Byron Acosta
April 27, 2017
Graves sets sights on Corps, Trump’s budget
April 27, 2017

The schedules are out. On paper, at least, it looks like the 2017 prep football season is going to be a whole lot of fun.

Local coaches sent their schedules to The Times this week, and a glance at each team’s slate shows that some fun-filled matchups will fill local Friday nights this fall.

In Class 5A, locals are going to be tested throughout the season.

The area 5A district is tough as can be, and every local Class 5A school will have to go through the usual gauntlet of games – including dates with Hahnville, Destrehan, East St. John and local power Thibodaux.

But local teams challenged themselves in non-district play, too, which will make for some tasty pre-district matchups before we get into the meat of the schedule.

As-always, Terrebonne and H.L. Bourgeois will play crosstown opponents, South Terrebonne and Ellender – annual prep football traditions.

The Tigers will also take on Patterson and Assumption in non-district games, while the Braves will battle Vandebilt and Lakeshore.

Thibodaux’s non-district slate is also tough. The Tigers will open the season with Vandebilt – a nice matchup between arguably the area’s best team and arguably the area’s best player, Terriers quarterback Andrew Robison.

In Class 4A, local teams are adjusting to some new company.

E.D. White will be joining the district for its first season next fall.

The Cardinals are used to playing Class 4A competition, because their playoff bracket, Division II, features private schools with Class 3A and Class 4A enrollment.

E.D. White will get thrown right into the fire in District 7-4A, opening their district schedule with Assumption, the two-time defending champions.

The Cardinals will also adjust to a change in tradition. Instead of facing Vandebilt in the season-opener, the teams will compete in the final game of the year on Nov. 3.

The Terriers beat E.D. White during the season last year, but the Cardinals got the last laugh, upsetting the Terriers in the opening round of the Division II State Playoffs.

E.D. White Chris Bergeron said he likes the potential his 2017 team has.

“We like the group coming back,” Bergeron said after last season. “They’re going to work hard to get better, and we think we can build on what we did this past year and get beyond that next fall.”

District 7-4A is also home to the area’s only first-year coach, South Lafourche head-man Blake Forsythe.

Forsythe’s inaugural schedule with South Lafourche is challenging. The Tarpons will play the usual district schedule, but will open with De La Salle, Thibodaux and Central Lafourche – all playoff teams last season.

The Tarpons will close the season against East St. John.

Forsythe said when he was hired that he can’t wait to coach some football under Friday night lights in Galliano.

The new Tarpons coach was the offensive coordinator at H.L. Bourgeois last season.

“This is a great opportunity,” Forsythe said. “This is a great place – a passionate place that loves its football. We can’t wait to try and put a winning product on the field that our community can rally around.”

In Class 1A, Houma Christian and CCA are expected to be contenders for the district championship.

But the cross-town rivals won’t face one another until the final game of the season – a week 10 date that will be played at Nicholls State University.

See the 2017 prep football schedules below.

South Lafourche

Sept. 1 – vs. De La Salle

Sept. 8 – vs. Thibodaux

Sept. 15 – at Central Lafourche

Sept. 22 – vs. Ellender

Sept. 29 – at Vandebilt

Oct. 6 – vs. Assumption

Oct. 13 – vs. Morgan City

Oct. 20 – at E.D. White

Oct. 27 – at South Terrebonne

Nov. 3 – at East St. John

Central Lafourche

Sept. 1 – at E.D. White

Sept. 8 – vs. Carver

Sept. 15 – vs. South Lafourche

Sept. 22 – at East St. John

Sept. 29 – at Ellender

Oct. 6 – vs. H.L. Bourgeois

Oct. 13 – vs. Destrehan

Oct. 20 – vs. Terrebonne

Oct. 27 – at Hahnville

Nov. 3 – vs. Thibodaux


Sept. 1 – vs. Vandebilt

Sept. 8 – at South Lafourche

Sept. 15 – at East Ascension

Sept. 22 – at H.L. Bourgeois

Sept. 29 – vs. Destrehan

Oct. 6 – at Terrebonne

Oct. 13 – vs. Hahnville

Oct. 20 – Open Date

Oct. 27 – vs. East St. John

Nov. 3 – at Central Lafourche

E.D. White

Sept. 1 – vs. Central Lafourche

Sept. 8 – vs. Erath

Sept. 15 – at St. James

Sept. 22 – vs. Assumption

Sept. 29 – at Morgan City

Oct. 6 – at Vermilion Catholic

Oct. 13 – vs. South Terrebonne

Oct. 20 – at South Lafourche

Oct. 27 – vs. Ellender

Nov. 3 – at Vandebilt

South Terrebonne

Aug. 31 – at H.L. Bourgeois

Sept. 8 – vs. Terrebonne

Sept. 15 – vs. Berwick

Sept. 22 – vs. Vandebilt

Sept. 29 – at Assumption

Oct. 5 – vs. Morgan City

Oct. 13 – at E.D. White

Oct. 20 – at Belle Chasse

Oct. 27 – vs. South Lafourche

Nov. 3 – at Ellender


Sept. 1 – vs. Ellender

Sept. 8 – at South Terrebonne

Sept. 15 – vs. Assumption

Sept. 22 – at Patterson

Sept. 29 – at Hahnville

Oct. 6 – vs. Thibodaux

Oct. 13 – vs. East St. John

Oct. 20 – at Central Lafourche

Oct. 27 – at H.L. Bourgeois

Nov. 3 – vs. Destrehan


Sept. 1 – at Thibodaux

Sept. 8 – at H.L. Bourgeois

Sept. 15 – vs. Shaw

Sept. 22 – at South Terrebonne

Sept. 29 – vs. South Lafourche

Oct. 6 – vs. Ellender

Oct. 13 – at Central Catholic

Oct. 20 – vs. Assumption

Oct. 27 – at Morgan City

Nov. 3 – vs. E.D. White

H.L. Bourgeois

Aug. 31 – vs. South Terrebonne

Sept. 8 – vs. Vandebilt

Sept. 15 – at Ellender

Sept. 22 – vs. Thibodaux

Sept. 29 – at East St. John

Oct. 6 – at Central Lafourche

Oct. 13 – at Lakeshore

Oct. 20 – vs. Destrehan

Oct. 27 – vs. Terrebonne

Nov. 3 – at Hahnville


Sept. 1 – at Terrebonne

Sept. 7 – vs. Grace King

Sept. 15 – vs. H.L. Bourgeois

Sept. 22 – at South Lafourche

Sept. 29 – vs. Central Lafourche

Oct. 6 – at Vandebilt

Oct. 13 – at Assumption

Oct. 20 – vs. Morgan City

Oct. 27 – at E.D. White

Nov. 3 – vs. South Terrebonne

Covenant Christian

Sept. 1 – vs. Fisher

Sept. 8 – at Christian Life

Sept. 15 – vs. Hamilton Christian

Sept. 22 – vs. St. John

Sept. 29 – at Ascension Catholic

Oct. 6 – at Varnado

Oct. 13 – at West St. John

Oct. 20 – at J.S. Clark

Oct. 27 – vs. St. Martin’s

Nov. 3 – vs. Houma Christian

Editor’s Note:

Attempts to get Houma Christian’s schedule were unsuccessful at press-time on Monday evening.

Both H.L. Bourgeois and South Lafourche are teams expected to compete for postseason play in the 2017 season. Local teams released their schedules this week.