WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2019, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 25 Aug 2019 HH:08:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU Defense Viewing Uncertainty at Middle Linebacker as Positive https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defense-viewing-uncertainty-at-middle-linebacker-as-positive/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defense-viewing-uncertainty-at-middle-linebacker-as-positive/ Sports Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:57:45 PM Matthew Trent LSU Defense Viewing Uncertainty at Middle Linebacker as Positive

Ed Orgeron said after Saturday's scrimmage that he has a pretty good idea who his starters will be for next week's season opener against Georgia Southern. One position he wasn't talking about was middle linebacker. It's a three person race between Damone Clark, Jacob Phillips and Patrick Queen. 

"I feel good about all three," said outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson.

He feels that even though the team is less than two weeks away from their season opener and still have no starter means that the race is too close to call and that all three are viable candidates.


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Tulsa, Louisiana Tech agree to home-and-home series https://www.wbrz.com/news/tulsa-louisiana-tech-agree-to-home-and-home-series/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/tulsa-louisiana-tech-agree-to-home-and-home-series/ Sports Mon, 19 Aug 2019 8:50:28 PM Associated Press Tulsa, Louisiana Tech agree to home-and-home series
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa and Louisiana Tech have agreed to a home-and-home football series for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.
  
Tulsa made the announcement on Monday.
  
The first game will be on Sept. 21, 2024, at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, Louisiana. The second will be on Sept. 27, 2025, at Tulsa's H.A. Chapman Stadium.
  
The teams have played 10 times. Most recently, Tulsa won 24-14 at Louisiana Tech in 2013 when both were members of Conference USA.

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LSU holds on to #6 spot in AP preseason poll https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-holds-on-to-6-spot-in-ap-preseason-poll/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-holds-on-to-6-spot-in-ap-preseason-poll/ Sports Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:12:20 AM WBRZ Staff LSU holds on to #6 spot in AP preseason poll

BATON ROUGE - The Tigers will kick off the 2019 season just outside the top five later this month.

The Associated Press' preseason poll released Monday kept the tigers locked into the sixth spot, the same place Ed Orgeron's crew found itself at the end of last season.

Clemson still holds the top spot, which it earned earlier this year, after bludgeoning Alabama in the CFB Championship. Bama remains at the #2 spot. Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State round out the rest of the top five respectively. 

The Tigers' season-opener against GA Southern will be held Aug. 31 at Tiger Stadium.

You can view the full top 25 here: https://www.apnews.com/APTop25CollegeFootballPoll


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Hill Rallies Saints to First Preseason Win Over Chargers https://www.wbrz.com/news/hill-rallies-saints-to-first-preseason-win-over-chargers/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/hill-rallies-saints-to-first-preseason-win-over-chargers/ Sports Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:01:32 AM Matthew Trent Hill Rallies Saints to First Preseason Win Over Chargers

CARSON, Calif. -- Taysom Hill has been the quintessential all-purpose player the past two seasons. On Sunday, he showed again what makes him such a valuable weapon for the New Orleans Saints.

Hill had 191 yards of offense and directed three second-half scoring drives to help the Saints rally for a 19-17 preseason victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.

In a game where Philip Rivers and Drew Brees were sideline observers, Hill supplied most of the quarterback highlights. He was 11 of 15 for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for 55 yards.

With New Orleans trailing 17-3 at halftime, Hill felt the pressure was on him to produce.

"I felt like we needed some energy. And the thing I reiterated in the huddle was we're going to have a chance to win this football game," Hill said. "I know it's a preseason game, but this is what it's all about, and if we came here to not win then we're wrong. So that was the objective."

Hill threw a 27-yard TD pass to Austin Carr with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter to bring the Saints (1-1) to 17-10.

Hill then directed an 11-play, 69-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter that culminated in a 1-yard TD pass to Devine Ozigbo. The Saints went for 2, but Hill was sacked by Anthony Lanier II.

Following a Chargers punt, Hill drove the Saints into field goal range, where Will Lutz made a 28-yarder with 1:08 remaining.

"For three quarters I thought it was pretty complementary football. Then Taysom Hill took it over and they completely outplayed us," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said.

