



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