CROWLEY – The 2012 prep football regular season is just over a week away, but local fans can get a sneak peak at their favorite teams beginning tomorrow when schools across the state take part in their respective jamborees.
Locally, fans won’t have to drive far to take in what promises to be an action packed night of football.
On Thursday, the Acadia Parish Jamboree will kickoff at 6 p.m. in Iota with Crowley High taking on Rayne. The second and final game will follow and pit host Iota against Church Point.
The local jamboree is a renewal of sorts after all four of those teams competed in the Acadia/Vermilion Jamboree for the last four years.
Last year was the final year of the contract for that jamboree.
Prior to 2008, all four of the local schools played in the Acadia Parish Jamboree, which rotates sites each year between Iota, Rayne, Church Point and Crowley.
“If you look way back, at one point Welsh was in it and so was Notre Dame,” said Church Point coach John Craig Arceneaux of the Acadia Parish Jamboree. “But the last 10 years, it was just those four schools.
“And what’s good is that everybody, over a four-year period, is going to play everybody. That’s the biggest change in going back to it. Before, we were kind of stuck in a rut where these two teams played every year and not everybody played everybody.”
As in year’s past, tickets will not be on sale at the schools for the jamboree. Tickets will only be sold at the gate on the night of the games.
“What was happening was that some of the schools just weren’t selling a lot of pre-sale (tickets) and their fans were just walking up and paying at the gate,” said Arceneaux. “We just didn’t feel that it was fair because some people have a better network of getting the word out to buy your tickets at the school and they were coming out on the short end of the stick.”
In the past, schools were able to keep all proceeds from pre-sale tickets.
Now, everyone will pay at the gate and proceeds will be equally distributed between the four participating schools.
Admission for the two-game jamboree is $8 across the board.
LAFAYETTE – The Notre Dame Pioneers will once again compete in the Kiwanis Jamboree at UL-Lafayette’s Cajun Field.
This year, the Pios will open up Friday’s session with a 6 p.m. contest against the Northside Vikings.
Fans are urged to buy their tickets at Notre Dame since all monies from pre-sale tickets remain at the school. Also, tickets purchased at the school are $8 opposed to the $10 charge that one will play at the gate.
Tickets will be sold in the athletic department through Friday from 7:30 a.m. till 4 p.m.