Hill has lined up at receiver, running back and tight end for the Saints since they signed him in 2017, but coach Sean Payton has been impressed with how Hill has looked at his natural position during training camp.

"I think he's had a good camp and has progressed," Payton said. "Some of the things he did were scrambles, but he's pretty good when he's running."

Troymaine Pope returned a punt 81 yards and Cardale Jones was 10 of 14 for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers (0-2).

The Chargers led 10-3 late in the second quarter when Pope ran back Thomas Morestead's punt with three seconds remaining. Pope -- a second-year running back -- made three New Orleans defenders miss within the first 15 yards before finding an opening up the left sideline and outrunning Dwayne Washington to the end zone.

"I wanted to make sure I secured the catch," Pope said. "I made the first man miss and it was straight shot from there because it was blocked so well."

Patton, who did not play in the Aug. 8 preseason opener at Arizona due to injury, gave the Chargers a 7-3 lead with 5:32 remaining when he hauled in a 26-yard pass from Cardale Jones to complete a 10--play, 98-yard drive.

FOR STARTERS

Tyrod Taylor and Bridgewater were the starting quarterbacks but were not effective.

Taylor directed the first four Chargers drives and was 7 of 10 for 57 yards and an interception. Los Angeles turned it over on downs on its first series where they had to attempts to get a yard and could not convert.

Bridgewater played the entire first half -- going 5 for 12 for 40 yards -- despite being ill since Friday. The sixth-year quarterback did direct a first-quarter scoring drive that ended in a Lutz 33-yard field goal after A.J. Klein picked off Taylor and returned it 20 yards to the Chargers' 18.

"Man, it was a poor game," Bridgewater said. "Today I just didn't give those guys the energy they deserve."

New Orleans moved the ball well at times but had two critical turnovers in the red zone. Washington had a ball bounce off his hands and into the arms of safety Jaylen Watkins at the Chargers' 2-yard line for an interception during the second quarter. Los Angeles would take advantage and drive for a touchdown.

During the fourth quarter, linebacker Denzel Perryman forced Ozigbo to fumble and it was recovered by Adarius Pickett at the LA 9.

"Make no mistake about it there are some things that just eat at you a little bit, (things) we can't do as a team and expect to win against good teams," Payton said. "Those are the things we have got to get correct."

Saints will travel to New York to take on the Jets for their third preseason game Saturday.


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Southern goalie with autism kicks off career with stellar start https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-goalie-with-autism-kicks-off-career-with-stellar-start/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-goalie-with-autism-kicks-off-career-with-stellar-start/ Sports Sun, 18 Aug 2019 11:52:06 PM Matthew Trent Southern goalie with autism kicks off career with stellar start

With 165 saves in her freshman year at Southern, Chioma Eriken was an easy choice for SWAC preseason Keeper of the Year.

"She's the best goalie I've ever had" says Jags head coach Jeremy Fontenot.

Despite the amazing stats, there's a battle she fights while she's battling the opposition.

"I'm actually on the autism spectrum," says Eriken. 

During her time as a soccer keeper, she's gotten pretty good at deflecting tough shots. Even the ones autism throws at her.

"For most of my life I didn't think it was that big of a deal. It was just something I had."


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Southeastern Riding the Wave of Confidence Despite Sub .500 2018 Season https://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-riding-the-wave-of-confidence-despite-sub-500-2018-season/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-riding-the-wave-of-confidence-despite-sub-500-2018-season/ Sports Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:10:03 AM Matthew Trent Southeastern Riding the Wave of Confidence Despite Sub .500 2018 Season

Alot of teams would be focusing on improving gradually after a 4-7 record. Southeastern has bypassed that and have their eyes set on a Southland Conference title.

"I don't think anybody is going to be sleeping on us this year," second year head coach Frank Scelfo states. The offense will be lead by dual threat star Chason Virgil who spent this summer working at the Manning Passing Academy, perfecting his game against some of the best quarterbacks in the country.

