Byrd, Parkway, Calvary fans excited about Superdome trip

Byrd, Parkway, Calvary fans excited about Superdome trip


Byrd, Parkway, Calvary fans excited about Superdome trip


Byrd graduate Torie Prothro will depart Dallas on a 5 p.m. American Airlines flight Thursday hoping to make Byrd’s 8:30 p.m. game against Rummel in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.


Former Calvary coach Kelly Young has been on the sidelines at every Cavaliers’ football game since 1974, and he’ll be on the sidelines for the Cavs’ 12:30 p.m. game Thursday with Hannan.

Bossier Parish deputy Paul Hopkins will lead the Parkway team caravan to New Orleans for Saturday’s 8 p.m. destiny with Acadiana and is likely to bleed red and black if he gets nicked along the way.

That trio will join hundreds of fans affiliated with those three Shreveport-Bossier schools, along with similar North Louisiana fanatics from Haynesville and Many, in the Superdome on Thursday through Saturday as the Louisiana High School Athletic Association crowns nine state champions, the most in the history of the organization.

State titles will be awarded to nonselect teams in Classes 1A through 5A, along with select teams in Division I through IV. Select schools are private schools or public schools with more than 25 percent of their enrollment living outside their attendance zone.

The 5A Panthers and the D-III Cavaliers will compete for a state title for the first time, although both have seen playoff action in the past. Hopkins, the student resource officer at Parkway, was the left guard on the 1984 Panther team that finished 6-4 after three consecutive losing seasons.

“We really thought we had done something at that time,” Hopkins said, chuckling. “But I want to tell you, this coach (David) Feaster is amazing in what he’s done with this team.”

Prothro was president of the Byrd student council when she graduated in 2007 and moved on to LSU. She works for a Dallas accounting firm where she has some flexibility in her time, and she has plenty of purple and gold outfits to wear to the game.

“I booked a flight online for around $200ish within an hour of Byrd winning its last game, and I can’t wait to get to New Orleans,” Prothro said. “Making it to the Dome is something the team couldn’t do while I was there, but I’m happy this team made it. I’ll be back in Dallas by 9 a.m. on Friday.”

Young, who coached Calvary in 1974 when the school was a member of the Louisiana Independent Schools Association, has made attending Calvary games a part of his life since, even though the school didn’t always have a high school.

“I’m very proud of this team because the guys came through a tough early schedule and improved every week,” Young said. “This may not be our most talented team, but it is our most cohesive. There is as good a morale on this team as any we’ve had.”

He said coach John Bachman isn’t surprised the team advanced to the championship game, but he is.

“It’s pretty amazing to be going there. Some schools have so much history, but relatively speaking, we don’t. With coach Bachman and coach (Ronnie) Alexander, there’s never been a doubt.”

Kelly, whose daughter, Jennifer, teaches at Calvary, had both his children attend Byrd.

“I love Byrd, and I’m anxious to see them do well also. It’s great to see both of them on the same day,” Kelly said. “We’ll get some good food, then enjoy the Calvary experience from start to finish.”


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