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It was the first year of “real” integration, and the Cottonport High Wildcats finished the historic year as the parish champions and its district champion, going 9-0 -- counting a loss to Ville Platte that became a win when Ville Platte had to forfeit its wins that season.
The members of that team were (front row, from left) Dick Callegari, Emile Celestine, Gary Bordelon, Lennie Lemoine, Greg Guillory, Kemp Thevenot, Peter Marchand, (middle row) Doug Chenevert, Chris Lemoine, Ike Riche, Robert Lemoine, Ralph Callegari, Roger Broussard, Andy Plauche, Todd Armand, (back row) Tommy Bordelon, John Davis, Billy Reason, Ronald Brouillette, Steve Galland, John Marchand, Mark Tassin, Rusty Jackson, Scott Merrick, Craig Riche, Larry Lacarte, Steve Ducote and Riley Francisco.

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Two members of Cottonport High School's "fearsome foursome" backfield, fullback Todd Armand (left) and quarterback Steve Ducote, reminisce about the 1970 season. The other two members of the backfield were halfbacks Emile Celestine, who set a school rushing record, and Andy Plauche. Armand, Celestine and Ducote still live and work in Cottonport. Plauche has moved away from Cottonport.

Cottonport Wildcats of 1970 recall ‘year that should’ve been’

Almost a half-century ago, a group of boys played a game -- and played it well.



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