The defense looks to be much improved thanks to the addition of former McNeese head coach Lance Guidry as defensive coordinator. It'll be a very athletic and agile defense than years past thanks to aggressive recruiting and Guidry's intense style of turnover based schemes.

The Lions open up the season at home August 29th against #6 Jacksonville State.


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Joe Burrow Strong in Scrimmage Debut, Defense Dominates for Second Straight Game https://www.wbrz.com/news/joe-burrow-strong-in-scrimmage-debut-defense-dominates-for-second-straight-game/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/joe-burrow-strong-in-scrimmage-debut-defense-dominates-for-second-straight-game/ Sports Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:00:22 AM Matthew Trent Joe Burrow Strong in Scrimmage Debut, Defense Dominates for Second Straight Game


BATON ROUGE – Joe Burrow threw for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead LSU as the Tigers held their second preseason game of training camp here Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

 

Saturday’s scrimmage was treated as “game like” as possible with the exception of no live punting and kickoffs. The final portion of the scrimmage focused on the two-minute drill and overtime.

 

“A lot of great things went on,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said. “We had great preparation all week and having Joe (Burrow) back, the offense looked really good. The offense came out and moved the ball pretty well and the defense responded and did a good job of stopping the offense during the second half (of the scrimmage.)”

 

Burrow completed 13-of-24 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, while Myles Brennan was 13-of-25 for 260 yards and a TD. Burrow led the Tiger offense to a touchdown during the two-minute drill. LSU kicked field goals to end both overtime opportunities.

 

“Joe showed leadership and the ability to move the ball and to throw the ball to the right receiver,” Orgeron said. “He showed his ability to escape pressure in the pocket. I thought Myles (Brennan) had a tremendous day. He moved around in the pocket and made some big throws.”

 

John Emery led all running backs with 68 yards on 11 carries, while Tyrion Price-Davis rushed for 20 yards on 13 attempts.

 

“I thought both of those guys looked outstanding,” Orgeron said. “We wanted to play our young running backs today so they handled most of the carries. We wanted to give them the ball and see what they had. I thought they did a good job.”

 

Orgeron said running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and wide receiver Justin Jefferson were both given the day off. 

 

In the passing game, Racey McMath led all receivers with six catches for 58 yards, while Jaray Jenkins caught four passes for 73 yards. Ja’Marr Chase had five catches for 45 yards.

 

Defensively, the Tigers had six sacks during the workout.

 

In special teams, freshman Cade York connected on 7-of-8 field goals, including a 51-yarder. York also kicked a 51-yard field goal in last Saturday’s preseason game.

 

“We had a lot of special teams and did a lot of substitutions,” Orgeron said. “It was outstanding today on the sideline. Coach Mac (Greg McMahon) did a great job of making it game-like. I thought those guys came out to play.”

 

The Tiger defense played without three key starters in K’Lavon Chaisson, Grant Delpit and Kristian Fulton.

 

“They’re very close and I think if we had to play a game today, we could have pushed it and all three of those guys could’ve played, but we didn’t want to do that,” Orgeron said. “We’ll be going into ‘game mode’ next week. They’ll be taking all the first team reps. They should be healthy enough to do team, pass rush, and go over the things we need to do.”

 

The Tigers have one final preseason game remaining, which takes place next Saturday in Tiger Stadium. Orgeron said next week’s preseason game will be helmets only and the team will simulate a game-type scrimmage.

 

“The next time we go live is going to be on game day,” Orgeron said.

 

The Tigers will take Sunday off from football-related activities and then return to practice on Monday afternoon.


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Tiger Stadium among top 5 greatest college football venues of all time, Sports Illustrated says https://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-stadium-among-top-5-greatest-college-football-venues-of-all-time-sports-illustrated-says/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-stadium-among-top-5-greatest-college-football-venues-of-all-time-sports-illustrated-says/ Sports Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:04:11 PM WBRZ Staff Tiger Stadium among top 5 greatest college football venues of all time, Sports Illustrated says

BATON ROUGE - LSU's iconic football stadium is one of the greatest venues in the sport's history, according to Sports Illustrated.

An article published by the national sports magazine this week places Death Valley as the fourth-best college football stadium of all time. The stadium's size, state-of-the-art jumbotrons and "raucous" atmosphere propelled it to one of the top spots on the list.

