Eagles grounded for Friday|[9/22/05]

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 22, 2005

The way Porters Chapel’s season is going, Eagles coach Randy Wright might want to consider adopting his own version of Southern Miss’ popular slogan.

Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime.

Please?

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PCA will have Friday night off for the third time in four weeks after Riverdale Academy backed out of a scheduled game and Rebul Academy opted on Wednesday to forfeit and pay a $1,250 fine rather than play the Eagles.

“This is one of the most frustrating situations I’ve ever had to deal with as a coach,” said Wright, who is in his second season as PCA’s head football coach after serving as the school’s baseball coach and as an assistant for the football program for a decade. “But we’re going to take it in stride and start preparing for Sharkey-Issaquena next week.”

PCA’s games on Sept. 2 and 9, with CM&I and Union, respectively, were postponed or canceled because of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The Eagles finally got to play last week, beating Tensas 30-3. Meanwhile, across the state, the seeds of another off week were being planted.

Rebul started the season with barely enough varsity players to field a team, and had several injured in a loss to Kemper last week. Without pulling a number of eighth- and ninth-graders up to the varsity level, the team wouldn’t have enough players to play Porters Chapel. So head coach Paul Kirchharr opted to forfeit on Monday.

Wright then arranged a game with Riverdale, which also had a bye week, for Thursday. On Wednesday, however, Riverdale’s board of directors decided to back out of that game.

Wright, MPSA activities director Les Triplett, and PCA headmaster Gwen Reiber then tried to contact several non-MPSA schools in Tennessee to schedule a game. None were willing to play on such short notice, so the MPSA came back to Rebul with an ultimatum – play the game with PCA as scheduled on Friday, or else pay PCA $1,250.

Rebul opted to pay.

“The Rebul board decided to write us a check for $1,250. They said they were too banged up and injured, and unable to field a team,” Wright said.

So instead of preparing for Riverdale, Rebul, or any other school with an open date and an “R” in the name, the Eagles officially improved to 4-0 with the forfeit and started getting ready for next week’s homecoming game against Sharkey-Issaquena.

Wright planned a two-hour practice today and a scouting trip to SIA on Friday night. Then, on Saturday, he’ll accompany the Eagles on a field trip.

Reiber was able to procure 35 tickets and a charter bus to Saturday’s Ole Miss-Wyoming game in Oxford. PCA’s football team will leave Saturday morning and spend the day touring the Ole Miss campus, tailgating and watching the game.