Chalmette and Archbishop Hannan is a storied rivalry.
It may only be a scrimmage, but there is no doubt both teams are excited to get back on the football field after a long summer when the two teams scrimmage on Thursday in Chalmette.
"Very excited. There is nothing like an old parish rivalry," Wattigny said. "I know it's just a scrimmage – we're trying to get good work in and they are trying to get good work in – but the Hannan, Chalmette (rivalry) is a big deal."
The game, originally scheduled as a home game for Hannan, was moved to Chalmette due to concerns about the weather. Chalmette has a turf field.
Hannan coach Scott Wattigny said Chalmette would provide a stiff opening test for the Hawks on Thursday.
"It's just exciting to go out and play somebody else (other than ourselves). We're going to be playing a worthy opponent," Wattigny said. "They are a good football team, the head coach over there does a good job with them."
Being the first live action of the season, Wattigny said he expects plenty of ups-and-downs throughout the game.
This will be fans' first opportunity to see the offense under new offensive coordinator Steve Soper.
"We're going to do some really bright things and we're going to do some really bad things," Wattigny said.
Wattigny said the scrimmage being played in Chalmette doesn't change too much of the original plan for the Hawks, and that it gave the team a chance to experience a road atmosphere early on.
"It just gives us another opportunity to get ready for an away game. It gives us that atmosphere early on," Wattigny said. "We're leaving school a little earlier and we'll play the same time next week when we play in the jamboree, so that will be good from a preparation standpoint."