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Reported games for the week of
Friday, September 12 2014
  • Albany

    0

    St. Thomas Aquinas

    28

    AT
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  • Ascension Christian

    12

    Crescent City

    8

    AT
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  • Belaire

    8

    East Feliciana

    20

    AT
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  • Bogalusa

    12

    West St. John

    19

    AT
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  • Broadmoor

    18

    Parkview Baptist

    41

    AT
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  • Catholic - B.R.

    48

    Mandeville

    0

    AT
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  • Central

    51

    Morgan City

    27

    AT
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  • Covenant Christian

    21

    White Castle

    30

    AT
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  • De La Salle

    6

    St. Michael the Archangel

    16

    AT
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  • Denham Springs

    35

    Salmen

    14

    AT
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  • Donaldsonville

    0

    Dutchtown

    43

    AT
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  • Dunham

    23

    Ascension Catholic

    24

    AT
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  • East Iberville

    0

    Christian Life

    54

    AT
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  • East St. John

    15

    Scotlandville

    14

    AT
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  • Eleanor McMain

    16

    Independence

    13

    AT
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  • False River

    6

    Ascension Episcopal

    35

    AT
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  • Hanson Memorial

    32

    Catholic - P.C.

    6

    AT
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  • Jewel Sumner

    22

    Kentwood

    28

    AT
    09/12 - Final
  • L.W. Higgins

    0

    St. Amant

    46

    AT
    09/12 - Final
  • Loranger

    3

    Riverside Academy

    37

    AT
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  • Madison Prep

    12

    Woodlawn - B.R.

    35

    AT
    09/12 - Final
  • McDonogh #35

    39

    Lutcher

    40

    AT
    09/12 - Final/OT
  • McKinley

    40

    Capitol

    0

    AT
    09/12 - Final
  • Northeast

    12

    Baker

    0

    AT
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  • Northwest

    0

    Zachary

    48

    AT
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  • Patterson

    27

    East Ascension

    42

    AT
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  • Plaquemine

    47

    Brusly

    20

    AT
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  • Ponchatoula

    55

    Amite

    6

    AT
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  • Redemptorist

    12

    Port Allen

    66

    AT
    09/12 - Final
  • Southern Lab

    6

    University Lab

    19

    AT
    09/12 - Final
  • Springfield

    43

    Walker

    42

    AT
    09/12 - Final/OT
  • St. Helena College & Career Academy

    0

    Live Oak

    35

    AT
    09/12 - Final
  • St. James

    14

    E.D. White

    20

    AT
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  • St. John

    7

    Episcopal

    31

    AT
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  • Tara

    17

    Amite County, MS

    6

    AT
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  • Varnado

    20

    Pine

    44

    AT
    09/12 - Final
  • West Feliciana

    21

    Franklin Parish

    0

    AT
    09/12 - Final

Bomb squad works in public, private to keep Tiger Stadium safe for fans

Photo provided by staff
LSU

POSTED: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 10:05pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 11:27pm

More than 100,000 people enjoy game days at LSU, thanks to the work of a few hundred.

On a football Saturday, there are as many as 400 officers from nearly every local law enforcement agency around Tiger Stadium, on the streets, and patrolling the tailgate parties.

The way many of them work changed because of a Monday afternoon last spring, when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

"We try to be more proactive, more visible," Chet Chambless said, "so we can deter a possible threat, if need be."

But they keep a crucial part of their job hidden: the night before a game, a joint bomb squad sweeps the building.

"It's a long, extended search," said Chambless, who is an SRT officer and K-9 handler for the LSU Police Department. "It's a large stadium, as you can expect. We do search every nook and cranny."

The squad holds a briefing every Friday evening to talk about any threats or changes to their procedures. The briefings are an extension of meetings local law enforcement agencies have year-round.

"Obviously, on a weekly basis, you can change a few, smaller things," noted Cpt. Cory Lalonde, an LSUPD spokesman. "But if there's anything major that needs to be changed, those are usually changed during the off-season."

Chambless has worked with a German Shepherd named Sendy for more than four years. They train a few times at various stadiums, hospitals, parking lots, and other public places. For a visitor, she performed a drill with a pair of cars. She searched them for any explosive chemicals, quickly sniffing areas pointed out by Chambless. When she found something, she sat still.

"You don't want a dog scratching the vehicle," Chambless explained. "You don't know what type of explosive it is and you don't want to take that chance."

When Chambless' team is comfortable the stadium is safe, they lock it up and give control to overnight security guards. Until the gates open the following day, nobody gets in without an approved credential.

While much of the work remains secretive, fans notice the effort to protect them.

"There's never an issue of security," said Chad Vignes. "I never feel like I'm at risk for anything. Security's good. There's a lot of family... it's just good people that come out here and tailgate. So I never feel like my safety's in danger or anything like that."

One of the most common issues reported to police officers on game day is suspicious packages. Officers take each report seriously because of the large number of fans on campus.

"If something gets called in, we know if there's a good chance that it's false, we don't want to waste our time," Chambless said. "If something does, real, come in, then we don't have to start dealing with abandoned ice chests and bags."

At the same time, officers would rather get too many phone calls than one too few.

"As we tell everyone with the 'See something, say something' campaign, we would much rather have 10 instances where we get information about something and it ends up being nothing, rather than miss that one incident that could've prevented something from happening," Lalonde stated.

But police officers say many fans feel too safe and fail to pay attention to the big crowds around them.

"I'd like to think so," Chambless said, "but when you start involving a large amount of alcohol, that kinda goes out the window."

"It is a heightened sense on our responsibility of what we have to do on those days," Lalonde agreed.

That responsibility means the bomb technicians do not get to enjoy the game. After a long night on Friday, they will spend as many as 16 hours on patrol on Saturday. Only after the last fans go home is their work finished.

"Our main goal is to ensure that the stadium is safe for everyone on game day," Chambless stated, "and that's what we do."

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