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Brenon East, James White and other North Vermilion players had to wear a face mask when they are on the sideline not playing in the game. The LHSAA is requiring everyone on the sideline wear a mask, including coaches. Photo by Beverly Vincent

Welcome to unique high school season

The 2020 high school football season is going to be like no other, thanks to COVID 19.
The season officially gets underway Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with parish teams playing real games.
But before you walk into a high school football stadium in Vermilion Parish, there are new rules to follow before, during and after the game.

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VC’s Joshua Sagrera (4) tries to find a hole during a recent practice. On Thursday and Friday, parish teams will be able to hit someone else when they scrimmage an opponent.

High School Football Begins!

High school football gets underway on Thursday.
While college and pro football are in their second week, high school begins Thursday and Friday with scrimmages.
All parish schools will be in action. Playing Thursday will be Kaplan, Abbeville, Gueydan and Erath.
Kaplan will battle Eunice in Ed Douglas Memorial Stadium, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Kaplan will be selling pre-sold tickets at the front office in the school. They are $5 each. To get into the stadium, one must have a ticket. No one can walk up to the gate the night of the scrimmage and buy a ticket.

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Erath native Elijah Mitchell earns Sun Belt Conference honors

The Louisiana Football Team saw two players pick up Sun Belt Conference honors after Elijah Mitchell was named the Offensive Player of the Week and Rhys Byrns was named the Special Teams Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
With the announcement, Louisiana has now had at least two players earn the award in consecutive weeks for just the fourth time in the Sun Belt era and the 23rd time it has had two earn the honors in the same week overall.

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Erath has 80 players on its team. If the school gives two game tickets per player, that is 160 tickets.

Only 25% will be allowed into high school football games

Today, LSU is not the only stadium that will be allowed only 25 percent seating capacity in its football stadium. That rule also also applies for high school stadiums in Louisiana.
Gov. John Bel Edwards last week said that football stadiums, high school and college, will only be able to operate at 25 percent capacity when the regular season begins in October.
With the season less than 20 days away, coaches, principals and athletic directors are scrambling to figure out what to do and how to make it work.

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Front (left to right) ; Karina Patel, Emily Nguyen, Lyla Fletcher, Tai’Janae Green; Middle (left to right), Suzie Gamez, McKayla Lopez, Elle Hebert, Ny’Haylie Guidry, Niki Tran, Angela Brailey; Back (right to left) Coach Ashly Boudreaux, Jayla Hebert, Payton Brown, Nevaeh Willis, Kendra Davenport Emma Reynolds, Alexis Stelly, Abbie Mouton and Coach Lacey Meaux.

Abbeville Lady Wildcats begin season with no fans in stands

The Abbeville Lady Wildcats’ volleyball team opened the 2020 season in front of no fans or students cheering. Instead, the Abbeville gym had players, managers, two referees, Principal Brett Darby, coaches and the clock operator.
While the gym was not as noisy as it could have been, there was cheering going on.
For the Lady Wildcats, Thursday’s game was a season-opener against West St. Mary. Abbeville had only a handful of practices leading up to Thursday’s match.



Vermilion Today

Abbeville Meridional

318 N. Main St.
Abbeville, LA 70510
Phone: 337-893-4223
Fax: 337-898-9022

The Kaplan Herald

219 North Cushing Avenue
Kaplan, LA 70548

The Gueydan Journal

311 Main Street
Gueydan, LA 70542