New foes greet Block, FerridayPublished 12:22am Thursday, December 20, 2012
NATCHEZ — The Louisiana High School Athletic Association recently announced its district re-alignment for the 2013 season, and with it came an additional six-hour round trip for Block High School.
The Bears will play in District 3-1A this season and will play the same four teams as last season but will also add Logansport High School in Logansport, La.
“That was a thing the other guys in the district were fighting against, because it is such a long travel for all the schools in the district,” Block head coach Benny Vault Jr. said. “It’s 175 miles one way for us, and I have to make the first trip there.”
Block’s first district game will be on the road at Logansport.
But Logansport does bring some positives to Block’s new district.
“For me, I just want to play football, and it be competitive,” he said. “Logansport will add more to the district.”
Vault said he prides himself on playing tough non-district games early in the season, and the additional district contest will not change his scheduling practices.
“I just stepped it up on the first five,” he said. “We feel we have a pretty good, tough pre-district schedule.”
But ultimately, the Bears’ goals stay the same no matter who is in the district, Vault said.
“It’s good that we get to add one (team),” he said. “Our goal is to win district every year, and this just gives us something different to look at.”
District 3-1A will be: Block, LaSalle, Logansport, Montgomery, Northwood-Lena and St. Mary.
Ferriday High School
The Ferriday High School football team will stay in District 2-2A this season, but will have two new teams to face in district in 2013.
The district added Oak Grove High School and Winnfield High School and dropped Homer High School and Lakeside High School.
Unlike Block’s change, the re-alignment for Ferriday actually helps the Trojans’ travel.
“It helped us getting Winnfield and Oak Grove, so we don’t have to travel three hours to play district games,” head coach Cleothis Cummings said.
Homer and Lakeside move to District 1-2A. Homer won District 2 last season.
District 2-2A will be: Ferriday, Jonesboro-Hodge, Lake Providence, Oak Grove, Sterlington and Winnfield.
Vidalia High School
The Vidalia High School football team will stay in District 3-3A for the 2013 season. The Vikings will also keep the same five district foes.
District 3-3A is: Avoyelles, Buckeye, Caldwell Parish, Jena, Marksville and Vidalia.