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Jance Miller pulls down a Beau Chene runner.

Darian Duhon (44) takes a handoff and heads up field for NVHS.

North Vermilion too much for Beau Chene

Special to the Meridional
After being on the road for the past two years, the Beau Chene Gators returned to the “swamp” with lots of pre-game energy and an excited fan base. The celebration, however, didn’t last long as the North Vermilion Patriots used a dominating run game and a stifling defense to put the game away early and took the season opener for both teams, 47-14.
The win marked the first victory for the Patriots under new head coach Brett Blakey and put the Patriots at 1-0 to start the season.

Garrett Wiggins (6) heads up field for VC after he catches the football.

Kalix Broussard lands on his head after being tackled by a Loreauville player. Broussard was not hurt on the play.

VC blows out Loreauville

The Vermilion Catholic Eagles had 356 yards of total offense to cruise to a 45-6 season-opening win against the Loreauville Tigers.
It was also new VC head coach Kevin Fouquier first win as a head coach. He has been coaching football since the late 1980s and never has been a head football coach on any level.
“It feels good,” said Fouquier about his first victory. “The kids played well. We still had a few mistakes that we have correct. Overall, we were physical. We ran the football and threw the football well.”

Abbeville’s Kente Charles (3) and Braeden Williams (23) celebrate after Braeden scores a touchdown.

Abbeville free safety Josiah Chambers wraps his arms around a West St. Mary player for a tackle.

Abbeville's Deion Williams (5, with helmet off) had a busy game. He ran for 127 yards and scored three touchdowns for AHS.

Abbeville runs past West St.Mary

BALDWIN - The Abbeville Wildcats managed to hang on and beat the West St. Mary Wolves 39-30 in the season-opener for both teams on Thursday.
The Wildcats never trailed, but they also never had a comfortable lead because West St. Mary quarterback Taylon Druilhet kept his team in the game.
Druilhet threw for an impressive 283 yards en route to the loss.
Abbeville head coach Kevin Kern was happy with the win but knows his team can play better.

Brett Blakey speaks to his North Vermilion players.

Eric LeBlanc is the new head coach at Erath, and he will be coaching his first game as a head coach.

New coaches ready to lead Erath, North Vermilion

Tonight two new parish head coaches will begin their era in Vermilion Parish.
In Erath, Eric LeBlanc is a brand new coach for the Bobcats. He replaces former head coach David Comeaux, who is now an assistant coach at Comeaux High Schoool.
LeBlanc and the Bobcats travel to Youngsville to battle the pass-happy Ascension Episcopal. The two teams met last year, and Ascension won 46-14. They went on to post an 8-3 record, while Erath finished 1-9.

Defensive players Chad Celestine (8) and Hogan Landry (70) will be in action tonight with the rest of the Abbeville Wildcats. (photo by Beverly Vincent)

2018 Season Begins: Wildcats on road tonight to play ‘athletic’ West St. Mary

The Abbeville Wildcats did not look too sharp last week in the Acadia/Vermilion Parish Jamboree.
The Wildcats had a few defensive offside penalties, coupled with other crucial penalties that kept drives alive for Lake Arthur.
This past week, the Abbeville coaching staff worked on ways to correct the mistakes.
The jamboree was the dress rehearsal. Now, tonight is the real thing.
The Wildcats open the season on the road against West St. Mary. Game time is 7 p.m.

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