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Photograph:  Port Barre lines up for a play from scrimmage during the recent jamboree. (Photograph by Susan Angelle Photography)

BOBBY ARDOIN
Editor/Consulting Writer

There is no reason for Brent Angelle to be nervous anymore.

Angelle successfully completed his first game as the Port Barre head football coach as the Red Devils opened the 2023 season with a 14-12 Friday night victory over Livonia.

The win was also the first in an opening-game during the last six years for Port Barre, which ended 2022 at 1-9.

“It was a nice start and good to be 1-0. I was a little nervous, but it was good to go out there and get it done. This win was a long time coming and everything that you wanted it to be,” said Angelle, the Port Barre offensive coordinator for the past five seasons.

Port Barre scored both touchdowns in the first half. Then the Devils had to hold off Livonia, which scored six points in each of the second period quarters.

Angelle gave credit to his defense, which limited the Wildcats to 162 total offensive yards.

“I thought (strong safety) Maddox Fontenot had a good game along with Billy Reed,one of our linebackers. Actually I have to give a lot of credit to the entire offense, which played very disciplined,” added Angelle.

Port Barre gained 80 rushing yards and used another 97 passing.

Keenan Hardy ended one Port Barre scoring drive with a 1-yard run. The other touchdown for the Devils came when quarterback Tylus Metrejean completed a 59-yard throw to his brother, Cade Metrejean.

Tylus Metrejean completed free-of-four passes, while Hardy led all the Port Barre rushers with 55 yards on 14 attempts.

Corey Parker of LIvonia threw for 97 yards and gained 38 rushing yards on 16 attempts.

NEXT WEEK: Port Barre hosts Beau Chene on Thursday night.