Washed out|All prep games cancelled due to Hurricane Isaac

Published 2:55 pm Friday, August 31, 2012

By Friday, all prep football games in the area were cancelled due to the effects of Hurricane Isaac on south Louisiana.

Franklinton was scheduled to host No. 1 ranked John Curtis of Class 2A on Friday but as of Wednesday, there had been no definite decisions made. Friday it was confirmed the game was cancelled, as Franklinton High School remained a shelter.

“I don’t know what we are doing,” Franklinton coach Shane Smith said Wednesday. “Everybody is just on standby. To be safe, the storm should definitely be out of here by Sunday but I don’t particularly like doing that for a number of reasons. At some point you just have to move on and get ready for the next game.”

The Patriots defeated Franklinton 34-0 last season at Muss Bertolino Stadium in Kenner during a driving rain caused by Tropical Storm Lee.

Bogalusa was scheduled to host No. 3 Kentwood of Class 1A on Friday but as of Thursday, there was no definite word whether the game would be played this weekend or at all. It was confirmed the game was cancelled on Friday as Kentwood residents were evacuated due to potential flooding on the Tangipahoa River caused by a breach on Lake Tangipahoa in Mississippi.

“We are not playing tomorrow,” Bogalusa coach Craig Jones said Thursday. “I can assure you that. We are waiting for the word. Things could still change.”

The Kangaroos defeated Bogalusa 36-6 last season under the water tower at Kentwood Stadium in the steady rain of Lee.

Varnado was scheduled to host Northlake Christian on Friday but as of Wednesday had tentatively rescheduled the contest for Saturday evening. It was confirmed the game was cancelled late Thursday.

“Nothing is set in stone right now but we are set on playing,” Varnado coach Scott Shaffett said Wednesday. “There are a whole lot of ifs and ands that go into it but I don’t want to cancel a game if I don’t have to. We have a long way to go and in order for us to get better, we have to play.”

The Wildcats edged Northlake last season at Wolverine Stadium in a downpour caused by Lee.

Bowling Green was also scheduled to host Trinity Episcopal Day on Friday but as of Wednesday, the game had been moved to Saturday at 3 p.m. at W.E. “Buck” Hellen Stadium. It was confirmed on Friday that the game was cancelled due to flooding from the Bogue Chitto River that covered the field.

“It is still going to be wet but we have to try and play the game,” Bowling Green coach Carmon Moore said. “This is football season in Louisiana and we have to adjust. This is the only time we could agree on. They have lost to two really good teams and gave us a pretty good shellacking last year but I feel like we are a better team.”

The Saints defeated the Buccaneers handily last season in Natchez, Miss.

Ben’s Ford’s matchup with Porter’s Chapel scheduled for Friday has been rescheduled for Sept. 28 in Vicksburg, Miss. The Eagles’ contest with Baton Rouge Home School that week will be dropped in order to accommodate the district contest.

“This is a district game and has to be played,” Ben’s Ford coach Tommy Pittman said. “We have been out of school since Monday but hopefully we can get back after it on Tuesday for another district game scheduled for next week.”

Pine’s away contest with Jewel Sumner scheduled for Friday has been cancelled.

“We wanted to play but it is difficult with the storm moving so slow and being out of school,” Pine coach Bradley Seal said Wednesday. “We just thought it would be better to move on to the next week.”

Mt. Hermon also was scheduled to host Springfield on Friday but it has been cancelled as well.

“We would like to play and put it behind us but we just have to start preparing for next week,” Mt. Hermon coach Henry Crawford said Thursday.