Hahnville and Destrehan will take the field on Aug. 27 at DHS, which will give several players their first game-like experience before the season officially kicks off on Sept. 4. Hahnville will face off against St. James in the first game, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Destrehan will then battle Lutcher shortly after the conclusion of the first contest. Both games will consist of two 15 minute halves, and the clock will stop just as it would in a real game situation.
Hahnville head coach Lou Valdin said that the jamboree is important for two main reasons.
“You get a rehearsal for your special teams and it gives new starters game experience in a game that doesn’t count so that they are not faced with making mistakes with the game on the line,” he said. “I want our kicker under pressure, I want our punter to experience a live rush and I want our new quarterback to be in a game-like situation.
“This is as close to a real game as your going to get before the bullets start flying next week.”
Though the game does serve as an important evaluation tool, Valdin said another benefit is that it allows the teams to work on organization.
“I want to make sure that we always have 11 Tigers on the field on both sides of the ball,” he said.
Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux, who is fielding a relatively young squad this season, said that the jamboree will allow his squad to go up against good competition.
“Lutcher is a good football team and will provide a good measuring stick to where we are at this point,” he said. “With such a young team, we get to see who needs to be on the field for us this season.”