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Football Provides Healing in DeSoto Parish
Posted 8/28/18

For DeSoto Parish, the 2018 High School Football season will kick off Friday night at the Parish Jamboree at Logansport High School.  Although great anticipation and excitement abounds for the new season, sadness and somberness also exist.  This year’s kickoff classic in DeSoto will serve as opportunity for healing for a community that was shaken by the loss of one of their own.  Javier Simpson, the 15-year-old Logansport High School student tragically lost his life in a drowning accident earlier this summer.  It will also serve as an opportunity to honor and remember the impact this young man had on the town of Logansport and the DeSoto Parish community.  The Logansport Football team and community have embraced the slogan #DoItFor42, to honor JD’s #42, which will be retired immediately following the first play from scrimmage on Friday night.


Amidst the somberness to the kickoff of the season, DeSoto Parish has 3 programs poised to make deep playoff runs this season.  Logansport brings back a solid nucleus of experienced players returning and expects to once again make a deep push and be playing in December.  “We are extremely excited to get the season kicked off by hosting the Jamboree at Tiger Stadium”, said Logansport Head Coach Kevin Magee. 


Expectations are once again high in Stonewall for the Griffins and North Desoto Head Coach, Scott Abernathy. “We feel like the sky is the limit for us this season. We return a lot of team speed with the right combination of experience and size, so we hope to continue the success that has become the norm at North DeSoto! We always enjoy the jamboree and the opportunity to compete against our parish brothers and wish them well on their upcoming seasons.”


Mike Green’s Wolverines will have several new faces and names on the field this year, but the same desire and expectation is there for Mansfield Football...WIN! “As always, we believe that HARD WORK PAYS OFF, and will help us to continue to lay a strong foundation here in Mansfield”, said Coach Green.   


For now, the pain still runs deep in DeSoto Parish, especially for those who will don the purple and gold at LHS.  Time has its way of healing all wounds, but the scars and memories will always remain.  The memory of a triumphant football season will serve as a healing salve and a fitting dedication to the memory of J.D. Simpson.  #DoItFor42