"Tiger Stadium is one of the craziest and most exciting places to watch a game, and it’s hard to beat the atmosphere when Alabama comes to town," the article read. 

The stadiums that beat out LSU for the top three spots include Notre Dame Stadium, Michigan Stadium and UCLA's Rose Bowl.

You can see the full list here.


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Former LSU QB Danny Etling claimed off waivers by Falcons https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-qb-danny-etling-claimed-off-waivers-by-falcons/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-qb-danny-etling-claimed-off-waivers-by-falcons/ Sports Wed, 14 Aug 2019 9:57:59 PM Matthew Trent Former LSU QB Danny Etling claimed off waivers by Falcons

ATLANTA, GA - One day after being released by the Patriots, former LSU quarterback turned NFL wideout Danny Etling was claimed off waivers Wednesday by the Atlanta Falcons.

The experiment to make Etling an NFL wide receiver did not go as planned in Foxborough. New England drafted Etling, 25, in the 7th round of last year's draft only to have him on the team's practice squad. This preseason he made the switch to receiver and had been working at the new position all throughout training camp.

Atlanta was down a quarterback after third string signal caller Kurt Benkert was placed on injured reserve following the preseason opener against the Denver Broncos. Although the team signed Matt Simms to handle the third team snaps previously held by Benkert, Etling will look to provide another option at quarterback.

During his junior and senior seasons at LSU, Etling threw for a combined 4,586 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He joins a Falcons roster that already has a number of former Tigers on it, including Deion Jones, Duke Riley and Russell Gage.


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Saints using joint practice with Chargers as opportunity for intense game like situations https://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-using-joint-practice-with-chargers-as-opportunity-for-intense-game-like-situations/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-using-joint-practice-with-chargers-as-opportunity-for-intense-game-like-situations/ Sports Mon, 12 Aug 2019 7:15:49 PM Matthew Trent Saints using joint practice with Chargers as opportunity for intense game like situations

The New Orleans Saints will have two full days of practice with their next preseason opponent the Los Angeles Chargers. Since the starters, like Drew Brees, are limited in their participation during these preseason games, the joint practices serve as an opportunity for reps against a different opponent with game like situations.

"You want those live reps. Because you know in practice, it's a practice rep and you can go back and watch the tape. You can go back and get it corrected. In a game it's almost like it is what it is. It's on tape. You can't get that rep back" says linebacker Demario Davis.

Sean Payton sees the practices in a more controlled chaos light.

"You can essentially script out what you want to see and who you want to see do it for your own team. Sometimes it's a little bit more difficult in the course of a game."

The Saints and Chargers will share a practice field on Thursday and Friday before squaring off in their preseason matchup on Sunday.


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With Burrow Out, Defense Dominates in First LSU Scrimmage https://www.wbrz.com/news/with-burrow-out-defense-dominates-in-first-lsu-scrimmage/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/with-burrow-out-defense-dominates-in-first-lsu-scrimmage/ Sports Sat, 10 Aug 2019 10:58:42 PM Matthew Trent With Burrow Out, Defense Dominates in First LSU Scrimmage

BATON ROUGE – LSU made big plays on both sides of the ball on Saturday as the Tigers held their first preseason game of training camp here Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

 

Saturday’s scrimmage – which focused on situations, including redzone, third-down and first-down - capped the first full week of camp for the Fighting Tigers. LSU also spent time working on different areas of special teams, which included punting and field goals.

 

“We had a great scrimmage,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “Our players and coaches did a great job with preparation. There was a lot of energy on the field.

 

“There was a lot of work put in to the preparation, the game planning, and the substitutions. We had a lot of special teams work. We had an outstanding week of practice and I thought our guys finished on a great note.”

 

Sophomore quarterback Myles Brennan, who played in place of Joe Burrow with the 1s, completed 8-of-13 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire led the Tigers in rushing with 47 yards on 13 carries, while redshirt freshman Chris Curry added 12 yards on the ground.

