Cathedral soccer squads to pay tribute to Jeansonne tonight

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 10, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; Cathedral’s Green Wave can attest to that hollow feeling after a win.

The Wave comes into tonight’s bout against Wesson undefeated on the season after wins over bigger public schools McComb and Brookhaven. But the team is still recovering from the loss of sweeper Bennett Jeansonne in a hunting accident last month, and today’s game will be its first at home since the tragedy.

The team will have a small ceremony before the game, and Jeansonne’s number &045; No. 2 &045; will be painted at midfield.

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&uot;We’re hoping we can overcome a lot of the emotions that’s going to come with the kickoff,&uot; said CHS head coach Rocky Kettering, who has used three different defenses in the three games since Jeansonne’s death. &uot;Sometimes that worries me, but at the same time we’re really excited about being able to play a game like this.

&uot;We are 7-0 right now, and the last three victories have been big ones. I never knew what a hollow victory meant, but I do now. It doesn’t seem the same without Bennett out there.&uot;

The players will gather at midfield in between the girls’ and boys’ games while a tribute will be read over the PA system.

Jeansonne’s framed jersey will be on an easel on the sidelines, and Kettering said the team’s annual Green Wave Award &045; given after each season to the player who did the most with the least recognition &045; will be named the Bennett Jeansonne Spirit Award.

&uot;We’re off to the best start we’ve ever had,&uot; Kettering said. &uot;But we’re not as thrilled as we should be. They’re excited about (the game) it that it’s finally here, but they feel a little pressure. We’re excited but apprehensive about playing at home without him. He’ll be our 12th man with us, and we’ll play with him as much as we can.&uot;

The game comes at a key time for the Green Wave (7-0, 3-0), who can clinch the Division 7-1A title with a win if North Pike beats Franklin County. The Wave sits at 3-0 in division right now, while the Cobras &045; along with everyone else in the division &045; are 1-2.

&uot;It has playoff implications,&uot; Kettering said. &uot;We’ve beaten them (Wesson) in the past. That’s the district opponent we’ve never lost to.&uot;

The Lady Wave (2-5, 1-2), meanwhile, need to close out the division with some wins and hope for some help to get into the playoffs. They face the Lady Cobras tonight, a team that’s won the division title the last two years.

&uot;If we win our last three games, we should be in,&uot; Kettering said. &uot;No team that has had four wins has not made the playoffs. If we win the three, we’re there.

It’ll be a real tough one for our girls (tonight). I like our chances in a shootout. I’m putting my two fastest people up front and hope we can get a breakaway or two.&uot;