Cathedral game canceled, other area games rescheduled for Saturday

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat — Cathedral’s Peyton Jenkins brings down Adams County Christian School’s Lester Wells Aug. 17 during the Green Wave’s 42-13 home win over the Rebels. Cathedral’s win over ACCS will be the only game the team plays before opening region play Sept. 7 against Resurrection.

NATCHEZ — The next time the Cathedral School football team takes the field it will almost be like it is starting the 2012 season over again.

The Green Wave handed Adams County Christian School a 42-13 loss to start the season Aug. 18 but now will have to wait until Sept. 7 to take the field for their second game of the season.

Cathedral had its scheduled bye week last week, and this week’s opponent, Loyd Star, was forced to cancel the matchup Friday, Cathedral head coach Ron Rushing said.

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“It’s a school policy that they are not allowed to practice if they are not going to school,” Rushing said. “We completely understand. It’s more precautionary for the kids.”

Rushing said Loyd Star coach Randall Huffman said he did not want his players going out to play a game after missing half a week of practice. Rushing agreed that could potentially make the Loyd Star players more susceptible to injury, he said.

The cancelation means Cathedral will have a gap of 21 days between its opener against ACCS and its second game — a MHSAA Region 4-1A matchup with Resurrection Catholic.

“It puts us behind the eight ball, because we have to try to stay sharp and keep them in game condition,” Rushing said.

Rushing said the two teams tried to reschedule, but Loyd Star was unable to play Saturday, and Cathedral did not want to play Monday and leave itself a short week to prepare for its region opener.

Cathedral will practice as much as weather will allow this week, Rushing said.

Ferriday at Natchez rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Natchez High School and Ferriday High School were scheduled to play their cross-river rivalry Friday night, but impending weather has forced the game to be moved to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Natchez athletic director, and Concordia Parish School Board member, Fred Butcher said the delayed kickoff would give both teams an extra day to prepare and also give the Natchez football field time to dry.

Both schools will miss practice time this week due to the storm.

Butcher said he expects the teams, the field and the officials to be ready to go by Saturday night, but if Isaac causes more problems than he anticipates (like cutting power to the stadium), the teams will make the necessary changes.

“No one knows right now,” Butcher said. “We will have to take it day by day.”

Vidalia at Block rescheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday

The matchup between Vidalia High School and Block High School has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Block.

Franklin County rescheduled, Jefferson County holding out

Franklin County High School’s home game with Tylertown has been moved from Friday to Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Bulldogs’ head coach Rickey O’Quinn said they moved the game to 2:30 p.m., so they do not have to worry about lighting the field if the school loses power.

Jefferson County High School head football coach James Herrington said he expects to hear from Port Gibson High School sometime today on whether or not the two teams will play their game Friday night at Port Gibson.

Herrington said he believes the game will be rescheduled to Saturday if they play at all, but he will hear a final decision today.

Trinity, ACCS, Centreville remain as scheduled

Trinity Episcopal Day School and Adams County Christian School are playing the waiting game to find out if they will play their games as scheduled this week.

Trinity is set to travel to Bowling Green, while ACCS is headed to Riverdale Academy. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, and both head coaches said as of Tuesday evening the games are still on for Friday night.

Centreville is still scheduled to play Parklane Academy at 7 p.m. Friday as well.