 

Orgeron said Burrow was held out of Saturday’s scrimmage as a precaution and is expected to return to practice next week.

 

Oregon said Brennan played with confidence on Saturday and showed improvement over last year.

 

“He walked up there with some confidence. He started off under a lot of pressure, but he came back with two tremendous drives and made some great throws. He still has a ways to go, but I think he is much improved over last year.”

 

Ja’Marr Chase led all receiver with three receptions for 101 yards, including a 56-yard TD from Brennan. Stephen Sullivan added a pair of receptions for 48 yards, while Tyrion Davis-Price, Lanard Fournette and Derrick Dillon each caught two passes.

 

Defensively, linebacker Damone Clark paced the Fighting Tigers with five tackles, including a sack. In all, the Tiger defense recorded five sacks. Defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko scooped up a fumble and returned it 40 yards for another defensive highlight. Baton Rouge native Dereck Stingley recorded two interceptions in a solid day all around for the LSU secondary.

 

Orgeron said he was pleased with the overall performance of the defensive line, including the play of Fehoko and Tyler Shelvin.

 

“I thought the defensive line did very well today.” Oregon said. “There were a lot of guys out on the offensive line that were not playing, especially on the second team. There were some guys that don’t normally play on the second team. I thought the defensive line had a dominant day - Breiden Fehoko, Tyler Shelvin. I thought Ray Thornton had a great day. We had five sacks on the defensive line. Overall I thought the defensive line played very well.”

 

On special teams, true freshman kicker Cade York connected on 8-of-10 field goals, including a 51-yarder in what was his first scrimmage in Tiger Stadium.

 

“The defense started off with the upper hand,” Orgeron said. “The offense came on and made some big plays. It was a seesaw battle.

 

“Overall I thought it was a good day on both sides of the football and on special teams. We still have a lot of work to do.”

 

Saturday’s workout was the first of three preseason games for the Fighting Tigers as LSU is scheduled for scrimmages in Tiger Stadium on August 17 and 24. LSU will take tomorrow off from football-related activities and then return to practice on Monday.

 

LSU opens its third full season under Orgeron on Saturday, August 31, hosting Georgia Southern in Tiger Stadium.


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Saints fall in preseason game #1 vs. Vikings https://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-fall-in-preseason-game-1-vs-vikings/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-fall-in-preseason-game-1-vs-vikings/ Sports Fri, 9 Aug 2019 11:30:04 PM Michael R Cauble Saints fall in preseason game #1 vs. Vikings

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Saints couldn't keep pace with the Minnesota Vikings in their first preseason game of 2019, but it would be hard to consider the game a total loss.

Unlike years past, this season the Saints appear to have a roster that is more firmly tuned, so the need to experiment or test out new players in each of the four preseason games isn't as great.

Therefore Sean Payton played his starters only sparingly and star quarterback Drew Brees didn't play a single down in the home opener of the preseason slate.

Minnesota won 34-25 after having great success rushing the ball against New Orleans.  The Vikings ran for 213 yards on 27 carries or close to 8 yards per rush.  New Orleans rushed for 141 yards on 19 carries or close to 5 yards per rush.

Saints starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 134 yards on 14 completions and 19 attempts, he had one passing touchdown and was sacked twice.  Bridgewater looked pretty sharp for most of the game but could have done a better job of getting the ball out faster at times, leading to penalties or sacks for his offensive line.

Taysom Hill played the entire second half of the game and finiesh 8 of 14 for 80 yards and a touchdown and interception however the INT was not his fault, but instead a pick-six that flittered in and out of the hands of his tight end Dan Arnold and resulted in the go-ahead score in the game.

New Orleans will be back at practice on Saturday and their second preseason game will be in Los Angeles against the Chargers on Sunday, August 18.


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LSU's 2020 football schedule revealed https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-2020-football-schedule-revealed/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-2020-football-schedule-revealed/ Sports Wed, 7 Aug 2019 1:46:34 PM WBRZ Staff LSU's 2020 football schedule revealed

BATON ROUGE - The SEC has unveiled next year's football schedule for LSU.

