Annual Shout Out unites St. Amant and Gonzales communities

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - "Too much Blue.. Too much Blue!

This is not your average pep rally.

"Here we go Gators, here we go!"

For 11 years, the annual Shout Out has pitted East Ascension against St. Amant before the two teams meet on the football field.

"The kids enjoy it. They love coming out here and hollering at each other. The competition," said East Ascension booster Gennia Baye.

"Most of us are related. Same families, different schools," added former St. Amant graduate Keith Jones.

Different schools that have received more than $100,000 dollars combined, as part of the event since the first Shout Out in 2001.

"EA wears camouflage because they say they are gator hunting so we wear orange because we say here we are if you want to come get us," said Jones.

The annual Shout Out leads into one of the most competitive and long-standing rivalries in the state but organizers say it's about so much more than which team wins, it's about communities united.

"It's East Ascension people, it's St. Amant people. It's the whole entire community, elected officials, teachers, principals and football teams. The whole community comes together and shares this night together," said event organizer James LeBlanc

A night shared and bonds strengthened, that community members say equals lasting impressions.

"With everything going on in the world today these are the things we need," added LeBlanc

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