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Byrd Head Coach Mike Suggs talks about BOTB matchup against West Monroe

  • Joel Rodgers

Shreveport, La (Quarterback City, USA) — Byrd Head Coach Mike Suggs will lead his jackets into the Battle on the Border against West Monroe September 13 at 5:30.

Coach Suggs talks about West Monroe, Byrd’s week 1 loss to Brother Martin, senior quarterback Cameron Felt, and a little more.

Byrd is the only team to compete in the battle all nine years, that’s really cool.

The 2019 Landers Dodge Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase is gonna be a lot of fun. Tickets for the Battle on the Border start at $10 for advanced general admission, and one ticket is good for all five showcase games.

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The 10 participating teams reads like a Who’s Who of high school football programs spanning across five southern states. Organizers are pumped, as they should be.

“We are excited about this year’s awesome lineup; bringing local, regional and national matchups to this great high school sporting event. We look forward to another exciting weekend of high school football,” said Patrick Wesley, Assistant Director of Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation.


2019 Landers Dodge Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase Schedule:

Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

West Monroe Rebels (West Monroe, La.) vs. C.E. Byrd Yellow Jackets (Shreveport, La.) – 5:30 p.m.

In the first game of BOTB IX, it’s a matchup of old rivals when the West Monroe Rebels clash with the Byrd Yellow Jackets. The Rebels posted an impressive 14-1 record in 2018, with their only blemish coming in a 27-24 loss to the Zachary Broncos in the LHSAA Class 5A State Championship. West Monroe had shut out its first four playoff opponents en route to the appearance in the championship game. In 2018, the Byrd Yellow Jackets returned to their winning ways of the past. The Yellow Jackets went 7-3 in 2018, losing to the Evangel Eagles in the second round. Byrd coach Mike Suggs, the dean of area coaches, will be in his 22nd season as the Yellow Jackets’ head man.

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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at

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