The Tigers' non-SEC West opponents include a home match-up against Texas on Sept. 12. A home match-up against Alabama is also scheduled for Nov. 7.

You can view the full schedule below.

Sept. 5 UT-SAN ANTONIO
Sept. 12 TEXAS
Sept. 19 vs. Rice (in Houston – NRG Stadium)
Sept. 26 OLE MISS
Oct. 3 NICHOLLS STATE
Oct. 10 at Florida
Oct. 17 at Arkansas
Oct. 24 MISSISSIPPI STATE
Oct. 31 Open Date
Nov. 7 ALABAMA
Nov. 14 SOUTH CAROLINA
Nov. 21 at Auburn
Nov. 28 at Texas A&M


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LSU Football picks a pair of linemen to wear #18 https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-picks-a-pair-of-linemen-to-wear-18/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-picks-a-pair-of-linemen-to-wear-18/ Sports Thu, 1 Aug 2019 8:39:16 PM Michael R Cauble LSU Football picks a pair of linemen to wear #18

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tiger football team will have a pair of #18's, the ceremonial number given to an outstanding team leader, for the 2019 season.

Former Dutchtown Griffin Lloyd Cushenberry and defensive rush end K'Lavon Chaisson were both presented with the honor at a team meeting on Thursday evening.

Cushenberry will not technically be allowed to change jersey numbers due to him playing along the interior offensive line, so he will wear a patch with the designation. 


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Sports2-A-Days-Previews: Zachary Broncos https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-previews-zachary-broncos/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-previews-zachary-broncos/ Sports Sun, 28 Jul 2019 10:53:23 PM Matthew Trent Sports2-A-Days-Previews: Zachary Broncos
The tradition of excellence looks to continue for a third straight season at Zachary as the Broncos will look for their third consecutive 5A state title.
Despite graduating fifteen starters a year ago, the seven that return are stellar and none better than senior quarterback Keilon Brown. He's a Memphis football and baseball commit and one of the best dual threat signal callers in the country. Wideouts Jaden Williamson and Chris Hilton look to be two of his main targets while stud running back Ryan Allen will look to eat up the yards in the backfield.
Head coach David Brewerton has scheduled some of the best not just in the area but in the country as well for their non district slate. Perennial power Deerfield Beach from Florida and 6A state champion Brandon High School from Mississippi are two huge names that get the Broncos in the first five weeks of the season.

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Saints Training Camp Day 1 Practice Report https://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-training-camp-day-1-practice-report/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-training-camp-day-1-practice-report/ Sports Fri, 26 Jul 2019 5:59:49 PM WBRZ Sports Staff Saints Training Camp Day 1 Practice Report

METAIRIE-  Saints training camp got underway Thursday morning in Metairie ahead of the 2019 football season. 

Following day one of practice, Reggie Chatman and Matt Trent breakdown the biggest storylines from the day including the wide receiver room taking advantage of extra reps while Michael Thomas holds out for a new contract extension.

Also mentioned is just how Alvin Kamara plans to build on the success heading into year three.


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Gonzales 8U baseball team prepares for Dixie Youth World Series https://www.wbrz.com/news/gonzales-8u-baseball-team-prepares-for-dixie-youth-world-series/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/gonzales-8u-baseball-team-prepares-for-dixie-youth-world-series/ Sports Fri, 26 Jul 2019 3:39:10 PM Reggie Chatman Gonzales 8U baseball team prepares for Dixie Youth World Series

GONZALES - After winning eight games in four days at the Dixie Youth State Championship tournament, the Gonzales All-Stars 8U youth team solidified themselves as the top team in the state of Louisiana and earned a spot in the Dixie Youth World Series for the second straight year.  

"Your head should be high right now. You guys performed like you were supposed to perform and were awesome. That is why you're the Louisiana state champs," Head Coach Max Richter said to his team at practice. 

The Dixie Youth World Series will be held in Ruston Louisiana July 26-30.

"I guess I'll give it a 10 out of 10. It's a big thing because you're number one in the state. You can't get nothing higher or anything," 8-year-old Braxton Lambert said. "Not everyone gets to go in these World Series. You have to fight to get in there."

