By Kevin Shannahan
While most people were trying to escape the heat wave afflicting the area, football players from the junior high through college level were out in the heat practicing. The Natchitoches Parish Journal dropped by to see Coach Donald Brown and his Natchitoches Junior High Indians on the school’s football field. Twenty-six young men, soon to be joined by more when school starts Monday, were hard at work building agility and basic skills. Coach Brown is starting with conditioning and the basics and will build upon them as the actual games draw closer.
Coach Brown originally hails from Detroit, Michigan and is a veteran of the U.S. Army. This year will mark his third year at the junior high. When he is not coaching football, he serves as his school’s ISS teacher. Prior to that assignment, he taught social studies.
The young men are learning far more than a game. They are learning perseverance, self control, teamwork and much more. The Indians will host their Jamboree on August 24 from 10:00 to 5:00. Teams from Many, Winnfield, North Desoto, Mansfield, and Alexandria’s Brame are coming to test their mettle. For a very modest admission fee of $5.00, you can watch a full day of gridiron action! The Indians first home game will be September 24 against North Caddo.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal extends its best wishes to the young men of the Natchitoches Junior High – Frankie Ray Jackson football team for a successful year on, and especially off, the field. Your hard work and dedication will pay dividends in the future.