Vermilion Parish football coaches react to Oct. 2 start
The countdown to high school football has begun. As of Sunday, there are only 18 days left before kick-off.
Last week, the LHSAA announced the start date to high school football was being moved from Oct. 9 to Oct. 2.
Teams will also be able to scrimmage an opponent the week before.
Each team will play eight regular-season games. There is even a chance homecoming will take place.
Parish head football coaches are happy to play football, even if it is a week ahead of what they first thought.
“Let’s play,” said Kaplan head coach Stephen Lotief. “We only have one scrimmage before a game, and that gives us less time to get mistakes corrected. We have 14 days of contact before the season begins.”
The Pirates will scrimmage Eunice on Sept. 24 in Ed Douglas Memorial Stadium. They open the season on Oct. 2 at home against Church Point.
The Vermilion Catholic Eagles and the Abbeville Wildcats begin the 2020 football season playing one another. The two played one another last year in Eagle Stadium, with VC winning.
This year, the game is in Wildcat Stadium on Oct. 2.
VC will scrimmage St. Ed’s in Eunice on Sept. 25.
VC head coach Broc Prejean likes the idea of having a scrimmage game before the start of the season.
“Allowing us to have the scrimmage is huge just to have the dress rehearsal, so it sort of balances out with them moving the start-up,” said Prejean. “I know our kids would rather play sooner than later, so we will have them ready.”
Abbeville head coach Roderick Moy said he was still working on details about who and when the Wildcats will scrimmage.
North Vermilion head coach Brett Blakey said moving the season up one week is not a big deal.
“We have been installing everything since the beginning of August,” he said. “Now, it is just getting acclimated to the contact and team setting.”
The Patriots scrimmage Cecilia at home on Sept. 25. They battle Ascension Episcopal on Oct. 2 to open the season.
Erath travels to Morgan City on Oct. 2 and will scrimmage Loreauville in Erath on Sept. 24.
Gueydan head coach Lance Meyers said his Bears would travel to New Iberia to scrimmage Highland Baptist on Sept. 24.
Gueydan is also on the road on Oct. 2 to play Jeanerette.
Delcambre is at home against Centerville on Oct. 1.