Roughing it: Green Devils attend training camp in Lumberton, Miss.

PETER SILAS PASQUA  ppasqua@postsouth.com
Plaquemine's defense takes a breather during the spring game in May. The Green Devils held training camp in Lumberton, Miss. last week and will open the season on Sept. 6 at East Ascension. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

PLAQUEMINE - Plaquemine Senior High School hosted training camp at King Arrow's Ranch in Lumberton, Miss. this past week.

It marked the first time the Green Devils attended a three-day retreat in preparation for the incoming season.

"This is the first year we have ever did it," Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. "We had some experiences the first night that really brought the team together. I am at a loss for words.

"It has really brought the coaches together, too. We have a philosophy here. Whatever happens at camp stays at camp. We are getting a lot of work done here that we couldn't have done in Plaquemine without distractions."

The Green Devils are coming off a 6-5 season a year ago and District 7-4A runner-up finish with a 4-1 mark. But Plaquemine lost in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs and haven't won a postseason game in nine years.

"We want to win every game" Distefano said. "Our goal is to play to win them all and have a winning season. We want to get over the hump and win the first playoff game. That is our motto here. That is what this is all about.

"We needed to rough it. We needed to experience some rough times to come together. That is the whole purpose. We came up here just as a group of individuals and we are leaving this place as a team. I feel like this experience has already brought us back together."

The Green Devils open the season Sept. 6 at East Ascension in Gonzales.

White Castle, under coach Lamar Thomas, will host Morgan City for their season opener Sept. 6 and St. John, under coach Oliver "Cricket" Crockett, and East Iberville, under coach John Young, will travel to Brusly and Pointe Coupee Central for thier season openers Sept. 6.