This team has fought together for the last two years and through it all created a special bond that's led to so much success. 

"The boys have each other's backs. They've become best friends on and off the field," Richter said.

"We have real fun sometimes, but we have to learn from that fun stuff," Lambert said.

For a lot of the kids on this roster full of mostly 8-year-olds, just playing baseball with their friends is it's own reward. As for the people in their hometown of Gonzales, the chance to compete on the big stage and represent the state of Louisiana means so much more. 

"I know that they are still young," Richter said. "I was telling my son the other day that he doesn't realize it's the state championship and what it brings to Gonzales. This is a big deal for Gonzales."

 "Some kids don't realize how good it is to become first in the whole entire state," Braxton Lambert said. "Now we just have to bring it on to the World Series, and if we can bring it to the World Series, I'm pretty sure we can win it all."

The Gonzales All-Stars will begin playing in the tournament Saturday July 27th in the AA Coach Pitch bracket.


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Take a walk-thru the new LSU Football Operations center https://www.wbrz.com/news/take-a-walk-thru-the-new-lsu-football-operations-center/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/take-a-walk-thru-the-new-lsu-football-operations-center/ Sports Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:27:53 PM Michael R Cauble Take a walk-thru the new LSU Football Operations center

LSU invited the media to tour their new 112,515 square foot Football Operations and Performance Nutrition Center on Wednesday afternoon. 

I put together a rough cut of some of the features and video as well as interviews with some of the men responsible for the ideas that went into the designs. 


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Sports2-A-Days-Previews: Port Allen Pelicans https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-previews-port-allen-pelicans/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-previews-port-allen-pelicans/ Sports Wed, 24 Jul 2019 9:15:11 PM WBRZ Sports Staff Sports2-A-Days-Previews: Port Allen Pelicans

BATON ROUGE-  Coming off of off a 3-8 season, head coach Don Gibson and the Port Allen Pelicans feel confident that this season will be a turning point for the program.

9 starters on offense and 9 starters on defense return as this team tries to build off a tough 2018 season.

Running back Edward Wilson will be the focal point of the offense at running back, while also playing safety on the defensive side of the ball. Wilson is being recruited by schools like Southeastern and Nicholls State.

At quarterback, Jeremiah Dehon will be under center for the second straight season after winning the job as a freshman in 2018.

"We were an extremely young football team last year and I say that because it was an understatement. We played a lot of young guys last year. When you watch us this year, you see growth," said coach Gibson. "You see a lot of guys understanding the philosophy and the concept. Understanding what we want to do from a offensive and defensive philosophy and that is important. That's why you see guys flying around a little more and look more comfortable with what they're doing with their alignment and assignment."

Those 9 returning starters on defense have a better grasp of their concepts and assignments than they did last season. Sophomore Jordan Antoine will run the defense as a starting linebacker. Safety Mekyle Franklin comes into this season with 5 interceptions and will work closely with Jacoby Howard to lock down the secondary in 2019.


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Sports2-A-Days-Previews: Plaquemine Green Devils https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-previews-plaquemine-green-devils/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-previews-plaquemine-green-devils/ Sports Wed, 24 Jul 2019 9:01:04 PM WBRZ Sports Staff Sports2-A-Days-Previews: Plaquemine Green Devils

BATON ROUGE- Head Coach  Paul Distafano and the Green Devils finished last season with a 8-2 before losing early in the playoffs last season.

This year just three starters return, so Distafano will have to rely on freshman and sophomores all over the field.

After working through the summer, Distafano is excited with the size and strength of the younger players on his team.

"We're never going to hurt for speed or athletic ability here, it's all about developing the linemen," said Distrafano. "That's one of the things that we're excited about is all the young linemen coming up, but we've got Akim Lanoux. He's 6'5" a big target, and we have some newcomers, first year players, ones a senior, the other a junior, so I've been working to get them out here, only took 3-4 years to get them to play."

Offensively, they will have their quarterback Troy Washington return after being cleared following an ankle injury that many believed would keep him on the sideline in 2019.

Defensively, this team is moving towards a 4-2-5 as they prepare for a tough 7-4A schedule.


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