Friday, August 31, 2007

Dream-filled Friday Night Football’s second year
The must-visit Website of local high school football headlines, statistics and multimedia has added pregame and post-game videos to production this year (opener and pregame shows 1, 2, 3). Admittedly raw, these efforts are meant to offer new doorways into’s constant coverage. Our learning curve is beginning on this new method of coverage. The most-visited parts of our site last year were the photo galleries from games. You’ll notice an increase in the number of photographs and the number of games handled there this year.

We are a football field of dreams
Go to some games this year even if you don’t have kids. You might see some of the BEST players at the beginning of their young careers. Some of the nation’s most-watched players in college and the pros come from Louisiana. Read more about former Evangel Christian Academy’s John David Booty, #1 ranked USC’s star quarterback. Football greats like Joe Ferguson (Buffalo Bills) and Arnaz Battle (a must-visit site about this 49er) have come from our area. Woodlawn’s Terry Bradshaw (1966) went on to achieve NFL fame with the Pittsburgh Steelers, helping draw attention to our football-player-making Mecca.

Photographs (top to bottom): Calvary’s James Michael Miller in Thursday’s game against Southwood at Independence Stadium (Photo by Greg Pearson/The Times/2007); USC QB John David Booty hopes to lead the Trojans to another successful season (Photo by Larry Armstrong); And Arnaz Battle for C.E. Byrd HS (Photo by Jim Hudelson/The Times/1997) and is now a player for San Francisco 49ers.

Friday night lights
With the start of Friday Night Football, we adjust our deadlines and headline priorities to help target early editions circulated in outlying parishes. The “city” editions will roll off the press later, remade as more game headlines are compiled. Our sports crew works through the night filling (some of last year's data is still being cleaned out). Throughout the week we produce Prep Sports pages to review and preview standings and players.

Come back to often to read the blog and find videos in production. We’ll be having fun right along with you.

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