NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs arrived in New Orleans Wednesday in anticipation of the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl game against Arkansas State Red Wolves.
Instead of heading straight to their hotel, the football team went straight to practice.
As they arrived, they were greeted in the same New Orleans style, with a jazz band and Mardi Gras beads, as the Red Wolves were on Tuesday.
The team started out their day at the New Orleans Saints practice field.
The team's coaches and players said they are happy to be in the historic city and are ready for the game Saturday.
"I am excited, the team is excited. It is a great venue here, we know the New Orleans Bowl is going to put on some very neat events and we are excited to play Arkansas State, a good football team," Senior Jeff Driskel said.
"So we are really excited to be here, excited to be in the great city of New Orleans," Skip Holtz, LA Tech head coach said.
They will practice at Tulane Thursday and then plan to visit Shamrocks for arcade games like A-State did Tuesday night.
Region 8 News even caught up with one of LA Tech's equipment managers who calls Region 8 home.
Johnathan Ables of Pocahontas works for the team and said a lot of prep work goes into getting ready for the game.
He says he is glad to see the team he works for go up against a school he grew up watching.
"Being from Northeast Arkansas, growing up around Arkansas State Red Wolves, it is pretty neat to be able to play them in a bowl game," Ables said.
He said despite being from Region 8, he will have to cheer on his own team in the big game Saturday night.
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