Football season begins on Monday for three area schools

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 1, 2005


Sports Editor

RESERVE-It’s that time of the year again.

Football season has begun.

For three of the four local squads in the area, Monday signifies the start of high school football fall camp.

Two-time defending state champion West St. John will start camp on Tuesday.

Coming off of an eight-win season in 2004, Riverside Head Coach Mickey Roussel expects the trend to continue for his Rebel squad.

“I’m looking for us to continue from where we left off last year,” Roussel said. “We want to improve on the eight wins that we had last season. With 16 starters returning we should from day one our drills should be crisp and when we go to team drills we should be crisp, at least with the front line players because they played 11 games last year.

“We are looking to just resume things from last year, not start everything over again.”

Roussel said there are very few questions that his squad must answer heading into camp.

“Our biggest question marks are on offense center and on defense nose guard,” Roussel said.

East St. John Head Coach Larry Dauterive has perhaps the biggest hole to fill, replacing all-everything quarterback Ryan Perrilloux.

Despite the gaping hole left by the state’s Most Valuable Player, Dauterive is confident about his team heading into fall camp.

“I’m really excited,” Dauterive said. “We are going to have to see how life is without Ryan. I think we have some quality athletes and it is the fourth year into the program for us, so we are looking forward to things.

“We have 120 kids apart of this program right now so there is definitely a lot of interest. We are looking forward to the season. We know that we are going to have to be up to task every week. There are not any weak opponents on our schedule for the upcoming season. We have to prepare for that and that is why our first 10 practices will be us installing our kicking game and getting into some type of relative playing shape. The weather is really bad right now. It is really hot out there right now, so we have to be careful.”