There was music, dancing, and Mardi Gras beads galore Thursday morning at Ouachita Christian School.
It is a bit early for carnival season, but the parade of support in Eagles Gymnasium Thursday set the tone for what is sure to be a influx of green and gold parading south to the Crescent City this weekend.
Before No. 6 OCS (10-3) could depart for the LHSAA Division IV state championship game against No. 5 Southern Lab (8-5) (Friday, 10 a.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome), hundreds of students, faculty and community members came out in a show of support.
“This is special,” OCS coach Steven Fitzhugh said. “The whole school comes together to show us support and it means a lot.”
Fitzhugh has been working long hours, as many coaches in the area this time of year, and one special gesture stuck out to the Eagles head coach this week.
“Mrs. Lindee Loveland, she has been teaching in the classroom next to mine for 15 years, she began in 2011 making me a batch of chocolate chip cookies before the Dome,” Fitzhugh explained. “She has done that every year since then when we go to the Dome. I don’t have a lot of time to eat (during the Dome week) so those cookies tide me over. It is special things like that. It is former players writing letters to our current players encouraging them. It is those relationships that make it special.”
The Ouachita Christian School Eagles take their leave for the Superdome and the Class IV state title game against Southern Lab after a rousing sendoff at the school.
The football team walked into the gym arm-in-arm and with a business-like quality about them.
The cheers and the smiling faces as the team loaded buses headed for a practice inside the Superdome told the players that they would be representing more than football on Friday.
“This was great,” OCS wide receiver Jake Slaughter said. “To see the dance line and cheerleaders out there. They work hard too. It makes it exciting. We are ready to go.”
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