On Saturday, December 19, more than 50 students, coaches and administrators from Lafourche Parish High Schools attended the New Orleans Bowl thanks to Sheriff Craig Webre and District Attorney Cam Morvant who purchased tickets for the group. Additionally, Lafourche Parish Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jo Ann Matthews secured transportation for the group through the use of two school buses.
Sheriff Webre and District Attorney Morvant purchased the tickets as part of the New Orleans Bowl’s “Football for Kids” program in conjunction with the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association. An invite was extended to each of the four Lafourche Parish High Schools – E.D. White Catholic, Thibodaux, Central Lafourche, and South Lafourche – to select 20 students for the trip. In all, 50 students, along with coaches and administrators from the high schools attended. Deputies of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office escorted the buses to and from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the game, and several school resource officers also attended.
The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl featured a matchup between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Arkansas State Red Wolves. In the end, the Bulldogs snapped the Red Wolves’ eight-game winning streak with a 47-28 win on Saturday night. History was made as Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon scored four touchdowns and set new NCAA records for career touchdowns and scoring in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Dixon closed out his career with 87 touchdowns and 522 points.
The New Orleans Bowl’s “Football for Kids” program began nine years ago and has provided an opportunity for over 22,000 youths throughout southeast Louisiana to have an unforgettable experience over the Christmas holiday.