Learning from mistakes, a teachable moment

Published 8:42 am Friday, January 15, 2016

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association released its penalties against Bogalusa and Amite for a fight that occurred in the teams’ Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game.

Many of us have heard the saying that there are consequences for your actions. A consequence is a result or effect of an action or condition, so a consequence can be good or bad.

In this case, mistakes were made. For Bogalusa, it resulted in fines, a forfeiture of the first game, fans not being allowed to attend the game when Bogalusa and Amite meet next season, and administrative probation.

Mistakes were made that night and both teams have to deal with the decision that was handed down. The LHSAA made its ruling, so now it’s time to turn this unfortunate moment into a learning experience, making sure nothing like this ever happens again, and moving on.

Unfortunately, even though things like this occur in a small timeframe, they overshadow what a great season it was for both teams.

You have to remember, these teams put in a lot of time and preparation for the season. This was the 14th game Bogalusa played in the 2015 season, including the jamboree. Bogalusa entered the 2015 season under new coach David Roberts, who took over a club that was coming off of back-to-back 4-6 regular seasons that saw them fall in the opening round of the playoffs.

The 2015 campaign got off to a tough start. The team began the year 0-3 and 1-4. After the rough start in a very difficult pre-district schedule that featured a state champion, a state runner up, a state semifinalist and a regional round team, the squad won four in a row and captured the District 7-3A title. They ended the regular season with a loss to a tough Holy Cross team that went to the regional round of the Division I postseason.

But the postseason games leading up to the quarterfinals were anything but easy. Bogalusa defeated 14th-seeded Union Parish in the opening round with a late touchdown pass, followed by a defensive stand. The Lumberjacks followed that up by handing then undefeated Jena its first loss before falling to Amite, 56-20.

There were plenty of highlights for both teams in the 2015 season besides the fight. When you look back on this season for Bogalusa, hopefully you will remember the entire year and hopefully the accomplishments of these student athletes will be at the forefront.